Month: July 2014

Lagos restates commitment to inclusive education

Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladujoye has reiterated the state government’s total commitment to the provision of quality education to all children in the state irrespective of their financial background, sex, ethnic affiliation or disability. Oladunjoye made the assertion in Lagos at the 2014 Stakeholders’ Forum of the Advocacy Committee on Special Education… Continue Reading »

Emirates introduces Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities

Emirates continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities on its inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen. Audio Description, increasingly common in cinemas and TV, is a recorded narration explaining the scene during the gaps in dialogue, while the film soundtrack continues… Continue Reading »

Government supports the Neil Squire Society to help Canadians with disabilities gain job skills

BURNABY B.C.: The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), announced over $1.3 million in funding to the Neil Squire Society to help Canadians with disabilities enter the workforce. Minister Wong visited the Neil Squire Society to… Continue Reading »

New gadget helps people with vision disabilities to read graphs

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment, the system combines a number of pattern recognition technologies into a single platform… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion

COLUMBUS, OHIO: The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child’s classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child’s language skills in the spring – especially for children… Continue Reading »

Education sector urged to incorporate students with disabilities

PHALOMBE, MALAWI: The Education Department in Phalombe has been urged to absorb students with disabilities into its various schools and not discriminate them because of their various physical challenges. The plea was made by Ufulu Wathu Community Based Organisation (CBO) and Action Aid at a recent global campaign for education day which was held at Nkhulambe… Continue Reading »

DOT Fines Turkish Airlines Over Disability Complaints

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Turkish Airlines for not responding in a timely manner to complaints filed by consumers, including passengers with disabilities, and for not adequately responding to the passengers’ complaints in its responses.  The airline was ordered to cease and desist from further violations and… Continue Reading »

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Updating New York's Accessibility Signage and Logos

ALBANY, NY: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will further advance New York State as an advocate of rights for people with disabilities. It amends existing law to require the removal of the word “handicapped” from new or replaced state signage, as well as update and destigmatize the accessibility logo. Just enacted, this… Continue Reading »

New device makes tablets more accessible

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Zyrobotics, a technology start up company, announces the introduction of TabAccess, the first device of its kind delivering easier access to both Android and iOS tablet devices for children and adults who have challenges moving their hands and arms. More than 3 million people in the U.S. have limitations in their hands and… Continue Reading »

Commission on Elections urges persons with disabilities to register

SAN FERNANDO, PHILIPPINES: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here encourages persons with disabilities to register in line with the upcoming 2016 national and local elections. Last Sunday, the poll body designated a special registration office for persons with disabilities to ascertain their equal access and right to suffrage. The special voter’s registration for persons with disabilities was… Continue Reading »