• Month: August 2014

    Scottish Government to make ferries more accessible

    A new £500,000 fund has been launched to improve accessibility on Scotland’s ferry network, Transport Minister Keith Brown announced today. The Ferries Accessibility Fund will be open to bids from the public and private sector, and aims to make improvements to existing vessels and harbours that go beyond regulatory standards set for accessibility. Awards will… Continue Reading »

    Election Commission warned to make website accessible for people with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: Pressure from disability rights activists has prompted the Court of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities to issue a stern warning and ultimatum to the Election Commission of India (ECI) asking it to make its website user friendly for persons with disability. The ECI has been given a 30-day deadline (from July… Continue Reading »

    Minister Bergen announces investment to help Canadians in B.C. Rockies region gain job skills

    CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA: The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) announced today. Kootenay Employment Services will receive more than $509,000 from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities for its project to help those… Continue Reading »

    Schools Reject Children with Disabilities

    KENYA: Government urged to make greater efforts to ensure education for people with disabilities. Stephen, 18, has cerebral palsy and has never managed to attend school for more than a few days. Every day, his mother Mary Wanjiku leaves him alone in their home in the Kibera slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. He watches… Continue Reading »

    Call for full broadcast access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing

    Ruth Warick, President of The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People and Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf, call on all governments to ensure broadcasting access through the provision of captions for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing worldwide. It is estimated that between 360 to 570 million… Continue Reading »

    NUI Maynooth students win tech prize for accessibility app

    IRELAND: A team of students from National University of Ireland, Maynooth have been recognized at the global finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seattle for the accessibility app they designed. Matthew McCann, KC Grant and Jack Gallagher won third place in the World Citizenship category of the event, and a $5,000 prize. They represented Ireland with their AccessEarth app,… Continue Reading »

    More braille books coming soon

    SANTA CRUZ, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: For the first time this year, the Ministry of Education will be working together with pupils from the School for the Blind in Santa Cruz to translate textbooks into braille. A ministry spokesperson told the Express yesterday that although some text books were available in the language designed especially for… Continue Reading »

    FM station for people with vision disabilities seeks to expand reach in other states

    NEW DELHI: An ambitious FM channel which was launched in Dehradun to showcase the broadcasting talents of people with vision disabilities may soon spread its wings to Himachal Pradesh or Tamil Nadu. An initiative of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), the FM channel, ‘Hello Doon’, became operational about two years ago. The… Continue Reading »

    ICT-Accessibility Lab of Zurich University of Applied Sciences won the SS12 EU 2014 accessibility competition in Paris

    ZURICH: Two student from ICT-Accessibility Lab of Zurich University of Applied Sciences won the  SS12 EU 2014  accessibility competition in Paris. This year, SS12:EU 2014 continued giving the students more time for their projects. The goal is to encourage collaborative projects throughout one semester involving two or three team members from a range of academic… Continue Reading »