Month: December 2014

Dar Al-Hekma University devotes December to people with disabilities

JEDDAH: Dar Al-Hekma University organized several activities and programs during December to improve the quality of services provided in the field of accessible education. The events took place in the university campus, Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing (JISH) and the Disabled Children Association. This program started at the beginning of the month with a… Continue Reading »

Sony Resolves EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

CHICAGO: Sony Electronics, Inc. will pay $85,000 under a consent decree entered in federal court today ending a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that Sony violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it brought about the termination of a woman with a prosthetic leg because of… Continue Reading »

Government vows to enforce job quota for people with disabilities

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: The Punjab government has told the Lahore High Court that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has lifted ban on the recruitment’s and issued directions to ensure implementation of job quota for people with disabilities. The Punjab government has assured the court that statistics of 16 departments will also be submitted on next hearing,… Continue Reading »

University designs software for people with vision disabilities

GUNTUR, INDIA: Department of Computer Science Engineering at the Vignan University has designed a software for people who are blind or have a low vision. By using the software, people with vision disabilities can now read textbooks, browse journals and compose on the desktop. The software project ‘Development of Educational Suite for Visually Challenged Students in… Continue Reading »

Removing barriers for people with disabilities in 2014

NEW ZEALAND: The release of the Annual Report on implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy highlights several significant achievements and gains for the disability community in 2014, says Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner. Achievements in the Report include: Expansion of the Enabling Good Lives approach New funding for New Zealand Sign Language Approval… Continue Reading »

Researchers develop 3D headset to help people with vision disabilities navigate more safely and easily

EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help people who are blind or have low vision move around more safely and easily. The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for people who are blind using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customized for the specific symptoms… Continue Reading »

Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority launches consultation on draft accessibility code

MALTA: The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) launched a consultation process on a draft standard it has developed entitled “Accessibility for all in the Built Environment”. The draft standard is based on the existing “Access for All Design Guidelines” (AADG) which Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità (KNPD) published for the first time in 2000.… Continue Reading »

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on disability

The 69th session of the General Assembly negotiated and adopted a resolution on disability on 18 December (A/RES/69/142). The resolution entitled: “Realizing the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond”, had 112 co-sponsoring Governments, and would work to promote the mainstreaming of disability in development,… Continue Reading »

Prince Hussein launches initiative to help children with hearing disabilities

JORDAN: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, on Saturday, launched an initiative to help children with hearing disabilities to regain their hearing sense. The initiative, dubbed “hearing without limitations” aims to offer children with hearing disabilities free of charge cochlear implants in collaboration with the Royal Medical Services, the ministry of health and the King Abdullah the… Continue Reading »

LASODA urges persons with disabilities to register

LAGOS, NIGERIA: The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) on Friday urged persons with disabilities to register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency. General Manager of LASODA, Dr Tunde Awelenje, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Awelenje said the registration would enable them to enjoy… Continue Reading »