Year: 2015

3D printing comes to help children with disabilities

BEIJING: It’s estimated that up to 100 million people across the world could need orthotic supports – braces that help with posture and walking. And the number keeps on growing at 6 percent per year. But traditional basic methods of making them have create a whole set of problems, which can make the process traumatic… Continue Reading »

Qatar Chamber signs agreement on employing persons with disabilities

Qatar Chamber signed yesterday a co-operation agreement with the Volunteer Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities to provide training and employment to persons with disabilities. President of Qatar Chamber HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani said that signing the agreement was part of Qatar Chamber’s commitment to social responsibility and support persons… Continue Reading »

ASI releases books in Braille

GUWAHATI: Four books, published in Braille, on archaeological sites in the North East have been released for the first time by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Guwahati Circle. The books in braille include a guide book on Sivasagar, three brochures, a booklet on Sri Surya Pahar Archaeological Museum in Goalpara and Stone Jar of… Continue Reading »

McDonald's charged with discrimination for denying job applicant a SL Interpreter

KANSAS CITY, MO.: McDonald’s Corporation and McDonald’s Restaurants of Missouri violated federal law by refusing to accommodate and hire a deaf applicant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on December 21. According to the suit, Ricky Washington, who is deaf, applied online for a job at a McDonald’s restaurant… Continue Reading »

Civil society demands facilities for persons with disabilities

QUETTA, PAKISTAN: Organisers of Civil Society of Balochistan have demanded better facilities for persons with disabilities in Balochistan. December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities and it will mark the occasion as a starting point to lobby for the rights of disabled people in Balochistan, an organiser of the society, Sami… Continue Reading »

New service helps people with hearing disabilities learn about employment discrimination

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced  it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate directly with agency staff about issues of discrimination they may be facing. EEOC information intake representatives who are fluent… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities welcome braille ballot papers

ZAMBIA: Persons with Disabilities goodwill ambassador Elijah Ngwale has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for including braille ballot papers for the forthcoming tripartite elections. Professor Ngwale said the move by ECZ was timely and would help increase the number of people with vision disabilities to take part in voting. He said the ECZ… Continue Reading »

NIB Fellowship for Leadership Development – Deadline February 12

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is encouraging people who are blind and have an undergraduate degree or higher, work experience and a passion for business to apply for this program. Fellows are selected based on experience, competence, academic achievement, motivation, references and interviews. Applications are being accepted now through February 12, 2016. Successful fellows… Continue Reading »

Helpline launched for people with vision disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: Now people with vision disabilities in India can call a toll free number and get their queries addressed in their local language, thanks to an initiative launched on Monday. Lov Verma, secretary in the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, formally launched the Eyeway Helpdesk for people who are blind. This is… Continue Reading »

UGA, Georgia Tech partner to create fully-accessible camp for children with disabilities

ATHENS, GA: The University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design and Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture have partnered with Extra Special People Inc. to build Camp Hooray, the first-of-its-kind, fully accessible overnight camp for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Located on a 70-acre parcel of land in Jackson County, the camp will… Continue Reading »