Month: February 2015

Istanbul Municipality starts building new accessible ferries

TURKEY: The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has begun the construction of 10 accessible, high-technology ferries, which it hopes to unveil before the general elections in June. The new generation ferries developed by local engineers aim to boost to the municipality’s public sea transportation subsidy, the City Lines Ferries, which have recently reported a huge loss due… Continue Reading »

Australia to introduce tactile banknotes

The Governor, Glenn Stevens has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people who are blind or have low vision. As previously announced, existing features to help people with vision disabilities tell the difference between different denominations of Australian banknotes will be maintained on the new series.… Continue Reading »

US Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements

The Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “The Board’s proposal is responsive to… Continue Reading »

Allahabad University to amend admission rules for people with disabilities

ALLAHABAD, INDIA: Allahabad University authorities, on Wednesday agreed to consider the proposal of amending admission under disability quota for the next academic session (2015-16). Newly appointed director (admission), Prof Jagdamba Singh said, “We will be considering the ruling of the Supreme Court of the year 1993 wherein the decision pertaining to horizontal reservation under disability… Continue Reading »

NEW DEADLINE: UNICEF & GAATES Assistive Devices/Technologies Questionnaire

UNICEF and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) are seeking information on products (e.g. assistive devices and assistive technologies) that are important for reducing barriers to education for children living with disabilities. The products should support and enable children to excel, particularly in educational settings. Please note that we are especially interested… Continue Reading »

Telekom Networks Malawi sets up disability inclusive classrooms in Lilongwe

Premier mobile service provider Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has donated  K2.8 million to the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to help set up a disability inclusive environment at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe’s Area 25. The money will be used to transform the school’s environment into an inclusive one for children with disabilities. Speaking… Continue Reading »

Women Conference on Disability

FIJI: Strengthening partnership and action towards a disability inclusive Pacific for women with disabilities will be the emphasis of the Pacific Regional Women Conference on Disability 2015. The Conference will be hosted by the Pacific Disability Forum at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji on the 16th and 17th of February. The Regional women… Continue Reading »

Broadcast Monday Highlights Important Service for People who are Blind

A few months ago, Stevie Wonder visited the FCC to talk about how we can harness the power of technology to make performance art more accessible.  At that time, I discovered that Mr. Wonder would be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.  When he urged the FCC to raise awareness about and availability of audio… Continue Reading »

Smart learning aids for students with hearing disabilities

SHARJAH: Children at Al Amal School for Deaf Students can now study in the comfort of their homes, using sign language videos, thanks to the introduction of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in their school. Al Amal School for Deaf Students, which is part of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services introduced the program… Continue Reading »

Australia India ink MoU to improve disability program

Indian public-private health organization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) Monday inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Melbourne to improve disability program. The MoU is an initiative to strengthen the existing ties between India and Australia in the fields of health. The event was held in the national capital. Sue… Continue Reading »