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“Connect Ability” Tech Challenge to Empower People with Disabilities

NEW YORK: In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, AT&T and New York University’s ABILITY Lab are working with the Rehabilitation Continue reading the story...

India’s Airlines asked to reserve two window seats for passengers with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry has ordered airlines to reserve two window seats for passengers with disabilities , but not the ones next to the Continue reading the story...

Making tourism accessible to people with disabilities

SANTO DOMINGO: The first annual Congress on Accessible Tourism in Dominican Republic opened Thursday to publicize the need to increase the number of foreign visitors with Continue reading the story...

Egyptians with disabilities seek fair representation in parliament

CAIRO: Article 244 of Egypt’s 2014 constitution grants Egyptians with disabilities the right to appropriate representation in the next parliament. This representation has been set by Continue reading the story...

American Sign Language Workshop – June 22

Have you ever wanted to learn sign language, but never had the chance? The American Sign Language (ASL) faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Continue reading the story...

Sparks Marina to host accessible Adventure Day

SPARKS, NV: Persons with disabilities and their friends and family members are invited to explore summertime sports at the City of Sparks Adventure Day event at Continue reading the story...

National Electoral Commission develops policy for Persons With Disabilities in elections operations

SIERRA LEONE: The National Electoral Commission (NEC) recently in a workshop developed a NEC Disability Policy ( NECDiP) that is designed to ensure the right to Continue reading the story...

Bus routes open for passengers with vision disabilities

AUSTRALIA: A new-generation audible information system is being trialled on the Brisbane bus network to improve accessibility for passengers with vision disabilities. Minister for Disability Services, Coralee Continue reading the story...

Delhi University College promotes inclusive education for students with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Lakhs of college aspirants across the country are forwarding their applications to Delhi University with admission season at its peak. Meanwhile, in a review Continue reading the story...

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom ups sign language requirements for small TV channels

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has set new rules that will boost the amount of TV programmes made specifically for sign language users. From next January, smaller TV Continue reading the story...

Understanding the assistive technology needs of people with mobility disabilities

A team of researchers at University of Wollongong (UOW) is working to understand the mobility issues experienced by people over the age of 55 who are Continue reading the story...

Sign-language library wins international accessibility award

The Finnish Association of the Deaf has received international recognition for its sign language library. The award was granted for the library’s innovative use of technological Continue reading the story...

Auburn University at Montgomery to make mathematics accessible to students with vision disabilities

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA: Asked what the hardest part about being blind, with limited fine motor control and speech, Auburn University at Montgomery freshman Logan Prickett has one Continue reading the story...

Google Launches Two New Chrome Accessibility Extensions

Google recently released two new extensions for its Chrome browser, both aimed at helping persons with disabilities better interact with the Web. The first extension Color Enhancer Continue reading the story...

FITA strengthens its services for persons with disabilities

A presentation of Braille embossing services, ICT Training and Information Sessions, Helpdesk Support, the Accessibility Certification, the Consultancy Services and the Maltese Speech Engine was held Continue reading the story...

CBSE directs schools to constitute four-member inclusive committee

LUDHIANA, INDIA: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to constitute four-member school inclusive committees. The said committee will act as facilitator for promoting Continue reading the story...

Researchers help people with disabilities raise employment expectations

LAWRENCE: After completing schoolwork, individuals with disabilities may be directed to a life of sheltered employment or a group home setting. University of Kansas researchers have Continue reading the story...

FCC extends tech program for people who are deaf-blind

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to make permanent its program that distributes communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.  Known as “iCanConnect,” Continue reading the story...

World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education

INCHEON: A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded yesterday in Incheon, Republic of Continue reading the story...

European Parliament Adopts Resolution on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

BRUSSELS:  Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expresses its strong support to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights Continue reading the story...

Research aims to improve access to music for people using hearing aids

Beethoven composed some of his most famous works after he became profoundly deaf. More recently, musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne and Phil Collins have encountered problems Continue reading the story...

Wuhan holds sign language contest to raise awareness

CHINA: Sunday marks the 25th National Disabled Persons’ Day in China. In a move to increase awareness, Wuhan city has held its first-ever Sign Language Speech Continue reading the story...

New gene therapy can help people who are blind see

Scientists might be able to change the cells in people who are blind’s eyes, giving them the power to see again. If the rods and cones that Continue reading the story...

United Spinal’s 4th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: Empowering Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Greater Access to Healthcare, Transportation and Mobility Equipment

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association and disability advocates from its national chapter network will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 7-10 for the 4th Annual Roll Continue reading the story...

Man uses cards to prepare Braille notes

INDORE, INDIA: Kamlesh Kanodiya collects unused greeting and wedding cards, punches subject notes on them with a Braille slate and distributes them to students with vision Continue reading the story...

GAATES Announces Special Trust Fund for Accessibility in Re-Building Nepal

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) announces a special fund to support accessible re-building efforts in Nepal. This “Accessible Nepal Trust Fund” has Continue reading the story...

Global Consultation on the Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Response

Handicap International has been mandated by the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to launch a global consultation on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

China increases assistance for people with disabilities taking college entrance exam

China is increasing its assistance for people with disabilities taking the national college entrance examination, or gaokao. Examining bodies across the country should offer reasonable accommodations to Continue reading the story...

Wireless RERC Releases 2015-2016 App Factory Call for Proposals

Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks to enhance Continue reading the story...

Richmond Community College offering Braille transcription course

Richmond Community College is offering an eight-week course in literary Braille transcribing, which will teach students to transcribe print materials into Braille and allow them to Continue reading the story...

Patriot National Bank reaches agreement to settle ADA suit

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) settlement Continue reading the story...

NTU hosts global ICT conference highlighting innovations that advance open inclusive development

An assistive smart technology that helps seniors cope with degenerative changes and independent living by simply pointing a device or smartphone camera at an object to Continue reading the story...

DPOs to protest GST outside Malaysian parliament

MALAYSIA: A coalition of NGOs for people with disabilities, unhappy with the increase in prices of items essential to them, will bring the matter forth to Continue reading the story...

Microsoft hires 13 year old boy for Braille printer

A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, who invented a low-cost portable Braille printer, is now working with technology giant Microsoft to integrate it with Windows. This move is Continue reading the story...

National Disabled Day focuses on children with autism

BEIJING: This year’s “National Day for the Disabled” in China is focusing on autistic children. Five-year-old Rongrong is receiving rehabilitation therapy at a treatment center in Continue reading the story...

Qatari Minister pledges to continue serving people with disabilities

The Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani said the ministry will always be keen on serving people with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Ensuring access to jobs for people with disabilities

Americans with disabilities can face many unnecessary barriers to employment, both during the job application process and on the job.  These barriers can prevent people with Continue reading the story...

13 year old develops device to help people with vision disabilities

WASHINGTON: A 13-year-old Indian-origin student in the US who developed a device to help people with vision disabilities navigate has been named one of America’s top 10 Continue reading the story...

EasyJet’s special assistance advisory group launches Charter on travelling with disabilities

EasyJet’s special assistance advisory group (ESAAG) officially launched its Pan-European Charter on Meeting the Needs of Disabled Air Travellers at an event in the European Parliament. The Continue reading the story...

China opens hotline for persons with disabilities

BEIJING: China opened the 12385 hotline to provide consultation and guidance for persons with disabilities, according to the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF). The hotline offers details Continue reading the story...
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