Month: July 2015

Wheelchair users protest Uber over lack of accessible cars

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association, Taxis For All Campaign and other wheelchair user advocates held a “roll-in” outside Uber’s West Side headquarters in Manhattan on July 30, calling on the company to end its discriminatory practices and to start serving wheelchair users, people who are blind and other disabled persons in New York City and… Continue Reading »

University of Toledo creates innovative disability studies degree program

As the country celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week, The University of Toledo is working to advance the conversation beyond addressing discrimination and accessibility. A new undergraduate degree in disability studies beginning this fall at UToledo is the first of its kind in the country rooted in the humanities… Continue Reading »

New technology helps students with vision disabilities navigate Penn State Campus

Walking around Penn State University Park is not the easiest thing to do for any student. There are hundreds of people around you at any time, and the sheer number of buildings make it easy for anyone to get lost. Madeline Garber, a recent graduate from Lower Merion High School, will be attending Muhlenberg College… Continue Reading »

DOJ Reaches Agreement with Robeson County, North Carolina, to Improve Accessibility

As part of the Justice Department’s celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act this year, the department announced on July the signing of a settlement agreement with Robeson County, North Carolina, to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities.  The agreement is part of Project Civic… Continue Reading »

AT&T, NYU announce winners for Connect Ability Challenge; competition to help develop technology for people with disabilities

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Charles Schumer joined AT&T and New York University’s ABILITY Lab have announced more than $100,000 in prizes awarded to developers of high-tech solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Connect Ability Challenge is a three month long technology challenge to spur… Continue Reading »

Florida State University Unveils Campus Accessibility Map

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.: Florida State University is marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by expanding its efforts to provide an accessible environment for individuals with disabilities. The university launched a new campus accessibility map to provide those with disabilities assistance in locating the best accessible routes within the main campus. “Florida State… Continue Reading »

Students develop euro note reader for people with vision disabilities

MALTA: Mechanical Engineering students at Mcast presented a euro note reader on July 28, a simple device beneficial to people with vision disabilities, to the Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA). The credit card sized device was manufactured by the students from the Mcast Foundation College to help people with vision disabilities differentiate between euro notes… Continue Reading »

New PSA Focused on People with Disabilities Preparing for Emergencies Launched

WASHINGTON: The Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the launch of a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that… Continue Reading »

Freedom Scientific Offers Enterprise Accessibility Training

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.: Freedom Scientific has announced a collaboration with IBM to offer training modules to enable organizations to manage accessibility compliance and to ensure its integration throughout the enterprise. Freedom Scientific is now a global enterprise accessibility training provider for IBM Accessibility training modules. Leveraging the IBM training portfolio, Freedom Scientific is offering customized… Continue Reading »

Job services lacking for young people with autism

EAST LANSING, MICH.: As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with autism to find and keep jobs, indicates new research led by Michigan State University education scholars. Some 50,000 people with autism turn 18 years old every year in the United States, and these “transition youth” – shifting… Continue Reading »