• Month: July 2015

    Cebu government office staff learn sign language to improve service

    CEBU, PHILIPPINES: Expect the Cebu provincial government to be friendlier to people with hearing disabilities, after staff in two of its offices learned sign language in a course earlier this month. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Governor’s Office extension office took the sign language classes with some community organizers. “This… Continue Reading »

    Google Glass may help improve social skills in people with autism

    WASHINGTON: A new technology has been developed which uses Google Glass to help people with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and be able to read social situations and cues more easily. Ned Sahin, a Boston entrepreneur and scientist, has developed a new technology that aims to change the way those with autism see… Continue Reading »

    Braille book shortage hits students with vision disabilities

    PARBAT, INDIA: Students with vision disabilities at Shalija Higher Secondary School in the district do not have Braille textbooks even four months after the new academic session began. Purna Hari Regmi, a teacher of at the school, said they are unable to use old books as the courses have been changed this year. He said… Continue Reading »

    Feds Settle Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with West Virginia Developer

    The Justice Department announced on July 23 that developer Biafora’s Inc. (Biafora) and several affiliated companies have agreed to pay $205,000 and make substantial retrofits to remove accessibility barriers at multifamily apartment complexes.  This agreement resolves the United States’ claims that Biafora violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by building… Continue Reading »

    Software helps students with hearing disabilities interact

    For most Americans, communication is an oral endeavor. We learn to speak and read through sound, to distinguish between hard and soft k’s, to make the hiss of a double “s” or the slight lisp of a “th.” A large chunk of the population, however, relies on their eyes to speak. These are the millions… Continue Reading »

    Apple highlighting Accessibility apps to celebrate anniversary of ADA

    Apple has launched a new page on the App Store on July 23 dedicated to showcasing apps that take advantage of the Accessibility features on on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.. Apple says that the section is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Accessibility featured page on the… Continue Reading »

    Accessible India campaign launched in Chennai

    CHENNAI: For people with disabilities in Chennai, most government buildings and many private buildings are inaccessible. Be it a railway station or registrar’s office, accessing them continues to be a struggle despite laws and government orders making accessibility mandatory. In a bid to achieve universal accessibility, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry… Continue Reading »

    ITS Offers Hands-On Workshop on Accessibility Fundamentals for Website Development

    The workshop “Fundamentals of Creating Accessible Web Pages” is for anyone who manages, creates or maintains web content. Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will provide an overview of relevant concepts and then coach workshop participants as they work with their own web content to apply the concepts. The workshop will cover basic techniques for creating accessible… Continue Reading »

    DOJ Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against University of Michigan

    The Justice Department, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Michigan, announced on July 22 that it has reached an agreement with the University of Michigan under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The agreement, filed as a consent decree along with a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the… Continue Reading »