• Month: November 2015

    Campus Group Works to Enhance Statewide Instructional Accessibility Goals

    The  University of Tennessee (UT) System recently adopted a policy that reiterates its commitment to providing and supporting a teaching and learning environment that is accessible to all. The policy requires that all campuses and institutes provide information, materials, and technology that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those who use assistive technologies. The… Continue Reading »

    Braille guides developed for voters with vision disabilities in Armenia

    ARMENIA: “We attach importance to awareness of each citizen, each voter of the voting procedure. As before, the issue of providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to fully exercise their voting right is currently at the center of our attention,” Head of Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Tigran Mukuchyan said today at a meeting… Continue Reading »

    Census leaves out persons with disabilities, angers disability council

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Described as a “complete enumeration” of the entire Philippine population, the 2015 Census has ignored crucial data on a significant sector: persons with disabilities. The exclusion of questions on disability in the August census does not only leave out a group already lamenting its invisibility in society, but it could also have consequences… Continue Reading »

    Government to increase expenditure for welfare of persons with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: The government today announced to increase expenditure on the empowerment and welfare of Persons with Disabilities from the present 4.31 crore to 45 crore per year in the coming two years. “In the past 15 years only 64.75 crore was spend on the schemes, whereas it has been planned to spend Rs 90… Continue Reading »

    Techies unveil app to help people with vision disabilities

    BENGALURU, INDIA: Harshit Kumar, Stalin A, Akshay Tao and Shivaram Subbhaiah, techies with SAP Labs, Bengaluru, put their heads together. The bee in their bonnet was a colleague with vision disability. “Her courage and spirit got us working on a technology that would be of use to the whole world of people with disabilities,” says… Continue Reading »

    Experts to create assistive devices for people with disabilities

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: Technology and design experts will create assistive products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes in a 60 day program organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is supporting the programme called the “Enable Makeathon” in which participants will design… Continue Reading »

    Call for Review: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference

    A draft redesign of How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques was published yesterday by the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group (WCAG WG). It is intended to replace the current How… Continue Reading »

    Finnish rock band, sign-language rapper perform near Everest

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Finnish rock band Ancara and sign-language rapper Signmark performed in the foothills of Mount Everest over the weekend to raise funds for a music school for children with hearing disabilities. Dozens of music lovers cheered the musicians at Dingboche, a village at an altitude of 4,550 meters (14,900 feet) and a popular stop… Continue Reading »

    Entrepreneur developing accessibility mapping app

    TORONTO, CANADA: As someone who uses a wheelchair, Maayan Ziv was often unsure if city spaces would be accessible until she showed up at the entrance. Unable to find this valuable information anywhere, Maayan took matters into her own hands and developed an application called AccessNow. This groundbreaking web-based app uses crowdsourced information to pinpoint… Continue Reading »