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3D printing comes to help children with disabilities

BEIJING: It’s estimated that up to 100 million people across the world could need orthotic supports – braces that help with posture and walking. And the number Continue reading the story...

Qatar Chamber signs agreement on employing persons with disabilities

Qatar Chamber signed yesterday a co-operation agreement with the Volunteer Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities to provide training and employment to persons with disabilities. President Continue reading the story...

ASI releases books in Braille

GUWAHATI: Four books, published in Braille, on archaeological sites in the North East have been released for the first time by the Archaeological Survey of India Continue reading the story...

McDonald’s charged with discrimination for denying job applicant a SL Interpreter

KANSAS CITY, MO.: McDonald’s Corporation and McDonald’s Restaurants of Missouri violated federal law by refusing to accommodate and hire a deaf applicant, the U.S. Equal Employment Continue reading the story...

Civil society demands facilities for persons with disabilities

QUETTA, PAKISTAN: Organisers of Civil Society of Balochistan have demanded better facilities for persons with disabilities in Balochistan. December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons Continue reading the story...

New service helps people with hearing disabilities learn about employment discrimination

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced  it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities welcome braille ballot papers

ZAMBIA: Persons with Disabilities goodwill ambassador Elijah Ngwale has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for including braille ballot papers for the forthcoming tripartite elections. Professor Continue reading the story...

NIB Fellowship for Leadership Development – Deadline February 12

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is encouraging people who are blind and have an undergraduate degree or higher, work experience and a passion for business Continue reading the story...

Helpline launched for people with vision disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: Now people with vision disabilities in India can call a toll free number and get their queries addressed in their local language, thanks to Continue reading the story...

UGA, Georgia Tech partner to create fully-accessible camp for children with disabilities

ATHENS, GA: The University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design and Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture have partnered with Extra Special People Inc. to build Continue reading the story...

New rules help ensure hearing aids compatible with wireless devices

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has passed new rules that ensure greater access to wireless communications services and handset devices for Americans with hearing disabilities. Continue reading the story...

Council passes ordinance requiring TV broadcasters to put sign language inset in news

PHILIPPINES: People with hearing disabilities will not be left behind in times of emergencies and disasters, all television stations airing in Cebu City are now required Continue reading the story...

Department of Labor, Disability Rights Network partner to protect workers with disabilities

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have entered into an agreement to help protect Continue reading the story...

New autism treatment program tested to help children

LONDON: Scientists have successfully tested a new autism treatment programme in India and Pakistan that could help improve the lives of millions of children with autism Continue reading the story...

Robotics to help people with vision disabilities to recognize objects

A hand-worn robotic device is being developed that will help millions of people who are blind or have low vision navigate past movable obstacles or assist Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities disappointed at absence of books in Braille

JEDDAH, KSA: The secretary-general of Ebsar Foundation has lamented a lack of books and facilities for people with vision disabilities at the Jeddah International Book Fair. Continue reading the story...

Second Sign Language funding round open

NEW ZEALAND: The next round of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Fund opens for applications today, Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner has announced. “NZSL is central Continue reading the story...

Negative attitudes towards persons with disabilities in Ghana

GHANA: The desire to avoid whatever is associated with evil has affected people’s attitudes towards people with disabilities, simply because disability is erroneously associated with evil. Continue reading the story...

Mobily launches project to support children with disabilities

KSA: Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has launched ‘Mobily Customers’ project to support the Disabled Children’s Association, under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. For this Continue reading the story...

Ontario Appoints New Chair to Lead Accessibility Advisory Council

Ontario has appointed Rich Donovan as the new Chair of the province’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC). The Council is responsible for providing high-level strategic advice to Continue reading the story...

UN-Habitat launches publication on “The right to adequate housing for persons with disabilities living in cities”

Earlier this month, on 3 December, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with this year’s theme “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people Continue reading the story...

New Turkish sign language dictionary launched

TURKEY: The Family and Social Policies Ministry has introduced Turkey’s first sign language grammar book and dictionary. Previously, there was no official scientific resource on Turkish sign Continue reading the story...

Independent Voting for People with Vision Disabilities in Bedford County, Pennsylvania

BEDFORD, Pa.: When Jill Gordon’s father lost his sight, he lost some of his independence. Now, Jill, the new Director of Elections for Bedford County, is Continue reading the story...

Disability Action Plan and Disability Strategy being updated

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today released the updated Disability Action Plan 2014 – 2018 and announced the first steps in the revision of Continue reading the story...

Dhaka call for inclusion in DRR

DHAKA: There was a resounding call for greater inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in disaster risk management worldwide if the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Continue reading the story...

Ministry of Education launches program for students with disabilities

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched a program for  students with disabilities to highlight their talents and creativity in various fields. “This educational program is Continue reading the story...

Less than 50% government buildings in city accessible: Survey

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: If you are a person with disability, the chances are that there will be no ramps or lifts tailored to your needs at government Continue reading the story...

SwiftKey launches communication app for people who are non-verbal

SwiftKey, the predictive smartphone keyboard company, wants to help people who are non-verbal communicate with others. The company launched a new “assistive” symbol-based communication app called Continue reading the story...

Indian government frames accessibility guidelines for buildings

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated guidelines to make all government and private buildings, including malls, restaurants and public dealing offices, accessible to persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

United Spinal Calls Uber’s New D.C. Wheelchair Taxi Initiative “Inadequate and Unsustainable”

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association, denounced Uber’s new Washington, D.C. TAXI ‘WHEELCHAIR’ option that enables riders to request a wheelchair accessible taxi on-demand as “inadequate and Continue reading the story...

Accessible India: Draft building code exempts 14 places from having toilets for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: It will be mandatory for all airports and railway stations to have toilets accessible to persons with disabilities. However, this is not mandatory for Continue reading the story...

UK implores Nigeria to pass disability bill

The British High Commission has implored Nigeria to pass into law the Nigerian Disability Bill with a view to addressing the plight of those with special Continue reading the story...

University organizes workshop about rights of persons with disabilities

KHARTOUM, SUDAN: The Faculty of Law at Khartoum University, in collaboration with the Open Community Initiative of East Africa and the Sudanese Human Rights Watchdog organized, Continue reading the story...

Promoting rights of persons with disabilities in ASEAN

It is a historic coincidence that the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec. 3, marks a decade of the adoption of the Continue reading the story...

JOIN the GAATES Universal Design and Accessibility Consultant Database

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility and Universal Design, is expanding our database Continue reading the story...

17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries

For the upcoming 17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries, we are currently soliciting presentations and reports relevant to accessible fixed-route, paratransit, and Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand political reservation

MANDYA, INDIA: Persons with disabilities have demanded that political reservation be provided to them in both Houses of the State Legislature. On Wednesday, they staged a Continue reading the story...

Bracelet to help people with vision disabilities navigate

BOSTON, MA: Sunu, a startup focused on assistive wearable technology, announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign designed to raise at least $50,000 to help bring Continue reading the story...

Screen reading applications bring light to people with vision disabilities

CHINA: The only way for Cao Jun to find a place to eat is by smell – if he senses spice, it’s likely to be a Continue reading the story...

American Sign Language typeface added to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies collections

Peter A. Blacksberg’s passion for a project involving American Sign Language (ASL) culminated this year using digital font creation and management tools, 42 years after he Continue reading the story...
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