Month: December 2015

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. New rules and proposed rules passed  reflect a consensus-driven approach to foster accessibility for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing while promoting innovation and investment by the… Continue Reading »

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 to provide sign language in their local and national news programs. The City Council, during its last regular session for the year last Dec. 16, passed the Sign Language… Continue Reading »

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 the rights of workers with disabilities. The agreement concerns Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act which permits employers to pay wages less than the federal minimum wage,… Continue Reading »

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 in developing countries. In a global first, scientists adapted a parent-led autism therapy which helped parents interact better with their children with autism after 12 weeks of the programme.… Continue Reading »

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 in their ability to pre-locate, pre-sense and grasp an object. In a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, researchers will develop… Continue Reading »

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. Mohammad Bello said he noticed during his visit to the fair a marked absence of books that target people with disabilities, particularly people who are blind. He called on… Continue Reading »

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 to Deaf culture and identity, and is crucial to Deaf people’s ability to communicate and fully participate in society,” Ms Wagner says. “The second round of the NZSL… Continue Reading »

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. These mere misconceptions have produced negative attitudes that stem from lack of proper understanding of disability and how they affect functioning. For instance, some religious leaders indicate that persons… Continue Reading »

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 purpose, a unified number 5050 has been allocated to the charity and all proceeds from donations through the code will be channeled towards ‘Khair Makkah’ project, said a… Continue Reading »

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 the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure on matters related to the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Mr. Donovan is a globally… Continue Reading »