• Month: March 2016

    Twitter adds image descriptions to help users with vision disabilities

    Twitter announced on Tuesday a new accessibility feature that lets users add descriptions to their images. The company is attempting to make its social networking platform more accessible for users who are blind or have low vision. The company announced it would be adding a setting to its apps that allows tweets to carry descriptive… Continue Reading »

    African Disability Forum (ADF) Executive Council approves 46 African DPOs for ADF Membership

    The first meeting of the 9-member Executive Council of the African Disability Forum (ADF), the membership organization of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Africa, took place 14-15 March 2016 in Addis Ababa. During the meeting the Council approved for ADF membership 8 Continental DPOs, 4 Sub-Regional DPO Federations and 34 National DPO Federations, as follows:… Continue Reading »

    Agenda 2030: Challenges and Opportunities for Grassroots DOPS

    Mr. Shuaib Chalklen is Chairperson of the African Disability Forum and the former Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He is a prominent leader and has considerable experience in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. Mr. Chalklen has occupied numerous positions in the area of disability, governance, and administration at the… Continue Reading »

    Bridging the digital divide: Why flagship campaigns such as Digital India must include disability

    The excitement in his voice is barely hidden when Amar Jain, a young lawyer from Mumbai, talks about a new product that has just been shipped to him. Called Lechal (meaning ‘take me along’ in Hindi), it is a haptic insole that can be inserted in his shoes and connected to his smart phone via… Continue Reading »

    Labor Department New Web Tool Helps Employers Ensure Accessibility of Online Job Applications

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced the launch of “TalentWorks” – a free online tool that helps employers and human resources professionals ensure accessibility in their web-based job applications and other recruiting technologies for job seekers with disabilities. Created by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology, TalentWorks… Continue Reading »

    People with disabilities still lack access to higher education

    COIMBATORE, INDIA:  With the presence of 3,000 plus colleges, Tamil Nadu has the third highest gross enrolment ratio (GER) in the country. But, when it comes to the enrolment of people with disabilities in higher educational institutes the state paints a poor picture as it is much less compared to states with almost half of… Continue Reading »

    Kenya's President Pledges Reform in Education for People with Disabilities

    THIKA: President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday made a surprise visit to Joytown Secondary school for people with disabilities where he reiterated that the government will look into ways of reforming the education sector to carter for the needs of students with disabilities. President Kenyatta said the government will ensure that the reforms to be undertaken in… Continue Reading »

    Affordable braille reader launched

    TORONTO: The new Orbit braille reader was launched last night at the Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California. The Orbit braille reader is the first ever affordable refreshable braille reader that is portable. Until now, braille displays cost on average around $3,000, putting them out of reach for many… Continue Reading »

    Google Launches Accessibility Scanner for Android App Developers

    Google has launched a tool that will help make Android developers apps more accessible for all users, including persons with disabilities. The company’s new Accessibility Scanner looks at any Android app and will call out aspects of it that could be improved, particularly for users with disabilities. The app will even suggest ways you can… Continue Reading »