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VitalSource Announces Conformance with Accessibility Standards

RALEIGH, NC: VitalSource Technologies Inc., part of Ingram Content Group, has received an unprecedented achievement of 100 percent compliance with the industry-wide tests for accessibility on Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

66th UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju

The United Nations Department of Public Information announces the Sixty-Sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference will be hosted in Gyeongju, the Republic of Continue reading the story...

Free course to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities

AUSTRALIA: More than 100 international experts have contributed to a world-first online course designed to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities. The ABLE XSeries, developed by Continue reading the story...

9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held from 14 Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities call for inclusion at school and work

DUBAI: Don’t shut us out, be our friend, is the message from children who are deaf and their parents who are advocating more inclusion and integration Continue reading the story...

More initiatives, support for persons with disabilities to join the workforce in Singapore

SINGAPORE: SG Enable and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) have been tasked to come up with a comprehensive plan to help persons with disabilities through Continue reading the story...

FCC Enhances Accessibility of Video Programming on Television

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission adopted amendments to its rules on closed captioning of televised video programming to ensure that millions of Americans who are deaf Continue reading the story...

Chandigarh to be more accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: In an attempt to make public buildings and places easily accessible to persons with disabilities, the Chandigarh administration has decided to conduct an accessibility Continue reading the story...

ILO urges business sector to offer employment opportunities to persons with disabilities

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called on the business sector to offer employment opportunities and equal treatment to people with disabilities following the Continue reading the story...

Humanoid robot can be used as a tool in therapy for children with autism

WASHINGTON: Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children Continue reading the story...

G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs and Accessibility in Delhi

The G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs, and Accessibility, which will take place in New Delhi, India, April 11 2016. It is now widely accepted that technology will Continue reading the story...

Solar powered shop on wheels for people with disabilities

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the first ever solar-powered petty shop on wheels for self-employment with disabilities. This green energy vehicle called ‘Sunny Splendour,’ Continue reading the story...

Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Universal Design Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will Continue reading the story...

Illustration-based graphic language help people with intellectual disabilities to read and understand

Clara Luna, illustrator and researcher at the department of Drawing, defends the necessity of making ‘accessible pictures’ which allow people that lacks good reading and writing Continue reading the story...

Braille handbook for voters with vision disabilities released

NAGERCOIL, INDIA: An election handbook in Braille for voters with vision disabilities was released by District Election Officer Sajjansingh R. Chavan here on Wednesday. After releasing the Continue reading the story...

Updated: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference

The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) have published a new version of How to Meet Continue reading the story...

Disability summit closed with draft rights declaration

SOUTH AFRICA: The National Disability Rights Summit closed on Saturday with delegates discussing the draft National Disability Rights Summit Irene Declaration. The declaration acknowledges that persons Continue reading the story...

First Public Working Draft: Accessibility Requirements for People with Low Vision

Accessibility Requirements for People with Low Vision, developed by the Low Vision Accessibility Task Force (LVTF), was published today by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Continue reading the story...

RGU researchers team up with industry partners to improve digital game accessibility

Researchers at Robert Gordon University (RGU) are teaming up with industry partners, including the BBC, to investigate how to improve accessibility and inclusion in the design Continue reading the story...

Canadian museum presents exhibit that people with vision disabilities can “see”

CHATHAM, N.Y.: Sight Unseen, a major exhibition of fine art photographs by some of the world’s most accomplished photographers who are blind recently opened at the Continue reading the story...

New Access Guide Highlights Utah’s National Parks

RIPON, CA: If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring Utah’s magnificent national parks, but thought the rugged landscape might be too much of a challenge because you Continue reading the story...

Wearable tech that can translate sign language into text

A smart device that translates sign language while being worn on the wrist could bridge the communications gap between people who are deaf and those who Continue reading the story...

Sign Language Interpreting Service Launched

MALTA: The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana, officially launched an Agenzija Sapport service of sign language Continue reading the story...

International Conference on Inclusive Education in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: More than 150 policy and decision makers, experts, specialists, teachers and educational psychologists from across the GCC are convening at Abu Dhabi University as Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities denied primary education

ACCRA: Research conducted by the Sweb Foundation, a Non-governmental Organisation shows that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in the country are out of school. According Continue reading the story...

Wikipedia developing crowdsourced speech engine for users with vision disabilities

Wikipedia and Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology are working on a crowdsourced speech engine that will make the online encyclopedia more accessible to users who Continue reading the story...

Technology is failing to meet the needs of older people with hearing and vision disabilities, report finds

Assistive technology developers and service providers need to do more to meet the diverse needs of the rising number of older people with both hearing and Continue reading the story...

New Zealand Sign Language Board action plan released

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board Action Plan, released today, outlines the Board’s priorities for the promotion Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities to receive free schooling in China

BEIJING: Authorities in China’s Henan province will provide free home education services to children with severe disabilities. Children between the age of six and 14, who are Continue reading the story...

Accessible sub-polling station for people with vision disabilities planned

DINDIGUL, INDIA: An exclusive sub-polling station meant for people with vision disabilities will be established at a polling station at Thomaiyarpuram in Natham Assembly segment to Continue reading the story...

South Africa collects data on disability

PRETORIA: The Department of Social Development says it has started a project to collect more data on disability in the country. The project includes tracking statistical disability Continue reading the story...
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