• Month: May 2016

    SL interpreters to make NDA second anniversary accessible

    NEW DELHI: In response to a letter from the National Association of the Deaf to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and information and broadcast (I&B) minister Arun Jaitley, the government has assured that the live telecast of the event to mark two years of the BJP-led NDA at the India Gate on Saturday will be accessible… Continue Reading »

    Alternattiva Demokratika speaks about National Disability Strategy

    MALTA: Alternattiva Demokratika – the Green Party stated that the proposals made in the National Disability Strategy are positive and will provide both measures and structures to improve the quality of life of persons with disability giving them a better social equality platform. Amongst the proposals in the strategy is the proposal for a new… Continue Reading »

    Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections

    The May 9 Philippine election not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 – which mandates that polling stations be fully accessible for persons with disabilities – was implemented in full. In his speech during the proclamation of senators-elect, the Philippine Commission on Elections… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities unite to create buzz on political fronts

    There’s a buzz penetrating the political scene this election year and it’s coming from the world’s largest minority group: people with disabilities. Enter #CripTheVote, a Twitter/social media conversation that encourages voters and political candidates to exchange concerns and views on disability rights. When people with disabilities consider themselves part of a group, they take action,… Continue Reading »

    Book fair gets more inclusive with braille

    CHENNAI, INDIA: A stall with books in braille, a theme celebrating an issue every day and a space which allows readers to meet their favourite authors. The 39th Chennai Book Fair which begins on June 1, is all set to get more inclusive and exciting. “This year the focus isn’t merely on books. We have… Continue Reading »

    Browsers: why it matters what you use

    The latest WebAIM screenreader survey listed the following as the top six web browsers among screenreader users: Internet Explorer 10+ (34.9%) Firefox (30.1%) Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 (12.8%) Safari (7.9%) Chrome (6.3%) Internet Explorer 9 (5.8%) That top six is a little dismaying, especially number three. IE 6 was released in 2001. In… Continue Reading »

    30 projects win awards for sustainable, inclusive designs

    SINGAPORE: Thirty public housing projects have won 33 awards for their environmentally friendly and inclusive living environments, with the Yuhua estate receiving the top award for sustainable design. The Greenprint programme in Yuhua was awarded the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award, the highest accolade for the BCA-Green Mark scheme. Under the… Continue Reading »

    Persons with Disabilities Bill likely to make it to Parliament in monsoon session

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: On a day the BJP led NDA government completed two years in government, Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said he was hopeful that the draft of Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 will not only make it to the next session with the changes made after… Continue Reading »

    Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Deadlines for Video Description Expansion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MB Docket No. 11-43 that seeks comment on both tentative conclusions and proposals regarding additional video description rules, including their costs and benefits. The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 30 and 60 days, respectively, after publication of… Continue Reading »