Month: June 2016

FEMA ensures Texans with disabilities, access needs can register for disaster aid

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Texans who have a disability or access need and sustained damage or losses from the May storms and flooding may face challenges, but registering for federal aid shouldn’t be one of them. “We reach out to the entire community,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s… Continue Reading »

US Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Wednesday that it has reached settlements with education organizations in seven states and one territory to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities. OCR had received complaints involving each of the organizations, resulting in investigations. But before OCR had completed its probes, each of the… Continue Reading »

Annual Conference on Independent Living — July 25–28

WASHINGTON, DC: The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is hosting its annual conference July 25–28, 2016, Grand Hyatt, in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “Solidarity – Everybody In.” The conference will include legislative and advocacy updates, a rally and march at the U.S. Capitol, workshops and an Americans with Disabilities Act celebration. Participants… Continue Reading »

Disability rights advocates sue MTA over inaccessible subway station

NEW YORK: The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the MTA over a Bronx subway station that remains inaccessible to wheelchair users. According to DRA, the MTA’s failure to make the station wheelchair accessible is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects people from discrimination… Continue Reading »

Ghana to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities

Ghana is working to adopt and gazette standard designs to ensure that all public places become accessible for persons with disabilities this year, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr Kwasi Amo-Himbson, has said. The designs are currently being worked on by the government in collaboration with the Ghana… Continue Reading »

Partnership to Bring Bookshare to People with Print Disabilities

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA: Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, and other print disabilities. GLASS is the statewide network of talking book… Continue Reading »

Sharjah teachers build syllabus in electronic sign language

SHARJAH: The students at Al Amal School for the Deaf have easy access to course material because teachers have created an electronic library of the curriculum in sign language. The sign language content covers subjects including Arabic, physics, chemistry and some topics in geography and history for several grades from middle to high school. There… Continue Reading »

Ontario providing more supports for children with autism

Ontario is providing more support for children and youth with autism, including an accelerated implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program. The new program will provide all children, regardless of age, with more flexible services at a level of intensity that meets each child’s individual needs, significantly reduce wait times for service, and increase the… Continue Reading »

New tool that simulates user interaction can help develop accessible ICT applications for people with disabilities

A tool developed by researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) allows us to assess usability during the design and testing process of accessible ICT-based applications. Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), led by María Fernanda Cabrera-Umpiérrez, have developed a set of parametric cognitive virtual models of users with disabilities that can be used… Continue Reading »

Sign languages provide insight into universal linguistic short-cuts

WASHINGTON, DC: Humans have a natural drive to reduce physical effort in nearly every activity, including using language. Instead of saying “goodbye”, we often say “bye”, getting the same message across with half the syllables. The ways that effort-reduction affect human language have been the subject of extensive research in the field of linguistics, though… Continue Reading »