• Month: July 2016

    New law to give people with hearing disabilities full access to information on TV

    PHILIPPINES:  Another legislative measure that would allow people with hearing disabilities full access to information and opportunities has lapsed into law, Senator Grace Poe said on Friday. Poe said the measure entitled “An Act Requiring All Franchise Holders or Operators of Television Stations and Producers of Television Programs to Broadcast or Present Their Programs With Closed… Continue Reading »

    New guidebook launched to improve disability access in schools

    AMMAN, JORDAN: The Jordanian Coalition for People with Disabilities on Monday launched a guidebook for improving accessibility for people with disabilities in schools, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The launch was part of a workshop on improving accessibility, organised by the coalition in cooperation with the NGO Handicap International. Head of the coalition, Mustafa… Continue Reading »

    New Rules Now in Effect for Sign Language Interpreters in Michigan

    LANSING: New rules defining required qualifications for Michigan Certified sign language interpreters are now in effect and they apply to every lawyer, doctor, business or other entity that may be legally required to provide interpreters. The rules will help ensure individuals who are deaf and deafblind have equal access to communication, especially when accessing important… Continue Reading »

    FCC Wants Public Comments on Direct Video Calls & Sign Language Customer Support

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for the public’s input on a petition to allow service providers to offer customer support services in sign language. The petition also asks the FCC to clarify that Video Relay Services (VRS) providers are required to support the ability of VRS users to make video, voice and text calls. Comment deadline is August 17, 2016. Link… Continue Reading »

    Trailblazing a New Future for Disabilities

    MIAMI, FL: This one day conference sets out to fuel the progress and innovation needed to improve the state of disability employment, inclusion and workforce sustainability. #Trailblazing16 is specifically focused on that people with disabilities can make substantial contributions to economic and social development and that their ideas, work ethic and unique skills are a… Continue Reading »

    Chapters on disability soon in school curriculum: HRD minister

    NEW DELHI: Chapters on disability will soon be included in school curriculum to increase awareness and sensitize the youth about the issue, Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. At a bikers’ rally organized here to spread awareness about universal accessibility for persons with disabilities, Javadekar said educational institutes would be made accessible… Continue Reading »

    NGO urges House of Representatives to pass Disability Bill

    NIGERIA: The Centre for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD), a non-governmental organisation, has urged the House of Representatives to pass its Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill (DAPDB). The Executive Director of the organisation, Mr. David Anyaele, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. He… Continue Reading »

    Swiss to Host World’s First Cybathlon for Athletes with Disabilities

    The world’s first Cybathlon is a championship for racing pilots with disabilities (i.e. parathletes) who are using advanced assistive devices and robotic technologies, will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, October 8 2016 Six separate events will be open to athletes with powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered wheelchairs, powered exoskeletons, electrically stimulated muscles and BCI… Continue Reading »

    Disaster assistance available for older adults and people with disabilities in West Virginia

    CHARLESTON, W.VA.: Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has made it a priority to reach everyone who needs help – including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs,… Continue Reading »