Month: September 2016

New Braille Keyboard App Launched

DOHA: Researchers in Qatar have officially launched a new Braille application in Apple’s App Store targeting persons who are blind or have low vision. BrailleEasy is a custom keyboard that combines the comfort of one-handed typing with the speed of two-handed Braille-like typing through the use of gestures, and it can be used by both… Continue Reading »

UN officials highlight how Paralympic Games show that ability, not disability, defines a person’s accomplishments

RIO DE JANEIRO: Welcoming the start of the 2016 summer Paralympic Games, which got underway in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Games not only showcase the extraordinary abilities of athletes living with a disability, they also promote the rights of all persons with disabilities. “The Secretary-General… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Awards: Nominate someone who improves the quality of life for people with disabilities

Do you know an individual, group or organization whose work or services improves access for Calgarians with disabilities? If so, the City of Calgary want to celebrate them and their accomplishments. Since 2009, we have been handing out the annual accessibility awards to recognize people who create an accessible and barrier-free city. Leanne Squair is… Continue Reading »

Countdown to HABITAT III and an inclusive New Urban Agenda

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – HABITAT III, will be held in Quito, Ecuador from 17 to 20 October 2016. At the Conference, Governments are expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda that will guide the sustainable and inclusive development of the world’s cities for next 20 years. The informal… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities face accessibility challenges in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, INDIA: On a day the world celebrates paralympic atheletes as they take centrestage at Rio, persons with disabilities in Hyderabad complain of a stark dearth of facilities in the city, not just for sportspersons with disabilities, but also the common man. Shiva Prasad, an amputee, who has been looking to secure a government job… Continue Reading »

Paralympic Games Open in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games on Wednesday with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons, and loud booing of Brazil’s president at a sold-out Maracana Stadium. The extraordinary sight of US Paralympian Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham jumping in his wheelchair from a 17-metre ramp got the crowd on its feet. Then the joyous… Continue Reading »

DOT seeks comment on accessibility plan

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll announced Thursday that the draft update to the Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan is available for review and comment. The ADA Transition Plan provides a self-assessment of the accessibility of sidewalks, rest areas, and other buildings and facilities owned and operated directly by… Continue Reading »

Access for All: Making Voting Easier for Persons with Disabilities

RALEIGH, N.C.: Three million votes are enough to affect the outcome of elections, including the presidential race – and that’s the number of people nationwide who may find it difficult to vote because they live with a disability. That figure, from the American Association of People with Disabilities, is one of the reasons Disability Rights… Continue Reading »

Brazil unveils actions to promote accessible tourism

RIO DE JANEIRO: Interim Tourism Minister, Alberto Alves, and Embratur president, Vinícius Lummertz, will join a press conference this Thursday (8 September) at 10 am at Rio Media Center to unveil Accessible Tourism actions adopted by the Federal Government to attract more visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility. During the interview, the government will introduce… Continue Reading »

CDC grant to improve access to health programs for persons with disabilities

LAWRENCE: Researchers at the University of Kansas have landed a grant to help improve the health of individuals with disabilities by increasing accessibility to programs and removing barriers to services designed to promote healthy living. Faculty and staff in KU’s Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies, Life Span Institute, Research and Training Center on… Continue Reading »