• Month: October 2016

    Disabilities Ministries pushes new resource on becoming Accessible to All

    In response to a growing need for United Church of Christ churches to become accessible to all people with disabilities, the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board of Directors has just released a revised resource that can help. An updated edition of “Any Body, Every Body, Christ’s Body: A Guide for Congregations, Association, and Conferences for Becoming… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities must benefit from – and contribute to – development, says UN expert

    Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure persons with disabilities benefit from and contribute to development. “We need to use this critical opportunity to address inclusion of… Continue Reading »

    Fiji to ratify Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    Fiji is well on its way to ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The statement was made by Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while opening a regional training workshop on the Convention in Nadi yesterday. The Acting Prime Minister says while Fiji works on the ratification continues, other steps have been… Continue Reading »

    RIAI launches UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards

    The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) recently launched the UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards. The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards are being administrated by the RIAI, based in Dublin. An international expert jury will short-list projects from around the world and the category winners will be announced the UIA World Congress… Continue Reading »

    Puerto Rico to improve public housing accessibility for persons with disabilities

    SAN JUAN: Puerto Rico has agreed to invest $65 million to make thousands of public housing units more accessible for residents with disabilities across the U.S. territory. The island’s Public Housing Administration is pledging to retrofit 2,560 units by December 2021 as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.… Continue Reading »

    New research could help build better hearing aids

    Scientists at Binghamton University want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. With a three-year, $359,958 grant from the National Science Foundation, they will start by making a high-performance sensor and applying it to hearing aids. “This [grant] allows us to explore a new sensing mechanism that can revolutionize capacitive… Continue Reading »

    Ericsson, EBU and BBC demonstrate new standard for creating live captioning

    Ericsson announced it is to support the creation of live captions using the new EBU Timed Text (EBU-TT) Live standard, which facilitates live subtitling and also supports playback of prepared subtitling in the same format on September 9. EBU-TT Live will enable broadcasters to create live captions for online platforms quickly and easily without the… Continue Reading »

    RESNA 2017 Conference Issues Call for Workshop and Instructional Course Proposals

    RESNA 2017 is now accepting submissions workshop and instructional course proposals. Submissions are due November 30, 2016. The conference will include: Clinically-focused workshop sessions Scientific research platform and poster sessions Professional development and leadership training Interactive exhibits with free public hours Networking events Student competitions Instructional courses, including RESNA’s Fundamentals in Assistive Technology course Conference… Continue Reading »

    Training Sessions to Focus on Disability Access and Accommodations

    Two training sessions on Syracuse University policies and procedures relating to disability access and accommodations have been scheduled for November 1 and 2 in Room 114 of Bird Library. The sessions, which are open to the entire campus, will take place 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2.… Continue Reading »