• Month: October 2016

    Free online course enabling improved digital accessibility

    Academics from the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group within Electronics and Computer Science are lead educators on a new, free online course that aims to help learners understand how accessible digital technologies can overcome barriers encountered by people with sensory, physical or cognitive disabilities. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Digital Accessibility:… Continue Reading »

    Move to upgrade school for students with hearing disabilities

    TIRUCHIRAPALLI, INDIA: Though Tiruchi is known for its educational institutions, it is yet to a get a higher secondary school for people with hearing disabilities either in government or government aided category. However, the District Differently Abled Welfare Office has contemplated a plan to upgrade the Dolours’ High School for Deaf, a government aided institute,… Continue Reading »

    Miami University reaches U.S. Department of Justice consent decree to improve technology access for students with disabilities

    The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree to resolve allegations that Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by using inaccessible classroom and other technologies. Under the consent decree, which is pending court approval, Miami University will make significant improvements to ensure that technologies across all its campuses are… Continue Reading »

    Jordan hosts meeting on disability

    AMMAN: Ambassadors and representatives of donor countries discussed future projects with the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by HRH Prince Raad, the chief chamberlain, and HH Prince Mired, president of the HCD, as well as Planning… Continue Reading »

    Wearable artificial vision device shows promise in helping people with vision disabilities 'read'

    CHICAGO: A unique wearable artificial vision device may help people who are legally blind “read” and recognize faces. It may also help these individuals accomplish everyday tasks with significantly greater ease than using traditional assistive reading devices, suggests a study presented today at AAO 2016, the 120th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.… Continue Reading »

    Government to issue ID cards for persons with disabilities

    CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Union Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) will provide Universal Disability Identity (UDID) card to persons with disabilities. The cards will have universal recognition. The Centre has also set a target to train five lakh persons with disabilities up to 2018 and 25 lakh persons with disabilities up to 2022.… Continue Reading »

    Nepalese Parliament Endorses Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill

    KATHMANDU: A meeting of the parliament yesterday unanimously endorsed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill-2072 BS. Minister for Law, Justice and Federal Affairs Ajay Shanker Nayak presented the Bill before the House on behalf of Prime Minister and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Taking part in the discussions about… Continue Reading »

    Railways to make stations accessible for persons with disabilities, Bombay High Court told

    MUMBAI, INDIA: An assessment of all suburban railway stations will be conducted to examine shortcomings in providing access to persons with disabilities, the Bombay High Court was told on Wednesday. The India Centre for Human Rights and Law, the petitioner in the Public Interest Litigation, will conduct an accessibility assessment of facilities at over 100… Continue Reading »

    Pennsylvania to Host Fifth Annual Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit

    HARRISBURG, PA: The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities with the departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor & Industry yesterday kicked off the fifth Pennsylvania Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (PADES) in Erie. Earlier this month Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The two-day event brings together employers,… Continue Reading »