• Month: January 2017

    New self-assessment launching will help departments evaluate accessibility efforts

    As part of its ongoing work to guide accessibility and inclusion efforts at Ohio University, the Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) Leadership Implementation Team will launch a departmental self-assessment tool on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to help University departments reflect on their efforts to incorporate accessibility planning into their day-to-day activities and… Continue Reading »

    Nova Scotians Can Discuss Accessibility at Law Amendments Committee

    Nova Scotians are encouraged to present their views about the province’s first accessibility legislation, Bill 59, to the Law Amendments Committee. “It is important for the disability community to have the opportunity to make their voices heard,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “Government has been talking with many organizations and individuals over the past… Continue Reading »

    Digital sign language lab planned to help children with hearing disabilities

    INDIA: Digital sign language books prepared by Gurgaon-based ‘Welfare Centre for Persons with Speech and Hearing Impairment’ will be distributed across the state to help children with hearing disabilities, whose number is close to 1.25 lakh in the state. The work on digital sign language would be taken up by the lab that is being… Continue Reading »

    Earthquake experiences of people with vision disabilities documented

    Residents with vision disabilities faced further challenges that have now been documented by Massey University’s Dr Gretchen Good and Dr Suzanne Phibbs of the College of Health in research which explores the experiences of 12 residents with vision disabilities who lived through more than 12,000 aftershocks. The study, Disorientated and Immobile: The Experience of People… Continue Reading »

    Saudi Arabia takes steps to make Hajj sites accessible

    Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, has issued directives to study the recommendations made by the Ministry of Haj and Umrah on facilitating matters for people with disabilities to use utilities in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites. The recommendations were referred to the… Continue Reading »

    Indian government issues guidelines for persons with disabilities in cinema halls

    PANAJI: Following the Supreme Court’s order stating that all cinema halls in India should play the national anthem before a feature film and that all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to it, the ministry of home affairs has issued guidelines for persons with disabilities, exempting some, but not… Continue Reading »

    16 Microsoft Accessibility sessions slated for CSUN 2017

    Microsoft will hold 16 sessions, including presentations on new accessibility benefits in Microsoft products and services, at the annual California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference, Feb. 27-March 4 in San Diego. Microsoft sessions will be held March 1-3. “Throughout the conference, our accessibility engineers, program managers and world-class researchers will demonstrate our commitment… Continue Reading »

    FEDOMA implements new advocacy project in Malawi

    MALAWI: In a bid to counter low participation of people with disabilities in socioeconomic development, Federation of Disability organisation in Malawi (FEDOMA) has begun implementing a new advocacy project. FEDOMA hopes the project will help persons with disabilities to know their rights. The project also aims at civic educating different stakeholders on the rights of… Continue Reading »

    Art Museums Offer Tours for Visitors with Vision Disabilities

    For visitors people who are blind and have low vision, many of the experiences sighted people take for granted aren’t available, such as going to an art museum. Now, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. are offering special tours to help people who are blind and have low vision “see” the art. This… Continue Reading »