• Month: February 2017

    Revolutionary device will show the way forward for people with vision disabilities

    MELBOURNE: Daily life for people who are blind or have low vision will be dramatically improved following the development by University of Melbourne researchers of a prototype of an electronic device to help them avoid non-protruding obstacles. The prototype, which can be attached to a cane, walking frame or wheelchair, uses lasers and a camera… Continue Reading »

    Sharjah Police launches hotline number for people with disabilities

    SHARJAH: Police have launched a special hotline number catered to residents with disabilities, allowing them to report crimes and emergencies. In a statement issued by Sharjah Police on Wednesday, the mobile number 052-7003025 of the operation room at Sharjah Police enables residents with hearing and vision disabilities to contact authorities through WhatsApp. Photos and written… Continue Reading »

    Voters with disabilities fight for access to polling stations

    Hundreds of voters with disabilities in Jayapura, Papua, are hoping they can cast their votes during the concurrent regional elections slated for Feb. 15. “As Indonesian citizens with civil and political rights equal to others, we hope we can exercise our right to vote, although we have limitations” Papua-chapter Indonesia Difable Foundation (PCI) secretary Robby… Continue Reading »

    NCSES Releases New Report on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

    The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government’s most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment. The report shows the degree to… Continue Reading »

    Upward Momentum Fuels Positive Start to 2017 for Americans With Disabilities

    EAST HANOVER, NJ: The momentum of the last three quarters extended employment gains into 2017 for Americans with disabilities, as reported in this special year-in-review edition of the Trends in Disability Employment–National Update (nTIDE). Based on the latest national data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this monthly customized report on the employment of people… Continue Reading »

    Delhi railway stations to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: Railway stations in the capital may soon be equipped with more disabled-friendly features though cleanliness and passenger safety will be given top priority. According to the Union Budget presented on Wednesday, all coaches will be equipped with bio-toilets by 2019 and a pilot project will be implemented at the New Delhi railway station.… Continue Reading »

    New Program Offers OnLine Library for Free to Eligible Students with Vision Disabilities

    NEW YORK: Reading is a simple pleasure. However, millions of people are denied the joy of reading due to vision disabilities. Now, Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare have partnered with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to empower students with low vision to reach their full potential. The organizations are working alongside LightHouse for the Blind and… Continue Reading »

    UK Rail industry promises to improve toilet accessibility for passengers with disabilities

    The UK rail industry has committed to improving accessibility of toilets on trains and at stations for disabled passengers following talks with Rail Minister Paul Maynard. The Rail Minister met with senior executives after Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike highlighted the issue. Clearer information will be made available about the availability of accessible toilets in advance… Continue Reading »

    Animation on Signs Now Available from the Access Board

    A new animation on accessible signage is now available from the Access Board as part of its online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The 15-minute animated film reviews and illustrates requirements in the standards for signs and clarifies common sources of confusion. It… Continue Reading »