Month: May 2017

Tourism department to make its facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With a declared policy to initiate barrier-free tourism in the state, the tourism department will make all its facilities, including parks and hotels and other properties in various destinations, persons with disabilities before taking on board the owners of private properties and other service providers. The immediate target is to make all public parks… Continue Reading »

Making Theater More Accessible for Kids with Autism

A mother says that she and her autistic seven-year-old son were kicked out of a performance of the musical Aladdin in Chicago Wednesday night. According to a report by NBC, the boy cannot speak and was making noises during the show. The mother called it discrimination. Making the theater more inclusive and friendly to people… Continue Reading »

Dubai Customs launch sign language program

DUBAI:  Airline and cruise ship passengers who are deaf and hard of hearing will be able to communicate with Dubai Customs staff when they arrive in the emirate with the launch of a new sign language training program. The program is in response to the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai,… Continue Reading »

China to offer braille test papers after student lawsuit

BEIJING: Braille test papers will be provided to students with vision disabilities for the first time as part of this summer’s College English Test 4 in June, National Education Examinations Authority said. Xiao Qian (alias), a female student at the Special Education College of Changchun University, could not take the CET-4 last September because she… Continue Reading »

MS student McCarthy enhances campus accessibility through new web app

The University of Illinois has long been a leader in accessibility for persons with disabilities. This tradition continues with a new web app called “Access Illinois” created by MS student Mark McCarthy and his team members Matt Arensdorf (undergraduate student, computer science) and Emily Chen (PhD student, computational linguistics). The app earned the team first… Continue Reading »

Workshop to study new law for persons with disabilities held

BENGALURU: A workshop held to study the new law for persons with disabilities has urged organisations working among these people to form a network for better impact. Thw workshop held on May 16, stressed the need to understand better the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and help the government to finalize the… Continue Reading »

Accessible homes for children with disabilities may become a reality

NEW DELHI: Union minister Maneka Gandhi wants accessible homes to be set up for children with disabilities, saying child care institutions are “unable to provide” sustained and permanent care to them. In a letter to the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot, she urged him to set up accessible homes for such children in… Continue Reading »

Workshop held on open source technology

JAKARTA: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) — with the support from Australian government – has collaborated with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Indonesia and the Philippines with the support of USAID and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities through capacity development using open source… Continue Reading »

Students With Reading Disabilities Sue Berkeley Unified School District for Failing to Educate Them

DREDF, with co–counsel, filed a complaint in federal court against Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for systemically failing to educate students with reading disorders, and students who are suspected to have reading disability. BUSD is being sued for failure to comply with federal and state laws that ensure all students receive a free appropriate public… Continue Reading »

States told to implement disabilities act

NEW DELHI: Inaugurating the 15th National Review Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot urged states to effectively implement the recently passed act. A national review meeting on the Persons with Disabilities Act today revealed that only seven states had set up separate departments for… Continue Reading »