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ICC releases update to building accessibility standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to Continue reading the story...

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & Continue reading the story...

New research to help students with hearing disabilities become self-reliant

LUCKNOW, INDIA: Aiming to make students with hearing disabilities financially independent, Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University will join hands with University of Central Lancashire’s International Continue reading the story...

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules will make more books available for people who are blind and have low vision in formats like Braille and audiobooks. MEPs will debate and vote Continue reading the story...

Groups sue Uber for denying equal access to wheelchair users

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for persons with disabilities. Uber has failed to accommodate customers Continue reading the story...

Dolphin Computer Access Introduces GuideReader Accessible Book Reader

British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering people who are blind and low vision Americans a new, effortless way to find Continue reading the story...

Project helps children with disabilities in Vietnam

QUANG BINH:  Over 650 children with disabilities have had access to early detection, intervention and inclusive education services during a three-year project in central Quang Binh Continue reading the story...

New wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system

A new wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system has been developed by Massey University engineers that attempts to minimise chronic shoulder and wrist problems for Continue reading the story...

New Standards Program to Ensure E-books Accessibility for People with Vision Disabilities

Benetech, a nonprofit firm that develops technology for social good, announced the launch of Global Certified Accessible, a program is the first third-party ebook verification program Continue reading the story...

Ghanaians with disabilities displeased with disability act

GHANA: Friday, June 23, 2017, marks the National Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ghana. The day is set aside to commemorate the passage of the Continue reading the story...

Mandatory for CBSE schools to appoint educators for students with disabilities

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all its affiliated schools to appoint a special educator to promote inclusive education. A Continue reading the story...

Camp at UK Teaches Expanded Core, Independence to Students Who Are Deaf-Blind

LEXINGTON, KY.: After a week spent at the University of Kentucky for the Deaf-Blind Project’s Expanded Core Curriculum Camp, 17-year-old Max Cawthon accomplished things his mother never knew Continue reading the story...

New University-wide web accessibility testing tool to be adopted July 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: On July 1, the Penn State enterprise accessibility testing application will change from Compliance Sheriff to the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE), a web-based Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand accessible public infrastructure in Georgia

Persons with disabilities held a protest rally on Saturday asking for proper infrastructure in the streets and in public transport, as well as for more involvement Continue reading the story...

iHEAR Introduces Eva, the First Hearing Aid Designed for Women with Hearing Disabilities

SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.: iHEAR Medical announces the launch of Eva, the first hearing aid designed specifically to address hearing disability of women. Over 20 million women Continue reading the story...

‘Denying education to children with disabilities is injustice’

PANAJI: While the government has proposed to increase reservations in government service for persons with disabilities, minister for social welfare, Pandurang Madkaikar, said that schools will Continue reading the story...

NCERT issues guidelines to test school-kids with disabilities

NEWDELHI: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is going to emphasise on education of the children of disabilities. The NCERT has released a 128-page Continue reading the story...

Vodafone launches service line for people with hearing disabilities

GHANA: The service will enable people with hearing disabilities to have access to services provided by the network without any hindrances. In line with the initiative, registered Continue reading the story...

Conference promotes rights of persons with disabilities

HANOI: International cooperation is crucial to successfully realising the rights of people with disabilities, heard a conference jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Continue reading the story...

New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

The NZ Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for New Zealanders who are blind and low vision , Disability Issues Continue reading the story...

Armenian emergency ministry launches ‘911 SOS’ for persons with disabilities

YEREVAN: Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations has  launched a free mobile application “911 SOS,” designed specifically for people with disabilities. In a press release the ministry Continue reading the story...

New Zealand appoints new Disability Rights Commissioner

Disability advocate and former paralympian Paula Tesoriero has been appointed as the Human Rights Commission’s next Disability Rights Commissioner, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today. The Continue reading the story...

Improving Access to Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Ontario is improving access to services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families by finding better ways to connect them to supports available in their Continue reading the story...

Telia Lithuania adapts smartphones for use by people with vision disabilities

Operator Telia Lithuania, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Union of the Blind, has launched a project to offer mobile phones adapted for use by people with Continue reading the story...

New Access Guide Highlights Central California National Parks

RIPON, CA: If you’ve always wanted to explore Yosemite, Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, but thought the trip was out of reach because you use Continue reading the story...

Managed care programs must have digital information comply with modern accessibility standards

PROVIDENCE, RI: New regulations are soon coming into effect that will further impact website accessibility for health care organizations. Beginning July 1, 2017, all managed care Continue reading the story...

Vision for Accessible Transportation in Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Scott Streiner, the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, today shared his vision of a national transportation system that is the most Continue reading the story...

Tanzanian government apologises to ‘manhandled’ protesters with disabilities

The Tanzanian government has apologised to protesters with disabilities who were manhandled by the police last Friday in the capital Dar es Salaam. Local media The Citizen Continue reading the story...

State order to permit students with vision disabilities in Science stream of Higher Secondary courses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The State Government issued an order allowing students with vision disabilities to study in science stream of higher secondary courses. The GO was issued Continue reading the story...

URI students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

KINGSTON, R.I.: Who doesn’t remember the simple joy of zipping around the yard in a toy car? Every kid should have that experience, and thanks to Continue reading the story...

Smart devices, apps help children with disabities to overcome challenges

KUWAIT: Smart electronic devices and applications could be a curse for children, but they are a blessing for peers with disabilities. Numerous studies have shed lights Continue reading the story...

UAE emphasises No One is Left Behind motto at COSP

NEW YORK:  The United Arab Emirates has organised two panel discussions at the United Nations during its participation in the 10th Conference of State Parties to Continue reading the story...

China’s college English test adopts papers in Braille

CHANGCHUN: Five students who are blind joined their peers Saturday to sit the national college English test in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, where Continue reading the story...

Indian tech startups hope to change the world for people with vision disabilities

MUMBAI: An afternoon at the Blind People Association in the sweltering heat of Ahmedabad four years ago changed Gunjan Gupta’s life – and may potentially change Continue reading the story...

Fiji ratifies UNCRPD

SUVA: UNICEF welcomes Fiji’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), making Fiji the eleventh country in the Pacific to Continue reading the story...

Still Left Behind — Pathways to Inclusive Education for Girls with Disabilities

Girls with disabilities in developing countries are effectively unseen and unheard and are often not benefiting from international efforts to improve access to education in developing Continue reading the story...

Azusa Pacific University Hosts Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

“A vision of a place where everyone is welcome, everyone believes, and everyone belongs.” These words capture the vision of Erik Carter, Ph.D., vice chair of the Collaborative Continue reading the story...

Bangladesh wins international accolades for DAISY Standard Accessible Reading Materials

Bangladesh has won the world’s most prestigious IT award called the “World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prize-2017”. On 13 June 2017, in a grand ceremony Continue reading the story...

HCM City hosts national sports tournament for persons with disabilities

VIETNAM: The national sports competition for people with disabilities officially kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on June 14, drawing the participation of more than Continue reading the story...

New Stanford graduate empowering people with disabilities in Thailand

Disability significantly affected the lives of many of Oranicha “Natty” Jumreornvong’s loved ones, but the topic was rarely discussed. That’s because Jumreornvong, who graduates this week, Continue reading the story...
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