Month: June 2017

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 buildings for persons with physical disabilities and incorporates new elements of building design. The 2017 standard is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard and was developed… Continue Reading »

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 Institute for Sign Language and Deaf Studies (IISLADS) for a collaborative research project, to identify the challenges and future prospects of educating the deaf. IISLADS director Prof Urlike Zeeshan… Continue Reading »

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 on Thursday on a deal concluded with the Council, ensuring that people who are blind or visually impaired have access to more books, newspapers, magazines and other print… Continue Reading »

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 in wheelchairs, with policies that inhibit access for wheelchair users or provide them with watered-down options, depriving them of the ability to use the door-to-door UberX service, and instead,… Continue Reading »

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 and read accessible books and newspapers. GuideReader connects to a TV and is specially designed for seniors who are blind or have low vision to read their favorite books… Continue Reading »

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 province. These children, who are at kindergarten and primary school ages, were helped to integrate into society and unblock their potentials, according to a workshop to review the results… Continue Reading »

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 self-propelled wheelchair users, while making it easier for users to travel uphill. The chair, named Ezy-wheels, employs an innovative propulsion method where the user pushes and pulls the chair… Continue Reading »

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 for accessible content. Global Certified Accessible (GCA) supports publisher efforts to meet or exceed accessibility requirements set by K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. The GCA Program ensures students unable… Continue Reading »

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 national disability act which was passed by the parliament of Ghana on 23rd June 2006. Act 715 seeks to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in… Continue Reading »

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 recent CBSE circular states that while the rule has been in place since 2015, the board had found that schools were not following it. “It has been observed that… Continue Reading »