• Month: June 2017

    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 local community. Today, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services and Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale, were at Contact Hamilton, to announce supports and resources for adults with… Continue Reading »

    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 vision disabilities. The smartphones tested and certified by the Union of the Blind will be specially marked in shops. The devices have software converting information available on the screen… Continue Reading »

    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 a wheelchair, cane or walker, then pick up a copy of Candy B. Harrington’s newest release – Barrier-Free Travels; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow… Continue Reading »

    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 programs under the Medicaid umbrella must make their Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) compliant with modern accessibility standards. The new Medicaid Rule will require that entities providing managed care… Continue Reading »

    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 accessible in the world. He outlined this vision in a speech to representatives from disability rights associations and industry. Since 1988, the Agency has been protecting the fundamental right… Continue Reading »

    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 reports that the protesters were gathered at the city administration offices demanding the freedom to use their tricycles in the city centre after it was barred. Their action… Continue Reading »

    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 based on a directive of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR). In the directive, KeSCPCR directs the education department to permit children with vision disabilities… Continue Reading »

    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 Lil’ Rhody Riders — an ongoing student leadership project at the University of Rhode Island — they can. Lil’ Rhody Riders provides mobility, freedom and plain-old fun to children… Continue Reading »

    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 on the grave impacts of electronic devices, smart phones and tablets, on children’s health and behavior, but for children with disabilities, they have proved to be instrumental in helping… Continue Reading »