• Month: August 2017

    Website Accessibility Lawsuits Expected to Rise From Trump Administration

    PROVIDENCE, RI: Under the guidance of President Trump, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has deprioritized the monitoring and regulation of web accessibility standards. This is a striking about-face, given that the DOJ had promised earlier that it would promote increased web accessibility regulations as part of the legislation of the Americans with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

    University of Manitoba Begins Largest Built Environment Accessibility Audit

    Aligning with the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and the University of Manitoba’s commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment, the University will be embarking on a campus-wide audit of the built environment to identify accessibility barriers. This is in preparation for the fourth accessibility standard of the AMA, to be implemented around 2023 (another standard is… Continue Reading »

    CTU to implement new technology to help people with hearing disabilities communicate

    PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD: The Trinidad-based Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) says it is now close to implementing the Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS), which enables people who are deaf to communicate directly via the free Personal Universal Communicator (PUC) application. It said the service, which also provides sight assistance for the blind, has the potential… Continue Reading »

    China improves accessibility for persons with disabilities

    BEIJING: More than 5,600 examinees with disabilities submitted applications for supportive treatment in the gaokao, China’s college entrance exam, in 2017, according to the China Disabled Person’s Federation (CDPF). The supportive treatment includes giving access to braille or large-font exam papers to students with vision disabilities, and exempting students with hearing disabilities from foreign language… Continue Reading »

    NEC Rolls Out Ballot Papers for Voters with Vision Disabilities

    RWANDA: For the first time, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) will issue specially designed ballot papers to facilitate voters with vision disabilities during the August 4 presidential election. Previously, voters with vision disabilities relied on aides or polling assistants to cast their vote. This, many observers say, was quite inconveniencing as it did not reflect… Continue Reading »

    State government to give free pre-recruitment coaching to persons with disabilities

    BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: Buoyed by the success of a number of persons with disabilities in different competitive examinations from Odisha, the state government on Monday announced free pre-recruitment coaching facility for eligible candidates for recruitment in different posts. “The free Pre-recruitment Coaching for persons with disabilities will boost their representation in various government jobs like banking,… Continue Reading »

    Children with vision disabilities find new hope through music in China

    BEIJING: Wuhan School for The Blind is the only school of its kind in Hubei province, central China. Not only does it cater to pupils who face enormous challenges because of their disabilities, but it is also proud to have a star teacher who has given new hope to the pupils. China, with its huge… Continue Reading »