• Month: November 2017

    AccorHotels introduces new initiatives to promote accessibility

    Group employees are taking action to map the accessibility of their hotels and local businesses on the “Jaccede” app. The challenge takes the form of an international competition pitting seven teams against one another in the main regions around the world where the Group operates, in order to strengthen a sense of collaboration and promote… Continue Reading »

    Google’s Chrome OS to soon get dictation as an accessibility feature

    Google’s Chrome OS will soon get support for dictation as an accessibility feature. Currently the only way you can enable this is through extensions. Google Docs supports this feature on all platforms including Chrome OS. On Chromebooks with Google Play Store support, there could be some Android apps as well. However, with this new feature,… Continue Reading »

    Audio-described movies a boon to people with vision disabilities

    PANAJI, INDIA: It meant a lot to people who are blind or have low vision to be able to participate in the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), even though that there were only two audio-described films in the Accessible India Film Section. Secret Superstar and Hindi Medium, were screened on Wednesday and Thursday. Students… Continue Reading »

    Voya Financial Partners with Special Olympics to Advance Inclusion for People with Disabilities

    NEW YORK: Voya Financial, Inc. has announced the launch of Invest in Something Special, the newest component of the company’s broader effort to support persons with disabilities. The weeklong Invest in Something Special effort runs through Nov. 19, and will share the near-term goals and lifetime aspirations of Special Olympics athletes to raise awareness of… Continue Reading »

    Shortage of teachers for children with disabilities

    VIETNAM: Dinh Thi Thu Huong, a teacher at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School said:”Besides regular classes, we also provide other classes such as living skills and mobility for students with vision disabilities, among others. Normarly for the mobility subject, one teacher will focus on one student, but we have to teach 20 students at a time.”… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities test out Metro facilities

    HYDERABAD, INDIA: The authorities have ensured that Metro trains and stations, including lifts, fare gates and ticket vending machines cater the needs of people with disabilities. A test run was carried out with a small group of individuals, and it was found that they were able to buy tickets, cross the barrier gates, enter the… Continue Reading »

    Video game improves balance in youth with autism

    Playing a video game that rewards participants for holding various “ninja” poses could help children and youth with autism  improve their balance, according to a recent study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Balance challenges are more common among people with autism compared to the… Continue Reading »

    Making schools more inclusive to support all students

    AUSTRALIA: Schools across Victoria will get a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities. Minister for Education James Merlino yesterday visited Mandama Primary School in Grovedale to announce that another 14 schools will receive funding under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund. Mandama Primary… Continue Reading »

    New Competition Launched to Ensure Children who are Deaf Achieve Literacy

    BUDAPEST: All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) has announced the launch of Sign On For Literacy, a new global competition to invest in innovations that increase access to local sign languages and advance language and literacy outcomes for deaf children. The competition was announced at the third International Conference of the… Continue Reading »