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NGO conducts hospitals accessibility survey

CHENNAI, INDIA: A recent survey of city hospitals for their accessibility to people with disabilities received mixed response. While private hospitals seemed to be receptive to Continue reading the story...

New center aims to offer training to people with vision disabilities

MALTA: Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, paid a visit to the new Outlook center for people with vision Continue reading the story...

New smartphone app gives sight to people with vision disabilities

SAN FRANCISCO: Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels Continue reading the story...

New WHO Department to include disability issues

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, has announced the creation of a new Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Continue reading the story...

Disability rights organizations urge government to improve access to information

COMBODIA: A coalition of disability rights organizations has called on the government to provide more sign language on television for people who are deaf and radio Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities get government support

NIGERIA: EDO State government has provided financial assistance to 18 people with disabilities and less privileged persons in the state as part of efforts towards alleviating Continue reading the story...

World Summit on Tourism and Transportation for Persons with Disabilities

MONTREAL: World Summit on Destinations for All, addressing the themes of tourism, culture and transportation for persons with physical disabilities will be held in Montréal on Continue reading the story...

Evacusafe to Exhibit Products in Germany

Next week Evacusafe Director, Paul Mitchell, will be flying to Germany to represent his company at the Rehacare International Trade Fair and Congress in Dusseldorf.  The Continue reading the story...

Free Emergency Preparedness Workshops

United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County is offering free workshops to all families or persons interested in learning more about Emergency Preparedness, Individual Education Plan (IEP) Continue reading the story...

Government urged to consider health needs of people with hearing disabilities

Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) would like sign language interpretation services to be mainstreamed into the healthcare delivery system in Ghana. The call was Continue reading the story...

Major milestone as ratification of UN CRPD reaches 150 states

GENEVA: Disability rights worldwide have reached a major milestone after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the 150th country. Flags Continue reading the story...

DESA Forum for Accessible Tourism and Sustainable Development for All

WASHINGTON, DC: Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Organization of American States (OAS) plans Continue reading the story...

Telstra launches communications initiatives for Australians with disabilities

Telstra is providing more options for people with disabilities to access communication services, with three new initiatives launching today including a new portal on Telstra.com that Continue reading the story...

New Regional Director appointed for the World Federation of the Deaf Interim Regional Secretariat for the Arab Region

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Board wishes to announce the appointment of Ms Hend Al-Showaier from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the new Regional Director Continue reading the story...

Identity card for people with disabilities soon: Minister

NEW DELHI: A national identity card for people with disabilities is on the anvil, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said Tuesday. “The handicapped people face Continue reading the story...

New Award Honours Leaders in Accessibility

Ontario is recognizing individuals and organizations who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues through the new David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. The first Continue reading the story...

Barclays launches Return on Disability ETNs

Barclays Bank PLC announced the launch of the Barclays Return on Disability Exchange Traded Notes (“ETNs”). Barclays plans to list the ETNs on the NYSE Arca Continue reading the story...

Mexican DPOs present critical rights issues to the CRPD Committee

GENEVA: This week, representatives of the Disability Rights (Advocacy) Fund grantee – the Coalición México por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (COAMEX) – will Continue reading the story...

Accessible Taxi Service Launches in Indonesia

Indonesia’s largest taxi operator, Blue Bird Group, launched on Wednesday its new line of taxis designed for people with disabilities, Blue Bird Lifecare Taxi, the first Continue reading the story...

Worldwide Text-To-Speech Audio Description for Cavena with Acapela voices

Audio description (AD) is a growing requirement for broadcasters, and serves the needs of people with vision disabilities who want to be able to access TV Continue reading the story...

FITA ICT courses for people with disabilities

MALTA: Fifty-eight students have successfully completed information and communication technology (ICT) courses organized by the Foundation for Technology Accessibility (FITA). The courses were held at the ICT Continue reading the story...

New Dubai hotel to allocate rooms for people with disabilities

UAE-headquartered TIME Hotels Management on Wednesday announced it will manage a new five-star hotel located close to Dubai Healthcare City as the emirate targets growth in Continue reading the story...

Supreme Court: 3% quota must for people with disabilities in all government jobs including IAS

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that 3% reservation for people with disabilities must be provided in all government jobs including Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The Continue reading the story...

Awards for institutions working for people with disabilities

BANGALORE: The department for empowerment of disabled and senior citizens, government of Karnataka will be honoring persons and institutions who are doing an outstanding work in Continue reading the story...

USDOJ Files Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Kent State University for Discrimination Against Students with Disabilities in University Housing

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Kent State University, the Kent State University Board of Trustees and university officials for violating the Fair Housing Continue reading the story...

New Technology for New Zealanders with hearing Disabilities

AUCKLAND: Auckland-based creative corporate communications agency, One Plus One, is bringing back the joy of music for New Zealanders with hearing Disabilities, thanks to its latest Continue reading the story...

No policy to rescue people with disabilities during emergency

NEW DELHI: Ever since she had to be carried, wheelchair and all, up a flight of stairs at Vigyan Bhavan, Abha Khetarpal has wondered what she’d Continue reading the story...

Union presses for accessible buses for people with disabilities

BANGKOK: The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) labour union has called on the organization to speed up the purchase of low-floor buses to boost safety and Continue reading the story...

App enables people with vision disabilities to identify US currency notes with android smartphone

HILLIARD, OHIO:  Apps4Android today announced the release of an updated version of their no-cost-to-the-user, U.S. currency note identification app called “IDEAL Currency Identifier (ICI).” The new features Continue reading the story...

ENGAGE announces scholarship for students with vision disabilities

KATHMANDU:In collaboration with Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind (NAWB), National Association of the Blind (NAB), Cricket Association of Nepal, Blinds Rock and Abilis Continue reading the story...

2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award winners announced

In the end, nearly 90,000 votes were cast in the month-long contest to elect the two winners of the Hermann Gmeiner Award for 2014. Out of the Continue reading the story...

New iBooks textbook helps people with vision disabilities visit the stars through touch and sound

Children with visual disabilities can experience striking deep-space images like never before in a free, multi-touch iBooks textbook for the iPad entitled “Reach for the Stars: Continue reading the story...

Over 370 organizations support movement for employment of persons with disabilities

HONG KONG: The Labour and Welfare Bureau (LWB) and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) jointly held an award presentation ceremony of the 2013-14 Talent-Wise Employment Charter Continue reading the story...

Children with Disabilities deserve more

IHC New Zealand welcomes news that a National led Government would put more money into teacher aides, but says much more is needed to give children Continue reading the story...

Unique brain mechanism helps learning hand gestures even for people with vision disabilities

WASHINGTON: A new study has suggested that a unique mechanism work in the brain helps in understanding and learning hand gestures even for people with vision Continue reading the story...

California Autism Foundation Launch New Brand / Crowdfunding Campaign

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA: California Autism Foundation (CAF), the leading provider of full life services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities in California, today unveiled a Continue reading the story...

Sorenson Communications Presents Annual Celebration of Deaf Awareness Month

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: During September, Sorenson Communications, the leading provider of Video Relay Service for people who are deaf who use sign language to communicate, Continue reading the story...

GAATES Award of Recognition

It was with great praise and thanks that the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) presented Betty Dion with a special Award of Recognition Continue reading the story...

Mr. Matthew Fleet welcomed as GAATES assistant

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is very pleased to have welcomed our new staff person Mr. Matthew Fleet as assistant to the Continue reading the story...

European Universities Accessibility Map Launched

On the 28th of August, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is celebrating the launch of MapAbility platform, a ground-breaking online map designed to inform students with Continue reading the story...