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New accessibility standard for self-service kiosks in air, ferry and train terminals

OTTAWA, ON: Starting December 31, 2016, any newly installed automated self-service kiosks used for such things as check in, printing of boarding passes and baggage tags Continue reading the story...

Alliance formed to improve access to digital services

The UK government has announced that a new alliance has been created to form solutions for issues that people with disabilities and older people face in Continue reading the story...

Ghana to implement Inclusive Education Policy in 2015

Ghana will implement an Inclusive Education Policy next year, and pre-service and in-service training enrolled for teachers in inclusive education to manage children with disabilities educational Continue reading the story...

Malta Communications Authority introduces support program elnclusion

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA), supported by FITA, KNPD, Aġenzija Support and the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, recently Continue reading the story...

Government preparing database for people with disabilities

New Delhi: The government Tuesday said it is planning to create a database for people with disabilities. “The Department of Disability Affairs has prepared a detailed project Continue reading the story...

Partnership to promote website usability for people with disabilities

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: My Blind Spot (MBS) is partnering with sitecues by Ai Squared, the makers of the ZoomText family of products and Window-Eyes, to ensure the Continue reading the story...

New edition of Odia calendar in Braille

BERHAMPUR, INDIA: The New Year holds new cheer for people with vision disabilities in Odisha as they would be able to hold the new Odia calendar Continue reading the story...

Freedom Scientific Releases a 90-day License of JAWS for Windows

ST. PETERSBURG, FL: Freedom Scientific today announced the release of a 90-day license of JAWS® for Windows Professional, the worlds most popular Windows screen reader. The Continue reading the story...

Robots to assist persons with disabilities

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from Continue reading the story...

Youngstown State University settles federal complaint over accessibility of website for people with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Youngstown State University in Ohio to ensure that Continue reading the story...

TISS campus to be accessible for students with disabilities

MUMBAI: The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is all set to make its campus more accessible to its 34 students with disabilities. The institute has sent Continue reading the story...

Delhi University training nurses on use of sign language in hospitals

New Delhi: Delhi University is providing sign language training to nursing staff in hospitals across the national capital to help them deal with patients with hearing Continue reading the story...

Children learn better with inclusive education

Inclusive education is the need of the hour. It helps build friendships and inculcate mutual respect and understanding. Patricia Mascarenhas investigates why inclusive education is not Continue reading the story...

‘Fire Safety for All’ in Buildings – Reboot & Reload!

While building and fire safety codes and standards exist in almost every country, requirements addressing Fire Safety for People with Activity Limitations, if they exist at Continue reading the story...

Students develop devices for people with disabilities

Penn State Berks University students demonstrated a kayak that would make it easier for anyone with one arm to have fun on the water. Students majoring in Continue reading the story...

Green Party welcomes commitment to make Parliament accessible

NEW ZEALAND: The Green Party welcomes the commitments made in the Speaker’s report on improving the accessibility of Parliament for people with disabilities. The Speaker’s report was Continue reading the story...

Government ignoring children with disabilities

FAZILKA, INDIA: In a clear case of ignorance and insensitivity of Punjab government, Teja Ruhela – a small village situated close to the Pakistan border – Continue reading the story...

Making national parks more accessible for people with vision disabilities

A team of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers has received a $278,300 National Park Service grant for the development of new technologies to provide dynamic Continue reading the story...

Swedish city wins the Access City Award 2015

BRUSSELS: The European Commission (EC) has announced the Swedish city of Borås is the winner of the 2015 Access City Award. The Award recognizes Borås’s comprehensive Continue reading the story...

Toronto police introduce text 9-1-1 service for people with hearing disabilities

TORONTO: The Toronto Police Service, along with emergency services partners, have announced that the T9-1-1 service for people who are deaf or Hard of Hearing in Continue reading the story...

The Accessible Exit Sign Project

Early in 2013, Lee Wilson, Director of Egress Group Pty Ltd embarked on a journey to write an evacuation guidebook for people with disability. It was during Continue reading the story...

Malaysians with disabilities want action against discrimination

KUALA LUMPUR: The Society of the Orthopaedically Handicapped Malaysia has urged the government to amend the Persons With Disabilities Act (PWDA) 2008 by punishing those who Continue reading the story...

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Announcement for Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is just around the corner. The Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched the special Human Rights Day web Continue reading the story...

TAMU team refines software to help readers with vision disabilities

Two key refinements that improve the experience of people who are blind or have low vision who use iPads as touch-based reading devices have been developed Continue reading the story...

UN experts urge full support for people with disabilities rights

A group of international experts on the rights of persons with disabilities on Wednesday called on all Governments to work towards universal ratification of the Convention Continue reading the story...

Zambia to conduct survey on disability

Government has disclosed that it will soon conduct a national survey on disability to ascertain the prevalence and extent of disability in the country. Speaking when she Continue reading the story...

A Welcome from GAATES’ President

Dear Members, Friends and Visitors, On behalf of the GAATES board of directors, I am excited to be able to welcome you our new website. The GAATES Continue reading the story...

Accessibility of English-language Proficiency Tests for English Learners with Disabilities

PRINCETON, N.J.: As the English-learner population continues to increase in number and diversity in the U.S., the challenge and importance of assessing all students, including students with Continue reading the story...

New call center technology adapts to employees with vision disabilities

ST. GEORGE, UTAH: TCN announces the immediate availability of “Platform 3 VocalVision,” a virtual call center technology for the visually impaired. Optimized to work with Job Continue reading the story...

Red Cross to host safety workshop for people with hearing disabilities

The American Red Cross and the Emergency Awareness and Readiness Services (EARS) for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will host a free fire Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities seeking basic rights through technology in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Nepal, which has around 3 percent of its population of 27 million who are considered persons with disabilities , has been lagging behind other countries Continue reading the story...

South Africa to launch census for people with disabilities

CAPE TOWN: The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu, has announced that government, in partnership with Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), will soon launch a Continue reading the story...

Government plans free education for children with disabilities

BENGALURU, INDIA: Minister for Women and Child Welfare Umashree, on Wednesday, said free education would soon be offered to children with disabilities aged between 6 and 18 Continue reading the story...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities to promote ICT

FIJI: The Pacific Disability Forum has used International Day of Persons with Disabilities to promote the impact and benefits of ICT in improving the well being Continue reading the story...

Government of Canada Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and highlighted the Government Continue reading the story...

New Intel-Created System Offers Professor Stephen Hawking Ability to Better Communicate with the World

LONDON: Intel demonstrated for the first time with Professor Stephen Hawking a new Intel-created communications platform to replace his decades-old system, dramatically improving his ability to Continue reading the story...

FCC announces formation of disability advisory committee

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission announced the planned formation of the Disability Advisory Committee and seeks nominations for membership.  The Commission will accept nominations until Continue reading the story...

China to improve E-Banking accessibility for people with disabilities

BEIJING: China’s electronic banking service is required to provide easier access for people with disabilities, according to a guideline co-issued by China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF) Continue reading the story...

IEC, ISO and ITU publish new international accessibility guide

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: With this in mind the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology, ISO (International Organization Continue reading the story...

Technology helping people with disabilities: Minister

NEW ZEALAND: Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner says the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is an opportunity to celebrate New Zealand’s work with people Continue reading the story...