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Technology makes classrooms more accessible

MADRID: Students with hearing disabilities will be able to access a greater number of educational facilities and follow classes by way of tablets, SmartPhones or intelligent Continue reading the story...

First Wheelchair Accessible Philadelphia Taxis Launched

PHILADELPHIA: The first of dozens of Philadelphia taxis are now ready to transport passengers in wheelchair. The Philadelphia Parking Authority and wheelchair advocates introduced accessible wheelchair taxis Continue reading the story...

New technologies help people with disabilities at work

MUSCAT, OMAN: Sheikha Al Jassasi types something on her laptop and a voice reads “www dot google dot com.” The voice helps her navigate to the Continue reading the story...

Chennai Metro not inclusive enough, says access audit

CHENNAI: For Smitha Sadasivan, getting into the Chennai Metro Rail train at Alandur station was next to impossible. Her wheelchair got stuck in the gap between Continue reading the story...

Over 37,000 students in state have learning disability

MUMBAI, INDIA: There are over 37,000 students with Learning Disability in the 8 to 15 age group across the state. While Pune has the highest number Continue reading the story...

Assistive Technology Center to be Set up

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA:  The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has partnered with Federal Bank to set up an Assistive Technology (AT) Centre at the institute Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities want more career choices

HANGZHOU, CHINA: At least 12 million people in China are blind or low vision and been told that they can only follow one of two career Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

CHICAGO: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. violated federal law by failing to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee at its Hodgkins, Ill., store who was disabled by bone Continue reading the story...

Sign Language grants to make a difference

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the first 14 grants for community projects from the newly established New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Fund. “The Continue reading the story...

Youths with disabilities call for inclusive education in Sierra Leone

SIERRA LEONE: The African Youths with Disability Network in Bo have called for an “Inclusive Education” at a day seminar held at the Leonard Cheshire Home Continue reading the story...

Government opens new department for persons with disabilities

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday threw open a new department for Social Security and Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities at State Institute of Continue reading the story...

Novartis Pharmaceuticals launches first smartwatch app for people with vision disabilities

BASEL: Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of Continue reading the story...

Over 8 percent of Indian households have persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Over eight percent, or 207.8 lakh, of the total households in the country have persons with disabilities, reveals data on disabled population in India Continue reading the story...

Wheel:Life Publishes Accessible US Travel Guidebook for Wheelchair Users

ATLANTA, GA: Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published Discovering: An Accessible US Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users as a new e-book on Continue reading the story...

WHO to collect comprehensive information for disabilities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan and the World Health Organisation, as lead agency in Disabilities in the UN system, are conducting the Model Disability Survey (MDS). The Continue reading the story...

Government to conduct accessibility audit of public buildings for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a bid to make public buildings easily accessible to persons with disabilities, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is going to Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities deserve a fair go at work

NEW ZEALAND: Tracking Equalities at Work research released by the Human Rights Commission yesterday shows that New Zealand’s disabled population has nearly double the level of Continue reading the story...

CBSE tells schools to form school inclusion committee

COIMBATORE, INDIA: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the schools affiliated to it to form a School Inclusion Committee to address the Continue reading the story...

Reconsider admission of student with disabilities: High Court

MUMBAI, INDIA: Noting the movements of a student with disabilities inside the courtroom, the Bombay High Court has directed the state government to consider his admission Continue reading the story...

ZERO PROJECT 2016: Call for Nominations in Inclusive Education / ICT – Deadline: 10th July 2015

Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices and innovative policies concerning this year’s topics: Inclusive Continue reading the story...

Computer vision and mobile technology could help people with vision disabilities ‘see’

UK: Computer scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology which could enable people who are blind or have low vision to ‘see’ through their smartphone or Continue reading the story...

NAB to launch smartphone app for people with vision disabilities

PUNE, INDIA: People who are blind or have low vision will soon be able to use touchscreen cellphones thanks to an application called Easy Access. The National Continue reading the story...

14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

LISBON: The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The Continue reading the story...

Sign language workshop opens door to deaf culture for Arizona State University faculty, staff

Scenario 1: You’re walking down a hallway at Arizona State University and realize you need to walk between two people conversing in sign language. What’s the Continue reading the story...

Swiss Scientists develop mind-controlled robot for people with disabilities

Using a telepresence system developed at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), 19 people—including nine quadriplegics—were able to remotely control a robot located in one of Continue reading the story...

Seminar to explore disability access and representation in museums

LONDON: The Museums Association (MA) is holding a one-day seminar exploring some of the practical ways that museums can address disabled access, participation and representation. Opening doors: Continue reading the story...

Device for children with autism launched in Italy

Mente, a device which is used to relax the minds of children with autism which has been designed by Malta-based AAT Research, has been launched in Continue reading the story...

Accessible transportation for everyone

LAVAL, QC: The STL (Société de transport de Laval) is pleased to announce that since Saturday, June 20, buses on the number 20 is accessible at Continue reading the story...

Delhi High Court issues notice on PIL over implementation of disability quota in UPSC exam

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court yesterday sought response of the Centre and UPSC on a plea by an organization for persons with disabilities seeking quashing Continue reading the story...

Government seeks advice from civil society on making buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind exercise, the government has asked the civil society to identify 100 public buildings ‘unfriendly’ for persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Project to boost mobility for people with vision disabilities in Turkey

ANKARA, TURKEY: The Smart Bus Stops, Visible Bus Stops project, which was created by Hacettepe University Teknokent in order to help people with vision disabilities take a Continue reading the story...

Burma’s Union Election Commission to adjust polling policies for persons with disabilities

RANGOON: Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has vowed to implement new measures to enhance voting rights for persons with disabilities during the country’s upcoming general election, to Continue reading the story...

More exam aid for people with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: People with disabilities can now take the help of a scribe, a person to read out aloud or a lab assistant, to help write Continue reading the story...

FEMA Webinar on Overnight Shelter Experience for Persons with Disabilities

There are many reasons to undertake an exercise such as the Overnight Shelter Exercise with the Disability Community, such as, the lack of appropriate and accessible Continue reading the story...

FDA approves device to help people with vision disabilities see by using their tongues

The Food and Drug Administration  allowed marketing of a new device Thursday that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, Continue reading the story...

Study reveals airline access fears for passengers with disabilities

UK: New research reveals passengers with disabilities are significantly less likely to fly than others, with many saying access worries are reasons not to fly. However research Continue reading the story...

Advocates call for Universal Design to be included in new constitution

BANGKOK, THAILAND: An advocate group for the interests of persons with disabilities has petitioned the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) to push for the new constitution’s guarantee Continue reading the story...

New Video Game Accessibility Requirements Starting in October

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) requires video game equipment, software and related services to be accessible to and usable by Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities have difficulty finding jobs in China

BEIJING: Despite China’s booming economy, persons with disabilities, including those with rare medical disorders, still find it difficult to find jobs. Social stigma and discrimination in Continue reading the story...

SBS Transit to introduce more wheelchair accessible bus services

SINGAPORE: Four more wheelchair accessible bus services will be introduced on June 22, according to an official announcement from SBS Transit. A bus driver helping a wheelchair Continue reading the story...
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