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UAE Central Bank to release banknotes in Braille

ABU BHABI: The UAE Central Bank will soon release Dh100 and Dh50 bank notes that have been reprinted in Braille to enable people who are blind Continue reading the story...

IBM helps developers design mobile apps for people with disabilities

BARCELONA: IBM researchers have created a new tool for iOS and Android mobile applications expected to potentially benefit as many as one billion people with disabilities 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...

Wireless technology helps people with vision disabilities

People who are blind or have low vision often have to rely on others for help with basic life tasks such as matching clothing, distinguishing bills Continue reading the story...

Mumbai suburban stations to be accessible by December 31

MUMBAI, INDIA: Suburban stations in Mumbai would be made accessible for persons with disabilities and have facilities like low height ticket counters by December 31, Railways Continue reading the story...

ITA supports Arab Forum for People with Vision Disabilities

MUSCAT, OMAN: In line with its eAccessibility policy to provide fair and equal life opportunities to persons with disabilities and the elderly people through the use Continue reading the story...

New Sign Language Bible app launched in Japan

A new Sign Language Bible app in Japan is not only giving Japanese with hearing disabilities instant access to Scriptures in their mother tongue, but its Continue reading the story...

Disability Services Company Sued by EEOC

PHOENIX:  ValleyLife, a disability support services company, unlawfully discriminated against disabled employees by refusing to provide them with reasonable accommodations in violation of federal law, the Continue reading the story...

Telecom regulator wants accessible services for people with disabilities

The Romanian National Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANCOM) has presented a set of measures for people with disabilities access to telephony and internet services adapted to their Continue reading the story...

GAATES Presents Award of Recognition to the Zero Project

GAATES is pleased to announce that the Zero Project is this year’s recipient of the GAATES Award of Recognition, with special recognition given to Mr. Martin Continue reading the story...

Lack of accessibility a key barrier to the full participation of people with disabilities

NADI, FIJI: Accessing quality education and proper employment opportunities is still a challenge for youths with disabilities in the Pacific. While the protection and promotion of disability Continue reading the story...

University of Montana to Host MonTECH Assistive Technology Open House

MISSOULA: The University of Montana will host MonTECH’s Assistive Technology Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the Curry Health Services Continue reading the story...

EC urged to make voting accessible for people with vision disabilities

GHANA: Participants at a District Level Election (DLE) Focus Group Workshop have suggested to the Electoral Commission (EC) to make special Braille ballot papers for people Continue reading the story...

Mongolian leaders visit US to advance new disability rights legislation

Seven Mongolian leaders, including the Minister of Population Development and Social Protection, members of Parliament, and leaders of disability rights organizations, will spend two weeks in Continue reading the story...

Rights of persons with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

“One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Continue reading the story...

Canadian government improves accessibility for people with disabilities in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO: The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, and Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, Continue reading the story...

GAATES Participating at the Zero Project Conference 2015

The Zero Project Report 2014 revealed “dispiriting results on emergency issues.” In recognition of this fact, The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) in Continue reading the story...

Software to help people with vision disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Reading Punjabi literature or subject books in Punjabi will no more be a hindrance to people with vision disabilities. The Punjabi Espeak reading software Continue reading the story...

GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director

GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to provide strategic management of GAATES for its operations, international development work, and information roles. This is an exciting Continue reading the story...

Istanbul Municipality starts building new accessible ferries

TURKEY: The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has begun the construction of 10 accessible, high-technology ferries, which it hopes to unveil before the general elections in June. The new Continue reading the story...

Australia to introduce tactile banknotes

The Governor, Glenn Stevens has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people who are blind or have Continue reading the story...

US Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements

The Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section Continue reading the story...

Allahabad University to amend admission rules for people with disabilities

ALLAHABAD, INDIA: Allahabad University authorities, on Wednesday agreed to consider the proposal of amending admission under disability quota for the next academic session (2015-16). Newly appointed director Continue reading the story...

NEW DEADLINE: UNICEF & GAATES Assistive Devices/Technologies Questionnaire

UNICEF and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) are seeking information on products (e.g. assistive devices and assistive technologies) that are important for Continue reading the story...

Telekom Networks Malawi sets up disability inclusive classrooms in Lilongwe

Premier mobile service provider Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has donated  K2.8 million to the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to help set up a disability Continue reading the story...

Women Conference on Disability

FIJI: Strengthening partnership and action towards a disability inclusive Pacific for women with disabilities will be the emphasis of the Pacific Regional Women Conference on Disability Continue reading the story...

Broadcast Monday Highlights Important Service for People who are Blind

A few months ago, Stevie Wonder visited the FCC to talk about how we can harness the power of technology to make performance art more accessible.  Continue reading the story...

Smart learning aids for students with hearing disabilities

SHARJAH: Children at Al Amal School for Deaf Students can now study in the comfort of their homes, using sign language videos, thanks to the introduction Continue reading the story...

Australia India ink MoU to improve disability program

Indian public-private health organization, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) Monday inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Melbourne to improve disability Continue reading the story...

National Universities Commission pledges support for persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: The National Universities Commission (NUC) has pledged its support for persons with disabilities to ensure that they contribute meaningfully to national development. In the NUC’s weekly Continue reading the story...

Minister Bergen announces funding from the Government of Canada to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA: The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced that the Calgary Cerebral Palsy Association is receiving nearly $46,000 from the Enabling Continue reading the story...

First regional sports complex for persons with disabilities to come up in Vizag

VISAKHAPATNAM: The second regional sports complex for persons with disabilities in the country and first in South India will be established in Visakhapatnam, Union Minister of Continue reading the story...

GIFEC inaugurates Disability Employment Project

GHANA: The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has inaugurated a Disability Employment Project aimed at empowering persons with disabilities to earn decent incomes to Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities to get smart canes, DAISY players

NEW DELHI: Students with vision disabilities of Delhi University will soon be getting ‘mobility and accessibility’ kits, including DAISY players and smart canes to help them Continue reading the story...

Allocate 3% of budget for people with disabilities: Pune ZP

PUNE, INDIA: The Pune Zilla Parishad has directed all panchayat samitis and gram panchayats to allocate three per cent of their budgets to implement welfare measures Continue reading the story...

Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued over lack of closed captioning online

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: Advocates for people who are deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed Continue reading the story...

Most children with disabilities do not access basic rights in Tanzania: TAS

TANZANIA: About 97 percent of children with disabilities in Tanzania do not get access to some of their basic rights, including education, says an official with Continue reading the story...

Minister announces schemes for people with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday announced schemes worth over Rs 22 crore for people with disabilities of Continue reading the story...

No braille books for students with vision disabilities in Odisha

BERHAMPUR, INDIA: Absence of braille textbooks have forced college students with vision disabilities in Odisha to depend on either audio tapes or reading assistants. “We are facing much Continue reading the story...

Stanford engineer produces free Braille-writer app

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, Continue reading the story...