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Private buildings violate accessibility code

PHILIPPINES: Private buildings are mostly the violators of the Batas Pambansa (BP) 344 or the building code that caters to the access of persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Government supports innovative pilot program assisting people with autism obtain employment in the IT industry

CALGARY, ALBERTA: The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry Continue reading the story...

Transforming Accessibility with Mobile Technology

Data digitization and IBM mobile technology will transform accessibility by making everything easier to use. For the worldwide population of more than 1 billion people with Continue reading the story...

Accessible Parking Enforcement Campaign

In the summer of 2013 Summer Students with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service as well as officers from Traffic Services in conjunction with staff from Continue reading the story...

IBM Names Chief Accessibility Officer

ARMONK, N.Y.: IBM today appointed Frances West as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer.  In this new role, West will guide IBM accessibility policies and practices.  Continue reading the story...

SSC candidates with vision disabilities denied scribes

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: At least five candidates with vision disabilities had to return disappointed without attending a Staff Selection Commission (SSC) examination here on Sunday after they Continue reading the story...

Emergency Preparedness Seminar to Be Held for People with Disabilities

RIO GRANDE: An interactive training seminar to help people with disabilities prepare in the case of an emergency is set for July 28. The seminar entitled Continue reading the story...

Dubai Municipality to make all parks accessible

DUBAI: Public parks in the emirate are to be refurbished to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. The Dubai Municipality project will start in Continue reading the story...

English-Gujarati dictionary now in braille

AHMEDABAD: The Braille Press at Blind People’s Association (BPA) has come up with the braille version of Oxford English-Gujarati Dictionary in 2013-14. The dictionaries are now Continue reading the story...

Accessibility to Mammograms for Women With Disabilities

BILLINGS: A group of women took a tour of Billings hospitals to increase awareness of mammography accessibility for women with disabilities. Data shows women with disabilities have Continue reading the story...

Dutch organizations form alliance to work for disability inclusive development in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Six Dutch organizations working for disability rights have formed an alliance to work for disability inclusive development in Nepal. The ‘Alliance for Disability Inclusive Development: Leading Continue reading the story...

Ghana Education Service takes steps to improve inclusive education

GHANA: Inadequate support for Inclusive Education (under the Ghana Education Service) by the government and citizenry has affected the human resource capacity of the country, according Continue reading the story...

TIA Submits Comments to FCC in Support of CVAA Communications Accessibility Requirements

ARLINGTON, VA: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission Continue reading the story...

DSWD leads event for persons with disabilities

PHILIPPINES: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its attached agency, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), will lead the celebration of the Continue reading the story...

Officials focus on disability inclusive development

The Forum Disability Officials meeting commenced yesterday at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadiwhere senior officials of government ministries responsible for disability issues are convening to dialogue on various issues related Continue reading the story...

Deadline extended for accessibility survey

The citywide survey on Somerville’s accessibility needs is being extended to a new deadline of Friday, Aug. 29. The online survey is available at www.HumanCenteredDesign.org/IHCD-Studio/Somerville-Survey and hard Continue reading the story...

Accessible environment for persons with disabilities

PHILIPPINES: The nationwide observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPRW) starts on July 17, 2014, and cultimates on July 23, 2014, the 150th birth Continue reading the story...

Kurzweil Education Announces Enhanced Version of Kurzweil 3000-firefly

DALLAS: Kurzweil Education, Inc., a division of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., announced the launch of the newest Kurzweil 3000 firefly award-winning literacy software, which helps learners Continue reading the story...

Researchers develop navigation app for people with vision disabilities

MINNEAPOLIS: Researchers and students at the University of Minnesota are developing a smartphone app that would tell people with vision disabilities not only when to cross Continue reading the story...

SSA to emphasize on inclusive education

MANGALORE, INDIA: The program will be implemented with help of SHGs and active volunteers in a particular region. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana (SSA) has chalked out a Continue reading the story...

Audio books for people with vision disabilities

PRETORIA: Twenty nine people with vision disabilities, in Pietermaritzburg, have been given Victor Readers, also known as audio book players, to help them better access information. The Continue reading the story...

Chicago Regional Transit System Offers Variety of Accessibility Features

CHICAGO: The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) joins the more than 37 million Americans with disabilities in celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Continue reading the story...

New rules require closed captioning of online video clips

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules that will require closed captioning of video clips that are posted online.  The new rules further the Continue reading the story...

International Deaf-Blind Expo in Las Vegas

The first International Deaf-Blind Expo will be held at the Riviera Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 30, to Sunday, August 3, 2014. The Expo Continue reading the story...

New law to improve educational opportunities for students with dyslexia

CHICAGO: Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve educational opportunities for students with dyslexia in Illinois. The law identifies dyslexia as a learning disability and Continue reading the story...

UAE Central Bank approves currency notes in Braille

ABU DHABI: The board of directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, at a recent meeting, reviewed a memorandum regarding re-printing of set quantities of Continue reading the story...

Smoke Alarms and Alert Equipment for Oklahomans with Hearing Disabilities

STILLWATER: The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to install smoke alarms Continue reading the story...

PSCDR to launch Prince Salman Award for Disability Research

RIYADH: The Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR) disclosed here recently that it will launch the Prince Salman Award for Disability Research next month. The Continue reading the story...

Last chance to comment on Island’s accessibility guide

The Department of Health and Social Care is reminding the public about the opportunity to comment on the quality and effectiveness of the disability access guide Continue reading the story...

University students with vision disabilities facing problems of acceptance and support, says survey

HONG KONG: Students with vision disabilities face additional obstacles in some universities because of an unwillingness to accept them in class or provide suitable teaching materials, Continue reading the story...

India’s Finance Minister announces new schemes for people with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday announced some new schemes for people with disabilities. Tabling the union budget 2014-15 in parliament, Jaitley said: “Fifteen new Continue reading the story...

Involve disability groups in procurement of educational materials: NGO

HO, GHANA: Mr Eric Ofori, Co-ordinator of New Horizon Foundation of the Blind (NHFB), has stressed the urgent need for the authorities to involve representatives of Continue reading the story...

Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities

PHILIPPINES: The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is stepping up its commitment to disability inclusive elections, with its latest Resolution, dated June 25, 2014, declaring July 20, Continue reading the story...

Carleton University Hosting International Accessibility Summit from July 12-15

Carleton University, with support from the Province of Ontario and City of Ottawa, is holding a unique four-day International Summit on Accessibility at the Ottawa Convention Continue reading the story...

Students work to create a training program for cochlear implant users

Why is it that some recipients of cochlear implants are able to understand speech very well, while others struggle to make sense of even the simplest Continue reading the story...

New book guides readers towards better understanding of people with disabilities

HAMPTON, VA: As diversity consultants in the area of disability awareness, authors Ellen L. Shackelford and Marguerite Edmonds recognizes that there are many questions individuals have Continue reading the story...

Make all new ATMs talking: RBI

MUMBAI, INDIA: All new automated teller machines (ATMs) to be installed by commercial banks from July 2014 would provide audible instructions and Braille keypads to customers, Reserve Continue reading the story...

Provide accessible environment to people with disabilities, states told

NEW DELHI: All states and union territories have been directed to provide accessible environment in important government buildings for the people with disabilities, the Lok Sabha Continue reading the story...

Siteimprove Releases Improved Web Accessibility Tool

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Software-as-a-Service company Siteimprove released its improved website accessibility tool today. With new features and a redesigned layout for simplicity, the service now allows people Continue reading the story...

Venezuelan government launches new initiative to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities

The Venezuelan government is organizing a series of employment fairs to increase the number of people with disabilities in formal employment, as part of efforts to guarantee Continue reading the story...