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Habitat III – UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – will take place  in Ecuador, 17 Oct 2016 – 20 Oct 2016, to design a Continue reading the story...

Careem launches service for travelers with disabilities in Saudi Arabia

Careem, the region’s leading car booking service and home-grown app, announced this week the launch of ‘Careem One’ in Saudi Arabia, which caters to passengers with Continue reading the story...

Making Thiruvananthapuram accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The Union Government initiates  an audit in the city to check whether the guidelines formulated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Continue reading the story...

New BCA rules for building owners to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE: Owners of existing commercial and institutional buildings must include “barrier-free” accessibility upgrades when they undergo additions and alterations works, under new rules by the Building Continue reading the story...

Bank Muscat launches sign language training for staff

Bank Muscat in step with its dynamic ‘Let’s Do More’ vision and commitment to innovative customer service, announced a initiative in the banking sector in Oman Continue reading the story...

Seminar on inclusive education in Delhi

NEW DELHI: CBSE will be organizing a mega seminar on inclusive education on August 23 and 24 in New Delhi. It is likely to see a Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Florida Launches “Access The Vote” Campaign

TALLAHASSEE: Disability Rights Florida has launched its “Access The Vote” campaign to encourage Floridians with disabilities to vote in upcoming elections. The campaign includes a new Continue reading the story...

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities struggle to get scribes to write in regional languages

BENGALURU, INDIA: Students with vision disabilities in the city find it difficult to find scribes when they have to write examinations in languages other than English. Continue reading the story...

Barclays achieves highest ever score in Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard

LONDON: Leading UK bank Barclays has achieved 98% in Business Disability Forum’s world-renown Disability Standard – the highest ever score awarded to any organisation since the Continue reading the story...

Final Working Draft of WAI-ARIA 1.1

A Working Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 is available for review. This is intended to be the last Working Draft before the specification Continue reading the story...

Singapore to provide persons with disabilities better access to assistive technology

The Singapore government announced during the E2Connect 2016 forum that people with disabilities, as well as Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs), will soon have greater access to Continue reading the story...

New law to give people with hearing disabilities full access to information on TV

PHILIPPINES:  Another legislative measure that would allow people with hearing disabilities full access to information and opportunities has lapsed into law, Senator Grace Poe said on Friday. Poe Continue reading the story...

New guidebook launched to improve disability access in schools

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Jordanian Coalition for People with Disabilities on Monday launched a guidebook for improving accessibility for people with disabilities in schools, the Jordan News Continue reading the story...

New Rules Now in Effect for Sign Language Interpreters in Michigan

LANSING: New rules defining required qualifications for Michigan Certified sign language interpreters are now in effect and they apply to every lawyer, doctor, business or other Continue reading the story...

FCC Wants Public Comments on Direct Video Calls & Sign Language Customer Support

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for the public’s input on a petition to allow service providers to offer customer support services in sign language. The petition also asks the FCC Continue reading the story...

Trailblazing a New Future for Disabilities

MIAMI, FL: This one day conference sets out to fuel the progress and innovation needed to improve the state of disability employment, inclusion and workforce sustainability. #Trailblazing16 Continue reading the story...

Chapters on disability soon in school curriculum: HRD minister

NEW DELHI: Chapters on disability will soon be included in school curriculum to increase awareness and sensitize the youth about the issue, Human resource development minister Continue reading the story...

NGO urges House of Representatives to pass Disability Bill

NIGERIA: The Centre for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD), a non-governmental organisation, has urged the House of Representatives to pass its Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Continue reading the story...

Swiss to Host World’s First Cybathlon for Athletes with Disabilities

The world’s first Cybathlon is a championship for racing pilots with disabilities (i.e. parathletes) who are using advanced assistive devices and robotic technologies, will be held in Continue reading the story...

Disaster assistance available for older adults and people with disabilities in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.VA.: Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Continue reading the story...

More companies focusing on assistive technology with Braille

For a long time, assistive technology for people with vision disabilities has mostly centered on audio options like Apple’s Siri, but a new trend is emerging Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Settles with Orpheum Theater to Resolve ADA Discrimination Complaint

The Justice Department announced today it has reached an agreement with the Omaha Performing Arts Society (OPAS) resolving an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint against Continue reading the story...

Illinois Legislation to Improve Accessibility Becomes Law

CHICAGO: Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office’s legislation to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Illinois was signed into law by the Governor Continue reading the story...

Malaysia introduces new rights for air travelers with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has introduced a new set of consumer rights enhancing the rights of air traveler with disabilities. The newly introduced Code Continue reading the story...

Omni Hotels & Resorts Offers Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

TORONTO: eSSENTIAL Accessibility and Omni Hotels & Resorts have partnered to launch the eSSENTIAL Accessibility app, an exciting accessibility initiative for guests with disabilities. The eSSENTIAL Continue reading the story...

NPC Sweden, KONE call for accessible facilities

SWEDEN: The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sweden is teaming up with elevator and escalator manufacturer KONE to tackle issues of accessibility in the country, particularly Continue reading the story...

Report on improving accessibility

FIJI: A report on improving the accessibility in transport infrastructure for people with disabilities was presented at the Asian Development Bank 2016 Pacific Update Conference at Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities demand more Braille books on law

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: People of all strata of life should extend their cooperation to people with disabilities for ensuring their access to all social and government services, Continue reading the story...

New guidance system with 3D sounds for people with vision disabilities

People with vision disabilities will be able to use a new system of sensorial guidance that uses 3D sounds. The system was developed by Geko NAVSAT, Continue reading the story...

Electoral Commission of Zambia prints Braille ballots

ZAMBIA: The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says the move it has taken to print tactile folders or Braille jackets to help people with vision disabilities Continue reading the story...

New app gives direction to people with vision disabilities

DUBAI: A breakthrough app called Ascot that promises to help people who are blind or have low vision walk without assistance could soon be available on Continue reading the story...

International airports soon accessible for persons with disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: Lagging behind its scheduled deadline, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has finally made the move to fast-track the process of making Continue reading the story...

UK HDI Releases Digital Interactive Kentucky Disability Resource Guide

LEXINGTON, KY.: The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute has released an interactive digital version of the popular Kentucky Disability Resource Guide. This resource allows professionals, Continue reading the story...

App lets you assist people with vision disabilities see via video chat

The iPhone app helps you ‘lend’ your eyes to a person with vision disability and answer their questions over video chat to help them navigate or Continue reading the story...

Three Million Children With Disabilities Out of School in Nigeria

NIGERIA: Among an estimated 10 million children reported out of school in Nigeria by the UN Children’s Fund, more than 3m of them are children with Continue reading the story...

Language assistance software aids students with learning disabilities

THAILAND: Students with learning disabilities are usually unable to write and read Thai words correctly, which hinders their ability to move ahead with their education. In Continue reading the story...

ManpowerGroup Named “Best Place to Work” by the Disability Equality Index

MILWAUKEE: ManpowerGroup has been recognized as one of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Best Places to Work, receiving a top score for its commitment to diversity Continue reading the story...

High-tech devices aid people with vision disabilities

CHENNAI: A Class 12 student at a school for the blind in the city had heard about a ‘sensor walker’, but got to hold it only Continue reading the story...

Reo sign language debuts on Māori TV news

In an effort to include the Māori Deaf Community in this year’s Māori language week and to have more interpreters on screen, trilingual sign language interpreter Continue reading the story...
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