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Colombian engineer 3D prints mechanical hands for children with disabilities

BOGOTA: To help children with disabilities, Colombian engineer Cristian Silva, alongside a team of volunteers, has constructed mechanical hands using three-dimensional printing. The project, which came about Continue reading the story...

Changing minds about persons with disabilities

Bonnie Nakasuji ’74, MA ’94, OTD ’08 first went to Ghana in 2003 with a simple mission. She wanted to match patients with wheelchairs. Two years later Continue reading the story...

CommerceWest Bank and United Cerebral Palsy Combine Efforts to Empower People With Disabilities

IRVINE, CALIF.: CommerceWest Bank and United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County came together for the Life Without Limits Gala. United Cerebral Palsy serves children with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Disability not a separate category for quota: Rajasthan High Court

JAIPUR, INDIA: Rajasthan high court has today ordered that reservation for people with disabilities should be given within the caste quota as disability is not a Continue reading the story...

Awareness camp for persons with disabilities held in India

IMPHAL, INDIA: A one day awareness camp for persons with disabilities was held at Dibong Echel Club. The camp was organized by Social Welfare Department Manipur. Hilghat Continue reading the story...

GAATES Participating in a Workshop on Emergency Warnings and Disaster Risk Reduction

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is participating in a workshop on Emergency Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Bhubaneswar, Orrisa, India Continue reading the story...

Foundation to launch ‘Braille Vani’ app

PUNE, INDIA: City-based Prerana Foundation for the Blind will launch its Braille Vani radio application in Chinchwad on Friday. Satish Navale, secretary of the foundation, said people Continue reading the story...

Companies told not to hire persons with disabilities to boost image

PHILIPPINES: The head of the country’s disability council has this to say to companies that hire persons with disabilities as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues McLane Foodservice for Disability Discrimination

MEMPHIS, TENN.: McLane Foodservice, Inc., which supplies foodservice deliveries to fast-food chain restaurants, violated federal law by discriminating against an employee it believed to be disabled, Continue reading the story...

Thailand introduces videophone booths for people with hearing disabilities

New telephone booths for people with hearing disabilities have been installed nationwide to allow them to communicate with friends, file complaints to the government or make Continue reading the story...

Attitudes to disability need to change

People with disabilities still experience serious barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society and feeling accepted, according to two new reports. Based on interviews Continue reading the story...

China to allow assistance dogs on trains

BEIJING: Passengers with vision disabilities will be allowed to take guide dogs onto trains from May 1, according to new rules announced by China Railway Corporation. The Continue reading the story...

Museums to introduce sign language and Braille in Turkey

ISTANBUL: Services for people with vision and hearing disabilities will be increased at key Istanbul museums next year, the head of the country’s largest travel agency Continue reading the story...

RDSEF to construct disability education academy

ACCRA, GHANA: Richoff Disability Sports and Educational Foundation (RDSEF), a disability club has acquired a 40-acre land for the construction of an ultra modern disability sports Continue reading the story...

HUD, Missouri Housing Authority Agreements Increase Access to Housing for Persons With Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has reached two Voluntary Compliance Agreements (VCAs) with the Housing Authority of Independence Continue reading the story...

Device to help passengers with vision disabilities board buses

MUMBAI: People with vision disabilities in Mumbai will no longer need to depend on co-passengers to board a bus. A click of a button will help Continue reading the story...

Reading Systems Supporting Accessible EPUB 3 Bring New Opportunities to Customers with Print Disabilities

The Consortium is also a member of the Readium Foundation which promotes and develops technologies accelerating the adoption of EPUB 3 and the Open Web Platform Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities excluded from education

MUMBAI, INDIA: Inclusion of children with disabilities in schools across the state still has a long way to go, reveals the data collected under the District Continue reading the story...

OPP launches Text911 for people with hearing and speech disabilities

ORILLIA, ON: Ontarians with hearing and speech disabilities living in areas policed by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be able to text calls to 911 Continue reading the story...

Netflix adds audio description to ‘Daredevil’ for people with vision disabilities

Netflix announced Tuesday that audio descriptions will be added to certain programming, starting with Marvel’s Daredevil for people who are blind or have low vision. Marvel’s Daredevil Continue reading the story...

Webinar on Guardianship for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – April 29

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is hosting “Guardianship for Individuals with Intellectual Disability: Trends and Issues” on April 29, 2015 from 3 – Continue reading the story...

NZSL video, making the arts more accessible to people with hearing disabilities

New Zealand Sign Language video, made by Deafradio’s Seeflow translation service for Arts Access Aotearoa, lets people who are Deaf  know about some of ways artists, Continue reading the story...

Fujitsu Introduces “LiveTalk,” a Participatory Communications Tool for People with Hearing Disabilities

TOKYO: Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Limited today announced that, starting in mid-May, they will begin sales of FUJITSU Software LiveTalk, a participatory communications Continue reading the story...

Web access awards issued in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme today recognized 199 accessible websites and 45 mobile applications for achieving its prescribed accessibility requirements – almost 50% more Continue reading the story...

Action group set up to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

MALAYSIA: Plans are under way to establish a Penang Accessibility Action Group (PAAG) to monitor and improve public access for older people and persons with disabilities. Pulau Continue reading the story...

Perkins voices add momentum to UN’s push to ratify accessible book treaty

WATERTOWN, MA: In keeping with its education and advocacy work for people who are blind all around the world, Perkins has joined with other global leaders Continue reading the story...

IPC Announce 2015 Paralympic Scientific Award Winner

OTTAWA: Professor Jennifer Mactavish is to receive the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) 2015 Paralympic Scientific Award in recognition of the role she played in the re-inclusion Continue reading the story...

New Zealand Sign Language Week 4-10 May 2015

NEW ZEALAND: From 4 – 10 May 2015, Deaf Aotearoa is hosting the ninth New Zealand Sign Language Week – a celebration of one of the Continue reading the story...

Need more focus on inclusive education in India

Inclusive education is not a much-discussed subject. It is not the talking point at seminars or conferences. We know that there is a large population of Continue reading the story...

First comprehensive consultative workshop on disabilities law held in KP

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: 8th – 9th April 2015, first ever two days Provincial Consultation on disability legislation “Pakistan Disability Bill “ and Compilation of United Nation Convention Continue reading the story...

Sports competition for young kiwis with disabilities opens

NEW ZEALAND: The 2015 Halberg Junior Disability Games – a national three day sports competition for young people with disabilities aged eight to 21 – has Continue reading the story...

University of Limerick researchers developing assistive exoskeletons for older people

Researchers at the Design Factors Research Group at the University of Limerick have been awarded €250,000 funding to develop an exoskeleton to assist older people. The Continue reading the story...

RIC Hosts Event on ADA Online Accessibility Best Practices

The R.I. Governor’s Commission on Disabilities’ Employment Committee and RIC’s Disability Services Center partnered to present “Why Your Institution Might Violate the ADA and What You Continue reading the story...

Feds announce funding to support job seekers with disabilities in Durham Region

The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by the Continue reading the story...

Rice University creates vibrating vest, allowing people who are deaf to feel sounds

HOUSTON: A vest that allows people who are deaf to “feel” and understand speech is under development by engineering students and their mentors at Rice University Continue reading the story...

Beijing to introduce 800 more accessible cabs in 2015

Beijing will add 800 more accessible cabs to its taxi fleet in 2015 to better serve people with disabilities and mobility issues, transport authorities have announced. Continue reading the story...

UK Deaf Sport to hold conference on how to make sport more inclusive

UK Deaf Sport, the National Disability Sports Organization for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, has announced plans to hold a major conference. ReDEAFining Deaf Continue reading the story...

ActionAid publishes laws on rights of persons with disabilities in Braille

ActionAid Bangladesh on Monday launched the braille version of the laws protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, at Biswa Sahitya Kendra in the capital, said Continue reading the story...

Microsoft launches pilot program to hire people with autism

Microsoft is launching a pilot program to hire people with autism at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash. “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft,” Continue reading the story...

Courses by edX to improve access for people with disabilities

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: On April 2, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an agreement with edX related to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Continue reading the story...
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