Headline News

UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe

Policies and measures to promote universal accessibility in tourism will be at the center of the 1st UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism, jointly organized by Continue reading the story...

Call for proposals: NNDR 13th Research Conference

The Nordic Network on Disability Research – NNDR 13th Research Conference in Bergen is now opening for proposals of papers.  The conference will be held in Continue reading the story...

Goodwill Launches Social Enterprise to Serve People with Disabilities in Finland

Goodwill Industries International announced its partnership with the SOTEK Foundation to launch its fourteenth international social enterprise, which expands Goodwill’s presence to Finland. Established in 2004, Continue reading the story...

Blueprint Highlighting Employment Reforms for People with Disabilities Released

CHICAGO: Today, Equip for Equality released a Blueprint for the implementation of the Illinois Employment First Act.  A Forum discussing the Blueprint and its recommendations to Continue reading the story...

Include Persons with disabilities and Older Persons in Disaster Resilience Efforts: Legarda

PHILIPPINES: Senator Loren Legarda today called for the inclusion of every citizen, including persons with disabilities and older persons, in the country’s disaster risk reduction and Continue reading the story...

UT Arlington researcher awarded grant to develop human-robot learning networks

John Bricout, professor and associate dean for research and community outreach in the School of Social Work, is the UT Arlington site principal investigator on a Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities to get government-run online job portal soon

NEW DELHI: People with disabilities will soon get a government-run online platform to explore job opportunities in various companies. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is Continue reading the story...

Video sessions from National Autism Conference available for free online

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: Lauren Zima, supervisor for autism services at Chambersburg Area School District, has attended the National Autism Conference for six years and, while the Continue reading the story...

W3C Publishes HTML5 Standard

The HTML Working Group today published HTML5 as W3C Recommendation. This specification defines the fifth major revision of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the format used Continue reading the story...

CEA Publishes Accessibility Resource Center

ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that it has published a new Accessibility Resource Center, a resource guide that helps  CEA members meet the new Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities denied access to rehabilitation

TURABAH, MAKKAH, SA: The families of people with disabilities in Turabah governor described the condition of their children as “miserable” due to the nonexistence of a Continue reading the story...

Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

Ontario has appointed The Honourable David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility to champion opportunities for people of all abilities in the public and Continue reading the story...

SM City Cauayan to launch sensory-friendly movie showing for people with disabilities

CAUAYAN CITY, ISABELA, PHILIPPINES: In its effort to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in every facet of mall experience, SM City Cauayan will conduct its Continue reading the story...

Experts call for strong legislation to help people with disabilities

ISLAMABAD: Strong legislation and its implementation is required to help people with disabilities to gain access to information and knowledge. This was stated by Senator Dr Saeeda Iqbal while Continue reading the story...

DoD Works to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: Walk through the Pentagon and you’re bound to come across highly skilled military or civilian employees with disabilities — including the Defense Department’s director of Continue reading the story...

Students developing low-cost portable Braille printer

INDIA: In a bid to make technology affordable and accessible to people with vision disabilities, Sandeep Konam, a B. Tech. final-year ECE student at  Indian Institutes of Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues The Lash Group for Disability Discrimination

BALTIMORE: The Lash Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting company, refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with post-partum depression and instead fired her because Continue reading the story...

Call for Abstracts: 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, July 28-31, 2015. The conference is hosted by IST (Técnico) (www.ist.eu) Continue reading the story...

Children learn better with inclusive education

Inclusive education is the need of the hour. It helps build friendships and inculcate mutual respect and understanding. Patricia Mascarenhas investigates why inclusive education is not Continue reading the story...

European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for people with vision disabilities

BRUSSELS: The Commission has proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who Continue reading the story...

User-Friendly Electronic “EyeCane” Enhances Navigational Abilities for People with Vision Disabilities

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to people with vision disabilities, but some people who are blind object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to Continue reading the story...

HSBC Malta launches accessible ATM

HSBC Malta has introduced voice technology in its ATMs outside its Operations Centre at Qormi, and in its branches at Sliema, Valletta, Paola, Mosta and Victoria Continue reading the story...

LGUs urged to comply with accessibility rules for people with disabilities

DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES: Most local government units (LGUs) in the country still do not comply with the provisions on accessibility for persons with disabilities as stipulated in Continue reading the story...

Survey of ICTs in inclusive disaster management

The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) is conducting a study, commissioned by the ITU, on best practices in using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Continue reading the story...

SafetySign Offers New NY Accessibility Signs

SafetySign.com, a leading source of official safety signs, traffic signs, and parking signs, and a division of Brimar Industries, Inc., has recently added new accessibility signs Continue reading the story...

US DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announces launch of Web portal on accessible workplace technology

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of http://www.PEATworks.org — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership Continue reading the story...

Sign language customer service for people with hearing disabilities

UAE: The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced that it is to provide live video connections to people with hearing disabilities to allow Continue reading the story...

Reservation for candidates with vision disabilities; Delhi High Court reserves verdict

The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on a PIL filed by an NGO seeking one per cent out of total 3 per cent quota Continue reading the story...

Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the first video in its Leading the Way series designed to build education and awareness around disability employment Continue reading the story...

TNM launches scholarship program for children with disabilities

MALAWI: Mobile phone service operator, Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (TNM), has announced the launch of the 2014/15 Academic Year Scholarship Program worth MK2.3 million for 18 Continue reading the story...

Abu Dhabi to offer tourist information in Braille

DUBAI: Tourists and residents with vision disabilities visiting Abu Dhabi are now being offered information on the destination in Braille. A brochure outlining ‘Ten Things to Know Continue reading the story...

Free Webinar on Accessible Retail Stores and Spaces – November 6

Accessibility standards under the American with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act provide criteria for the multitude of elements in retail stores and spaces such as parking, Continue reading the story...

FedEx sued for discrimination against workers with hearing disabilities

BALTIMORE: Shipping giant FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., (FedEx Ground) violated federal law nationwide by discriminating against a large class of deaf and hard-of-hearing package handlers Continue reading the story...

Minister highlights International Day for Disaster Reduction

OTTAWA: The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement on October 10 acknowledging the United Nation’s International Day for Continue reading the story...

‘Amend bill to provide driving license for people with hearing disabilities’

PUDUCHERRY, INDIA: The Puducherry Deaf Society has urged the Union Government to bring amendments to the draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014 to provide driving Continue reading the story...

One-third of children with disabilities live in orphanages in Russia: HRW

MOSCOW: Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages, though 95 percent of them have at least one parent, according Continue reading the story...

New app makes buses more accessible

It’s a daily routine for many transit riders in the Seattle area: Pull out your smartphone, check the OneBusAway app, then decide whether you need to Continue reading the story...

Uganda plans to use braille ballot papers in upcoming election

KAMPALA: The Ugandan Electoral Commission says it is “working on” printing Braille ballot papers for voters with vision disabilities to be used in the 2016 general Continue reading the story...

Governor’s Council on Disability seeks nominations for Youth Leadership and Inclusion awards

JEFFERSON CITY, MO.: The Governor’s Council on Disability (GCD) is currently accepting nominations for its 2nd annual Youth Leadership and 23rd annual Inclusion awards. The deadline Continue reading the story...

New Smartphone app for people with vision disabilities launched

New Delhi: An application equipped with Braille typing feature that promises to assist people with vision disabilities in using all features of a smartphone was launched here Continue reading the story...