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Understanding the assistive technology needs of people with mobility disabilities

A team of researchers at University of Wollongong (UOW) is working to understand the mobility issues experienced by people over the age of 55 who are Continue reading the story...

Sign-language library wins international accessibility award

The Finnish Association of the Deaf has received international recognition for its sign language library. The award was granted for the library’s innovative use of technological Continue reading the story...

Auburn University at Montgomery to make mathematics accessible to students with vision disabilities

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA: Asked what the hardest part about being blind, with limited fine motor control and speech, Auburn University at Montgomery freshman Logan Prickett has one Continue reading the story...

Google Launches Two New Chrome Accessibility Extensions

Google recently released two new extensions for its Chrome browser, both aimed at helping persons with disabilities better interact with the Web. The first extension Color Enhancer Continue reading the story...

FITA strengthens its services for persons with disabilities

A presentation of Braille embossing services, ICT Training and Information Sessions, Helpdesk Support, the Accessibility Certification, the Consultancy Services and the Maltese Speech Engine was held Continue reading the story...

CBSE directs schools to constitute four-member inclusive committee

LUDHIANA, INDIA: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to constitute four-member school inclusive committees. The said committee will act as facilitator for promoting Continue reading the story...

Researchers help people with disabilities raise employment expectations

LAWRENCE: After completing schoolwork, individuals with disabilities may be directed to a life of sheltered employment or a group home setting. University of Kansas researchers have Continue reading the story...

FCC extends tech program for people who are deaf-blind

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to make permanent its program that distributes communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.  Known as “iCanConnect,” Continue reading the story...

World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education

INCHEON: A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded yesterday in Incheon, Republic of Continue reading the story...

European Parliament Adopts Resolution on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

BRUSSELS:  Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expresses its strong support to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights Continue reading the story...

Research aims to improve access to music for people using hearing aids

Beethoven composed some of his most famous works after he became profoundly deaf. More recently, musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne and Phil Collins have encountered problems Continue reading the story...

Wuhan holds sign language contest to raise awareness

CHINA: Sunday marks the 25th National Disabled Persons’ Day in China. In a move to increase awareness, Wuhan city has held its first-ever Sign Language Speech Continue reading the story...

New gene therapy can help people who are blind see

Scientists might be able to change the cells in people who are blind’s eyes, giving them the power to see again. If the rods and cones that Continue reading the story...

United Spinal’s 4th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: Empowering Wheelchair Users to Advocate for Greater Access to Healthcare, Transportation and Mobility Equipment

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association and disability advocates from its national chapter network will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 7-10 for the 4th Annual Roll Continue reading the story...

Man uses cards to prepare Braille notes

INDORE, INDIA: Kamlesh Kanodiya collects unused greeting and wedding cards, punches subject notes on them with a Braille slate and distributes them to students with vision Continue reading the story...

GAATES Announces Special Trust Fund for Accessibility in Re-Building Nepal

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) announces a special fund to support accessible re-building efforts in Nepal. This “Accessible Nepal Trust Fund” has Continue reading the story...

Global Consultation on the Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Response

Handicap International has been mandated by the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to launch a global consultation on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

China increases assistance for people with disabilities taking college entrance exam

China is increasing its assistance for people with disabilities taking the national college entrance examination, or gaokao. Examining bodies across the country should offer reasonable accommodations to Continue reading the story...

Wireless RERC Releases 2015-2016 App Factory Call for Proposals

Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks to enhance Continue reading the story...

Richmond Community College offering Braille transcription course

Richmond Community College is offering an eight-week course in literary Braille transcribing, which will teach students to transcribe print materials into Braille and allow them to Continue reading the story...

Patriot National Bank reaches agreement to settle ADA suit

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) settlement Continue reading the story...

NTU hosts global ICT conference highlighting innovations that advance open inclusive development

An assistive smart technology that helps seniors cope with degenerative changes and independent living by simply pointing a device or smartphone camera at an object to Continue reading the story...

DPOs to protest GST outside Malaysian parliament

MALAYSIA: A coalition of NGOs for people with disabilities, unhappy with the increase in prices of items essential to them, will bring the matter forth to Continue reading the story...

Microsoft hires 13 year old boy for Braille printer

A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, who invented a low-cost portable Braille printer, is now working with technology giant Microsoft to integrate it with Windows. This move is Continue reading the story...

National Disabled Day focuses on children with autism

BEIJING: This year’s “National Day for the Disabled” in China is focusing on autistic children. Five-year-old Rongrong is receiving rehabilitation therapy at a treatment center in Continue reading the story...

Qatari Minister pledges to continue serving people with disabilities

The Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani said the ministry will always be keen on serving people with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Ensuring access to jobs for people with disabilities

Americans with disabilities can face many unnecessary barriers to employment, both during the job application process and on the job.  These barriers can prevent people with Continue reading the story...

13 year old develops device to help people with vision disabilities

WASHINGTON: A 13-year-old Indian-origin student in the US who developed a device to help people with vision disabilities navigate has been named one of America’s top 10 Continue reading the story...

EasyJet’s special assistance advisory group launches Charter on travelling with disabilities

EasyJet’s special assistance advisory group (ESAAG) officially launched its Pan-European Charter on Meeting the Needs of Disabled Air Travellers at an event in the European Parliament. The Continue reading the story...

China opens hotline for persons with disabilities

BEIJING: China opened the 12385 hotline to provide consultation and guidance for persons with disabilities, according to the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF). The hotline offers details Continue reading the story...

Rights commission issues notice to social welfare department director

GOA, INDIA: The Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) recently issued a notice to Director, Goa Social Welfare Department, returnable on August 10, asking her to Continue reading the story...

Abu Dhabi Police introduce initiative to support staff members with disabilities

ABU DHABI, UAE: The Abu Dhabi Police, represented by the Selection and Recruitment Department, launched the “Hand in Hand” initiative to support staff members with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Feds say Miami University failed to accommodate students with disabilities

The Justice Department announced that it has moved to intervene in Aleeha Dudley v. Miami University, et al., 14-cv-038 (S.D. Ohio), a private lawsuit alleging disability Continue reading the story...

Don’t discriminate against investors with vision disabilities: Sebi to brokers

NEW DELHI: Capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and stock exchanges have warned brokers against any discrimination in providing trading and investment facilities Continue reading the story...

Ghana’s Education Ministry to consider inclusive educational system

ACCRA: Inclusion Ghana, a network organization working to reduce stigmatization, has submitted a draft policy document to Government through the Ministry of Education for the inclusion Continue reading the story...

UAE ministers discuss integration of students with disabilities

Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, and Husain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, discussed ways of integrating students with disabilities into general education programs, and Continue reading the story...

Students Create Tactile 3D Campus Map to Assist Students with Vision Disabilities

WARRENSBURG, MO: For Holly Carneal, a social work major at the University of Central Missouri, college life presents the daily challenges faced by many college students. Continue reading the story...

Cricket lovers with disabilities want equal access to Kotla

NEW DELHI: The Court of Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, national capital territory of Delhi, has directed the chief administrator of Delhi and District Cricket Association Continue reading the story...

Workshop to encourage self-employment for people with disabilities

FIJI: The lack of access to skills development training has been slated as one of the major factors surrounding unemployment issues for people with disabilities. To rectify Continue reading the story...

New Zealand’s first Deaf dining restaurant opens in Wellington

NEW ZEALAND: CQ Hotels in Wellington is offering guests a unique dining experience, launching the countrys first ever restaurant menu in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Sign Continue reading the story...
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