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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...

United Airlines Earns Top Marks on Disability Equality Index

CHICAGO: United Airlines achieved the top score of 100 percent on the 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a prominent benchmarking metric that rates U.S. companies on Continue reading the story...

National Disability Voter Registration Week Promotes Election Access

This week, the American Association of People with Disabilities’ REV UP campaign is organizing nationwide activities to encourage individuals with disabilities to register to vote, and Continue reading the story...

New York City MTA Adds 70 Wheelchair-Accessible MV-1 Vehicles to Paratransit Fleet

NEW YORK: Mobility Ventures LLC and the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that 70 wheelchair-accessible MV-1 vehicles will be added to MTA’s Continue reading the story...

Italian Barista Cafe offers Braille menu in Oman

MUSCAT: Braille menus are being used to cater to people who are blind or have low vision and could be found in Italian Barista Café in Continue reading the story...

TTI Researchers Conduct Transit Accessibility Workshops and Webinars

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 19 percent, or 56.7 million of the U.S. population, lives with some type of disability. For some Continue reading the story...

Myanmar to invest new funds to educate children with disabilities

YANGON: Myanmar’s new government intends to invest heavily in education, especially in the informal education (outside the state system). This entails more money for students with Continue reading the story...

Making holidays accessible to everyone

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Planning for that big holiday is pleasurable but sometimes a daunting task. For persons with disabilities, it is a matter of finding all Continue reading the story...

Georgia increases accessibility to polling stations

Georgia’s Government is making efforts to make it easier for persons with disabilities to get to a polling station and cast their vote. The Central Election Commission Continue reading the story...

No Braille Books at Panjab University Library

CHANDIGARH, INDIA:  The AC Joshi Library at Panjab University (PU) here does not have a single book in Braille script. Students with vision disabilities have written Continue reading the story...

More persons with disabilities joining the workforce in Singapore

SINGAPORE: More persons with disabilities are being employed in Singapore, and more employers are also asking for advice on hiring them. Disability support agency SG Enable said Continue reading the story...

NGO calls political parties to draft inclusive development plans in Ghana

GHANA: Voice of People with Disability Ghana (VOICE GHANA), a disability rights and advocacy organization is calling on political parties to draft an all-inclusive development plans Continue reading the story...
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