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Clever modular mobility aid helps people with disabilities

A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people Continue reading the story...

UNICEF/GAATES Assistive Devices/Technologies Questionnaire

UNICEF and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) are seeking information on products (e.g. assistive devices and assistive technologies) that are important for Continue reading the story...

Management course on disability and social development launched

The Institutional Development Program of the World Blind Union in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and the South African National Council for the Blind announce Continue reading the story...

ODFW creates interactive map for anglers with disabilities

CLACKAMAS, ORE.: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today unveiled a Google-based map that highlights 133 sites across Oregon that may be suitable for anglers Continue reading the story...

Zambia to undertake disability survey

ZAMBIA: Government will undertake a national disability survey in an effort to systematically and interpretively meet aspirations of persons with disabilities, Community Development Mother and Child Continue reading the story...

Inclusive education training for teachers

DIMAPUR, INDIA:  Organized by the Department of Education, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) Mumbai in collaboration with SSA Nagaland, a 3-day Continue reading the story...

Government to set up school for children with vision disabilities

SRINAGAR, INDIA: Taking cognizance of Rising Kashmir report on lack of school for children with vision disabilities, government today decided to set up a special school Continue reading the story...

New Mac word processor makes reading and writing accessible for everyone

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS:  AssistiveWare today announced the release of its latest Mac OS X application Wrise, which will be introduced at this week’s Assistive Technology Industry Association Continue reading the story...

Cebu Pacific seeks training on handling passengers with disabilities

PHILIPPINES: Following complaints, budget carrier Cebu Pacific now aims to be more sensitive to the needs of passengers with disabilities. At the company’s request, National Council Continue reading the story...

Nigerians with disabilities seek participation in polls

OSOGBO: With a few days to February general elections, the people with disabilities in Osun State have appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Continue reading the story...

Sign Language Interpretation for Republic Day Broadcast on Doordarshan

NEW DELHI: Improved images and special sign language commentary for people with hearing disabilities – national broadcaster Doordarshan’s live coverage of the Republic Day parade was Continue reading the story...

Province to have persons with disabilities offices soon

COTABATO CITY, PHILIPPINES: Every municipality in Maguindanao is expected this year to have an office for persons with disabilities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Continue reading the story...

Google adds accessibility features to Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Google is boosting the accessibility of mobile versions of its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps on Android and iOS with some extra features. This release includes new Continue reading the story...

Government offices still not accessible for persons with disabilities, says Angara

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Many government offices have failed to comply with the laws requiring them to provide all possible facilities for persons with disabilities, according to Sen. Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Fund Releases First 2015 Request for Proposals

BOSTON, MA: The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with Continue reading the story...

Sign language dictionary for people with hearing disabilities released

BENGALURU, INDIA: ‘Sign Language for Beginners’, the Indian sign language dictionary was released here on Friday. The book, written by Arun C. Rao, Editor of TheDeafWay.org, and Continue reading the story...

NFB Disability Law Symposium March 26 – 27

The National Federation of the Blind is hosting the 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium from March 26 – 27 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme is “The Continue reading the story...

Grey County seeks tourism, accessibility committee members

Grey County is seeking dedicated members to fill vacancies on the Tourism Advisory Committee and Accessibility Advisory Committee. Mileage will be compensated. Applications for both committees Continue reading the story...

App improves the safety of pedestrians with vision disabilities in cities

Siemens is developing a system that helps people who are blind or have low vision walk safely through cities. In cooperation with the Technical University of Braunschweig Continue reading the story...

USAID and UNICEF to promote inclusive education

GHANA: The US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a cooperation agreement with UNICEF to improve learning outcomes  and inclusive Continue reading the story...

Indonesia to host disability access conference

GORONTALO: Indonesia will host the third General Election for Disability Access (AGENDA) South Asia Conference to discuss the political roles and rights of people with disabilities, Continue reading the story...

Strategic Disability Policy Framework needed urgently, says Minister

PRETORIA, SA: Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande, has reiterated the importance and urgency of developing the Strategic Disability Policy Framework in the post-school education Continue reading the story...

Shinhan card offers sign language counseling for people with hearing disabilities

SEOUL: Shinhan Card expanded its sign language counseling service through PCs and smartphones. In the past, the service for people with hearing disabilities was available at only six Continue reading the story...

State lags behind in accessible parking

MARGAO, INDIA: Reserved parking for people with disabilities with has not been properly implemented in the state—the scheme is yet to be notified in South Goa Continue reading the story...

Kaufman Children’s Center Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

DETROIT: Kaufman Children’s Center violated federal law when it terminated an employee with a disability returning to work from a medical leave absence, the U.S. Equal Continue reading the story...

IIT-M opens center to develop devices for people with mobility disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: A center for students to develop devices for people with mobility disabilities was inaugurated at Indian Institutes of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Monday. The TTK Centre Continue reading the story...

Students develop device uses sonar technology to aid people with vision disabilities

When a biologist who studies bats and a computer scientist cross paths, amazingly cool things can happen. Cool things such as a sonar device to assist Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities want equal rights in proposed constitution

TANZANIA: People with disabilities, including people who are blind, have the right to enjoy equal opportunities which must be safeguarded in the proposed constitution, Bukoba Municipal Continue reading the story...

New iPhone app lets you assist people with vision disabilities see via video chat

A new 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...

Making the internet accessible to everyone

The ways in which we access the internet are expanding, placing hurdles in the way of those with sensory disabilities as they try to get the Continue reading the story...

University of Rwanda opens school for people with disabilities

University of Rwanda’s College of Education has launched a school for people with disabilities and inclusive education as part of efforts to address the shortage of accessible Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities twice as likely to face poverty in Hong Kong, study finds

HONG KONG: Almost half of Hong Kong’s people with disabilities live in poverty – more than double the rate for the general population – according to Continue reading the story...

Introduce laws to protect rights of persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE: MR ONG Soon Kiat suggested ways to deter illegal parking in spaces reserved for drivers with disabilities (“Enforce law on disability parking more strictly”; Dec Continue reading the story...

Maybank introduces audio description on movies for people with vision disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: In collaboration with the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB), Maybank launched an audio theatre for people with vision disabilities. Located at MAB’s complex in Continue reading the story...

Nova Scotia launches text with 911 for people with hearing disabilities

The Nova Scotia government has announced that people who are deaf or hard of hearing can now use Text with 9-1-1 for emergency services. “Being a deaf mother Continue reading the story...

ABTA urges members to use accessible travel guidance

As peak booking season gets into full swing, ABTA is urging its Members to make full use of its comprehensive industry guidance on accessible travel in Continue reading the story...

Shivaji University planning to start braille library

KOLHAPUR, INDIA: Shivaji University’s vice-chancellor N J Pawar on Tuesday said the university is thinking of starting a braille library for students with vision disabilities. He said Continue reading the story...

EU gears up for disability inclusive WCDRR

RIGA: The new Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is pressing ahead with plans to strengthen measures across the 28 EU Member States Continue reading the story...

Sorenson Communications Opens Spokane Video Relay Service Interpreting Center

SALT LAKE CITY: Sorenson Communications, the leading provider of Video Relay Service (VRS) for people who are deaf and use sign language to communicate, announced the Continue reading the story...

ZHO distributes school textbooks in Braille

ABU DHABI, UAE: Around 50 students with vision disabilities have received textbooks in Braille for the 2014-15 academic year, the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care Continue reading the story...