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Sign language approved as first language in South Africa

PRETORIA: The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has welcomed the approval to allow people with hearing disabilities to choose sign language as a first language. Basic Continue reading the story...

IDEAL Group Apps4Android Releases Innovative Knowledge Mining App for People with Print Disabilities

HILLIARD, OH: IDEAL Group Apps4Android today announced the release of “Document Knowledge Miner,” an Android application that enables individuals with print disabilities to acquire knowledge from Continue reading the story...

Study on inclusive education highlights challenges faced by teachers

Barely a fortnight after an 8-year-old disabled child was caned mercilessly by his teacher, a study by the Human Development College of Home Science, Nirmala Niketan, Continue reading the story...

City of Baltimore to Adopt New Policies and Procedures

The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with the city of Baltimore, Maryland, to end hiring practices that discriminate against people with Continue reading the story...

New app makes buses more accessible for riders with vision disabilities

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...

VIA Rail launches new accessible cabin

MONTREAL: VIA Rail Canada announces that the Canadian leaving Vancouver tonight will include, for the very first time, a newly renovated Park car featuring an accessible Continue reading the story...

Remploy launches online advice service for jobseekers with disabilities

UK: iRemploy, which was launched by Remploy in April this year, has already helped more than 1,900 people who were facing significant barriers to getting a Continue reading the story...

Urgent action need on accessible housing

New Zealand’s housing stock will become a liability for future generations without urgent leadership from government, says CCS Disability Action. While other countries including the United Kingdom Continue reading the story...

Scottish Government to make ferries more accessible

A new £500,000 fund has been launched to improve accessibility on Scotland’s ferry network, Transport Minister Keith Brown announced today. The Ferries Accessibility Fund will be open Continue reading the story...

Election Commission warned to make website accessible for people with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Pressure from disability rights activists has prompted the Court of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities to issue a stern warning and ultimatum Continue reading the story...

Minister Bergen announces investment to help Canadians in B.C. Rockies region gain job skills

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA: The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Continue reading the story...

Schools Reject Children with Disabilities

KENYA: Government urged to make greater efforts to ensure education for people with disabilities. Stephen, 18, has cerebral palsy and has never managed to attend school Continue reading the story...

Call for full broadcast access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing

Ruth Warick, President of The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People and Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf, call on all Continue reading the story...

NUI Maynooth students win tech prize for accessibility app

IRELAND: A team of students from National University of Ireland, Maynooth have been recognized at the global finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seattle for the accessibility app Continue reading the story...

More braille books coming soon

SANTA CRUZ, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: For the first time this year, the Ministry of Education will be working together with pupils from the School for the Continue reading the story...

FM station for people with vision disabilities seeks to expand reach in other states

NEW DELHI: An ambitious FM channel which was launched in Dehradun to showcase the broadcasting talents of people with vision disabilities may soon spread its wings Continue reading the story...

ICT-Accessibility Lab of Zurich University of Applied Sciences won the SS12 EU 2014 accessibility competition in Paris

ZURICH: Two student from ICT-Accessibility Lab of Zurich University of Applied Sciences won the  SS12 EU 2014  accessibility competition in Paris. This year, SS12:EU 2014 continued giving Continue reading the story...

MVA launches Braille brochure

NAMIBIA: The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) launched a Braille brochure in Windhoek  to spread information about its activities to people with vision disabilities. Namibia has about Continue reading the story...

SME introduces closed-caption manufacturing videos for people with hearing disabilities

DEARBORN, MICH.: SME, an organization that connects people to solutions in manufacturing, works with academia and companies to train and enhance the existing workforce, as well Continue reading the story...

NetCentric Technologies Announces Release of CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess

WASHINGTON, D.C.: NetCentric Technologies, makers of the popular CommonLook suite of software and services for accessible electronic documents, today announced the release of CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess, Continue reading the story...

Applications open for Disability Advisory Panel

NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Council is inviting applications for positions for the second term of the Disability Advisory Panel. The panel provides advice to councillors on how Continue reading the story...

Green Party launches policy to require 100% captioning of TV

NEW ZEALAND: The Green Party today announced that building a more accessible and inclusive society for people with disabilities will be a social priority for this Continue reading the story...

Universal identity cards to persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Government is looking into the process of issuing universal identity cards to persons with disabilities for which a survey would be conducted, Minister for Continue reading the story...

Creating an inclusive society for persons with disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in Continue reading the story...

Malaysian Education Ministry working on inclusive education for students with disabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is working on more inclusive education for students with disabilities. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the first step was Continue reading the story...

New device helps people with vision disabilities to see objects

A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured Continue reading the story...

Report on CRPD

NEW ZEALAND: Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia welcomed the release of the second report of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism on Implementation of the Convention on Continue reading the story...

University of Minnesota researchers develop navigation app for people with vision disabilities

MINNEAPOLIS: Researchers and students at the University of Minnesota are developing a smartphone app that would tell people with vision disabilities not only when to cross Continue reading the story...

Scientists link environment and inclusion for adults with disabilities

WEST ORANGE, NJ.: Kessler Foundation researchers have identified an association between the built environment and disability-related outcomes for adults with physical disabilities. The article, Disability and the Continue reading the story...

RTA launches parking permits service for people with disabilities via smartphone app

DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority RTA has recently launched a service for issuing and renewing parking permits for older people and people with disabilities, and Continue reading the story...

Mobility skills training workshop for people with vision disabilities

GHANA: The Department of Social Welfare of the Twifo Atti-Morkwa District has organised a three day mobility skill training workshop for people with vision disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Cambodia launches first radio station for people with disabilities

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia Saturday launched its first radio station to promote awareness about the rights of people with disabilities and to broaden opportunities for them in Continue reading the story...

Boardmaker Launches Complete Online Learning System

PITTSBURGH: DynaVox Systems, LLC (DynaVox), creators of Boardmaker, the leading symbol-adapted special education software for assisting individuals with overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges, introduces Continue reading the story...

Orbit Research and the Transforming Braille Group Announce Agreement to Produce Low-Cost Refreshable Braille Display

WILMINGTON, DE: Orbit Research LLC and the Transforming Braille Group LLC announce an agreement to produce a low cost, refreshable braille display. Orbit, an international engineering company Continue reading the story...

Consultation Report on Access to Buildings for People with Disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: The Minister for Disability Issues says the consultation report on Access to Buildings for People with Disabilities reflects the voice of the disabled community, Continue reading the story...

NFB to Host Web Accessibility Training Day

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program will cohost Web Accessibility Training Day on Tuesday, September 9, Continue reading the story...

Anvato Enables Broadcasters to Meet Latest FCC Accessibility Requirements for TV Everywhere

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.: Anvato, the complete TV Everywhere platform provider, today announced that its turnkey video platform is fully compliant with the latest FCC closed-captioning mandates for Continue reading the story...

Minister Bergen launches New Call for Proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for Small Businesses

NANAIMO, BC: The Enabling Accessibility Fund call for proposals was launched today by the Honorable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) at the Nanaimo Association Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to be included in sports program

BAGUIO, PHILIPPINES: Association of Barangay Councils President and Councilor Michael Lee Lawana plans to include sport programs covering minority groups in the city particularly Persons with Continue reading the story...

Foundation starts program to help people with disabilities gain IT skills

ENTEBBE, UGANDA: KiBO Foundation has started a programme in Entebbe to help young people with disabilities gain IT skills. KiBO Managing Director Abraham E. Temu, said they Continue reading the story...