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FCC Seeks Comment on the Commissions Compliance with Section 504 Accessibility Requirements – Deadline October 3

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require that every three years it performs a review of its policies and practices under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Continue reading the story...

Course Cluster Challenges Thinking on Disability

The Georgetown University Disabilities Studies Course Cluster is thriving in its second year, with seven classes offered this fall. It’s a broad and important field, but Continue reading the story...

Canada launches call for proposals to support the social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

GATINEAU, QUEBEC:  The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. To this end, Continue reading the story...

Access Board Approves Rules on ICT Refresh and Medical Diagnostic Equipment

The Access Board approved updated requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) and new standards for medical diagnostic equipment at its meeting on September 14. The Continue reading the story...

Seminar on learning disabilities and inclusive education

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: A seminar on learning disability and inclusive education was organized for government school teachers of Chandigarh administration and St. John’s High School with an Continue reading the story...

NCPD develops Standard on Accessibility Designs

GHANA: The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) has developed the draft Ghana Standard on Accessibility Designs (GSAD) to guide developers, designers and other persons Continue reading the story...

BioTalent Canada to Assist Ontario Biotech Companies with Accessibility-Compliance Reporting

OTTAWA: OntarioBioTalent Canada announced the launch of an employer-awareness campaign. In support of the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program, BioTalent Canada’s EnAbling Change campaign aims Continue reading the story...

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

MADRID: Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of Continue reading the story...

Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

PALO ALTO, CA: Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced that over 10 million accessible ebooks have been Continue reading the story...

Most railway stations not accessible for persons with disabilities: audit

KOCHI, INDIA: There are no proper ramp facilities in most railway stations for persons with disabilities to board and detrain smoothly and this is one reason Continue reading the story...

Australia to adopt ICT accessibility standard

The Australian Public Service plans to require ICT vendors to ensure their products and services are accessible to employees with disabilities, under new standards expected to Continue reading the story...

NIH Funds to Spur Development of Technology for People with Hearing Disabilities

A team of University of Texas Dallas researchers has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an open-source platform that will Continue reading the story...

Assam not accessible for persons with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: The Central government has launched Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) as a nationwide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. But Continue reading the story...

Stanford researchers develop technology that allows typing based on brain signals

That technology, developed by Stanford Bio-X scientists Krishna Shenoy, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, and postdoctoral fellow Paul Nuyujukian, directly reads brain signals to Continue reading the story...

Ras Al Khaimah to host UAE World Tourism Day Conference

RAS AL KHAIMAH: Ras Al Khaimah will host the UAE’s World Tourism Day Conference under the theme ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’. This is Continue reading the story...

White House showcases inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics

The White House hosted a Design For All Showcase that celebrated inclusive design, assistive technology, and prosthetics by recognizing the work and experiences of designers, engineers, Continue reading the story...

Ghana’s building regulations to contain accessibility designs

ACCRA: The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) together with interested parties, have produced national standard accessibility designs to guide builders and service providers to Continue reading the story...

Mobile app helps Kenyans with disabilities find employment

KENYA: Fredrick Ouko lives the mantra that disability is not inability, and his mission is to make sure the job market internalises this idea. To make sure Continue reading the story...

Registration Open for Pennsylvania Disability Summit

HARRISBURG, PA.: The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities announced the opening of registration for the Pennsylvania Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (PADES) on October 17 Continue reading the story...

2016 Social Forum to focus on disability and CRPD

GENEVA: The 2016 Social Forum will take place from 3 to 5 October 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Social Forum is an Continue reading the story...

GFD launches Disability Network in Ghana

GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) has launched the Northern Regional Disability Advocacy Network to help advance the cause of persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility

KINGSTON, JAMAICA:  The Ministry of Tourism, its agencies and industry partners will seek to further raise awareness about the role Jamaica is playing in promoting responsible, Continue reading the story...

Malawi urged to ratify Marrakesh treaty

The Malawi Union of the Blind has requested government to swiftly ratify the Marrakesh Treaty as a way of promoting the wellbeing of people with vision Continue reading the story...

CTA Foundation Launches Contest for Startups Improving Lives Persons with Disabilities

ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, partnering with Extreme Tech Challenge, yesterday announced the second annual video contest focused on startup companies with technologies Continue reading the story...

Apply for the 2017 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award – Deadline Sept. 30

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards recognize outstanding leaders and advocates in the disability community. Two individuals will each receive Continue reading the story...

NCDA clarifies laws and mandates on disability

CALAPAN CITY, PHILIPPINES:  The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) recently clarified major pertinent laws and mandates that would apply to persons with disabilities. The clarification was Continue reading the story...

MACOHA demands accessible tourism

MALAWI: Employees of the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) have demanded accessible tourism for persons with disabilities to make tourist destinations accessible. The failure to align Continue reading the story...

Columbia lacks accessible transportation

COLUMBIA: Columbia citizens who use a wheelchair have a difficult time finding a ride outside of normal business hours. In fact, there isn’t a single wheelchair-accessible Continue reading the story...

Ministries discuss long-promised disability access in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: Officials from the ministries of social affairs and urban planning met with the Disability Action Council (DAC) on Monday to discuss issuing a prakas Continue reading the story...

Library to open assisitive technology center for people with vision disabilities

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ: A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at the East Brunswick Public Library, Jean Walling Civic Center, to mark the Continue reading the story...

USBLN Technology HUB to Connect Certified Disability-Owned Businesses to Corporate Buyers

WASHINGTON: The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is launching its new Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) technology tool, which will provide certified disability-owned and service-disabled veteran Continue reading the story...

Study provides insight into levels of activism undertaken by athletes with disabilities

New research has found that while most elite athletes with disabilities are active in seeking positive change within their sport, relatively few are active in openly Continue reading the story...

More work still needed to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

GEORGE TOWN: Accessibility to the Penang administration complex at Komtar for persons with disabilities has improved, but much still need to be done. Penang Accessibility Action Group Continue reading the story...

‘Life is extremely difficult for persons with disabilities in Rio’

RIO DE JANEIRO: For sports fan Heitor Luiz de Menezes, the 2016 Olympics should have been a dream come true. The 44-year-old from Rio had tickets Continue reading the story...

Brazil Introduces Guide for Tourists With Disabilities

RIO DE JANEIRO:  The Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism unveiled a guide to help welcome tourists with disabilities to Brazil, titled Dicas Para Atender Bem Turistas com Continue reading the story...

Zero Project: Call for Innovative Conference Technologies

The Zero Prpject conference has become a popular international gathering and a platform of exchange for new ideas concerning the lives of people with disabilities. This Continue reading the story...

PAVE 2.0: A New Generation of the Web Tool for PDF Accessibility

The ICT-Accessibility Lab of the ZHAW, in collaboration with the Swiss Blind and Visually Impaired Association (SBV), has developed a web tool called PAVE which quickly Continue reading the story...

New Video: FC Barcelona and Spain’s 5-a-side Paralympic team celebrate the power of inclusive sport

RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL: A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side football team with vision disabilities was released today Continue reading the story...

Voters with disabilities demand braille version of electoral materials

GHANA: Persons with Disabilities are demanding braille version of all electoral educational materials for people with vision disabilities to enable them read and understand the messages Continue reading the story...

New Braille Keyboard App Launched

DOHA: Researchers in Qatar have officially launched a new Braille application in Apple’s App Store targeting persons who are blind or have low vision. BrailleEasy is a Continue reading the story...
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