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Nepal plans to make public infrastructure accessible

KATHMANDU: The government has announced to make all state infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a programme to make Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities unite to create buzz on political fronts

There’s a buzz penetrating the political scene this election year and it’s coming from the world’s largest minority group: people with disabilities. Enter #CripTheVote, a Twitter/social media Continue reading the story...

Book fair gets more inclusive with braille

CHENNAI, INDIA: A stall with books in braille, a theme celebrating an issue every day and a space which allows readers to meet their favourite authors. Continue reading the story...

Browsers: why it matters what you use

The latest WebAIM screenreader survey listed the following as the top six web browsers among screenreader users: Internet Explorer 10+ (34.9%) Firefox (30.1%) Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 Continue reading the story...

30 projects win awards for sustainable, inclusive designs

SINGAPORE: Thirty public housing projects have won 33 awards for their environmentally friendly and inclusive living environments, with the Yuhua estate receiving the top award for Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities Bill likely to make it to Parliament in monsoon session

NEW DELHI, INDIA: On a day the BJP led NDA government completed two years in government, Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot Continue reading the story...

Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Deadlines for Video Description Expansion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MB Docket No. 11-43 that seeks comment on both tentative conclusions and proposals Continue reading the story...

E-Learning benefits higher education students with disabilities

AUSTRALIA: A report from Curtin University and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) has found access to technology and flexible teaching methods, Continue reading the story...

More accessible websites across Europe: agreement with European Parliament

On 3 May 2016, the Netherlands presidency reached an informal deal with the European Parliament on a new directive to make public sector websites and mobile Continue reading the story...

Ensuring high-quality browser accessibility with automation

The Edge team posted a new blog about ensuring high-quality browser accessibility with automated testing. This addition will help ensure accessibility is not accidentally regressed as Continue reading the story...

Dubai on way to become accessible city

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) began the second workshop of the ‘Accessible Environments for Persons with Disability’ as part of its efforts to realise the Continue reading the story...

FTA-Supported NADTC Launches New Website to Support Accessible Public Transportation Service

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), the Federal Transit Administration’s newest technical assistance center, has launched a new website to provide easy access to Continue reading the story...

Ford to launch pilot program to employ people with autism

DEARBORN, MICH.: Ford Motor Company announces it is collaborating with Autism Alliance of Michigan on a pilot program that aims to provide individuals who have autism Continue reading the story...

Nepal needs disability-inclusive building code, suggests study

KATHMANDU: A research report on post-earthquake situations of Nepal from the disability perspective highlighted that Nepal needed to revise the existing building code making it more Continue reading the story...

UAE companies must do more to attract people with disabilities, official warns

Private-sector companies in the UAE must redouble their efforts to provide a better working environment for people with disabilities, a government official has said. “The knowledge is Continue reading the story...

Research highlights benefits of employing people with Autism

AUSTRALIA: New research released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) has found employing adults with Autism benefits employees, employers and their organisations without incurring additional Continue reading the story...

ACC installs wind chimes to help students with vision disabilities navigate campus

The wind chimes now hanging around Alvin Community College (ACC) are there for more than just decoration and ringing pleasant sounds on campus. The college installed Continue reading the story...

Law to boost support for people with developmental disabilities revised

TOKYO: The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to boost support for people with developmental disabilities, such as those with autism and learning disabilities, to help eliminate social Continue reading the story...

Successful first step in building new disability strategy

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner says the first round of consultation on the development of a new disability strategy for New Zealand has been Continue reading the story...

Indian government to consider proposal to increase schemes for persons with disabilities

JAIPUR: The government is considering a proposal to increase the number of categories of physical disabilities from seven to 19 to enable more such people to Continue reading the story...

Connecting People with Disabilities to their World Through Technology

AT&T is dedicated to connecting people, regardless of technology experience or capability, with their world. That’s why we created Digital You, a resource for parents, seniors, Continue reading the story...

New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Continue reading the story...

ZERO PROJECT 2017: Call for Nominations in Employment Practices – Deadline: 17th June 2016

Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics: Employment, Work and Vocational Education Continue reading the story...

Skill development unit for persons with disabilities soon

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: The state will get a national level skill development institution for persons with disabilities. It will also be the starting point for the central Continue reading the story...

Increased access to ICT for persons with vision disabilities

MALTA: The Hon. Minister Evarist Bartolo visited the FITA-ADVICE centre and viewed first hand a number of technology solutions that help increase the independence of persons Continue reading the story...

DMV Unveils New Disability Parking Placards

RALEIGH: Beginning Monday, May 23, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will unveil new disability parking placards for use by drivers with disabilities. The redesigned placards Continue reading the story...

IT contest for youth with disabilities in India

CHENNAI: This year the Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities will be held during 21st – 25th November, 2016 in Yagzhou, Jiangsu, China. The Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities at Risk in Conflict, Disaster

NEW YORK: Persons with disabilities face added risks of abandonment, neglect, and do not enjoy equal access to food, health care, and other assistance during conflict, Continue reading the story...

New app launched to help people with hearing disabilities in India

MUMBAI: A Pune-based startup has launched an app that uses mobile technology to enable people with hearing disabilities customize their listening experience by using results of Continue reading the story...

Concerns over accessibility issues for voters with disabilities

CYPRUS: Difficulties faced by voters with disabilities when trying to vote may deter them from casting their ballot in elections, Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou said on Wednesday. In Continue reading the story...

Officer learns sign language to help teen with hearing disability

SINGAPORE: Twice a week, for three hours, Madam Artini Hamzah, 43, would go for lessons in sign language. The senior community service officer did so for Continue reading the story...

GAATES Call to Action – Urban Dialogue on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environment (GAATES) along with many other leading global civil society organizations, such as WorldEnabled, the Zero Project, Secretaría Técnica Continue reading the story...

Habitat III – UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – will take place  in Ecuador, 17 Oct 2016 – 20 Oct 2016, to design a Continue reading the story...

Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction at Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and DRR

HANOI: Between the 16th and 18th of May, the Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. On the second Continue reading the story...

U.S. Education Department Awards $13.4 Million in Grants to Improve Services, Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $13.4 million in grants to higher education institutions to fund quality personnel preparation programs to help improve services Continue reading the story...

“Let’s not miss the chance to include disability in all humanitarian action”: UN rights expert

Speaking ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul next week (23-24 May), the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Continue reading the story...

Beijing launches new free app to guide people with vision disabilities

CHINA: Beijing launched a new smartphone app to connect millions of people with vision disabilities with volunteers. The free app, ‘see4me.org’, has two channels – one for Continue reading the story...

Khalifa University students develop navigation device for people with vision disabilities

ABU DHABI: Students from Khalifa University have developed a device that can help people with vision disabilities navigate their surroundings, with the device being showcased as Continue reading the story...

Fiji’s Education Ministry ensures inclusive education for students with disabilities

FIJI: Ministry of Education will try and strengthen the capacity of teachers to be able to identify and support disabled students in schools around Fiji. This was Continue reading the story...

Disability certificates issued by state to be valid across India soon

NEW DELHI: Disability certificates issued by state authorities may soon be valid across the country, according to the draft of Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, Continue reading the story...
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