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European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for people with vision disabilities

BRUSSELS: The Commission has proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who Continue reading the story...

User-Friendly Electronic “EyeCane” Enhances Navigational Abilities for People with Vision Disabilities

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to people with vision disabilities, but some people who are blind object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to Continue reading the story...

HSBC Malta launches accessible ATM

HSBC Malta has introduced voice technology in its ATMs outside its Operations Centre at Qormi, and in its branches at Sliema, Valletta, Paola, Mosta and Victoria Continue reading the story...

LGUs urged to comply with accessibility rules for people with disabilities

DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES: Most local government units (LGUs) in the country still do not comply with the provisions on accessibility for persons with disabilities as stipulated in Continue reading the story...

Survey of ICTs in inclusive disaster management

The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) is conducting a study, commissioned by the ITU, on best practices in using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Continue reading the story...

SafetySign Offers New NY Accessibility Signs

SafetySign.com, a leading source of official safety signs, traffic signs, and parking signs, and a division of Brimar Industries, Inc., has recently added new accessibility signs Continue reading the story...

US DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announces launch of Web portal on accessible workplace technology

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of http://www.PEATworks.org — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership Continue reading the story...

Sign language customer service for people with hearing disabilities

UAE: The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced that it is to provide live video connections to people with hearing disabilities to allow Continue reading the story...

Reservation for candidates with vision disabilities; Delhi High Court reserves verdict

The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on a PIL filed by an NGO seeking one per cent out of total 3 per cent quota Continue reading the story...

Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the first video in its Leading the Way series designed to build education and awareness around disability employment Continue reading the story...

TNM launches scholarship program for children with disabilities

MALAWI: Mobile phone service operator, Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (TNM), has announced the launch of the 2014/15 Academic Year Scholarship Program worth MK2.3 million for 18 Continue reading the story...

Abu Dhabi to offer tourist information in Braille

DUBAI: Tourists and residents with vision disabilities visiting Abu Dhabi are now being offered information on the destination in Braille. A brochure outlining ‘Ten Things to Know Continue reading the story...

Free Webinar on Accessible Retail Stores and Spaces – November 6

Accessibility standards under the American with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act provide criteria for the multitude of elements in retail stores and spaces such as parking, Continue reading the story...

FedEx sued for discrimination against workers with hearing disabilities

BALTIMORE: Shipping giant FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., (FedEx Ground) violated federal law nationwide by discriminating against a large class of deaf and hard-of-hearing package handlers Continue reading the story...

Minister highlights International Day for Disaster Reduction

OTTAWA: The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement on October 10 acknowledging the United Nation’s International Day for Continue reading the story...

‘Amend bill to provide driving license for people with hearing disabilities’

PUDUCHERRY, INDIA: The Puducherry Deaf Society has urged the Union Government to bring amendments to the draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014 to provide driving Continue reading the story...

One-third of children with disabilities live in orphanages in Russia: HRW

MOSCOW: Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages, though 95 percent of them have at least one parent, according Continue reading the story...

New app makes buses more accessible

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...

Uganda plans to use braille ballot papers in upcoming election

KAMPALA: The Ugandan Electoral Commission says it is “working on” printing Braille ballot papers for voters with vision disabilities to be used in the 2016 general Continue reading the story...

Governor’s Council on Disability seeks nominations for Youth Leadership and Inclusion awards

JEFFERSON CITY, MO.: The Governor’s Council on Disability (GCD) is currently accepting nominations for its 2nd annual Youth Leadership and 23rd annual Inclusion awards. The deadline Continue reading the story...

New Smartphone app for people with vision disabilities launched

New Delhi: An application equipped with Braille typing feature that promises to assist people with vision disabilities in using all features of a smartphone was launched here Continue reading the story...

Lack of audiologist hits people with hearing disabilities

TRICHY, INDIA: The unavailability of an audiologist at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH), is forcing patients with hearing disabilities  from Trichy district go all Continue reading the story...

Harper Government Invests in Community Infrastructure in Fort Nelson

FORT NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Continue reading the story...

Talkitt helps people with speech disabilities to speak freely

BOSTON: Have you ever wondered what it is like to not be able to communicate your thoughts and needs? Perhaps you know someone with Autism who Continue reading the story...

Delhi University to make toilets accessible

After Delhi University took part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on the campus, the university has decided to make toilets on campus more accessible for students Continue reading the story...

British Telecom launches ‘next generation text’ service

British Telecomm (BT) has today launched its new Next Generation Text (NGT) service, which will make it much easier for people with hearing and speech disabilities Continue reading the story...

Keystone Bank launches ATM for customers with disabilities

LAGOS, NIGERIA: Keystone Bank Limited has commissioned an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery that was specifically built to accommodate customers with mobility disabilities. Speaking at the commissioning Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation for Disability Discrimination

BALTIMORE: AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical service companies, refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with post-partum depression and instead Continue reading the story...

New Google Glass App Provides Real-Time Closed Captioning

ATLANTA, GA: A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps users with hard-of-hearing with everyday conversations. A Continue reading the story...

Conference on ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities

SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing “Accessible Americas”, a regional conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility for persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Justice Department settles with West Virginia developer about accessibility issues

The Justice Department announced that developer Douglas Pauley and entities affiliated with him have agreed to pay $110,000 and make approximately $1.7 million in retrofits required Continue reading the story...

Draft report on identity card for people with disabilities complete

NEW DELHI: Inching closer to the ambitious project of issuing Unique Disability Identification Card for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Disability Affairs has released the Continue reading the story...

Community Services Explores Housing for People with Disabilities

The Harford County Department of Community Services and other partners present the upcoming Community Conversation, Preparing for Independence: Got Housing? The event takes place on Tuesday, Continue reading the story...

Poor access for people with disabilities

KOLKOTA: Entry to Durga Puja pandals prove to be a huge challenge for people with disabilities , a survey of 30 pandals in the city has Continue reading the story...

International Conference on Inclusive Education in Dhaka

DHAKA: The 2nd International Conference on Inclusive Education under the banner of Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE) that is going to be held in Dhaka, Continue reading the story...

New Mobile App Makes Audio Streaming of Newspapers and Magazines Available to Persons with Print Disabilities

WINDSOR, CONN.: CRIS (Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc.) today announced the release of an Android smartphone app that makes it easy for people who are blind, Continue reading the story...

Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Oshawa

OSHAWA, ONTARIO: Canadians with disabilities will gain better access to programs and services in their community, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Continue reading the story...

Box at Penn State delivers accessible e-textbooks to students with disabilities

With the binding and cover already removed from a course psychology book, Mike Farley carefully feeds each of the 240 pages through a high-resolution flatbed scanner. Continue reading the story...

HCR Exhibition 2014, the Asia’s largest event for people with disabilities and older people

TOKYO, JAPAN: The 41st International Home Care and Rehabilitation (HCR) Exhibition 2014 has been started at East Hall of the Tokyo Big Sight – 3 days Continue reading the story...

Portland Community College Introduces Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators

Portland Community College (PCC) has teamed with Desire2Learn (D2L) to introduce a massive open online course (MOOC) for educators that will address Web accessibility concerns associated Continue reading the story...