• Americas

    TransLink Installs Tactile and Braille Signage Bus Stops

    CANADA: Beginning in 2020, TransLink will install tactile and braille signage at every bus stop and tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) at stations and bus exchanges. “We are committed to making our transit system accessible for as many people as possible,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We know that a lot of our customers with vision… Continue Reading »

    Barbados Likely To Implement National Accessibility Standard for Tourist Accommodations

    BARBADOS: Hotels, guest houses and villas may soon be required to ensure their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds hinted on Wednesday. He said changes could be coming to the “tremendous amount” of concessions being granted to the tourism industry. He made the suggestion while addressing the opening of… Continue Reading »

    Federal Agencies in Canada Invite Public Input on Air Travel for Persons with Disabilities

    CANADA: Two separate federal agencies issued announcements Tuesday on life with a disability in Canada — one seeking greater input on hot-button issues and the other urging society at large to challenge its preconceptions. Statements from the Canadian Transportation Agency and Statistics Canada differed in scope and content, but both touched on issues that disabled Canadians… Continue Reading »

    Pilot Project Tests Tech to Help Pedestrians Use Crosswalks

    CANADA: Municipalities on the northeast Avalon are testing new technology to increase the safety and ease of using crosswalks for people with disabilities including sight loss. The pilot project, called Key2Access, allows pedestrians to access crosswalk push buttons with a fob or through a mobile app that includes audio instructions. “An announcement like this means, absolutely, freedom,… Continue Reading »

    G3ict Seeks Principal Investigator, International Inquiry on Brain-Computer Interfaces for Persons with Disabilities

    An International Inquiry on the current state of advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable persons with disabilities and older persons to better interact with their environment led by G3ict with the support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. Background G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies, was founded in 2006 at… Continue Reading »

    U.S. House Committee Leaders Call for More Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

    U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and National Air Carriers Association president… Continue Reading »

    Trinidad and Tobago: Digicel Foundation Supports Persons with Hearing Impairment

    TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Deaf and Hearing Impaired students who live in remote areas can now access academic studies through Information and Communication Technology.  In its continued effort for the advancement of persons with special needs the Digicel Foundation partnered recently with Deaf Pioneers Life Centre to introduce IT support for the group’s Deaf/Hearing Impaired Project. The life changing initiative was… Continue Reading »

    2Gether-International is Creating an Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

    UNITED STATES: For 2Gether-International founder Diego Mariscal, disabilities and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. “From the moment we wake up, we have to figure out how to get dressed, how to get from one place to the next, how to communicate, and that’s inherently an entrepreneurship skill,” Mariscal said. He’s seen the proof in his organization, such as one entrepreneur who… Continue Reading »

    Hawaii Nonprofits Engaging in Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

    HAWAII: Hawaii nonprofits are distributing water jugs to seniors and homebound individuals across the state as part of efforts to ramp up emergency preparedness. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worked with county agencies to provide the 2 1/2 gallon collapsible jugs to vulnerable residents. The effort is funded by a $30,000 federal grant that aims to ensure… Continue Reading »