Americas

Mobilizing Global Commitments to Accessibility, Perspectives from Governments

August 9th, 2017 marked the third meeting of the Disability Inclusive and Accessibility in Urban Development (DIAUD) Network.  This meeting focused upon the expansion of the Continue reading the story...

NASA paves a way for people who are blind to experience a Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, just a few days away, the United States of America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Said to Continue reading the story...

New hearing aid dispensing initiative at UNM

This month The University of New Mexico Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) is launching a new campaign to help get hearing aids to those who need Continue reading the story...

10 million persons with disabilities being forcibly displaced in 2016: UN

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday that among the over 65 million persons being forcibly displaced in 2016, almost 10 million were persons Continue reading the story...

UKPD Receives Police Autism Community Training

LEXINGTON, KY.: The University of Kentucky Police Departmentreceived Police Autism Community Training (PACT) yesterday by Abbey Love, an educational psychology doctoral student at UK and creator of PACT.  The Continue reading the story...

Helping retailers in Ontario improve accessibility

TORONTO: As part of an EnAbling Change project with the Government of Ontario, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has developed a retail-specific Workshop and Webinar series Continue reading the story...

MnDOT calls for grant applications to aid bus stop access in rural, small urban areas

ST. PAUL, MINN.: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is taking grant applications to improve access for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to bus stops and Continue reading the story...

UH helping California national parks become more accessible for people who are blind

In their continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Continue reading the story...

OAS and ORITEL to Promote Inclusive Education in the Americas

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Organization of Telethons (ORITEL) presented the Program for the Promotion of Inclusive Education in the Americas, by Continue reading the story...

First bar for people with hearing disabilities opens in Colombia

It is not yet dark, but the two girls sitting at a table in a Bogota bar flick on the lamp on their wooden table. It Continue reading the story...

Enhanced Vision Introduces New Wearable Low-Vision Technology at an Affordable Price

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.: Enhanced Vision introduces Jordy, the latest in wearable low-vision technology that will revolutionize how those with low vision perform everyday tasks, such as Continue reading the story...

Workshop on Robotic-Mediated Behavior Intervention

The organizers of the First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Robotic-Mediated Behavior Intervention today announced that a workshop focused on robots and autism will be held on September Continue reading the story...

Optimized360 Introduces ADApt, the Web Accessibility Engine for Medical Websites

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.: No one wants to get on the wrong side of the law and its regulations. Dentists and physicians rightly go to great lengths Continue reading the story...

Tactile printing market poised for steady growth according to new research report

SAN JOSE, CALIF.: According to a new market report published by Credence Research Inc “Tactile Printing Market Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2016 – Continue reading the story...

Website Accessibility Lawsuits Expected to Rise From Trump Administration

PROVIDENCE, RI: Under the guidance of President Trump, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has deprioritized the monitoring and regulation of web accessibility standards. This Continue reading the story...

University of Manitoba Begins Largest Built Environment Accessibility Audit

Aligning with the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and the University of Manitoba’s commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment, the University will be embarking on a Continue reading the story...

CTU to implement new technology to help people with hearing disabilities communicate

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD: The Trinidad-based Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) says it is now close to implementing the Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS), which enables people Continue reading the story...

Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality for people with disabilities. Earlier this year, updates were finally Continue reading the story...

Penn State to host National Autism Conference from July 31 to Aug 3

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: Educators, service providers and parents will gather at Penn State during a four-day national conference to share best practices on how to improve Continue reading the story...

UAT to Host College Prep “G33K” Summer Camp for Young Adults with Autism

TEMPE, ARIZ.:  University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to partner with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and New Way Academy to host the Continue reading the story...

GAATES OTI Wins DFAF Award

On May 18, 2017 in Barcelona Spain, the On Thin Ice Project : Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities in Canada’s North project (2013-2016), Continue reading the story...

Re-Igniting the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD)

On July 12, the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) kicked off a series of virtual meetings to enhance the participation of Continue reading the story...

FSU researcher develops art therapy best practices for children with autism

A Florida State University researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism. Theresa Van Lith, assistant professor of art Continue reading the story...

ATMIA releases new ATM Accessibility Guide

SIOUX FALLS, SD: ATMIA has published “Maximizing ATM Accessibility” a new guide for incorporating greater access for all users, including those with disabilities. Building on previous publications, Continue reading the story...

Uber sued again over discriminating riders with disabilities

NEW YORK: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national nonprofit legal center, filed a major class action against Uber on behalf of a broad coalition of disability Continue reading the story...

Model Breaking Barriers in Fashion While Shattering the Stigma of Disability

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLA.: Following in the footsteps of model Ashley Graham, amputee model Shaholly Ayers is breaking beauty barriers. The brand ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion, Continue reading the story...

Entrepreneurs lead the way in accessible travel

CNN Business Traveller meets two British entrepreneurs whose own disabilities have helped inspire business opportunities and reshape the travel experience. Watch the video below: Source: CNN

Low-cost smart glove wirelessly translates ASL alphabet into text

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text and controls a Continue reading the story...

Microsoft releases iPhone app that narrates the world for people who are blind

Microsoft has released a new Seeing AI app for iPhone that uses computer vision to describe the world for people who are blind or have low Continue reading the story...

Ongoing job growth reflects persons with disabilities striving to work

EAST HANOVER, NJ: Americans with disabilities continued to engage in the labor market, reaching 15 months of job gains, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Continue reading the story...

WebFirst Conference 2017 Set for July 17 at University of Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: The fifth annual WebFirst Conference will take place from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at Continue reading the story...

FSU Launches Program in American Sign Language

FRAMINGHAM: For the first time, Framingham State University will be launching a four-year bachelor’s degree program in American Sign Language (ASL), designed to meet the growing Continue reading the story...

New E-Commerce Site Increasing Independence for Persons with Disabilities

CULVER CITY, CALIF.: Like many nonprofits across the country, the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) was faced with the tough reality that traditional nonprofit fundraising models are Continue reading the story...

Robots to help children with autism

New research involving the University of Portsmouth is aiming to develop robots to help children with autism in ways humans can’t. Children with autism engage more readily Continue reading the story...

ICC releases update to building accessibility standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to Continue reading the story...

Groups sue Uber for denying equal access to wheelchair users

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for persons with disabilities. Uber has failed to accommodate customers Continue reading the story...

New Standards Program to Ensure E-books Accessibility for People with Vision Disabilities

Benetech, a nonprofit firm that develops technology for social good, announced the launch of Global Certified Accessible, a program is the first third-party ebook verification program Continue reading the story...

Camp at UK Teaches Expanded Core, Independence to Students Who Are Deaf-Blind

LEXINGTON, KY.: After a week spent at the University of Kentucky for the Deaf-Blind Project’s Expanded Core Curriculum Camp, 17-year-old Max Cawthon accomplished things his mother never knew Continue reading the story...

New University-wide web accessibility testing tool to be adopted July 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: On July 1, the Penn State enterprise accessibility testing application will change from Compliance Sheriff to the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE), a web-based Continue reading the story...

iHEAR Introduces Eva, the First Hearing Aid Designed for Women with Hearing Disabilities

SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.: iHEAR Medical announces the launch of Eva, the first hearing aid designed specifically to address hearing disability of women. Over 20 million women Continue reading the story...
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