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Expo Connects People with Vision Disabilities with Resources to Maintain Independence

A vision expo Saturday, March 4 at the University of Houston will offer exhibits, programming and workshops for Houston’s visually impaired community on maintaining independence. The Continue reading the story...

Feedback Sought on Draft Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Policy

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to offer their thoughts on the draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy at two upcoming public comment sessions Continue reading the story...

AgrAbility to host training workshop on disabilities in agriculture

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: The 2017 AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) will take place March 20-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Chris Bell sits next to his tractor that has Continue reading the story...

32nd Annual Conference on Assistive Technology

Thousands of people from around the globe are expected to return to San Diego later this month to participate in the world’s largest event dedicated to Continue reading the story...

Conference on Transition Planning for Life after High School for Students with Disabilities

The Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), the Mid-State Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) and Onondaga Community College (OCC) will host a free Continue reading the story...

9th Annual Boating and Beach Bash Event for Persons with Disabilities

The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, which is sponsored by the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc. (ADF), is the largest, free, fun-day event in Continue reading the story...

CSUN Center Opens Up the World of Possibilities for Children with Disabilities

Marina Forain admits she can get emotional when she thinks about the progress her 6-year-old daughter Isabella has made in the two years she has taken Continue reading the story...

Youngster to benefit from 3D printed hand

A five-year-old boy from Bedford will be able to use a knife and fork and ride a bike thanks to a 3D printed hand under development Continue reading the story...

Third Annual Assistive Technology Conference – Feb 17

MACOMB, IL: Western Illinois University will host the third annual Assistive Technology Conference from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Horrabin Hall, room 1. The conference Continue reading the story...

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid accessibility barriers

Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing bulky strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily Continue reading the story...

Canada wraps up consultations on how to make a more accessible Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Over the past five months, the Government of Canada has held public sessions across Canada as part of a consultation process to inform planned Continue reading the story...

FCC Seeks Nominations for Sixth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission will accept nominations for the Sixth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) beginning February 13, 2017 through April Continue reading the story...

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: The head of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is calling for strong collaboration among stakeholders to use information and communication Continue reading the story...

Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

A brain-computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with complete locked-in syndrome Continue reading the story...

Ecuador ensures voting rights for persons with disabilities

ECUADOR: Ahead of the presidential elections, Ecuador is rolling out a plan to make it easier and safer for people with disabilities to cast their votes. The Continue reading the story...

NCSES Releases New Report on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Continue reading the story...

Upward Momentum Fuels Positive Start to 2017 for Americans With Disabilities

EAST HANOVER, NJ: The momentum of the last three quarters extended employment gains into 2017 for Americans with disabilities, as reported in this special year-in-review edition Continue reading the story...

New Program Offers OnLine Library for Free to Eligible Students with Vision Disabilities

NEW YORK: Reading is a simple pleasure. However, millions of people are denied the joy of reading due to vision disabilities. Now, Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare Continue reading the story...

Animation on Signs Now Available from the Access Board

A new animation on accessible signage is now available from the Access Board as part of its online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Continue reading the story...

Sorenson Communications Introduces ASL Phone Tree

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The Sorenson Communications, LLC, the company that revolutionized Video Relay Service (VRS) communication for people who are deaf, introduced Sorenson Bridge, the Continue reading the story...

AMI announces scholarship for students with disabilities

TORONTO, ON: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced that the 2017 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship campaign will launch Monday, February 6. Entering its sixth year, the AMI Continue reading the story...

Registration Open for Spring Technology Accessibility Training Workshops

Syracuse University seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology. Information Technology Services (ITS) is Continue reading the story...

Students Invented Gloves that Convert Sign Language into Speech

Two University of Washington undergraduates have developed gloves that can translate sign language into text or speech. UW pre-engineering sophomore Thomas Pryor demonstrates the “SignAloud” gloves that Continue reading the story...

Hackers and People with Disabilities to Participate in 48 Hour Access Makeathon Event in Vancouver

BURNABY, BC: Inventors, Creators, Hackers, and Change Makers will be coming together over 48 hours from January 27 to 29, 2017 at the Access Makeathon in Continue reading the story...

Forum to address accessibility for people with hearing disabilities

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) will host a community forum Wednesday, February 8 focused on ensuring ECA performances, programs and facilities are welcoming and accessible Continue reading the story...

55th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February Continue reading the story...

Amazon Echo Voice Commands Offer Big Benefits to Persons with Disabilities

“It’s definitely not a toy,” says Nate Higgins. “I really depend on it a lot.” The “it” is his Alexa-powered Amazon Echo smart speaker, and Higgins, Continue reading the story...

New self-assessment launching will help departments evaluate accessibility efforts

As part of its ongoing work to guide accessibility and inclusion efforts at Ohio University, the Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) Leadership Continue reading the story...

Nova Scotians Can Discuss Accessibility at Law Amendments Committee

Nova Scotians are encouraged to present their views about the province’s first accessibility legislation, Bill 59, to the Law Amendments Committee. “It is important for the disability Continue reading the story...

16 Microsoft Accessibility sessions slated for CSUN 2017

Microsoft will hold 16 sessions, including presentations on new accessibility benefits in Microsoft products and services, at the annual California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Continue reading the story...

ICT Accessibility Policy Available for Open Comment

Among the short-term recommendations made by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion was the adoption of a Universitywide policy on information and communication technology (ICT) Continue reading the story...

Peru launches tech jobs network for persons with disabilities

LIMA: Only two out of ten persons with disabilities get a job in Peru, hence the importance of alternatives to change such situation, such as the Continue reading the story...

Walmart sued after firing employee with down syndrome

MILWAUKEE, WIS.: Walmart violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and fired a longtime employee because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Continue reading the story...

Supporting Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities

VANCOUVER, BC: The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating systemic barriers and delivering equal opportunities to all Canadians with disabilities. The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Continue reading the story...

CIBC introduces new initiative to support employment for Canadians with Disabilities

TORONTO: Committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals living with a disability, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) announced it is partnering with Magnet, an online Continue reading the story...

Canada improves accessibility for persons with disabilities within their workplaces and communities

SURREY, BC: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, visited the Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland to announce the Continue reading the story...

Scholarships to Advance Inclusive Higher Education for Youth with Disabilities

TORONTO:  The University of Gondar and Canada’s Queen’s University announced a 10-year, USD$24.2 million partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Supreme Court hears case on children with disabilities and public schools

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a significant case about the level of education support children with disabilities must receive in the public school system. Back Continue reading the story...

Training to Improve Access to Air Travel for Persons with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a series of new disability-related training materials for airlines and passengers with disabilities on the four areas where Continue reading the story...

Robotic Prosthetics, Exoskeletons and Assistive Rehabilitation Technologies Market Outlook Upto 2019

Disabilities and amputations occur routinely due to accidents and diseases. One of the foremost causes for BKA or Below Knee Amputations is diabetes. CDC estimates suggest Continue reading the story...
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