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U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The Access Board has released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 Continue reading the story...

U.S. Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

The Access Board has issued new accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) under section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The standards provide design criteria for Continue reading the story...

Emerging technology aims to improve life for persons with disabilities

LAS VEGAS: Emerging technology is giving new hope for persons with disabilities, and harnessing brainwaves for people with mobilityh disabilities and helping people who are blind Continue reading the story...

Putting fundamental rights of persons with disabilities on the map

Ten years ago this month, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—a landmark human rights treaty among countries around Continue reading the story...

New Florida Guidebook Highlights Wheelchair-Accessible State Parks

RIPON, CA: If a trip to Florida is on your travel calendar, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; Favorite Florida State Parks for Wheelers Continue reading the story...

Disability Advocates Used Digtal to Become Visible

American University School of Communication professor Fillipo Trevisan at American University recently published his first book, Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice Empowerment and Global Connectivity. Before joining Continue reading the story...

GAATES Program Manager – Job Posting

The Global Alliance On Accessible Technologies And Environments (GAATES) is seeking a Program Manager to be based in Ottawa, CANADA The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Continue reading the story...

ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium drives message of consistent interpretation

BALTIMORE:  At the beginning of November 2016, we had the pleasure of joining 75 other accessibility technologists and leaders from government, academia, industry, and private consulting Continue reading the story...

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities more likely to be employed in states

LAWRENCE: Individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Continue reading the story...

Access Board Updates ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans

The Access Board has issued a final rule updating sections of its accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Continue reading the story...

Durham Council passes 2016 Accessibility Report

WHITBY, ON: Durham Regional Council has passed The Regional Municipality of Durham’s 2016 Accessibility Report, a document that outlines completed initiatives that will help to further Continue reading the story...

Work on Disabilities Codes and Regulations to Begin January

Work is expected to begin in January 2017 on the codes and regulations for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD). Minister of Labour and Social Continue reading the story...

UN expert calls for concerted action to guarantee rights for persons with disabilities

Following the recent global commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations human rights expert today Continue reading the story...

UNISDR – Invitation to CSOs/DPOs to participate in Global Platform

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) invites civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to attend the 2017 Global Platform Continue reading the story...

US DOT Improving Accessibility of Aircraft Lavatories and In-Flight Entertainment for Passengers with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that its negotiated rulemaking committee, the ACCESS Advisory Committee, has reached an important agreement to improve the accessibility Continue reading the story...

Canadians have their say on an Accessible Canada in Vancouver and Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: In the past two weeks, the Government of Canada held public sessions in Vancouver and Ottawa, as part of the consultation process to inform Continue reading the story...

Guyana to host regional training center for persons with disabilities

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA: Guyana will host a regional training center for young persons with disabilities according to an agreement signed here between Cuba and the Caribbean Community Continue reading the story...

FDA takes steps to improve hearing aid accessibility

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced important steps to better support consumer access to hearing aids. The agency issued a guidance document explaining that it Continue reading the story...

Numerous Employment Barriers for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries

SILVER SPRING, MD: Decent, salaried jobs in developing countries are rarely an option for people with disabilities, according to a new white paper, Situation of wage Continue reading the story...

Lack of Appropriate Clothing Can Hinder People with Disabilities

COLUMBIA, MO.: There are many important events in a person’s life, including weddings, graduations, school dances and job interviews. The clothing industry has long profited from Continue reading the story...

New Manitoba government accessibility plan

WINNIPEG, MB: A new Manitoba government accessibility plan that removes barriers and improves access to provincial services is being launched on the United Nations International Day Continue reading the story...

Decade after global treaty’s adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights Continue reading the story...

UM Showcases Assistive Technology to International Fellows

MISSOULA: Nine fellows from Laos, as part of SportsUnited, learned about assistive technology during their visit to the University of Montana in November. MonTECH, housed in UM’s Continue reading the story...

Canada makes further commitment to support rights of persons with disabilities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that the Government Continue reading the story...

CRTC Supports Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day

OTTAWA, GATINEAU: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is pleased to participate in the Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day. Text with 9-1-1 is now available Continue reading the story...

CTA Foundation Announces CES Eureka Park Accessibility Contest Winners

ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, a national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Revises Regulations to Require Closed Captioning and Audio Description for People with Disabilities

The Justice Department announced an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III regulation to further clarify a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and Continue reading the story...

College and career-ready expectations for students with disabilities

WASHIGTON, DC: Achieve and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) today released “Diplomas that Matter: Ensuring Equity of Opportunity for Students with Disabilities,” a new Continue reading the story...

Advancing the rights for women and girls with disabilities

NEW YORK:  According to the World Report on Disability, an estimated one in five women around the world live with some form of disability. For them, Continue reading the story...

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities  (IDPD) comes as over a billion people live with some form of disability. Since 1992, the United Nations Continue reading the story...

UB student develops smartphone app for early autism detection

BUFFALO, N.Y.: What if someone invented a smartphone app that could help detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children as young as 2 years old? Could Continue reading the story...

App will help children with disabilities and challenging behavior

A Vanderbilt special education researcher has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by The Institute of Education Sciences to develop an app for use by parents Continue reading the story...

Disability Access for Online Students

Oregon State University Extended Campus can not only provide an education that is within reach, but understands the kind of degree program that best fits your Continue reading the story...

Call for films for the UN Enable Film Festival

Submissions are now being accepted for the UN Enable Film Festival that is held each year at UN Headquarters on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities

The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities. The 24/7phone line and email service Continue reading the story...

PGA High-level panel discussion on IDPD at UN Headquarters in New York

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/145 of 17 December 2015, a high-level panel meeting to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention Continue reading the story...

Women and persons with disabilities being left behind on CPP expansion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Women and persons with disabilities will face a significant and unfair disadvantage under proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan. Canada’s largest union is Continue reading the story...

‘Enact laws to protect people with vision disabilities’

There need to be specific laws to protect citizens with vision disabilities from victimisation.This according to executive officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association Continue reading the story...

AT Fair Demonstrates Options for Persons with Disabilities

DUBOIS: Hosted by the campus Occupational Therapy Club in conjunction with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), an Assistive Technology Fair was recently held at Penn Continue reading the story...
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