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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...

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...
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