• Americas

    Harkins to equip cinemas for people with hearing and sight disabilities to settle Arizona suit

    The state’s largest movie chain will outfit virtually off its theaters with equipment designed to help people with hearing and sight disabilities, including people who are totally deaf or blind. In a consent decree filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court, Michael Bowers, president of Harkins Theaters, agreed to install closed caption and descriptive video… Continue Reading »

    Kingston, Ontario accepting nominations for International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award

    The city of Kingston, Ontario is accepting nominations for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), to recognize a person, group or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for persons with disabilities in Kingston.… Continue Reading »

    Utah State University examines emergency evacuations of people with disabilities

    Nearly a quarter of the people evacuating the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, had some sort of disability that slowed them down. The same proportion of New Orleans residents caught in Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were disabled people. Nearly one-fifth of all U.S. residents have limited physical mobility. But when engineers design office… Continue Reading »

    PEI government encouraging tourism operators to verify properties accessibility

    CANADA: The Prince Edward Island (PEI) government is encouraging tourism operators in the province to verify whether their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities. The program is being launched to ensure when people with disabilities go to businesses and accommodations, they get what they’re expecting. Linda and Stan Gapski have had this trouble… Continue Reading »

    Department of Justice supports disability advocates in taxi accessibility lawsuit

    NEW YORK: For Christopher Noel, catching a cab is like finding a needle in a haystack. He uses a wheelchair, and of the city’s 13,000 taxis, only about 230, or less than 2-percent, are accessible. “How many of them are being used at the moment? And when will I see the next one that’s coming… Continue Reading »

    Researchers developed Touchscreen Braille Writer tablet app

    Adam Duran, a senior at New Mexico State University, has developed a way for people with visual disabilities to type on tablet as a Braille keyboard. Duran created the touch-screen Braille writer software with Adrian Lew, a Stanford assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Sohan Dharmaraja, a doctoral candidate. Software developed during a summer course… Continue Reading »

    Rick Hansen Foundation launches Global Accessibility Map

    VANCOUVER, BC: Twenty-five years ago, inspired by the dream of finding a cure after spinal cord injury and creating a more accessible and inclusive world, Rick Hansen set out on his Man In Motion World Tour– forever changing how the world views the potential of people with disabilities. Today, the Rick Hansen Foundation moved one… Continue Reading »

    Government of Canada supports Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities in Markham

    MARKHAM, ONTARIO: The Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund is helping people with disabilities in Markham and the surrounding area to gain full access to the Markham Centre for Skills and Independence. The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Thornhill, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of… Continue Reading »

    NFB and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) announced today that they have reached an agreement that will resolve a complaint filed against Penn State by the NFB with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.  There was no admission of any wrongdoing. Penn… Continue Reading »