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    AFB announces 2012 access awards call for Nominations

    New York: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)  announced its official call for nominations for the 2012 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an exceptional and innovative effort that… Continue Reading »

    EyeNote app helps blind people to identify US currency

    The EyeNote application was developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for blind people to use as a tool to increase accessibility to U.S. currency. EyeNote is built for the Apple iOS to allow the user to scan a bank note and communicate its value back to the user. The app currently runs… Continue Reading »

    Kingsville council approved plans to make Carnegie Library building accessible for people with disabilities

    Kingsville council has approved architectural plans to make the Carnegie library building accessible for people with disabilities. The heritage building with its grand front stairs is no longer used as a library and can’t be used as a public building until it is made accessible. Architect Joseph Toth presented drawings for a 22 foot by… Continue Reading »

    Montgomery County to improve access to public facilities for people with disabilities

    Montgomery County will work with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve access to public facilities for people with disabilities. On Aug. 16, the department announced an agreement with the county, along with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, that is expected to lead to upgrades in such places as county recreation facilities and… Continue Reading »

    Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD in New York

    The Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 7 to 9 September 2011. The Conference will include a high-level segment and general debate, as well as two Roundtables entitled “Realizing the CRPD through… Continue Reading »

    Senator Adolpho Palacios bill aims to improve enforcement of accessible parking laws

    Guam: Senator Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr., has introduced Bill No. 294, which seeks to improve the enforcement of accessible parking laws.  According to statute, individuals could face a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for violations including obstructing accessible parking spaces, parking in such a space without an accessible parking permit or license… Continue Reading »

    Researchers developed Thought-controlled Robot to help people with disabilities

    Washington: Researchers have developed robots that can be controlled by the user’s thoughts and will be provide help for people with in future. These avatars will “fill in” for those who are not able to physically attend – communicating for them, said science fiction author Robert Sawyer. “This is liberating for people with disabilties,” Sawyer… Continue Reading »

    Federal grants available to improve polling place accessibility in Minnesota

    St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced that his office is currently seeking grant proposals from cities, townships and counties for accessibility improvements to polling places in Minnesota. The approximately $400,000 in Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grants are provided through the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA)  of… Continue Reading »

    Researchers developing computer game for children with autism

    Researchers at Oporto University have teamed up with the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to develop a computer game aimed at helping children with autism learn facial expressions and emotions to help them relate better to the people around them. The game – which was the brainchild of various Oporto University alumni – will… Continue Reading »