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    New Rule Strengthens Protections for Americans with Disabilities at Rail Stations

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that people with disabilities will have greater access to intercity, commuter and high-speed train travel as a result of a new rule requiring new station platform construction or significant renovation to enable people with disabilities to get on and off any car on a train. “This will help… Continue Reading »

    Bussani Mobility announces 2011 Accessibility Open House

    Bethpage, NY: Bussani Mobility has today announced their 2011 Accessibility Open House. Bussani Mobility has garnered a reputation for excellence and customer care in the New York area, and their open house is an excellent opportunity for people with physical disabilities to learn more about modern mobility equipment and wheelchair vans, directly from the manufacturers.  Attendees to… Continue Reading »

    Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

    GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

    FCC advisory committee recommends adoption of SMPTE Timed Text captioning for online video

    A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee has recommended adoption by the agency of a standard for the closed-captioning of online video content developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as it implements the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The Act is designed to ensure the accessibility, usability and affordability… Continue Reading »

    Walter Pyramid improved accessibility for guests with disabilities

    The Walter Pyramid has improved accessibility by designating seven different sections that ensure guests with disabilities will have a better view of the event they’re attending. Wheelchair seating sections were chosen for their visibility angles, which ensure an unobstructed line of sight to the floor, even when people in front of them are standing. This… Continue Reading »

    Government of Canada supports accessibility for people with disabilities

    Pembroke, Ontario: Canadians with disabilities in Pembroke and surrounding areas will benefit from a fully accessible campus building at Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus as a result of funding from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister… Continue Reading »

    US television and cable networks to provide audio descriptions for blind people

    Washington: Large broadcast television and cable networks will have to provide audio descriptions of what is happening on screen during programs, according to rules reinstated by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules requiring so called “video description” apply to the four largest broadcast television networks, and cable networks with more than 50,000 subscribers. The rules… Continue Reading »

    Hopkins County Schools choose Wizcom's Research-Based Reading Pen 2 to support students with learning disabilities

    Wizcom Technologies Ltd, the global leader in portable literacy support tools, announced that Hopkins County Schools of Madisonville (Kentucky/USA) has chosen Wizcom’s Reading Pen 2 as its standard for students with disabilities in general area content classes.  The school purchased 30 classroom sets (300 Reading Pens) to meet the needs of grade 4-12 students who… Continue Reading »

    Devices enhance fire safety for deaf people

    Palm Coast: Roommates Matthew Friedman and Richard Hammond, both with hearing disabilities, received a gift this week that could one day save their lives. Four special strobe-light fire alarm units were installed in the men’s home earlier this week by Flagler County Fire Marshal Robert Growick and a half-dozen county firefighters. “We hear about fires… Continue Reading »