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    Election Ontario promoting new technology to help people with disabilities to vote independently

    Elections Ontario is promoting some new technology that will allow people with disabilities to vote independently. It will be the first time the technology will be widely available to Ontario voters, said Greg Essensa, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer. The voting tools, which aid people with mobility and visual disabilities, include a Braille key pad, a… Continue Reading »

    Oklahoma Stadium to feature closed-captioning for deaf people during football games

    There will be a new fan service when University of Oklahoma (OU) opens the football season against Tulsa on Sept. 3, an athletic department spokesman said. Closed captioning, a speech-to-text service for deaf people, will be provided on the video board in the south end of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The service will include everything public… Continue Reading »

    Call for Papers for 27th CSUN Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference opens Sept. 6

    California State University, Northridge (CSUN),  27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference will be held in San Diego, CA between February 27- March 3, 2012. The Call for Papers will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and will close on Friday, September 30, 2011. For 26 years the Center on Disabilities, through the International… Continue Reading »

    VPG starts production of new ADA compliant mobility vehicle for people with disabilities

    Miami: The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) announced the start of production for the “First Mobility Vehicle”, MV-1, the first and only factory-built and assembled vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The MV-1 will be available in either gasoline or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powertrains. Production… Continue Reading »

    Government of Canada new standard on web accessibility released

    The Standard on Web Accessibility came into effect on August 1, 2011. This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases over a two-year period. The Standard on Web Accessibility is accompanied by a guidance document to facilitate implementation by July 31, 2013. The… Continue Reading »

    Project Enable brings tech training to people with disabilities

    The first of three workshops designed to introduce persons with mobility disabilities to computer and related technology fields was held last week at Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. Project Enable is an initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and led jointly by East Stroudsburg and New Mexico State Universities. “The… Continue Reading »

    Wheelchair users protest lack of access to Montreal city buses

    Montreal, Canada: A group of wheelchair transit users Monday protested the lack of access to city buses, backed by their own experience during the day as they tried to enter 67 Montreal Transit Corp. buses equipped with ramps on more than 30 routes. The six volunteers only succeeded in rolling up ramps on one-third of… Continue Reading »

    TDF launches autism-friendly version of The Lion King

    Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit performing arts service organization whose mission includes making theatre accessible for all audiences, is piloting a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults with autism, and their families. The program, which is a part of TDF’s Accessibility Programs (TAP), will present the first… Continue Reading »

    Department signs agreement to ensure access for people with disabilities

    Washington: The Justice Department announced an agreement with Montgomery County, Md., and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities.   The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country… Continue Reading »