• Americas

    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 »

    Phillipsburg restaurant receives award for excellence in accessibility

    WHITE TOWNSHIP: The Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders declared October to be “Disability Awareness Month” as they recognized a Phillipsburg restaurant for its efforts to be accessible to all. La Bella Via, an Italian restaurant at Third and Broad streets, received the 2011 Thomas M. Kennedy Excellence in Accessibility Award. The award is named… Continue Reading »

    FCC moves to implement disability access regulations

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will give companies two years to comply with new regulations to make advanced communications services accessible to people with disabilities. “As our reliance on technological innovations driven by broadband continues to enhance the way we communicate, this Order will ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind; that they… Continue Reading »

    New York city developer agrees to accessibility enhancements

    NEW YORK: The United States filed and simultaneously settled by consent decree a federal civil rights lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleging that The Larkspur, a residential apartment complex that provides largely low- and middle-income housing in Manhattan, is inaccessible to persons with disabilities. The suit alleges that Larkspur, LLC, the owner and developer of… Continue Reading »

    Toronto Transit Commission introduces new Metropass to assist blind people

    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is introducing a redesigned Metropass starting in November that will feature a “clipped” edge at the top-left corner of the pass. The new design was advocated by Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) to assist blind people transit users when entering the TTC through automatic entrances and turnstiles. The clipped… Continue Reading »

    Taco Bell violated disability laws in California stores

    SAN FRANCISCO: A federal judge has ruled that Taco Bell violated federal and California laws protecting people with disabilities from discrimination at its restaurants. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland is now deciding what improvements the company must make to its 220 stores in California and how much the fast-food chain must pay the… Continue Reading »

    New parks in Chile accessible for children with disabilities

    A number of parks in boroughs around Chile’s capital are adopting designs and equipment to allow children with physical disabilities to enjoy the city’s public spaces. The “integrated park” idea seeks to provide universal access to public spaces, removing architectural barriers and facilitating the mobility of all people, regardless of physical limitations. The project is… Continue Reading »