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    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 »

    Property hunters with disabilities facing access crisis

    Toronto: Anecdotally, it was thought to be one of the only wheelchair accessible units available in Toronto, although there’s no way to know for sure. MLS.ca doesn’t have a search option for that. Located near downtown in the trendy Distillery District, the two-bedroom, two-bedroom unit featured roll-up counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, a curbless shower… Continue Reading »

    20 Ohio counties get grants to improve disability access at polling places

    COLUMBUS, Ohio: Polling sites in 20 counties will get permanent upgrades to assist Ohio voters with disabilities under newly released federal grant money. Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that about $100,000 in grants will go to county boards of elections to improve access for voters with disabilities. The funds were made available by… Continue Reading »

    ACD Assistive Technology Resource Fair

    The city of Naperville and the Advisory Commission on Disabilities (ACD) are hosting an Assistive Technology Resource Fair on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from noon – 4 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street in Naperville. Assistive technology is utilized by people with disabilities in order to perform functions that may otherwise be difficult… Continue Reading »

    AT&T introduces Mobile Accessibility Lite App for blind people

    DALLAS: AT&T customers who are blind or have low vision can now access and enjoy their Android device in a fully accessible way. Introducing AT&T Mobile Accessibility Lite, a custom version of the screen-access application, Mobile Accessibility, developed by Code Factory. The application features a suite of accessible apps so customers can perform the most common wireless tasks enjoyed… Continue Reading »

    InvoTek wins da Vinci Award

    Alma-based InvoTek won a da Vinci Award for Communication and Educational Aids. The award honors innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies for people with disabilities from organizations around the globe. “We are honored and delighted to be selected from an international field of excellent firms,” Tom Jakobs, InvoTek’s president, said in a statement. “We designed Supplemental… Continue Reading »

    Wheelchair users sues Scarsdale, Yonkers malls over disability access

    Bronx, NY: A Bronx man who uses a wheelchair is accusing three Scarsdale and Yonkers shopping centers of discrimination, alleging each property has features that hinder disabled people. Modesto Hernandez has filed more than a dozen accessibility lawsuits in recent years, including against the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, the Nanuet Mall and the Bronx… Continue Reading »