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    Warrenton city agrees to improve accessibility for people with disabilities under agreement with government

    Richmond, VA:  The town of Warrenton will improve building access for people with disabilities under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Department announced the agreement Wednesday. It was reached as part of a department initiative to ensure that cities and counties nationwide comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some 195 agreements… Continue Reading »

    Delta Airlines, Wayne County Airport Authority agreed to improve accessibility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for people with disabilities

    Detroit: Delta Airlines and the Wayne County Airport Authority have agreed to make improvements at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to bring the facility in line with federal disabilities regulations, ending a three-year federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh signed off on an action plan last week that ended the lawsuit. The three-year plan calls… Continue Reading »

    NAHB offers new course on Universal Design/Build

    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is premiering a new course on Universal Design/Build at the Remodeling Show in Chicago. With its focus on integrating universal design principles into all types of residential construction projects, the two-day training brings cutting-edge design solutions to building and design professionals. “This new course on Universal Design/Build will… Continue Reading »

    Toronto Transit Commission apologizes to riders with disabilities

    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is apologizing to riders with disabilities who are struggling to roll their wheelchairs onto the city’s new Toronto Rocket subway trains. The Rockets, which cost about $1 billion in total and are being paid for by all three levels of government, include many new accessibility features, including three flip-up seats… Continue Reading »

    NYC disaster plan ignores people with disabilities: suit

    New York:  Disability-rights advocates on Monday accused New York City of failing to account for the unique needs of its nearly 900,000 disabled residents during disasters like Hurricane Irene and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, contended that the city is violating federal and state… Continue Reading »

    New CaptionCall service to support millions of Americans with hearing disabilities

    Los Angeles, CA: Currently, 36 million Americans, about 11 percent of the U.S. population, have some degree of hearing disabilities. With the baby boomers entering their senior years, that number is expected to double by the year 2030. Communications announced the national launch of CaptionCall, a new service that will benefit millions of Americans with… Continue Reading »

    CSUN, UCLA researchers developing brain-control wheelchair

    Researchers at California State University-Northridge (CSUN) and UCLA Olive View Medical Center are developing a powerful new machine that uses brain-interface technology to help those with physical disabilities. The product, a motorized wheelchair that can be navigated with a user’s brainwaves, is not yet market-ready. The technology, however, has the potential to provide a new… Continue Reading »

    9th Annual Accessibility workshop ‘Opening Doors and Minds’

    Canada: The 9th Annual Accessibility Workshop – Opening Doors and Minds will take place from 9 a.m. to 3: 45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at St. Nicholas Macedonian Eastern Orthodox Church Hall;, 5225 Howard Ave., LaSalle. Keynote speaker Kathie Snow will deliver her address – Inclusive Communities: Ensuring All are Welcome – by video conference.… Continue Reading »

    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005: update

    In 2005, the Ontario provincial government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the AODA). While the AODA itself does not impose any substantive requirements on employers, it provides for the creation of regulations or “accessibility standards” which mandate that organizations take specific steps to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. Since the AODA became law, two sets… Continue Reading »