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    Airline returns passenger’s wheelchair in pieces

    Oklahoma City: Jason Price was picked by a federal administration to help write a book. His part is about Oklahomans with disabilities becoming employed and self-sufficient, allowing them to leave the Social Security disability rolls. He flew out to Washington D.C. for the project, but found himself in a less then self-sufficient situation on his… Continue Reading »

    NFB and MDDTAP to host web accessibility training day

    The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program (MDDTAP) will present the second annual Web Accessibility Training Day on Monday, September 19, 2011. The day-long event will present valuable information about creating accessible web content that complies with federal and state regulations. It will feature… Continue Reading »

    NFB urges Maryland Libraries to purchase accessible E-readers

    Baltimore, Maryland: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for accessible technology, sent letters to the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Howard County Library System urging these libraries to purchase e-book readers that can be used by blind people.  The libraries are currently lending Barnes & Noble’s NOOK device to… Continue Reading »

    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 »