• Americas

    Disability access poor for Saskatchewan voters with disabilities

    Saskatchewan, Canada: Saskatchewan’s chief electoral officer says the province is not doing enough to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities. David Wilkie said only a few of the 120 recommendations tabled in the legislature in 2009 will be in place by the time voters head to the polls this November. Wilkie said Elections… Continue Reading »

    Ottawa bike lanes causing obstacle to people with disabilities

    Ottawa, Canada: The city of Ottawa says it is willing to alter the new segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue to make them more accessible to people with disabilities. The problem is the cement curbs that line the bike lanes are proving to be a barrier for people with disabilities. With the barriers in place,… Continue Reading »

    Mom, daughter with Down syndrome runs ‘TecAccess’ company to create accessible technology

    Debra Ruh’s life changed dramatically when her four-month-old daughter, Sara, was diagnosed with Down syndrome. While the news was devastating, Ms. Ruh decided to turn her family’s challenge into a blessing and a redirection. Harnessing her technological expertise, Ruh started TecAccess, a company with the core mission of making Information and Communication Technologies more accessible,… Continue Reading »

    Administration seeks to ensure information is accessible for people with disabilities

    US: The Obama administration is working to ensure that government information is accessible for people with disabilities, the White House announced in a statement last week. Accessibility is a critical element to protecting all Americans’ right to know, and the administration is right to seek to improve it. Specifically, the administration is drafting a strategic plan… Continue Reading »

    Colleges and Universities renewing focus on closed captioning in US

    US: The rapid growth of lecture capture and distance education in higher education is raising fresh concerns about accessibility, since it’s difficult-if not impossible-for hearing-impaired students to use these tools effectively. As a result, many colleges and universities are renewing their focus on closed captioning as a viable solution. While the impetus for closed captioning… Continue Reading »

    NASA releases new braille book with tactile diagrams for blind readers

    The book “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” was created with the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate blind people about the wonders of Earth’s moon, according to NASA. David Hurd, a space science professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, is the book’s author. He… Continue Reading »

    Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference in Anchorage, Alaska

    Anchorage, Alaska: Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) in collaboration with many statewide partners in government, education, independent living and vocational rehabilitation is proud to host the 3rd Biennial Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference from August 3 – 5, 2011 at the Dena’aina Convention Center. The Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference will provide the opportunity to… Continue Reading »

    Better Life Mobility announces new advancements in mobility equipment for people with disabilities

    San Diego: Not all mobility equipment is the same. Today, there are so many options when it comes to choosing high quality mobility equipment that not only fits the wheelchair user’s physical needs, but also their desired lifestyle. Mobility technology advances every year; if disabled people haven’t had a chance to check out the upgrades available to… Continue Reading »

    Advocacy groups protest against lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Philadelphia

    Advocacy groups demonstrated in front of the Philadelphia Convention Center Tuesday to protest the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the city. Juliet Marsala, executive director of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, said she wants the city to set aside 50 taxi permits for ramp-equipped vans. Her group filed a lawsuit Tuesday, saying the Philadelphia Parking… Continue Reading »