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    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 »

    Sensory Garden providing museum experience to blind people

    Odessa, Texas: Vivid colors, detailed expression, history and creativity. Art museums offer a one-of-a-kind experience for those who walk through their doors, but what about those who can’t experience like others do? A local museum is sharing the world of art with those who are unable to see. Ellen noel art museum staff tell me… Continue Reading »

    14th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference Registration Open

    Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder presents Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers, November 14 – 18, 2011. Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for people with sensory,… Continue Reading »

    MTA agrees to make Dyckman St. subway station accessible for disabled people

    The MTA has agreed to make Manhattan’s Dyckman St. subway station accessible for disabled people in order to settle a federal lawsuit, the Daily News has learned. Advocates praised the MTA for “doing the right thing” by pledging to install an elevator at the elevated Inwood station so wheelchair users, the elderly and others with mobility disability can… Continue Reading »

    Making D.C. housing accessible for people with disabilities

    Nicholas A. Majett, director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), may be correct that the city has not issued building permits that violate accessibility standards “Housing discrimination lingers,” Metro, July 15. The question is: Which standards? In a 2005 fair-housing study, the Urban Institute reported that the District’s new multifamily buildings… Continue Reading »

    UA students develop Smartphone applications for disabled people

    The University of Alabama (UA) students in the Computer-Based Honors Program have been working to create and develop smartphone applications. The apps the students are working on are classified as beneficial because they will help those who have health issues or physical disabilities. They range from assisting those with diabetes to helping blind people. “The… Continue Reading »

    Scientist from Arizona State University designed portable note-taking device for blind people

    A team of scientists from Arizona State University has designed a portable device that increases the speed of note-taking. The concept was born out of frustration by blind team leader David S Hayden. Hayden had been using a technology called a monocular, which is basically a small telescope, for blind people. “The problem with the… Continue Reading »

    Georgia Institute of Technology hosts ARoPability workshop for blind people

    Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with the WizKidz Science and Technology Centers recently presented a 2-week ARoPability workshop for blind people. A grant was received from the National Science Foundation to fund the event. The intention of the workshop was to draw the attention of the students with disabilities to involve themselves in the… Continue Reading »

    Technology being used to build bridges with autistic children

    SALT LAKE CITY: Digger has a tough time breaking out of his world and expressing what’s on his mind. As a 9-year-old with autism, the desire to socialize with his classmates, or even give a book report becomes excruciatingly awkward. “He just wants to fit in, and wants to be a part of what’s going… Continue Reading »