• Americas

    New audible pedestrian signal installed for blind people at BSU

    Boise, ID USA: People with impaired vision have some new high-tech help crossing the street on the Boise State University (BSU) campus. The audible pedestrian crossings are at University Drive and Lincoln Avenue, and at University and Joyce. “Automobiles have become so much quieter and intersection crossings have become more complex. This combination has made… Continue Reading »

    Hackensack church offers captioning for hearing-impaired

    Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Hackensack could well be the first church in North Jersey to offer captions for hearing impaired. Sunday, which was Palm Sunday, was the second time it has been offered during a Holy Trinity Mass. The captioning, offered twice a month and displayed on a large screen, was the idea of… Continue Reading »

    Access for disabled people an issue for Tulsa

    Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa’s self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance has revealed nearly $23 million in necessary modifications for public buildings, parks, sidewalks, intersections and bus stops. The city’s initial transition plan was completed two years after the passage of the 1990 civil rights law mandating equal access for disabled individuals to public facilities,… Continue Reading »

    Students create device for hearing impaired

    Terre Haute, Ind. : The hearing impaired get some help from a new invention by Rose Hulman students. Students at the school created an indication system that helps those with hearing loss to know when somebody is calling. The electronic system makes a lamp flash when the person receives an incoming call. The students created… Continue Reading »

    Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility for students with disabilities

    A woman smacked Steve Stokes in the head with her purse, knocking him out of his wheelchair. She told him he shouldn’t be out in public, that he belonged in a nursing home. Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility, services for students with disabilities Stokes was a college student in the late 1960s, a time when disabled… Continue Reading »

    Software helps people with disabilities use computer mouse

    SEATTLE, Apr 09: U.S. computer scientists say a free software program can help people with motor disabilities who have trouble using a computer mouse. The Pointing Magnifier, developed by researchers at the University of Washington, combines a large area cursor with visual and motor magnification, reducing need for fine, precise pointing, a university release said… Continue Reading »

    Seattle ferries add video screens of information for help hearing impaired passengers

    When John Waldo, who is hearing-impaired, lost his checkbook at Colman Dock a few years ago, he didn’t hear the announcement that it had been found. Although he eventually got it back, Waldo saw the incident as another sign that the state ferry system wasn’t doing enough to help its hearing-impaired passengers. When his wife… Continue Reading »

    Abilities Expo, the largest event for people with disabilities and their caregivers, is coming to Los Angeles April 15-17

    LOS ANGELES:  Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to… Continue Reading »

    Atlantic City casinos face compliance checks for accessibility by disabled people

    ATLANTIC CITY: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey will inspect the Atlantic City casino hotels to make sure they are accessible to people who have disabilities. In a news release Wednesday, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said his office will determine whether the casinos are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.… Continue Reading »