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PEI launched website for tourists with disabilities

Prince Edward Island (PEI) has launched a website to make its tourism industry more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessadvisor.ca will soon use the internet, smartphone apps and GPS downloads to help people with disabilities find the places that can serve them best. Hotels will be ranked with four designations — limited accessibility, full mobile… Continue Reading »

California State University ensures web accessibility for visually and hearing impaired students

California State University (CSU) has automated accessibility monitoring to ensure that its thousands of websites and millions of Web pages are ready for use by faculty, students, and staff who are visually and hearing impaired. Before being published, each of CSU’s Web sites, intranets, Web applications, and e-learning systems must be tested for compliance withSection… Continue Reading »

Netflix sued by NAD over lack of subtitles

Netflix has been sued by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for failing to offer closed-captioning on enough of its streaming content. In a lawsuit (PDF) filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts, the NAD alleges that Netflix is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing captions… Continue Reading »

Berkeley-based nonprofit sues CNN.com for not captioning online videos

A Berkeley-based nonprofit sued global media and entertainment giant Time Warner on Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, claiming CNN.com discriminates against deaf people by not providing any captioning of its online videos. Disability Rights Advocates is representing the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness and three individual plaintiffs in what they call a first-of-its-kind lawsuit.… Continue Reading »

Assistive Technology devices help make home a safer place

With greater emphasis on keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible, Assistive Technology (AT) can make home a safer place. Many seniors may need grab bars in the bathroom, wheelchair ramps or pill organizers as they age. But people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are a fast-growing segment of the… Continue Reading »

Sudbury city consults with disabled people to make facilities more accessible

Sudbury, Canada: Citizens in Greater Sudbury are invited to attend a public consultation session June 16 to provide input into the city’s 2011-2012 Accessibility Plan. Under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001, the city is “required to prepare an annual accessibility plan to make it available to the public,” according to a press release. The… Continue Reading »

New York Transit Museum becomes accessible to disabled people

The New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn unveiled a new entrance that provides access for visitors who cannot use stairs. Funding came from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and Friends of the New York Transit Museum. “This addition will bring more visitors both from Brooklyn, New York, America… Continue Reading »

USC researchers create robotic aids for blind people

At the University of Southern California (USC) James Weiland, a vision researcher and biomedical engineer may have created robot vision for the blind. He and his colleague Gérard Medioni, a robotics professor at the university have come up with a tool that would help blind people negotiate potential obstacles much better than the traditional white… Continue Reading »

SpeechTrans offers Mobile Translation App for Hearing Impaired People

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. : SpeechTrans, a leader in app-based multi-language translation, announced today the launch of SpeechTrans Ultimate for Hearing Impaired People. The new app enables the hearing impaired to conduct real-time two-way conversations in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian and German and Mandarin Chinese without the need for sign language or an in-person… Continue Reading »

Technology helps deaf and blind people experience Broadway Theater

On June 8, you won’t necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can”on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf and the blind. Funding for… Continue Reading »