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Technology aids visually impaired veterans

CHINA GROVE: The Southern Piedmont Chapter of The Blinded Veterans Association held an informational meeting at South China Grove United Methodist Church on Thursday. Following a fellowship meal furnished by the church, three vendors of technical equipment for visually impaired people showed and demonstrated their technology in small groups. Visually impaired people of the area… Continue Reading »

Houston doubles fine for illegally parking designated for people with disabilities

HOUSTON: It seems oh, so tempting. Parking spots meant for disabled people are often the closest and the most convenient. That’s why some able-bodied drivers take advantage of those spots. Starting Wednesday, if you are given a ticket, it will cost you more: more than double. We spent part of the day with parking enforcement… Continue Reading »

Cinemark and ALDA announce movie theatre accessibility for customers with hearing disabilities

Cinemark, one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, today announced that it will provide a closed captioning option for people with hearing disabilities in all of its first-run theatres.  Cinemark is installing captioning systems on a rolling basis across its circuit in conjunction with the chain’s conversion to an all-digital format.  Installation started early… Continue Reading »

Volunteers to build free access ramp for disabled people in Algona

Algona residents James and Anna Ogar will watch volunteers from the Master Builders Care Foundation construct a free ramp for wheelchair user at their home on May 14 for the 18th annual Rampathon event. The event will bring hundreds of Master Builders Association member volunteers to construct free wheelchair ramps for disabled people, low-income homeowners… Continue Reading »

DLA Aviation migration to videophones for hearing impaired complete

RICHMOND – Two years ago, DLA Aviation began the process of upgrading all of its deaf and hearing-impaired employees from the old and obsolete telephone typewriter, or TTY communications device to the more technically advanced videophones. Recently, the last three DLA Aviation deaf employees received their videophones, completing the issue of the phones to all… Continue Reading »

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 »