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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 »

Brain-computer interface technology could help people who use wheelchairs

Since the nineteen seventies, scientists have been searching for ways to link the brain with computers. Brain-computer interface, or BCI, technology could help people with disabilities send commands to machines. Recently, scientists demonstrated a small robotic vehicle directed by a person’s thoughts. The demonstration took place at the Swiss embassy in Washington. Jose Millan and… Continue Reading »

Starline Los Angeles tour company sued over wheelchair access on buses

HOLLYWOOD: The largest tour company in Los Angeles is facing a lawsuit. Starline Tours is accused of discriminating against people with disabilities. If you’ve been to Hollywood, you’ve likely seen the double-decker buses. Starline Tours has been shuttling sightseers around for decades, but are all tourists treated equally? Not according to a new lawsuit. It… Continue Reading »

Flat Rock Playhouse in US offers audio description service for blind people

Mar 28: Flat Rock Playhouse has created a new opportunity for blind people to have an enhanced theatre experience.  Sponsored by Asheville Eye Associates, the Playhouse will provide Audio Descriptive services during the final Saturday Matinee of nearly every 2011 Mainstage production. Audio Description is a verbal commentary that speaks “between the lines” to describe… Continue Reading »