Americas

Mattel Releases a Braille Version of Popular Game UNO

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: One of your favorite card games just got a little more accessible. On Tuesday, Mattel unveiled UNO Braille with cards and instructions that make the popular game completely accessible to Braille-literate players who are blind or have low vision. UNO Braille features Braille numbers or letters in two corners of each card in… Continue Reading »

Barbados Government Exploring Solutions for Enhanced Mobility for Persons with Disabilities

BARBADOS: Government may be looking outside the Transport Board to provide optional transportation, possibly in the range of motorised scooters and wheelchairs along with other specially adapted vehicles for persons with disabilities. Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn today hinted that in light of the Transport Board’s resources challenges the current administration could be… Continue Reading »

Communities in British Columbia Urged to Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities

CANADA: The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is close to 50 per cent, and B.C. needs them as much as they want to work, the president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce says. Val Litwin spoke Monday at an announcement by the B.C. government on its plan to help people with disabilities find jobs,… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada Announces New Accessible Technology Program Funding Recipients

CANADA: Canadians with disabilities deserve the same opportunities to find good jobs, contribute to their communities, and build a better life for themselves and their families. Yet many Canadians with disabilities still face barriers to full participation in the digital economy. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that 12… Continue Reading »

New Universal Design Guide Aims to make Public Spaces Pleasant for All

UNITED STATES: When the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990, it set forth expectations around how buildings and public spaces should be designed to accommodate limited mobility. Over the years, the guidelines helped create more accessible parks, buildings, schools, and neighborhoods, but for many architects, the rules stop short of ensuring people with physical and… Continue Reading »

University Students Design Wheelchair Hand Warmer for Persons with Muscular Dystrophy

MANITOBA, CANADA: Aiming to enhance patients’ lives, a team of University of Manitoba biomedical students has produced autonomous designs — including a wheelchair hand warmer for those living with muscular dystrophy (MD). The overarching goal during the University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Design (BMED) Team’s first year was to give students experience in design, public speaking, and device building, and to provide networking opportunities.… Continue Reading »

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act

MARYLAND, US: The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3929) in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Mark… Continue Reading »

Tactile Printer for Persons with Visual Impairment

Since it is printed by foaming of a special capsule paper using a thermal printing method, it is small, quiet, and achieves a very high-quality finish compared to the conventional embossed method which makes braille by piling up from the rear side of the paper by a needle. You don’t need any special software. You… Continue Reading »

Researcher Works to Make City Streets Safer for Persons with Visual Impairment

A University of Minnesota researcher is trying to make streets safer for the visually impaired. Chen-Fu Liao, a researcher at the Center for Transportation Studies, is working to create an app that uses a Bluetooth system to help visually impaired pedestrians navigate city streets. Liao will be putting his work to the test in Stillwater… Continue Reading »

New Entrepreneurship Program for Persons with Disabilities

  Are you, or someone you know a person with a disability age 18-64, who lives in the tri-state area, is an innovative self-starter, has a great idea for a business/start-up, or simply has a deep desire to run their own business? If so, we have a new and exciting program that provides extraordinary tools… Continue Reading »