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University of Mysore plans to set up center for people with vision disabilities

MYSORE, INDIA: The University of Mysore has proposed to set up a national institution, a nodal centre in the country, exclusively for people with vision disabilities Continue reading the story...

Sharjah launches emergency preparedness tips in Braille

SHARJAH: The Sharjah Civil Defence Department on Wednesday launched a safety awareness system initiative for people with vision disabilities through Braille, to inform them about various Continue reading the story...

Sorenson Communications Introduces ASL Phone Tree

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The Sorenson Communications, LLC, the company that revolutionized Video Relay Service (VRS) communication for people who are deaf, introduced Sorenson Bridge, the Continue reading the story...

Indian government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Government has notified the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which provides for raising reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark Continue reading the story...

Disability Access Audit on Marina beach

CHENNAI, INDIA: Disability rights activists, along with officials from the corporation and the traffic department, conducted an accessibility audit of the Marina beach on Tuesday. It Continue reading the story...

Goa film screened for kids with vision disabilities

PANAJI, INDIA: In a first-of-its-kind-screening, Milind Dhaimade’s debut feature film titled Yeh Hai Mera Sunday was screened for kids with vision disabilities in Mumbai on Saturday. Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities face accessibility challenges in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, INDIA: On a day the world celebrates paralympic atheletes as they take centrestage at Rio, persons with disabilities in Hyderabad complain of a stark dearth Continue reading the story...

Habitat III – UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – will take place  in Ecuador, 17 Oct 2016 – 20 Oct 2016, to design a Continue reading the story...

FEMA ensures Texans with disabilities, access needs can register for disaster aid

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Texans who have a disability or access need and sustained damage or losses from the May storms and flooding may face challenges, but registering Continue reading the story...

Research investigates how mobile apps can help people with disabilities

Curtin University researchers have been awarded the 2016 Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant to investigate how smartphone applications could be used by people with disabilities to Continue reading the story...

‘Walk-DMC’ aims to improve surgery outcomes for children with cerebral palsy

Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries — lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations — in hopes of improving their physical ability Continue reading the story...

FCC approves real-time text proposal to aid persons with disabilities

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a proposal to utilize real-time text to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on text to communicate Continue reading the story...

Assistive Technology Loan Program Launched in New York

WASHINGTON: National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Spring Bank and Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), announced the launch of an Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program Continue reading the story...

Bus drivers get tips on helping commuters with disabilities in Singapore

SINGAPORE: If you see a commuter with a golden retriever boarding a bus, look carefully before judging him for taking a pet on board. He may Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities to finally get disability certificates after a wait of 15 years in India

NEW DELHI: After a wait of 15 years, the government has finally paved the way for giving disability certificates to children with disabilities. For the first time Continue reading the story...

National Council on Disability Commends Senate Commerce Committee for Hearings on Self-Driving Cars

WASHINGTON, DC: The National Council on Disability (NCD)—an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policy—applauds the Senate Commerce Continue reading the story...

UC researchers join largest autism study ever in US

Autism experts at UC Davis, UCLA and UC San Diego will be part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States – an Continue reading the story...

Nigeria set to establish disability fund

LAGOS: As part of the effort to achieve an all inclusive governance with a level playing field for all citizens and residents of the State,  the Continue reading the story...

Three Airlines Fined for Inadequate Responses to Disability Complaints

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Air France, Lufthansa, and British Airways for not adequately responding to complaints filed by passengers with disabilities.  Air Continue reading the story...

Netflix to improve features for customers who are blind

BERKELEY, CA: In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered Continue reading the story...

Universities do little to enable students with disabilities in India

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry’s All India Survey on Higher Education (2014-15) revealed that the gross enrolment ratio for students in Indian universities Continue reading the story...

HUD Files Housing Discrimination Charge against Kansas Landlords

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is charging landlords in Beloit, Kansas with violating the Fair Housing Act after allegedly Continue reading the story...

Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes findings on Portugal, Thailand, Chile, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania and Uganda

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons (CRPD) with disabilities has published findings on the countries it reviewed during its latest session from 29 Continue reading the story...

Bahrain Marks Arab Deaf Week

MANAMA: Bahrain celebrated the 41st edition to Arab Week for the Deaf. Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan opened the ceremony at Continue reading the story...

Sign Language projects receive $1m

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated 24 successful applicants who received just over $1 million worth of grants from the New Zealand Sign Continue reading the story...

Amity University signs MoU with Special Olympics to promote people with intellectual disabilities

NEW DELHI: In a bid to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Amity University has signed a memorandum Continue reading the story...

Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen app for people with vision disabilities

BOSTON: Researchers from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have developed a smartphone application that projects a magnified smartphone screen Continue reading the story...

NCDA promotes accessible ‘tourism for all’

TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT), is pushing for a kind of tourism which Continue reading the story...

GFD launches expanding participation for persons with disabilities project

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organization (GFD) has launched a project called Expanding Participation for persons with disabilities. The project is to support and build the capacity Continue reading the story...

32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity – April 25 – 26

The 32nd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on April 25 – 26, 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. This Continue reading the story...

Indian government to undertake disability audit of public buildings

NEW DELHI: Several public buildings in the National Capital Region (NCR) will soon be audited to know how accessible they are for persons with disabilities. The audit Continue reading the story...

HELM – Hosting Egypt’s First Global Conference on Accessibility / Entaleq App

Helm, translates into the word “Dream”, is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the full inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in all aspects of life, Continue reading the story...

UNITAR Free Training Course: Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) announces the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the 2030 Agenda and its Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities need to be included urban planning

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: The steady progress of Pakistan’s real estate sector has continued for a number of years now. Dozens of housing and commercial projects are launched Continue reading the story...

All New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school

NEW ZEALAND: To put this plain and simply, New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school and more needs to be done to Continue reading the story...

Pennsylvania Launches PA Link to Community Care

HARRISBURG, PA.: The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Aging (PDA) have collaborated to create PA Link to Community Care. This initiative will Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to sue AMA over school buildings accessibility

ACCRA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations has threatened to sue the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for failing to make the Millennium City Schools buildings in Continue reading the story...

Disability Sector workers team up with employers on safety

NEW ZEALAND: With the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into effect on Monday, New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) and E tū are Continue reading the story...

Unum now offers onsite disability management

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.: Unum now offers onsite disability management for customers who want their employees to benefit from direct, one-to-one engagement with a trained disability consultant before Continue reading the story...

Seeking Case Studies in Inclusive Urban Design and Development

GAATES is currently working closely with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)  (Division for Social Policy and Development, Secretariat for the Continue reading the story...
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