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ICC releases update to building accessibility standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to Continue reading the story...

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & Continue reading the story...

New research to help students with hearing disabilities become self-reliant

LUCKNOW, INDIA: Aiming to make students with hearing disabilities financially independent, Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University will join hands with University of Central Lancashire’s International Continue reading the story...

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules will make more books available for people who are blind and have low vision in formats like Braille and audiobooks. MEPs will debate and vote Continue reading the story...

Groups sue Uber for denying equal access to wheelchair users

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for persons with disabilities. Uber has failed to accommodate customers Continue reading the story...

Dolphin Computer Access Introduces GuideReader Accessible Book Reader

British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering people who are blind and low vision Americans a new, effortless way to find Continue reading the story...

Project helps children with disabilities in Vietnam

QUANG BINH:  Over 650 children with disabilities have had access to early detection, intervention and inclusive education services during a three-year project in central Quang Binh Continue reading the story...

New wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system

A new wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system has been developed by Massey University engineers that attempts to minimise chronic shoulder and wrist problems for Continue reading the story...

New Standards Program to Ensure E-books Accessibility for People with Vision Disabilities

Benetech, a nonprofit firm that develops technology for social good, announced the launch of Global Certified Accessible, a program is the first third-party ebook verification program Continue reading the story...

Ghanaians with disabilities displeased with disability act

GHANA: Friday, June 23, 2017, marks the National Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ghana. The day is set aside to commemorate the passage of the Continue reading the story...

Mandatory for CBSE schools to appoint educators for students with disabilities

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all its affiliated schools to appoint a special educator to promote inclusive education. A Continue reading the story...

Camp at UK Teaches Expanded Core, Independence to Students Who Are Deaf-Blind

LEXINGTON, KY.: After a week spent at the University of Kentucky for the Deaf-Blind Project’s Expanded Core Curriculum Camp, 17-year-old Max Cawthon accomplished things his mother never knew Continue reading the story...

New University-wide web accessibility testing tool to be adopted July 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: On July 1, the Penn State enterprise accessibility testing application will change from Compliance Sheriff to the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE), a web-based Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand accessible public infrastructure in Georgia

Persons with disabilities held a protest rally on Saturday asking for proper infrastructure in the streets and in public transport, as well as for more involvement Continue reading the story...

iHEAR Introduces Eva, the First Hearing Aid Designed for Women with Hearing Disabilities

SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.: iHEAR Medical announces the launch of Eva, the first hearing aid designed specifically to address hearing disability of women. Over 20 million women Continue reading the story...

‘Denying education to children with disabilities is injustice’

PANAJI: While the government has proposed to increase reservations in government service for persons with disabilities, minister for social welfare, Pandurang Madkaikar, said that schools will Continue reading the story...

NCERT issues guidelines to test school-kids with disabilities

NEWDELHI: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is going to emphasise on education of the children of disabilities. The NCERT has released a 128-page Continue reading the story...

Vodafone launches service line for people with hearing disabilities

GHANA: The service will enable people with hearing disabilities to have access to services provided by the network without any hindrances. In line with the initiative, registered Continue reading the story...

Conference promotes rights of persons with disabilities

HANOI: International cooperation is crucial to successfully realising the rights of people with disabilities, heard a conference jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Continue reading the story...

New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

The NZ Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for New Zealanders who are blind and low vision , Disability Issues Continue reading the story...

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...

New wearable device help people with vision disabilities see

TORONTO, ON: eSight Corporation, the world-leader in the development of electronic glasses that enable people who are blind to actually see, is pleased to announce the Continue reading the story...

Braille smartwatch finally hits shelves

SEOUL: After almost three years, the Dot smartwatch is ready to hit the market, offering a sleek timepiece for people who are blind or have low Continue reading the story...

Japan’s Adoption of Universal Design Ahead of Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020

TOKYO: In a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe on Wednesday afternoon (22 February) in Tokyo, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven praised the Continue reading the story...

High-tech tools help children with disabilities learn

DUBAI: Children with disabilities fixed solar panels on the roofs of toy homes, used robots to mirror their movements, smart pens to connect to the internet Continue reading the story...

WVU-sponsored youth programs funded to enhance recreational opportunities for children with disabilities

For the third consecutive year, the National Inclusion Project has partnered with West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to continue a program Continue reading the story...

Ensuring opportunities for children with disabilities in Bolivia

BOLIVIA: End of year reporting can have its perks. It means I get to travel to distant parts of Bolivia, where I would never otherwise go Continue reading the story...

Universal Design 2017 Conference in New York

NEW YORK: The Universal Design Conference 2017, which will take place in New York, USA, March 9, 2017 at the Center for Architecture, aims to propagate Continue reading the story...

Italy funds project for persons with disabilities

ROME: The Italian government has approved a €1.5 million project of inclusion for persons with disabilities in Burkina Faso. Italy’s move has the goal to help Continue reading the story...

Arts Access Victoria launches three major resources for arts and disability

NEW ZEALAND: Arts Access has launched three major capacity building resources for the arts, disability and mental health sectors under the banner Art Matters. Art and You Continue reading the story...

Expo Connects People with Vision Disabilities with Resources to Maintain Independence

A vision expo Saturday, March 4 at the University of Houston will offer exhibits, programming and workshops for Houston’s visually impaired community on maintaining independence. The Continue reading the story...

Bank improves service for customers with hearing disabilities

MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, organised sign language training sessions for branch employees to help them better communicate with customers with hearing Continue reading the story...

Officials must be sensitized about Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016

HYDERABAD, INDIA: Telanagna Women, Child and Disabled Welfare Department Secretary M Jagadeeshwar said that the Central and State Government officials must be sensitized about the advantages Continue reading the story...

Call for nominations to Arts Access Awards 2017

NEW ZEALAND: Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Continue reading the story...

Universities to improve access for students with disabilities

SOUTH AFRICA: The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has invested a landmark R175.6 million in infrastructure to ensure students and staff with disabilities have Continue reading the story...

Delta proposes law to protect persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: The Delta State Government is to sponsor a bill of law that will protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Continue reading the story...

Art and You: A Planning Guide

AUSTRALIA: Arts Access has launched Art and You: A Planning Guide capacity building resource for the arts, disability and mental health sectors. Art & You: A Planning Continue reading the story...

Feedback Sought on Draft Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Policy

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to offer their thoughts on the draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy at two upcoming public comment sessions 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...
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