European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for people with vision disabilities

BRUSSELS: The Commission has proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Low Vision or otherwise Print Disabled. The Treaty will ensure that books in formats such as Braille, large print, e-books and audio books with special navigation tools,… Continue Reading »

Portland Community College Introduces Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators

Portland Community College (PCC) has teamed with Desire2Learn (D2L) to introduce a massive open online course (MOOC) for educators that will address Web accessibility concerns associated with online learning. PCC and D2L are working together to offer this practical, hands-on MOOC to help all educators become more versed in the issues of web accessibility in… Continue Reading »

Blue Jeans Network adds key features to enhance video conferencing accessibility to customers with disabilities

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.: Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, today announced it has added key features to enhance its video conferencing service to make it more accessible to customers with disabilities such as vision and hearing disabilities. The first cloud-based video collaboration solution to make strides towards greater accessibility for… Continue Reading »

New ‘Digest of EEO Law’ issued by EEOC

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law, which is available online at This quarterly publication, prepared by the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations (OFO), features a wide variety of recent Commission decisions and federal court cases of interest.… Continue Reading »

New round of Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme opens for application

HONG KONG: The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme is open for application from today (September 28) until December 31. All local enterprises and organizations including companies, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and public sector organizations are welcome to join. Now in its third year the recognition scheme, jointly organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information… Continue Reading »

Round Table discussion on Inclusive Education in Malaysia

MALAYSIA: Deputy Education Minister I, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching highlighted Malaysia’s delivery of education services to children with disabilities, at the IDPP Multi-stakeholder Roundtable on Inclusive Education Policy. She said though the Education Ministry’s Special Education Department holds the primary responsibility to provide education for children with disabilities in Malaysia, the Performance Management and… Continue Reading »

Aeroplan Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People with Disabilities

MONTREAL, QUEBEC: eSSENTIAL Accessibility announces its partnership with Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Through the partnership, Aeroplan now offers a desktop app that empowers people with mobility disabilities to access People who cannot browse the web using conventional methods due to conditions such as arthritis, paralysis or amputation, can use this app to… Continue Reading »

People with hearing disabilities to carry out rally in India

RAJKOT: Over 1500 people who are deaf or hard of hearing from across the Saurashtra region will carry out a peace rally named ‘strengthening Human diversity’ today in city on occasion of the World Deaf Week-2014. The rally will start from Indira Circle at 3pm and will end at Jubilee chowk in city. Badhir Mandal… Continue Reading »

Inclusive education should be the new paradigm

ZIMBABWE: Education is a basic human right as firmly established in several international human rights documents that have global endorsement. International conventions state that primary education should be free and compulsory for all children without discrimination. Unfortunately, a huge number of children with disabilities are denied access to education due to inadequate facilities to enhance… Continue Reading »

Education minister promises a college to students with hearing disabilities

JAIPUR, INDIA: As a major respite for students with hearing disabilities here, state government has decided to make arrangements for them in some colleges across the state on Wednesday. State education minister Kalicharan Saraf has also assured of opening a college for them very soon. The move came after students with hearing disabilities protested for the… Continue Reading »