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Human right group asked to ensure access for voters with disabilities

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: A human rights group on Thursday called on Jamaica to take fast action to ensure that voters with disabilities across the island can cast ballots in next week’s parliamentary elections. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a Thursday statement that Jamaica should relocate some voting centers, allow absentee ballots, and move ballot… Continue Reading »

TapToTalk communication app for children with disabilities

TapToTalk turns devices into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. TapToTalk makes communication fun, like another “game” on this cool device. Just tap a picture and TapToTalk speaks. Each picture can lead to another screen of pictures. TapToTalk free app comes with a fully functional album that children with disabilities can use. The app… Continue Reading »

Azerbaijan launches new Internet resource for people with disabilities

BAKU: Special web-resource has been launched in Azerbaijani Internet segment for physically disabled people. The group of project implementation ” Life without obstacles ” has reported that www.engelsiz.az  site will help people with mobility disabilities, hearing disabilities, vision disabilities and other disabilities. “Life without obstacles ” project mainly aims at assisting  physically disabled people to integrate… Continue Reading »

Android Ice Cream Sandwich accessibility features for blind people

The new Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 features let users with visual disabilities simply slide their fingers across the screen to hear a build-in voice that navigates them through the operating system. Once the accessibility mode is switched on, the operating system’s built-in voice will read out whatever icon or menu you have your finger… Continue Reading »

Ubuntu 12.04 Accessibility Plans

Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has detailed the development plans for accessibility support in next April’s 12.04 LTS release. The plans appear to have been developed with the problems of accessibility development that arose during the Ubuntu 11.10 cycle in mind. During that development cycle, the accessibility features were “broken throughout much of the cycle” and testing of, for… Continue Reading »

University of Technology designing prototype device to aid children with disabilities

JAMAICA: With statistics revealing that some three children per thousand are born in Jamaica each year with a physical disability and that there is an urgent need to provide them with cost effective, suitable means of mobility, the engineering department of the University of Technology (UTech) is spearheading a project to create the perfect assistive device to… Continue Reading »

Advanced Academics makes online learning accessible to students with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY: Advanced Academics, a nationally recognized online learning provider, announced today that it has modified more than 100 courses to become compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, making them accessible to hearing and visually impaired students. The organization plans to release 50 additional courses compliant with Section 508 by the end of… Continue Reading »

Tobii PCEye brings hands-free control to PC

The new Tobii PCEye is an easy to use, stand-alone eye control device that can be used with most personal computers. It is quick to set up, highly accurate and provides total control of your computer using only your eyes. Tobii PCEye, is a eye control unit, for users with cognitive disabilities wanting access to… Continue Reading »

UNWTO and partners to promote accessible tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing ever more accessible tourism for persons with disabilities (Madrid, Spain, 16 September). “The facilitation of tourist travel for persons with disabilities is… Continue Reading »

Google+ adds video chat feature hangouts to help deaf users to communicate in sign language

Google+ is getting more accessible for sign language users to hangouts. Hangouts, the social network’s video chat feature is one thing that sets Google+ apart from Facebook and Twitter. When many people are chatting in a Hangout, only one person often “gets the floor” at a time and control of the video chat. Google used… Continue Reading »