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 »

Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

W3C web services standards approved as ISO/IEC International standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1, Information Technology, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced formal approval of a package of W3C Web Services technologies as ISO/IEC International Standards. As ISO/IEC JTC 1 Standards, these widely deployed technologies now benefit from formal recognition from national bodies,… Continue Reading »

ISO to contribute new standard for accessible packaging design

Any consumer can find some packages or packaged products tricky to open. Such difficulties can be worse for people with disabilities or elderly people. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is contributing to a solution in the form of a standard for designing packaging that is easier to use for people with disabilities or elderly people… Continue Reading »

Russian Prime Minister pledges $1.8 billion in aid to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

By 2015, the Russian government will allocate 50 billion rubles (more than $1.5 billion) to finance the accessible environment program, the goal of which is to provide comfortable access for people with disabilities to the main facilities of the social sector, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday. Speaking at a meeting with the coordination council… Continue Reading »

New version of NVDA screen reader released

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) 2011.2 has been released by NV Access, the free and open source screen reader for Microsoft Windows is now available for download. It enables blind people to access computers running Microsoft Windows for no cost. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a… Continue Reading »

Call for Nominations: 2011 International da Vinci Awards® Recognizing Adaptive and Assistive Technology Innovations

International awards program seeking entries from individuals, organizations and corporations whose innovations enable people to participate and contribute to all aspects of society, regardless of ability ( The 2011 da Vinci Awards® is seeking nominations from around the world for its 10th anniversary awards program recognizing and celebrating the most innovative adaptive and assistive technologies that enable equal… Continue Reading »

Educators want more access to public schools in Jamaica for children with disabilities

Jamaica: A group of educators is calling on the Ministry of Education to urgently address the lack of access in public institutions for students who are living with disability. The recommendation from the group is part of a long needs list the educators compiled during a two-week summer institute sponsored by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the… Continue Reading »

Moscow plans better disability access by 2018

Moscow is determined to be more disabled-friendly by 2018 – but it is attracting tourists rather than helping residents that is driving plans forward. Russia’s capital has a bad reputation for accessibility issues, with public transport and homes coming under fire in recent weeks. But a meeting of city bosses on Wednesday focused more on… Continue Reading »