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    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 first videophone tree designed specifically for users of American Sign Language (ASL). Sorenson Bridge and its patented technologies were created as a way for schools, agencies, businesses and organizations… Continue Reading »

    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 disabilities from 3 to 4 per cent, and in higher education institutes from 3 to 5 per cent, Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said on Friday. “The Bill was passed… Continue Reading »

    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 is to be submitted to Greater Chennai Corporation. Ahead of World Disability Day, which fall on December 3, the civic body has promised to make Elliot’s beach and Marina… Continue Reading »

    LGU empowers persons with autism through employment

    MANILA, Philippines – In the government center of Carmona town in Cavite, two employees have been inspirational additions to the regular workforce. Raychan Matieros, 19, is working for the information technology (IT) unit while Jomari Espinosa, 23, is detailed in the business processing office of the municipal hall. Both of them have autism spectrum disorder… Continue Reading »

    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. This took everyone by a surprise as it allowed people to experience cinema differently. Dhaimade, who has his roots in Goa, had pitched this film to distributors at the… Continue Reading »

    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 of facilities in the city, not just for sportspersons with disabilities, but also the common man. Shiva Prasad, an amputee, who has been looking to secure a government job… Continue Reading »

    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 transformative and inclusive “New Urban Agenda” for the world cities, in the next two decades. Habitat III would provide an important opportunity for the world’s urban policy-makers and practitioners,… Continue Reading »

    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 for federal aid shouldn’t be one of them. “We reach out to the entire community,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s… Continue Reading »

    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 mitigate the effects of their disabilities and potentially improve social inclusion. Dr Mike Kent, Curtin’s Head of Department of Internet Studies and lead on the study, said smartphones could… Continue Reading »