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    Students develop euro note reader for people with vision disabilities

    MALTA: Mechanical Engineering students at Mcast presented a euro note reader on July 28, a simple device beneficial to people with vision disabilities, to the Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA). The credit card sized device was manufactured by the students from the Mcast Foundation College to help people with vision disabilities differentiate between euro notes… Continue Reading »

    New PSA Focused on People with Disabilities Preparing for Emergencies Launched

    WASHINGTON: The Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the launch of a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that… Continue Reading »

    Freedom Scientific Offers Enterprise Accessibility Training

    ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.: Freedom Scientific has announced a collaboration with IBM to offer training modules to enable organizations to manage accessibility compliance and to ensure its integration throughout the enterprise. Freedom Scientific is now a global enterprise accessibility training provider for IBM Accessibility training modules. Leveraging the IBM training portfolio, Freedom Scientific is offering customized… Continue Reading »

    Job services lacking for young people with autism

    EAST LANSING, MICH.: As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with autism to find and keep jobs, indicates new research led by Michigan State University education scholars. Some 50,000 people with autism turn 18 years old every year in the United States, and these “transition youth” – shifting… Continue Reading »

    Tablet technology to help children with autism

    Monash University researchers have developed the world’s first tablet technology designed to assist children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down Syndrome. The technology aims to help children stay focused, in a bid to facilitate learning and inclusion within the school environment. The gaming technology – developed with DreamWorks contractor Torus Games and Australian… Continue Reading »

    Cebu government office staff learn sign language to improve service

    CEBU, PHILIPPINES: Expect the Cebu provincial government to be friendlier to people with hearing disabilities, after staff in two of its offices learned sign language in a course earlier this month. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Governor’s Office extension office took the sign language classes with some community organizers. “This… Continue Reading »

    Google Glass may help improve social skills in people with autism

    WASHINGTON: A new technology has been developed which uses Google Glass to help people with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and be able to read social situations and cues more easily. Ned Sahin, a Boston entrepreneur and scientist, has developed a new technology that aims to change the way those with autism see… Continue Reading »

    Braille book shortage hits students with vision disabilities

    PARBAT, INDIA: Students with vision disabilities at Shalija Higher Secondary School in the district do not have Braille textbooks even four months after the new academic session began. Purna Hari Regmi, a teacher of at the school, said they are unable to use old books as the courses have been changed this year. He said… Continue Reading »

    Feds Settle Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with West Virginia Developer

    The Justice Department announced on July 23 that developer Biafora’s Inc. (Biafora) and several affiliated companies have agreed to pay $205,000 and make substantial retrofits to remove accessibility barriers at multifamily apartment complexes.  This agreement resolves the United States’ claims that Biafora violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by building… Continue Reading »