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    Government preparing database for people with disabilities

    New Delhi: The government Tuesday said it is planning to create a database for people with disabilities. “The Department of Disability Affairs has prepared a detailed project for issuance of universal identity card to people with disabilities through a centrally web-based program, in consultation with state governments,” Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment… Continue Reading »

    Partnership to promote website usability for people with disabilities

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: My Blind Spot (MBS) is partnering with sitecues by Ai Squared, the makers of the ZoomText family of products and Window-Eyes, to ensure the organization’s website is easier to see, hear, and use for people who are blind or have low vision. By partnering with sitecues, MBS ensures that all people can access… Continue Reading »

    New edition of Odia calendar in Braille

    BERHAMPUR, INDIA: The New Year holds new cheer for people with vision disabilities in Odisha as they would be able to hold the new Odia calendar and almanac for 2015 in Braille format. This Braille Odia calendar named ‘Braille Dina Panjhika’ is being printed in the only Braille press in the state in Berhampur. Prakash… Continue Reading »

    Disability inclusion in post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategies

    GENEVA: The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) met for its second session from 17 to 18 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, to negotiate a zero draft of the post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategy (HFA2). The Disability Risk Reduction Network that has worked to ensure a disability-inclusive post-2015… Continue Reading »

    GAATES is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading International not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and implementation of accessibility of the built, social and virtual environments, so that people with disabilities and older persons are able to fully participate and contribute to society. GAATES has worked for the last year to… Continue Reading »

    Mrs. Thea Kurdi welcomed as GAATES assistant

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is very pleased to have welcomed our new staff person Mrs. Thea Kurdi, as assistant to the Executive Officer. Thea has started assisting the GAATES staff as of mid-November 2014. Thea will be assisting the Executive Officer with administrative duties related to on-going GAATES daily activities.… Continue Reading »

    GAATES Participating at UN Events on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities

    GAATES is excited to be participating in UN sponsored events at the UN Headquarters in NYC, New York for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December 2014. GAATES’ Founder and Past President Betty Dion will be a panelist presenting on the topic of “Creating enabling work environments” on 2 December, 3 to… Continue Reading »

    Campaign for a barrier-free India for people with disabilities

    KOCHI, INDIA: Prathyasha Foundation, a charitable organisation working for the welfare of people with disabilities, will take their campaign, Barrier-Free India, to the national level with a mega cultural event on World Disabled Day on December 3 at Durbar Hall Ground. Over 200 artistes from various part of the country will perform during the event.… Continue Reading »

    Samsung introduces eye-tracking mouse for people with disabilities

    Samsung Electronics introduced EYECAN+, the company’s second-generation eye-tracking mouse that allows people with disabilities to compose and edit documents as well as browse the web through simple eye movement. EYECAN+ is the first of its kind, as it does not require users to wear any device, such as glasses. Instead, EYECAN+ is a single-unit, portable… Continue Reading »