Americas

GAATES OTI Wins DFAF Award

On May 18, 2017 in Barcelona Spain, the On Thin Ice Project : Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities in Canada’s North project (2013-2016), Continue reading the story...

Re-Igniting the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD)

On July 12, the Global Network on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) kicked off a series of virtual meetings to enhance the participation of Continue reading the story...

FSU researcher develops art therapy best practices for children with autism

A Florida State University researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism. Theresa Van Lith, assistant professor of art Continue reading the story...

ATMIA releases new ATM Accessibility Guide

SIOUX FALLS, SD: ATMIA has published “Maximizing ATM Accessibility” a new guide for incorporating greater access for all users, including those with disabilities. Building on previous publications, Continue reading the story...

Uber sued again over discriminating riders with disabilities

NEW YORK: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national nonprofit legal center, filed a major class action against Uber on behalf of a broad coalition of disability Continue reading the story...

Model Breaking Barriers in Fashion While Shattering the Stigma of Disability

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLA.: Following in the footsteps of model Ashley Graham, amputee model Shaholly Ayers is breaking beauty barriers. The brand ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion, Continue reading the story...

Entrepreneurs lead the way in accessible travel

CNN Business Traveller meets two British entrepreneurs whose own disabilities have helped inspire business opportunities and reshape the travel experience. Watch the video below: Source: CNN

Low-cost smart glove wirelessly translates ASL alphabet into text

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text and controls a Continue reading the story...

Microsoft releases iPhone app that narrates the world for people who are blind

Microsoft has released a new Seeing AI app for iPhone that uses computer vision to describe the world for people who are blind or have low Continue reading the story...

Ongoing job growth reflects persons with disabilities striving to work

EAST HANOVER, NJ: Americans with disabilities continued to engage in the labor market, reaching 15 months of job gains, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Continue reading the story...

WebFirst Conference 2017 Set for July 17 at University of Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: The fifth annual WebFirst Conference will take place from 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at Continue reading the story...

FSU Launches Program in American Sign Language

FRAMINGHAM: For the first time, Framingham State University will be launching a four-year bachelor’s degree program in American Sign Language (ASL), designed to meet the growing Continue reading the story...

New E-Commerce Site Increasing Independence for Persons with Disabilities

CULVER CITY, CALIF.: Like many nonprofits across the country, the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) was faced with the tough reality that traditional nonprofit fundraising models are Continue reading the story...

Robots to help children with autism

New research involving the University of Portsmouth is aiming to develop robots to help children with autism in ways humans can’t. Children with autism engage more readily Continue reading the story...

ICC releases update to building accessibility standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to Continue reading the story...

Groups sue Uber for denying equal access to wheelchair users

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for persons with disabilities. Uber has failed to accommodate customers Continue reading the story...

New Standards Program to Ensure E-books Accessibility for People with Vision Disabilities

Benetech, a nonprofit firm that develops technology for social good, announced the launch of Global Certified Accessible, a program is the first third-party ebook verification program Continue reading the story...

Camp at UK Teaches Expanded Core, Independence to Students Who Are Deaf-Blind

LEXINGTON, KY.: After a week spent at the University of Kentucky for the Deaf-Blind Project’s Expanded Core Curriculum Camp, 17-year-old Max Cawthon accomplished things his mother never knew Continue reading the story...

New University-wide web accessibility testing tool to be adopted July 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: On July 1, the Penn State enterprise accessibility testing application will change from Compliance Sheriff to the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE), a web-based Continue reading the story...

iHEAR Introduces Eva, the First Hearing Aid Designed for Women with Hearing Disabilities

SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.: iHEAR Medical announces the launch of Eva, the first hearing aid designed specifically to address hearing disability of women. Over 20 million women Continue reading the story...

Improving Access to Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Ontario is improving access to services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families by finding better ways to connect them to supports available in their Continue reading the story...

New Access Guide Highlights Central California National Parks

RIPON, CA: If you’ve always wanted to explore Yosemite, Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, but thought the trip was out of reach because you use Continue reading the story...

Managed care programs must have digital information comply with modern accessibility standards

PROVIDENCE, RI: New regulations are soon coming into effect that will further impact website accessibility for health care organizations. Beginning July 1, 2017, all managed care Continue reading the story...

Vision for Accessible Transportation in Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Scott Streiner, the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, today shared his vision of a national transportation system that is the most Continue reading the story...

URI students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

KINGSTON, R.I.: Who doesn’t remember the simple joy of zipping around the yard in a toy car? Every kid should have that experience, and thanks to Continue reading the story...

UAE emphasises No One is Left Behind motto at COSP

NEW YORK:  The United Arab Emirates has organised two panel discussions at the United Nations during its participation in the 10th Conference of State Parties to Continue reading the story...

Azusa Pacific University Hosts Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

“A vision of a place where everyone is welcome, everyone believes, and everyone belongs.” These words capture the vision of Erik Carter, Ph.D., vice chair of the Collaborative Continue reading the story...

New Scorecard Shows Where Pennsylvania Needs Improvement to Serve Older Adults and People with Disabilities

HARRISBURG, PA.: Pennsylvania ranks 36th among all states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, according to Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities invited to apply for scholarship

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is now inviting applications for its Margaret Moody Scholarship for persons with disabilities. Applicants must be fully registered with Continue reading the story...

Canada endorses the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

MONTREAL: The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, made the announcement at the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to Continue reading the story...

Experts urge support for most marginalized persons with disabilities, as UN forum begins

NEW YORK: As the largest and most diverse international disability meeting in the world kicks off at the United Nations in New York, leading experts in Continue reading the story...

More Access for Persons with Disabilities

The Government of Jamaica is seeking to increase access and coverage for persons with disabilities, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This was noted by Continue reading the story...

Vietnam prioritizes protecting rights of persons with disabilities

NEW YORK: The promotion and protection of rights of persons with disabilities is always high on Vietnam’s agenda, said Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, permanent representative of Continue reading the story...

‘Unprecedented’ conference on rights of persons with disabilities gets under way at UN

NEW YORK: A major intergovernmental meeting got underway at the United Nations today, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of Continue reading the story...

Girl born without hand receives 3-D-printed prosthesis to play violin

A 10-year-old girl’s musical dreams have come true, thanks to university students and cutting-edge technology. Isabella Cabrera of Virginia was born without a left hand. She received a Continue reading the story...

Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families

The province is transforming the way that children and youth with autism, and their families, receive services and supports through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Continue reading the story...

User Research with Bentley University Helps EBSCO Understand the Needs of Users with Vision Disabilities

There are days when you show up for work at the library and the daily grind wears on you— complaints about the noise or temperature, dealing Continue reading the story...

Cuba to Host International Workshop on Inclusive Education

HAVANA: Cuba will host the First International High School Workshop that will be held in this capital from June 19-23, with the participation of experts from Continue reading the story...

Ontario releases employment strategy for persons with disabilities

TORONTO: Ontario businesses with at least 20 employees should do their part to tackle unemployment rates among persons with disabilities by committing to hire at least Continue reading the story...

Gallaudet University Offers Three New American Sign Language Class Series

A set of three new American Sign Language class series will be starting in June 2017: A completely NEW series, a lunch time brown bag ASL class Continue reading the story...
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