Americas

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 Continue reading the story...

Disability Rights Florida Launches “Access The Vote” Campaign

TALLAHASSEE: Disability Rights Florida has launched its “Access The Vote” campaign to encourage Floridians with disabilities to vote in upcoming elections. The campaign includes a new Continue reading the story...

Final Working Draft of WAI-ARIA 1.1

A Working Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 is available for review. This is intended to be the last Working Draft before the specification Continue reading the story...

New Rules Now in Effect for Sign Language Interpreters in Michigan

LANSING: New rules defining required qualifications for Michigan Certified sign language interpreters are now in effect and they apply to every lawyer, doctor, business or other Continue reading the story...

FCC Wants Public Comments on Direct Video Calls & Sign Language Customer Support

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for the public’s input on a petition to allow service providers to offer customer support services in sign language. The petition also asks the FCC Continue reading the story...

Trailblazing a New Future for Disabilities

MIAMI, FL: This one day conference sets out to fuel the progress and innovation needed to improve the state of disability employment, inclusion and workforce sustainability. #Trailblazing16 Continue reading the story...

Disaster assistance available for older adults and people with disabilities in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.VA.: Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Settles with Orpheum Theater to Resolve ADA Discrimination Complaint

The Justice Department announced today it has reached an agreement with the Omaha Performing Arts Society (OPAS) resolving an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint against Continue reading the story...

Illinois Legislation to Improve Accessibility Becomes Law

CHICAGO: Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that her office’s legislation to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Illinois was signed into law by the Governor Continue reading the story...

Omni Hotels & Resorts Offers Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

TORONTO: eSSENTIAL Accessibility and Omni Hotels & Resorts have partnered to launch the eSSENTIAL Accessibility app, an exciting accessibility initiative for guests with disabilities. The eSSENTIAL Continue reading the story...

Report on improving accessibility

FIJI: A report on improving the accessibility in transport infrastructure for people with disabilities was presented at the Asian Development Bank 2016 Pacific Update Conference at Continue reading the story...

ManpowerGroup Named “Best Place to Work” by the Disability Equality Index

MILWAUKEE: ManpowerGroup has been recognized as one of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Best Places to Work, receiving a top score for its commitment to diversity Continue reading the story...

United Airlines Earns Top Marks on Disability Equality Index

CHICAGO: United Airlines achieved the top score of 100 percent on the 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a prominent benchmarking metric that rates U.S. companies on Continue reading the story...

National Disability Voter Registration Week Promotes Election Access

This week, the American Association of People with Disabilities’ REV UP campaign is organizing nationwide activities to encourage individuals with disabilities to register to vote, and Continue reading the story...

New York City MTA Adds 70 Wheelchair-Accessible MV-1 Vehicles to Paratransit Fleet

NEW YORK: Mobility Ventures LLC and the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that 70 wheelchair-accessible MV-1 vehicles will be added to MTA’s Continue reading the story...

TTI Researchers Conduct Transit Accessibility Workshops and Webinars

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 19 percent, or 56.7 million of the U.S. population, lives with some type of disability. For some Continue reading the story...

Online system helps persons with disabilities get emergency services

July 26 was proclaimed in recognition and honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At Adelup, members from the Department of Integrated Continue reading the story...

Startup awarded grant to advance autism technology innovation

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: Federal funding will help advance a Purdue University autism technology that helps communication and language development for children and families affected by severe, Continue reading the story...

Young girl teaches sign language to her puppy

Ten-year-old Julia, a resident of California, who is deaf, and so is her four-legged best friend, Walter. But that never shadowed their beautiful relationship. Julia has been Continue reading the story...

Library adds technology to aid people with hearing disabilities

Geauga County Public Library introduces its new hearing loop system that magnetically transmits sound from the PA system to the telecoils in patrons’ hearing aids. This Continue reading the story...

Can Google Glass help children with autism read faces?

Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people’s faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disabilities. Now the 10-year-old Continue reading the story...

Southern Illinois University recognized for serving students with disabilities

CARBONDALE, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Carbondale has long been a leader in assuring students with disabilities have access to a good college education, and that ongoing Continue reading the story...

Windows 10 anniversary update brings accessibility improvements for users with disabilities

Microsoft shared some additional details about the accessibility improvements coming in Windows 10 Anniversary Update on July 1. Key among them is a major update to Continue reading the story...

MAHO Continues To Provide Accessibility And Independence

CLEVELAND, OH: The mission of Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) is to provide and promote accessible housing solutions for people with mobility disabilities. MAHO fulfills Continue reading the story...

NCD Launches Brochure on Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has developed a brochure about best practices for making prescription drug labels accessible for people who are blind, or have Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

US Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Wednesday that it has reached settlements with education organizations in seven states and one territory Continue reading the story...

Annual Conference on Independent Living — July 25–28

WASHINGTON, DC: The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is hosting its annual conference July 25–28, 2016, Grand Hyatt, in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is Continue reading the story...

Disability rights advocates sue MTA over inaccessible subway station

NEW YORK: The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the MTA over a Bronx subway station that remains inaccessible to Continue reading the story...

Partnership to Bring Bookshare to People with Print Disabilities

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA: Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible Continue reading the story...

Ontario providing more supports for children with autism

Ontario is providing more support for children and youth with autism, including an accelerated implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program. The new program will provide Continue reading the story...

Sign languages provide insight into universal linguistic short-cuts

WASHINGTON, DC: Humans have a natural drive to reduce physical effort in nearly every activity, including using language. Instead of saying “goodbye”, we often say “bye”, Continue reading the story...

Mobility Ventures to Focus on Accessible Transportation at Roll on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON: Mobility Ventures, manufacturer of the MV-1, the only vehicle specifically designed to meet the needs of people who use wheelchairs, will join approximately 150 other Continue reading the story...

Lack of affordable, accessible adaptive clothing creates barriers for people with disabilities

The U.S. clothing industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, but for the millions of Americans with disabilities and their families, a lack of options in the Continue reading the story...

Mobility Networks launches new ‘Flexi’ range of accessible vehicle solutions

Mobility Networks, the world-leading specialist in access solutions for vehicles, has successfully unveiled its new FlexiStep, FlexiWinch and Flexis Ramp at The Mobility Roadshow (26-28th May, Continue reading the story...

UNESCO promotes universal access to digital information for persons with disabilities

On 15 June 2016, UNESCO, in collaboration with UNDESA and OHCHR organized a side event entitled “Universal Access to Information using ICTs with Disabilities: Digital Empowerment Continue reading the story...

Legislation will improve access to copyrighted materials for Canadians vision with disabilities

Canadians who are blind or have low vision will have better access to books and other copyrighted materials. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities face significant obstacles to voting in America’s political system, Stanford expert finds

“Persons with disabilities are the ticking time bomb of the electorate.” So says Stanford law researcher Rabia Belt, who has new research on the disenfranchisement of Continue reading the story...

Canada launches consultation on planned new accessibility legislation

The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating systemic barriers and delivering equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Continue reading the story...

E*TRADE Announces Accessibility Initiative

NEW YORK: E*TRADE Financial Corporation announced an initiative to enhance its website, mobile applications, and desktop trading and investing platforms to make them more accessible for Continue reading the story...
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