Americas

FDA takes steps to improve hearing aid accessibility

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced important steps to better support consumer access to hearing aids. The agency issued a guidance document explaining that it Continue reading the story...

Numerous Employment Barriers for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries

SILVER SPRING, MD: Decent, salaried jobs in developing countries are rarely an option for people with disabilities, according to a new white paper, Situation of wage Continue reading the story...

Lack of Appropriate Clothing Can Hinder People with Disabilities

COLUMBIA, MO.: There are many important events in a person’s life, including weddings, graduations, school dances and job interviews. The clothing industry has long profited from Continue reading the story...

New Manitoba government accessibility plan

WINNIPEG, MB: A new Manitoba government accessibility plan that removes barriers and improves access to provincial services is being launched on the United Nations International Day Continue reading the story...

Decade after global treaty’s adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights Continue reading the story...

UM Showcases Assistive Technology to International Fellows

MISSOULA: Nine fellows from Laos, as part of SportsUnited, learned about assistive technology during their visit to the University of Montana in November. MonTECH, housed in UM’s Continue reading the story...

Canada makes further commitment to support rights of persons with disabilities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that the Government Continue reading the story...

CRTC Supports Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day

OTTAWA, GATINEAU: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is pleased to participate in the Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day. Text with 9-1-1 is now available Continue reading the story...

CTA Foundation Announces CES Eureka Park Accessibility Contest Winners

ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, a national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Revises Regulations to Require Closed Captioning and Audio Description for People with Disabilities

The Justice Department announced an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III regulation to further clarify a public accommodation’s obligation to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and Continue reading the story...

College and career-ready expectations for students with disabilities

WASHIGTON, DC: Achieve and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) today released “Diplomas that Matter: Ensuring Equity of Opportunity for Students with Disabilities,” a new Continue reading the story...

Advancing the rights for women and girls with disabilities

NEW YORK:  According to the World Report on Disability, an estimated one in five women around the world live with some form of disability. For them, Continue reading the story...

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities  (IDPD) comes as over a billion people live with some form of disability. Since 1992, the United Nations Continue reading the story...

UB student develops smartphone app for early autism detection

BUFFALO, N.Y.: What if someone invented a smartphone app that could help detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children as young as 2 years old? Could Continue reading the story...

App will help children with disabilities and challenging behavior

A Vanderbilt special education researcher has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by The Institute of Education Sciences to develop an app for use by parents Continue reading the story...

Disability Access for Online Students

Oregon State University Extended Campus can not only provide an education that is within reach, but understands the kind of degree program that best fits your Continue reading the story...

Call for films for the UN Enable Film Festival

Submissions are now being accepted for the UN Enable Film Festival that is held each year at UN Headquarters on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities

The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities. The 24/7phone line and email service Continue reading the story...

PGA High-level panel discussion on IDPD at UN Headquarters in New York

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/145 of 17 December 2015, a high-level panel meeting to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention Continue reading the story...

Women and persons with disabilities being left behind on CPP expansion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Women and persons with disabilities will face a significant and unfair disadvantage under proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan. Canada’s largest union is Continue reading the story...

‘Enact laws to protect people with vision disabilities’

There need to be specific laws to protect citizens with vision disabilities from victimisation.This according to executive officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association Continue reading the story...

AT Fair Demonstrates Options for Persons with Disabilities

DUBOIS: Hosted by the campus Occupational Therapy Club in conjunction with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), an Assistive Technology Fair was recently held at Penn Continue reading the story...

CommerceWest Bank Partnered with TACA to Support People with Autism

IRVINE, CALIF.: CommerceWest Bank partnered with Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) to support families affected by autism.  TACA is dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families Continue reading the story...

Now Accepting Applications: NACCHO Disability Technical Assistance Program

NACCHO’s Health and Disability Program is currently accepting applications through December 31 for its Disability Technical Assistance Program. This initiative is designed to support local health Continue reading the story...

Apple Introduces New Website to Promote Accessibility Features

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a redesigned accessibility website and played a video focused on the features Apple products offer to persons with disabilities, sharing a Continue reading the story...

University of Texas at Arlington Libraries launch first Texas History of Disability website

The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries announced a new website showcasing the Texas Disability History Collection on October 26. Documents, videos, images and oral histories emphasizing Continue reading the story...

Disabilities Ministries pushes new resource on becoming Accessible to All

In response to a growing need for United Church of Christ churches to become accessible to all people with disabilities, the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board of Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities must benefit from – and contribute to – development, says UN expert

Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing Continue reading the story...

Puerto Rico to improve public housing accessibility for persons with disabilities

SAN JUAN: Puerto Rico has agreed to invest $65 million to make thousands of public housing units more accessible for residents with disabilities across the U.S. Continue reading the story...

New research could help build better hearing aids

Scientists at Binghamton University want to improve sensor technology critical to billions of devices made every year. With a three-year, $359,958 grant from the National Science Continue reading the story...

RESNA 2017 Conference Issues Call for Workshop and Instructional Course Proposals

RESNA 2017 is now accepting submissions workshop and instructional course proposals. Submissions are due November 30, 2016. The conference will include: Clinically-focused workshop sessions Scientific research platform and poster Continue reading the story...

Training Sessions to Focus on Disability Access and Accommodations

Two training sessions on Syracuse University policies and procedures relating to disability access and accommodations have been scheduled for November 1 and 2 in Room 114 Continue reading the story...

Miami University reaches U.S. Department of Justice consent decree to improve technology access for students with disabilities

The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree to resolve allegations that Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by using Continue reading the story...

Wearable artificial vision device shows promise in helping people with vision disabilities ‘read’

CHICAGO: A unique wearable artificial vision device may help people who are legally blind “read” and recognize faces. It may also help these individuals accomplish everyday Continue reading the story...

Pennsylvania to Host Fifth Annual Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit

HARRISBURG, PA: The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities with the departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor & Industry yesterday kicked off the fifth Pennsylvania Continue reading the story...

Chicago Disability Rights Group Sues Uber Over Lack of Wheelchair Accessible Rides

CHICAGO: Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, along with Michelle Garcia, Rahnee Patrick and Justin Cooper,  asserted a claim in federal court against Uber Technologies, Inc., for Continue reading the story...

NCD Report Calls for Technology Bill of Rights for Persons with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC: The National Council on Disability (NCD)—an independent federal agency—calls on Congress to establish a Technology Bill of Rights for Americans with Disabilities in its Continue reading the story...

New Autism Documentary to Promote Inclusion for Families with Disabilities

NEW YORK: Easterseals, the country’s indispensable resource for people facing today’s disabilities, and the filmmakers behind the forthcoming documentary film SWIM TEAM, announced that they will Continue reading the story...

WCAG 2.1 under exploration, comments requested by 1 November

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group announces a plan to develop WCAG 2.1, which builds on but does not supersede WCAG 2.0. The group would Continue reading the story...

High-level forum on disability-inclusion and accessible urban development

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MIDUVI) in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Continue reading the story...
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