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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...

Misericordia University introduces certificate program in autism

The Misericordia University College of Health Sciences is introducing a post-graduate and post-credentialed online certification program in Autism for health care providers beginning with the fall Continue reading the story...

Zero Project Accepting Nominations of Innovative Practices and Policies – Deadline Extended

Once again, the Zero Project (www.zeroproject.org ) team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics: Employment, Work and Continue reading the story...

GameTime’s Heritage of Inclusive Play on Display at Accessibility Conference

DENVER, COLORADO: GameTime, a leading manufacturer of inclusive playground equipment, is an exhibitor this week at the 20th Annual ADA Symposium in Denver, Colorado. The four Continue reading the story...

Deadline looms for disability access to public spaces

NASSAU: Proprietors of all buildings which the public is permitted to enter – banks, supermarkets, churches, schools, sporting complexes, government facilities and medical centers, for example Continue reading the story...

Transforming Transportation for People with Disabilities

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) recognized the work being done in the City of Regina to improve public transportation for people with disabilities at the Continue reading the story...

Wyss Institute partners with ReWalk to develop wearable exosuits

BOSTON: The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has entered into a collaboration with ReWalk Robotics Ltd., to accelerate the development of the Continue reading the story...

UN calls for empowerment of persons with disabilities

NEW YORK: UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft on Tuesday called on governments as well as civil society to work together to empower over one billion Continue reading the story...

GAATES’ Participation at COSP9 – UN HQ – June 14-16, 2016

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is pleased to announce that our President Mukhtar AlShibani will be speaking at several side events during Continue reading the story...

‘Disability is not inability,’ says Ban, urging equal rights for all persons to achieve Global Goals

Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials today highlighted the critical role people Continue reading the story...

9th session of the Conference of States Parties – June 14-16

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) will attend the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Continue reading the story...

Tigo Bolivia to provide customer services in sign language

Tigo Bolivia has decided to train customer service operators across the country to express themselves in sign language, enabling fluid communication with consumers who are deaf, Continue reading the story...

Partnering to Promote Inclusion and Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

In Vietnam, nearly 15,000 children under the age of five find it “very difficult” or “impossible” to hear. Without access to early education and with little Continue reading the story...

Global Network to promote accessible and disability inclusive urban development

An informal global Network on Accessible and Disability Inclusive Urban Development was recently established in response to a proposal from Secretariat for the Convention on the Continue reading the story...

BART conference connects users, creators of transit accessibility technology

When BART opened in 1972 it broke new ground for accessibility in public transit, buoyed by a burgeoning disability rights movement born in Berkeley. So it Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities call for changes in public transport

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Persons with disabilities are calling on the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) and the Water Taxi Service to make changes to two of Continue reading the story...

World Bank Partners with ONCE Foundation to Advance Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The World Bank and ONCE Foundation are joining forces to advance the social and economic development of persons with disabilities through education, employment, skills development, Continue reading the story...

BART Conference on Accessibility in Berkeley

Around 175 attendees are signed up for today’s conference BART is sponsoring that will bring together technologists, accessibility advocates and people with sensory and mobility challenges Continue reading the story...

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in all areas of community life, including Continue reading the story...

Partnership to Provide Accessibility & Web Enhancement Technology Option to Community Financial Institutions

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Award-winning financial technology and marketing provider, Kasasa, formerly BancVue, announced a strategic partnership with AudioEye, Inc., a provider of technology designed to optimize the Continue reading the story...

Canadian Transportation Agency launches consultation on accessible transportation

GATINEAU, QC: As part of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative announced last week, the Agency is launching the first phase of its regulatory review, which focusses on Continue reading the story...

GAATES at the Forefront: Ensuring an Accessible Dubai for 2020

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a Canada organization has been selected to undertake an ambitious new project to ensure Dubai’s accessibility for Continue reading the story...

University of Michigan ranked as the best accessible university in US

The University of Michigan was ranked as the best accessible college  students with disabilities or university in the United States in the College Choice 2016 rankings, Continue reading the story...

University of Massachusetts Boston Creating an Accessible Campus with IBM Mobile Technology

University campuses are complex and busy mazes of hustle and bustle. At times, they might be under-construction, experiencing changes, or lack signage or symmetry that makes Continue reading the story...

Illinois House Approves Legislation to Improve Accessibility

CHICAGO: Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that the House of Representatives passed legislation to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Illinois by a vote of Continue reading the story...

Government of Canada reduces barriers to accessibility through call for proposals

GATINEAU, QC: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today invited businesses and community organizations to apply for funding through the 2016 Continue reading the story...

Peru to host World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

LIMA: Lima will host the World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction gathering renowned world experts on December 5- 6, 2016. Organized by the College of Engineers Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities unite to create buzz on political fronts

There’s a buzz penetrating the political scene this election year and it’s coming from the world’s largest minority group: people with disabilities. Enter #CripTheVote, a Twitter/social media Continue reading the story...

Browsers: why it matters what you use

The latest WebAIM screenreader survey listed the following as the top six web browsers among screenreader users: Internet Explorer 10+ (34.9%) Firefox (30.1%) Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 Continue reading the story...

Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Deadlines for Video Description Expansion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MB Docket No. 11-43 that seeks comment on both tentative conclusions and proposals Continue reading the story...

Ensuring high-quality browser accessibility with automation

The Edge team posted a new blog about ensuring high-quality browser accessibility with automated testing. This addition will help ensure accessibility is not accidentally regressed as Continue reading the story...

FTA-Supported NADTC Launches New Website to Support Accessible Public Transportation Service

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), the Federal Transit Administration’s newest technical assistance center, has launched a new website to provide easy access to Continue reading the story...
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