• Americas

    Airlines agree to increase availability of accessible airport kiosks

    WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation has reached agreements with Alaska Airlines/Virgin America and Spirit Airlines to expand the availability of airport kiosks that will be accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to a DOT press release.  DOT also reached an agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to make the airline’s mobile website accessible for… Continue Reading »

    Toyota Mobility Foundation launches $4 million challenge to expand mobility for people with lower-limb paralysis

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:  The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020. The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is seeking teams around the world to create game-changing… Continue Reading »

    New App Uses Smart Tags to Give Better Information and Independence to People who are Blind

    PLANO, TEXAS: Two architects with vision loss today launched WayAround, the smart assistant that gives on-demand details about everyday things for anyone with vision loss. The WayAround system uses custom smart tags plus an app for iOS or Android to provide audio information about items around the home and office. “As architects, our job is… Continue Reading »

    Collaboration in Preparation for the World Urban Forum

    On November 1, 2017, the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting in preparation for the 9th  World Urban Forum (WUF9), which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next February.  Members provided information about their planned representation and contributions at the Forum and were also able to collaborate in planning logistics for various events and… Continue Reading »

    University to Host State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

    The ninth annual State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities runs Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center and the Schine Student Center. Including a first-time parallel Student Leadership Conference, the event will draw more than 300 participants, providing opportunities… Continue Reading »

    Google to remove apps that use accessibility services not designed for users with disabilities

    Google is cracking down on how developers employ their Accessibility services in their apps. Unless developers can describe how their app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users with disabilities, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off from the Google Play Store. But what does Accessibility Service… Continue Reading »

    Cathay Express Transportation Services Announces Taxis for Wheelchair Users in NYC

    REGO PARK, NY: Finding reliable transportation in the city can be stressful. Finding wheelchair accessible transportation can be even harder. Between unpredictable wait times and inadequate accommodations, travel can be a nuisance. Yet, with the right assistance, finding wheelchair accessible transportation doesn’t have to be difficult. Cathay Express Transportation Services announces taxis for wheelchair users… Continue Reading »

    Conference on Autonomous Vehicles and the Disability Community

    BALTIMORE: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) hosted a conference titled “The Promise: Autonomous Vehicles and the Disability Community” on October 25. The event was hosted at NFB’s Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The event brought together representatives from government, the automotive industry and advocates for… Continue Reading »

    Live Virtual Conference: ‘Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference’

    The 20th annual Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference, a live, web-based conference focused on accessible media, web and technology, presented by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD), will be held Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 15-17, and the virtual conference will be hosted in two locations on the University campus. Registration is free; please register online by Monday, Nov. 13, for… Continue Reading »