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Scientists identify a memory suppressor that may play a role in autism

JUPITER, FL: Discovered only in the 1990s, microRNAs are short molecules that work within virtually all cells. Typically, each one functions as a “dimmer switch” for Continue reading the story...

Bookshare and Assistive Technologies Help Students with Disabilities Gain Authentic Work Experiences and Independent Living Skills

PALO ALTO, CALIF.: Bookshare, an online accessible library, free to U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities, is helping students at Riverview School in Massachusetts learn important Continue reading the story...

Ablegamers Launches “Expansion Packs” Initiative to Empower People with Disabilities Through Video Games

HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA: AbleGamers Foundation – the leading charity and organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with disabilities through the power of video Continue reading the story...

Disability Justice Celebrates One Year of Nationwide Advocacy for Workers with disabilities

PHILADELPHIA, PA: One year ago, Disability Justice launched as a nationwide Social Security disability advocacy group. Disability Justice is honored to have helped tens of thousands Continue reading the story...

Proposed Rulemaking Updates Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WASHINGTON: The workforce development system is the backbone of job training in the U.S. It provides millions of jobseekers and workers the opportunity to learn new Continue reading the story...

Wearable device with 3D camera to guide people with vision disabilities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3-D camera data that could help people with vision disabilities navigate their environments. Continue reading the story...

UMMS to help community health centers improve emergency planning for persons with disabilities

UMass Medical School is developing a toolkit to help community health centers determine whether their emergency preparedness plans address the needs of individuals with disabilities and Continue reading the story...

Closed Captioning to Be Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

Passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing will soon be able to use closed captioning on videos and other in-flight entertainment on some airlines. The Continue reading the story...

Georgia Tech Partners with edX to Offer Online Courses

The Georgia Institute of Technology has signed an agreement with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination, to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for learners around Continue reading the story...

Modeling Success for People with Disabilities

MIAMI, FL: Stephanie Perkins, who has Down syndrome, has a dream, and she’s determined to make it come true. “My dream is to become a famous Continue reading the story...

RTC’s new mobility center provides free public transit training

LAS VEGAS: The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and local officials celebrated the grand opening of the RTC’s new Mobility Training Center (MTC). The Continue reading the story...

Jamaica to build inclusive school to facilitate children with disabilities

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has announced that the Government will be partnering with Rockhouse Foundation — the 13-year-old philanthropic arm of the Rockhouse Hotel — to Continue reading the story...

Florida Senate passes employment bill for persons with disabilities

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.:  The Florida Senate passed House Bill (HB) 7003, Individuals with Disabilities, by Representative Matt Caldwell (R-North Fort Myers) on January 15. The legislation expands Continue reading the story...

W3C Invites Implementations of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0

The Timed Text Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0 (IMSC1). This document specifies two profiles Continue reading the story...

12th Annual American Indian Disability Summit

A summit in Arizona in March promises to deliver an educational and memorable experience that will inspire and celebrate the power and spirit of resilience among Continue reading the story...

Grant Enables Study of Wearable Robots to Improve Mobility

WEST ORANGE, NJ: A joint team from Kessler Foundation and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is developing new applications for wearable robotic exoskeleton devices Continue reading the story...

NEIT to Offer Bachelor Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences

EAST GREENWICH, RI: Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university will offer a Continue reading the story...

Students designers make spaces, products more accessible

From a wheelchair accessible home bathroom to computer equipment that’s easier on arthritic hands, student innovators from across California designed products and spaces to better serve Continue reading the story...

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund Announces Project Grants

OTTAWA: The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) announced that it will award $723,500 in grants to seven innovative projects designed to advance accessibility to broadcasting content Continue reading the story...

IBM People with Disabilities Award

W4A announces the IBM People with Disabilities Student Award. The award will reimburse the attendance costs for several students with disabilities and will introduce them to Continue reading the story...

Web-for-All Conference Offers Student Scholarships

The 2016 International Web for All (W4A’16) conference, dedicated to making web, mobile, and wearable devices accessible for all, will take place in Montreal, Canada on Continue reading the story...

Call for Doctoral Consortium

W4A announces the W4A Doctoral Student Consortium funded by Google Student Award. Up to 6 PhD students will be invited to participate in a special session Continue reading the story...

Researchers Develop Prototype Braille Tablet

Researchers at the University of Michigan unveiled a new prototype Braille tablet that makes it possible for people who are blind or have low vision to Continue reading the story...

Database aims to boost employment for people with autism

HALIFAX, NS: Autism Nova Scotia has launched a new database, in partnership with Ready, Willing and Able, to help job-seekers with autism find employment opportunities. The goal Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Reaches Landmark Settlement Agreement with State of Oregon Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act

In a Dec. 29, 2015, order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon approved a settlement agreement between the Justice Department, a class of Continue reading the story...

Interactive robot to promote rehabilitation for children with disabilities

NAO, a humanoid robot described by his creators as a “little character with a unique combination of hardware and software,” can read your moods, recognize your Continue reading the story...

FCC Seeking Nominations for Accessibility Awards – Deadline March 31

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking nominations for the Fifth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility, beginning January 11, 2016 through March 31, 2016 Continue reading the story...

Grand Rapids YMCA first building to adopt universal design standards

Advances in science and medicine are making it easier for people of all ages and abilities to get around. But how do you design a new Continue reading the story...

Chicago Transit Authority Announces Next Step Making Rail System 100% Accessible

As part of Mayor Emanuel’s ongoing commitment to improve accessibility throughout the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced on January 7, a new Continue reading the story...

People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.: Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Kent State University over Discrimination in Student Housing

The Justice Department announced that Kent State University (KSU) has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the university had maintained Continue reading the story...

First Public Working Draft: Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions. This document describes the requirements that Continue reading the story...

Researchers find way to improve image sharpness for people with vision disabilities

Retinal implants that deliver longer pulses of electrical current may noticeably improve image sharpness for individuals who have lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, according Continue reading the story...

Device helps people with vision disabilities see sound

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers have discovered that intrinsic neural connections—called crossmodal mappings—can be used by assistive devices to help people who are blind or Continue reading the story...

32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity – April 25 – 26

The 32nd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on April 25 – 26, 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. This Continue reading the story...

McDonald’s charged with discrimination for denying job applicant a SL Interpreter

KANSAS CITY, MO.: McDonald’s Corporation and McDonald’s Restaurants of Missouri violated federal law by refusing to accommodate and hire a deaf applicant, the U.S. Equal Employment Continue reading the story...

New service helps people with hearing disabilities learn about employment discrimination

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced  it is launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing Continue reading the story...

NIB Fellowship for Leadership Development – Deadline February 12

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is encouraging people who are blind and have an undergraduate degree or higher, work experience and a passion for business Continue reading the story...

UGA, Georgia Tech partner to create fully-accessible camp for children with disabilities

ATHENS, GA: The University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design and Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture have partnered with Extra Special People Inc. to build Continue reading the story...

New rules help ensure hearing aids compatible with wireless devices

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has passed new rules that ensure greater access to wireless communications services and handset devices for Americans with hearing disabilities. Continue reading the story...
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