Americas

Seeing Pictures with Touch and Sound

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: Purdue University researchers are developing software in a “haptic device” that could give people with vision disabilities the ability to identify scientific images Continue reading the story...

Ohio University Southern to host disability awareness conference

Ohio University Southern will host Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities, on March 24, at the Ironton campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton. The conference provides an Continue reading the story...

University of Montana Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete

MISSOULA: University of Montana researchers with the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, or RTC:Rural, show that the standardized disability questions used by Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay Continue reading the story...

Makeathon to build technology for persons with disabilities

Nearly 100 innovators, makers, students and people with disabilities will gather at the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for a three-day technology-building marathon to Continue reading the story...

Microsoft’s Project Torino helps children with vision disabilities participate in coding classes

Microsoft’s Research division has introduced Project Torino, a unique physical programming language meant to help children with vision disabilities learn to code. From left, Lexy Ryan, 13, Continue reading the story...

Connected Glasses Guiding People with Vision Disabilities

A service launched by technology firm Aira and AT&T allows people who are blind or have low vision to be guided by a remote operator through Continue reading the story...

Disney on Ice offers tour to students with vision disabilities

Students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind received a special sensory tour Friday compliments of Mickey Mouse and friends as Disney On Ice presents Continue reading the story...

Accessibility Standards Get a Much-Needed Refresh

The last time the federal government updated its accessibility standards for electronic and information technology “Shrek” was dominating the U.S. box office and the Supreme Court Continue reading the story...

Helping Innovators Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

TORONTO: Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is thrilled to announce that applications for the third annual Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) and the Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition Continue reading the story...

92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Accessibility Standards

A new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) says 92 percent of the U.S. federal government’s most popular websites do not meet basic Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities Attend International Conference in Cuba

HAVANA: Delegates from 20 nations will attend as of tomorrow the 6th Conference of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and Continue reading the story...

GAATES Participating at the Assistive Technology Conference in Sharjah

SHARJAH, UAE: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is participating in International Conference on Assisitive Technology 2017 (AT TOPIA), March 9-11, in Sharjah, Continue reading the story...

Minister Qualtrough reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to accessibility

GATINEAU, QUEBEC: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, joined world leaders at the 2017 International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) Conference Continue reading the story...

BrailleSense Polaris – Virtual Braille Tablet Launched

AUSTIN, TEXAS: HIMS Inc. has just announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first Virtual Braille Tablet for people who are blind or have low vision.  Continue reading the story...

Researchers seek ways to assist drivers with autism

The University of Virginia Health System is teaming with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to study novice drivers with autism to determine if they would benefit Continue reading the story...

New Robotics Technology Brings Standing and Mobility to Wheelchair Users

BRENTWOOD, TENN.:  Numotion, the nation’s leading provider of complex rehab technology (CRT), has announced the availability of Tek RMD (“robotic mobilization device”) by Matia Robotics in Continue reading the story...

Universal Design approach aims to benefit all students

Faculty, educators and staff from various Wichita State entities participated in a Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) workshop, hosted by the Wichita State University College of Continue reading the story...

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 First Public Working Draft Published

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 has been published as a First Public Working Draft. This will be the first update to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Continue reading the story...

New wearable device help people with vision disabilities see

TORONTO, ON: eSight Corporation, the world-leader in the development of electronic glasses that enable people who are blind to actually see, is pleased to announce the Continue reading the story...

WVU-sponsored youth programs funded to enhance recreational opportunities for children with disabilities

For the third consecutive year, the National Inclusion Project has partnered with West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to continue a program Continue reading the story...

Ensuring opportunities for children with disabilities in Bolivia

BOLIVIA: End of year reporting can have its perks. It means I get to travel to distant parts of Bolivia, where I would never otherwise go Continue reading the story...

Universal Design 2017 Conference in New York

NEW YORK: The Universal Design Conference 2017, which will take place in New York, USA, March 9, 2017 at the Center for Architecture, aims to propagate Continue reading the story...

Expo Connects People with Vision Disabilities with Resources to Maintain Independence

A vision expo Saturday, March 4 at the University of Houston will offer exhibits, programming and workshops for Houston’s visually impaired community on maintaining independence. The Continue reading the story...

Feedback Sought on Draft Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Policy

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to offer their thoughts on the draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy at two upcoming public comment sessions Continue reading the story...

AgrAbility to host training workshop on disabilities in agriculture

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: The 2017 AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) will take place March 20-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Chris Bell sits next to his tractor that has Continue reading the story...

32nd Annual Conference on Assistive Technology

Thousands of people from around the globe are expected to return to San Diego later this month to participate in the world’s largest event dedicated to Continue reading the story...

Conference on Transition Planning for Life after High School for Students with Disabilities

The Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), the Mid-State Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) and Onondaga Community College (OCC) will host a free Continue reading the story...

9th Annual Boating and Beach Bash Event for Persons with Disabilities

The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, which is sponsored by the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc. (ADF), is the largest, free, fun-day event in Continue reading the story...

CSUN Center Opens Up the World of Possibilities for Children with Disabilities

Marina Forain admits she can get emotional when she thinks about the progress her 6-year-old daughter Isabella has made in the two years she has taken Continue reading the story...

Youngster to benefit from 3D printed hand

A five-year-old boy from Bedford will be able to use a knife and fork and ride a bike thanks to a 3D printed hand under development Continue reading the story...

Third Annual Assistive Technology Conference – Feb 17

MACOMB, IL: Western Illinois University will host the third annual Assistive Technology Conference from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Horrabin Hall, room 1. The conference Continue reading the story...

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid accessibility barriers

Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing bulky strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily Continue reading the story...

Canada wraps up consultations on how to make a more accessible Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Over the past five months, the Government of Canada has held public sessions across Canada as part of a consultation process to inform planned Continue reading the story...

FCC Seeks Nominations for Sixth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission will accept nominations for the Sixth Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) beginning February 13, 2017 through April Continue reading the story...

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: The head of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is calling for strong collaboration among stakeholders to use information and communication Continue reading the story...

Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

A brain-computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with complete locked-in syndrome Continue reading the story...

Ecuador ensures voting rights for persons with disabilities

ECUADOR: Ahead of the presidential elections, Ecuador is rolling out a plan to make it easier and safer for people with disabilities to cast their votes. The Continue reading the story...

NCSES Releases New Report on Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Continue reading the story...

Upward Momentum Fuels Positive Start to 2017 for Americans With Disabilities

EAST HANOVER, NJ: The momentum of the last three quarters extended employment gains into 2017 for Americans with disabilities, as reported in this special year-in-review edition Continue reading the story...
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