Americas

#Access4All Campaign Aims to Promote Universal Accessibility in Canada

VANCOUVER, BC: A thought-provoking national campaign from the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is calling for improved physical accessibility for people with disabilities, but not in the 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...

Ford to launch pilot program to employ people with autism

DEARBORN, MICH.: Ford Motor Company announces it is collaborating with Autism Alliance of Michigan on a pilot program that aims to provide individuals who have autism Continue reading the story...

ACC installs wind chimes to help students with vision disabilities navigate campus

The wind chimes now hanging around Alvin Community College (ACC) are there for more than just decoration and ringing pleasant sounds on campus. The college installed Continue reading the story...

Connecting People with Disabilities to their World Through Technology

AT&T is dedicated to connecting people, regardless of technology experience or capability, with their world. That’s why we created Digital You, a resource for parents, seniors, Continue reading the story...

DMV Unveils New Disability Parking Placards

RALEIGH: Beginning Monday, May 23, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will unveil new disability parking placards for use by drivers with disabilities. The redesigned placards Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities at Risk in Conflict, Disaster

NEW YORK: Persons with disabilities face added risks of abandonment, neglect, and do not enjoy equal access to food, health care, and other assistance during conflict, Continue reading the story...

GAATES Call to Action – Urban Dialogue on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environment (GAATES) along with many other leading global civil society organizations, such as WorldEnabled, the Zero Project, Secretaría Técnica Continue reading the story...

Habitat III – UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – will take place  in Ecuador, 17 Oct 2016 – 20 Oct 2016, to design a Continue reading the story...

U.S. Education Department Awards $13.4 Million in Grants to Improve Services, Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $13.4 million in grants to higher education institutions to fund quality personnel preparation programs to help improve services Continue reading the story...

Financial status affects success of students with learning disabilities

College students who receive special accommodations because of a learning disability say they have less difficulty completing assignments and more contact with faculty outside of class Continue reading the story...

ECLAC – Institutional and legal frameworks of disability in Ecuador

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) announces the publication of a study on persons with disabilities in the region. The publication: “Institucionalidad y Continue reading the story...

E-learning course on human rights-based approach to disability

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with the support of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention (IASG), developed and launched the Continue reading the story...

Open Call for Nominations: Civil Society Representative at the Opening Session of the COSP

The Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN CRPD will be held from 14 – 16 June 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Continue reading the story...

CSA Group Announces Harmonization of Accessibility Standard with Canadian National Building Code

TORONTO: CSA Group announces that its key accessibility standard has been referenced in the National Building Code (NBC), an important step toward the harmonization of accessible Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues Mobile Destination For Disability Discrimination

HOUSTON: Mobile Destination, Inc., a mobile phone retailer which operates 30 Verizon Wireless stores in Texas, unlawfully revoked a worker’s job offer because of his disability, Continue reading the story...

TetraGear – innovative safety lights for people who use mobility devices

The TetraGear Lights are a special situation where a project created for one individual – in this case, a person with a disability – has been Continue reading the story...

Mini-Camera Mounted on Glasses Helps People with Vision Disabilities Read

SACRAMENTO, CALIF: A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, Continue reading the story...

Amazon expands VoiceView accessibility tool for users with vision disabilities

Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the Continue reading the story...

W3C and IDPF Explore Plans to Combine

CHICAGO, IL: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced  mutual interest in combining their respective organizations to more quickly Continue reading the story...

Google Grant to Create Smartphone Access Device for People Who Can Not Use Their Hands

BURNABY, BC:  The Neil Squire Society has been awarded an $800,000 USD grant from Google.org through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. How would you use a touch Continue reading the story...

San Diego Hosts 6th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today

SAN DIEGO, CA: ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) announces its 6th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families 5k/10k Run/Walk & Family Festival will Continue reading the story...

Digital Publishing and Accessibility in W3C Documents Note Published

The Digital Publishing Interest Group has published a Group Note of Digital Publishing and Accessibility in W3C Documents. This document describes how W3C guidelines (including but not Continue reading the story...

HUD files housing discrimination charge against Kansas landlords

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is charging landlords in Beloit, Kansas with violating the Fair Housing Act after allegedly Continue reading the story...

USDOJ requests further comments on web accessibility rules

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is requesting comment on more than 120 questions regarding the proposed web accessibility rule under Title II of the Americans Continue reading the story...

EEOC sues KB staffing firm for disability discrimination

TAMPA, FLA.: KB Staffing LLC, a staffing firm servicing central Florida, made unlawful pre-offer health inquiries of applicants in violation of federal law, the U.S. Equal Continue reading the story...

NFB Condemns Delay of Web Accessibility Regulations

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND:  The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has condemned the announcement by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that it will further delay Continue reading the story...

Museum of disABILITY History to open exhibit on Down Syndrome

The Museum of disABILITY History will host a grand opening on May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for its newest exhibit, 3826 Main St., Continue reading the story...

US Department of Education Takes Action to Deliver Equity for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities, proposing a new rule Continue reading the story...

‘Walk-DMC’ aims to improve surgery outcomes for children with cerebral palsy

Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries — lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations — in hopes of improving their physical ability Continue reading the story...

FCC approves real-time text proposal to aid persons with disabilities

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a proposal to utilize real-time text to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on text to communicate Continue reading the story...

Assistive Technology Loan Program Launched in New York

WASHINGTON: National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Spring Bank and Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), announced the launch of an Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program Continue reading the story...

National Council on Disability Commends Senate Commerce Committee for Hearings on Self-Driving Cars

WASHINGTON, DC: The National Council on Disability (NCD)—an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policy—applauds the Senate Commerce Continue reading the story...

UC researchers join largest autism study ever in US

Autism experts at UC Davis, UCLA and UC San Diego will be part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States – an Continue reading the story...

Three Airlines Fined for Inadequate Responses to Disability Complaints

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Air France, Lufthansa, and British Airways for not adequately responding to complaints filed by passengers with disabilities.  Air 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...
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