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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...

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...

Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen app for people with vision disabilities

BOSTON: Researchers from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have developed a smartphone application that projects a magnified smartphone screen 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...

HELM – Hosting Egypt’s First Global Conference on Accessibility / Entaleq App

Helm, translates into the word “Dream”, is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the full inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in all aspects of life, Continue reading the story...

UNITAR Free Training Course: Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) announces the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the 2030 Agenda and its Continue reading the story...

Pennsylvania Launches PA Link to Community Care

HARRISBURG, PA.: The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Aging (PDA) have collaborated to create PA Link to Community Care. This initiative will Continue reading the story...

Unum now offers onsite disability management

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.: Unum now offers onsite disability management for customers who want their employees to benefit from direct, one-to-one engagement with a trained disability consultant before Continue reading the story...

Seeking Case Studies in Inclusive Urban Design and Development

GAATES is currently working closely with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)  (Division for Social Policy and Development, Secretariat for the Continue reading the story...

Mobility plays important role in development for toddlers with disabilities

CORVALLIS, ORE.: Typical toddlers simultaneously spend about three hours a day in physical activity, play and engagement with objects such as toys, while their peers with Continue reading the story...

Most K-12 online learning content does not meet needs of students with disabilities

LAWRENCE: Online education is growing rapidly, reaching millions of students every day. However, a Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Continue reading the story...

Designing with Dignity Exhibition Opens at Kean University

Designing with Dignity, a new exhibition celebrating accessible design, opened at Kean University on Thursday, March 31, in conjunction with the Thinking Creatively Conference. The exhibition showcases Continue reading the story...

CSUN Conference Provides Hands-On Interaction with Latest Assistive Technologies

Thousands of people from around the world gathered in San Diego last month to attend the 31st annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, also Continue reading the story...

47th Statistical Commission agrees on 12 SDG indicators

The UN Statistical Commission Disability agreed to 12 indicators related to measuring disability and the achievement of the SDGs for persons with disabilities at its 47th Continue reading the story...

Facebook uses artificial intelligence to describe photos for users with vision disabilities

Facebook has announced the automatic alternative text is a new development that generates a description of an image, enabling users who are blind or have low Continue reading the story...

Properties Must Be Accessible to People with Disabilities Before Occupancy Federal Court Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Equity Residential, the nation’s largest developer of multi-family housing, must comply with the Fair Housing Act by ensuring that properties are accessible to people Continue reading the story...

Apple shares new short film on autism proves that accessibility features matter

Apple has released a new pair of videos on its YouTube channel highlighting the effect that technology has on people with disabilities. The video, called “Dillan’s Continue reading the story...

W3Cx and Intel open HTML5 Introduction MOOC course

W3C has launched a new course: HTML5 Introduction. Taught by Intel and W3C experts, this course presents the basic building blocks of Web design and style, Continue reading the story...

Accessibility Summit 2016 – April 15-16

WASHINGTON, DC: Persons with disabilities, families, caregivers, advocacy organizations, teachers and service providers are all invited to attend the 2016 Accessibility Summit taking place April 15 Continue reading the story...

FCC proposes to expand video description rules

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that recommends updating its video description rules to expand the availability of – and Continue reading the story...

VitalSource Announces Conformance with Accessibility Standards

RALEIGH, NC: VitalSource Technologies Inc., part of Ingram Content Group, has received an unprecedented achievement of 100 percent compliance with the industry-wide tests for accessibility on Continue reading the story...

Twitter adds image descriptions to help users with vision disabilities

Twitter announced on Tuesday a new accessibility feature that lets users add descriptions to their images. The company is attempting to make its social networking platform Continue reading the story...

Labor Department New Web Tool Helps Employers Ensure Accessibility of Online Job Applications

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced the launch of “TalentWorks” – a free online tool that helps employers and Continue reading the story...

Affordable braille reader launched

TORONTO: The new Orbit braille reader was launched last night at the Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California. The Orbit braille Continue reading the story...

Google Launches Accessibility Scanner for Android App Developers

Google has launched a tool that will help make Android developers apps more accessible for all users, including persons with disabilities. The company’s new Accessibility Scanner looks Continue reading the story...

66th UN DPI/NGO Conference in Gyeongju

The United Nations Department of Public Information announces the Sixty-Sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference will be hosted in Gyeongju, the Republic of Continue reading the story...

Free course to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities

AUSTRALIA: More than 100 international experts have contributed to a world-first online course designed to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities. The ABLE XSeries, developed by Continue reading the story...

9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

The 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held from 14 Continue reading the story...

FCC Enhances Accessibility of Video Programming on Television

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission adopted amendments to its rules on closed captioning of televised video programming to ensure that millions of Americans who are deaf Continue reading the story...

Humanoid robot can be used as a tool in therapy for children with autism

WASHINGTON: Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children Continue reading the story...

Updated: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference

The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) have published a new version of How to Meet Continue reading the story...
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