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Rick Hansen Foundation launches Global Accessibility Map

Americas, October 13 2011

VANCOUVER, BC: Twenty-five years ago, inspired by the dream of finding a cure after spinal cord injury and creating a more accessible and inclusive world, Rick Hansen set out on his Man In Motion World Tour– forever changing how the world views the potential of people with disabilities. Today, the… Continue Reading »

University of Ulster students produce Guide for improved disability access

Europe, October 12 2011

A ‘good practice guide’ for disability access to new and refurbished buildings has been produced by a team of University of Ulster graduates. And Disability Action are so impressed by the students’ work they plan to send the guide to architects, builders and others involved in the construction industry. They… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada supports Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities in Markham

Americas, October 12 2011

MARKHAM, ONTARIO: The Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund is helping people with disabilities in Markham and the surrounding area to gain full access to the Markham Centre for Skills and Independence. The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Thornhill, on behalf of the… Continue Reading »

NFB and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint

Americas, October 12 2011

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) announced today that they have reached an agreement that will resolve a complaint filed against Penn State by the NFB with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.  There was no… Continue Reading »

High Court ordered to set up panel to make railway stations accessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 11 2011

MUMBAI, INDIA: Bombay High Court today ordered to set up a committee, comprising of disabled persons and government authorities, to come out with a plan to make suburban railway stations and platforms easily accessible for people with disabilities. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi… Continue Reading »

Phillipsburg restaurant receives award for excellence in accessibility

Americas, October 11 2011

WHITE TOWNSHIP: The Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders declared October to be “Disability Awareness Month” as they recognized a Phillipsburg restaurant for its efforts to be accessible to all. La Bella Via, an Italian restaurant at Third and Broad streets, received the 2011 Thomas M. Kennedy Excellence in Accessibility… Continue Reading »

FCC moves to implement disability access regulations

Americas, October 11 2011

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will give companies two years to comply with new regulations to make advanced communications services accessible to people with disabilities. “As our reliance on technological innovations driven by broadband continues to enhance the way we communicate, this Order will ensure that people with disabilities are… Continue Reading »

New York city developer agrees to accessibility enhancements

Americas, October 11 2011

NEW YORK: The United States filed and simultaneously settled by consent decree a federal civil rights lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleging that The Larkspur, a residential apartment complex that provides largely low- and middle-income housing in Manhattan, is inaccessible to persons with disabilities. The suit alleges that Larkspur, LLC,… Continue Reading »

Munich entrepreneurs developed new smartphone transcription service for people with hearing disabilities

Europe, October 10 2011

MUNICH, GERMANY: Two Munich-based social entrepreneurs have developed a new smartphone transcription service that allows people with hearing disabilities to communicate without relying on sign language or live interpreters. The motto for Michaela and Robin Nachtrab’s company could very well be ‘life with subtitles.’ Using technology they have developed over… Continue Reading »

New Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal commended for being disabled-friendly

Asia-Pacific, October 10 2011

PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA: The new Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT) has achieved a 75% score on disabled-friendliness from a recent audit conducted by the Committee on Universal Design and Built Environment. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the results were beyond satisfactory as the multi-transport… Continue Reading »

Toronto Transit Commission introduces new Metropass to assist blind people

Americas, October 10 2011

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is introducing a redesigned Metropass starting in November that will feature a “clipped” edge at the top-left corner of the pass. The new design was advocated by Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) to assist blind people transit users when entering the TTC through automatic… Continue Reading »

Taco Bell violated disability laws in California stores

Americas, October 10 2011

SAN FRANCISCO: A federal judge has ruled that Taco Bell violated federal and California laws protecting people with disabilities from discrimination at its restaurants. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland is now deciding what improvements the company must make to its 220 stores in California and how much the… Continue Reading »

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission introduces Braille version international human rights conventions

Africa, October 10 2011

Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) introduced the Braille version handbook of international human rights conventions ratified by Ethiopia. The commission prepared a total of 256 Braille version documents of the international human rights conventions at a cost of 124,000 birr, according to Birhanu Abadi, EHRC’s Communication Information Directorate… Continue Reading »

Tobii PCEye brings hands-free control to PC

News, October 10 2011

The new Tobii PCEye is an easy to use, stand-alone eye control device that can be used with most personal computers. It is quick to set up, highly accurate and provides total control of your computer using only your eyes. Tobii PCEye, is a eye control unit, for users with… Continue Reading »

New parks in Chile accessible for children with disabilities

Americas, October 8 2011

A number of parks in boroughs around Chile’s capital are adopting designs and equipment to allow children with physical disabilities to enjoy the city’s public spaces. The “integrated park” idea seeks to provide universal access to public spaces, removing architectural barriers and facilitating the mobility of all people, regardless of… Continue Reading »

Property hunters with disabilities facing access crisis

Americas, October 8 2011

Toronto: Anecdotally, it was thought to be one of the only wheelchair accessible units available in Toronto, although there’s no way to know for sure. MLS.ca doesn’t have a search option for that. Located near downtown in the trendy Distillery District, the two-bedroom, two-bedroom unit featured roll-up counters in the kitchen… Continue Reading »

20 Ohio counties get grants to improve disability access at polling places

Americas, October 7 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Polling sites in 20 counties will get permanent upgrades to assist Ohio voters with disabilities under newly released federal grant money. Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that about $100,000 in grants will go to county boards of elections to improve access for voters with disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

ACD Assistive Technology Resource Fair

Americas, October 7 2011

The city of Naperville and the Advisory Commission on Disabilities (ACD) are hosting an Assistive Technology Resource Fair on Saturday, October 8, 2011, from noon – 4 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street in Naperville. Assistive technology is utilized by people with disabilities in order to perform functions… Continue Reading »

AT&T introduces Mobile Accessibility Lite App for blind people

Americas, October 7 2011

DALLAS: AT&T customers who are blind or have low vision can now access and enjoy their Android device in a fully accessible way. Introducing AT&T Mobile Accessibility Lite, a custom version of the screen-access application, Mobile Accessibility, developed by Code Factory. The application features a suite of accessible apps so customers can… Continue Reading »

InvoTek wins da Vinci Award

Americas, October 6 2011

Alma-based InvoTek won a da Vinci Award for Communication and Educational Aids. The award honors innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies for people with disabilities from organizations around the globe. “We are honored and delighted to be selected from an international field of excellent firms,” Tom Jakobs, InvoTek’s president, said in… Continue Reading »