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MCC calls for a better barrier-free environment for Malaysians with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 15 2011

Sibu, Malaysia : Methodist Care Centre (MCC) has sent a letter to the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) calling for the creation of a disabled-friendly and barrier-free environment. MCC chairman Kapitan Wong Hie Ching told a press conference that inaccessibility to buildings and public facilities has been a major barrier for… Continue Reading »

One month to go on Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2011

Europe, September 15 2011

The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been designed to promote the development of apps which can improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people to allow them to become more actively involved in society. The race is on as just one month of the competition remaining for… Continue Reading »

Infovox3 portable talking companion for blind people

Europe, September 14 2011

Infovox3, the all-in-one solution for blind people, which provides seamless access to written information, is now available in version 3.1. Using Acapela speech synthesis, infovox 3 speech empowers any PC with pleasant voices, transforming any written text into speech, in real time. No matter where the user is – at… Continue Reading »

Uganda to make education programs more inclusive for students with disabilities

Africa, September 14 2011

Jessica Ilomu, a USAID education specialist, watches carefully as a child at St. Goretti Demonstration School in rural Lira district, Uganda, copies down an exercise from the board given by his teacher. The child begins with his name—A-y-o-r-i B-r-a-i-n. Immediately, Ilomu notices something is wrong: the child’s name is Brian.… Continue Reading »

Disability accessibility rules bypassed in low-floor tram rush

Asia-Pacific, September 14 2011

Australia: The Department of Transport knowingly breached federal anti-discrimination laws by ignoring wheelchair accessibility rules on trams. A tender assessment from September last year for 50 new “low-floor trams” reveals that the department decided a Disability Discrimination Act requirement for a step height between platforms and trams of no more… Continue Reading »

Belfast International Airport website commended for disability accessibility

Europe, September 14 2011

Belfast International Airport has been rated higher than Heathrow Airport when it comes to how accessible its website is for people with disabilities. The quality of information is important when planning a journey via an aeroplane, Reduced Mobility Rights explained. It investigated both of the travel hubs for features relating to special needs… Continue Reading »

Residents campaign for better accessibility to London buses

Europe, September 13 2011

UK: People from Lambeth staged a demonstration last week to promote better access for disabled people to London’s buses. Lambeth residents held placards and chanted for accessible transport outside Vauxhall tube station. They later travelled by bus to Westminster, where they quizzed a panel of representatives from Transport for London (TfL), TravelWatch… Continue Reading »

Walter Pyramid improved accessibility for guests with disabilities

Americas, September 13 2011

The Walter Pyramid has improved accessibility by designating seven different sections that ensure guests with disabilities will have a better view of the event they’re attending. Wheelchair seating sections were chosen for their visibility angles, which ensure an unobstructed line of sight to the floor, even when people in front… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada supports accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 13 2011

Pembroke, Ontario: Canadians with disabilities in Pembroke and surrounding areas will benefit from a fully accessible campus building at Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus as a result of funding from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, made the announcement today on behalf of… Continue Reading »

Sharjah Museums Department launches new initiative 'Sharjah Museums are Accessible for All'

Middle East, September 13 2011

Sharjah: As part of the Sharjah Museums Department’s ,the Community and Accessibility Services of the Department of Interpretation and Education has launched a new initiative, titled ‘Sharjah Museums are Available to All’ which aims to acquaint social care and special needs centers with its new educational programs for 2011-2012. The… Continue Reading »

DPWH set to conduct an orientation seminar on amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of Accessibility Law

Asia-Pacific, September 13 2011

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: District Engineer Arnaldo R. Bonifacio informed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City Engineering District is set to conduct an orientation seminar on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Accessibility Law or the Batas Pambansa No. 344. The seminar will be… Continue Reading »

Call for abstracts – Universal Design International Conference 2012 Oslo

Europe, September 12 2011

The Universal Design 2012 Oslo conference will take place from 11 to 13 June 2012. Its theme will be “Public space: Inspire, Challenge and Empower”, is to consider the following main topics: Planning for the diversity of tomorrow. Good practice: the interplay of regulations, research and practice. Added value: the… Continue Reading »

Researchers invented new brain-machine interface system to help people with disabilities

Europe, September 12 2011

They’re not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have invented a new, noninvasive method for recording patterns of brain activity and using them to steer a robot. Scientists hope the technology will give “locked in” patients – people with disabilities to communicate with… Continue Reading »

US television and cable networks to provide audio descriptions for blind people

Americas, September 12 2011

Washington: Large broadcast television and cable networks will have to provide audio descriptions of what is happening on screen during programs, according to rules reinstated by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules requiring so called “video description” apply to the four largest broadcast television networks, and cable networks with more… Continue Reading »

Hopkins County Schools choose Wizcom's Research-Based Reading Pen 2 to support students with learning disabilities

Americas, September 12 2011

Wizcom Technologies Ltd, the global leader in portable literacy support tools, announced that Hopkins County Schools of Madisonville (Kentucky/USA) has chosen Wizcom’s Reading Pen 2 as its standard for students with disabilities in general area content classes.  The school purchased 30 classroom sets (300 Reading Pens) to meet the needs… Continue Reading »

Devices enhance fire safety for deaf people

Americas, September 11 2011

Palm Coast: Roommates Matthew Friedman and Richard Hammond, both with hearing disabilities, received a gift this week that could one day save their lives. Four special strobe-light fire alarm units were installed in the men’s home earlier this week by Flagler County Fire Marshal Robert Growick and a half-dozen county… Continue Reading »

W3C web services standards approved as ISO/IEC International standards

News, September 10 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1, Information Technology, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced formal approval of a package of W3C Web Services technologies as ISO/IEC International Standards. As ISO/IEC JTC 1 Standards, these widely deployed technologies now benefit from… Continue Reading »

Colombia Interior Minister proposed bill to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 9 2011

Colombia’s Interior Minister German Vargas Lleras has proposed a bill that would make all public spaces accessible to people with disabilities, reported Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. According to the report, the bill proposes that all public spaces in Colombia must provide disability access. If the bill is passed, it would see… Continue Reading »

Researchers developed smart robotic wheelchair

Asia-Pacific, September 9 2011

Taiwan: A cross-disciplinary research program has successfully developed three smart robotic wheelchair models and a safer bus for senior citizens and disabled people, according to the National Science Council Sept. 7. “We hope these devices will help senior citizens and disabled people take care of themselves, and enhance the quality… Continue Reading »

Accessible e-Book Reader, Read2Go and First Update, Now Available

Americas, September 9 2011

Palo Alto, CA: Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, announced the immediate availability of Read2Go, a new accessible e-book application (app) for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Developed in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, known for its PLEXTALK brand of digital talking book players, this very easy-to-use… Continue Reading »