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Call for Nominations: 2011 International da Vinci Awards® Recognizing Adaptive and Assistive Technology Innovations

News, July 25 2011

International awards program seeking entries from individuals, organizations and corporations whose innovations enable people to participate and contribute to all aspects of society, regardless of ability (http://www.davinciawards.org). The 2011 da Vinci Awards® is seeking nominations from around the world for its 10th anniversary awards program recognizing and celebrating the most innovative adaptive and… Continue Reading »

Educators want more access to public schools in Jamaica for children with disabilities

News, July 25 2011

Jamaica: A group of educators is calling on the Ministry of Education to urgently address the lack of access in public institutions for students who are living with disability. The recommendation from the group is part of a long needs list the educators compiled during a two-week summer institute sponsored… Continue Reading »

Kuala Lumpur LRT stations to have disabled-friendly facilities

Asia-Pacific, July 25 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: THE LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations along the Ampang Line are now being upgraded and refurbished to make them more accessible and convenient for commuters. The stations will have ramps, lifts, rain protectors, toilets, tactile pavement and disabled-friendly features. At present only the Kelana Jaya station is disabled-friendly… Continue Reading »

Sensory Garden providing museum experience to blind people

Americas, July 25 2011

Odessa, Texas: Vivid colors, detailed expression, history and creativity. Art museums offer a one-of-a-kind experience for those who walk through their doors, but what about those who can’t experience like others do? A local museum is sharing the world of art with those who are unable to see. Ellen noel… Continue Reading »

14th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference Registration Open

Americas, July 25 2011

Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder presents Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers, November 14 – 18, 2011. Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college… Continue Reading »

MTA agrees to make Dyckman St. subway station accessible for disabled people

Americas, July 24 2011

The MTA has agreed to make Manhattan’s Dyckman St. subway station accessible for disabled people in order to settle a federal lawsuit, the Daily News has learned. Advocates praised the MTA for “doing the right thing” by pledging to install an elevator at the elevated Inwood station so wheelchair users, the elderly and… Continue Reading »

Making D.C. housing accessible for people with disabilities

Americas, July 23 2011

Nicholas A. Majett, director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), may be correct that the city has not issued building permits that violate accessibility standards “Housing discrimination lingers,” Metro, July 15. The question is: Which standards? In a 2005 fair-housing study, the Urban Institute reported that… Continue Reading »

UA students develop Smartphone applications for disabled people

Americas, July 22 2011

The University of Alabama (UA) students in the Computer-Based Honors Program have been working to create and develop smartphone applications. The apps the students are working on are classified as beneficial because they will help those who have health issues or physical disabilities. They range from assisting those with diabetes… Continue Reading »

Eye-tracking technology could benefit children with disabilities

Europe, July 20 2011

A computer program that could allow children with disabilities to explore their creative side is being developed by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London. The team has been working alongside the charity Special Effect to design a computer program that uses an eye-tracker to find out exactly how eye… Continue Reading »

UK Festival Awards puts more focus on festival disability access

Europe, July 18 2011

The UK Festival Awards has thrown its support behind the Attitude Is Everything campaign, which aims to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music events. They have included disabled access in the criteria used by judges assessing this year’s music festivals, and have teamed up with Festival Republic… Continue Reading »

Scientist from Arizona State University designed portable note-taking device for blind people

Americas, July 17 2011

A team of scientists from Arizona State University has designed a portable device that increases the speed of note-taking. The concept was born out of frustration by blind team leader David S Hayden. Hayden had been using a technology called a monocular, which is basically a small telescope, for blind… Continue Reading »

Georgia Institute of Technology hosts ARoPability workshop for blind people

Americas, July 16 2011

Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with the WizKidz Science and Technology Centers recently presented a 2-week ARoPability workshop for blind people. A grant was received from the National Science Foundation to fund the event. The intention of the workshop was to draw the attention of the students with disabilities… Continue Reading »

DCC planning for disability access to stadium

Asia-Pacific, July 15 2011

New Zealand: The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has moved to allay fears people with disabilities will be left out in the cold at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The council last week confirmed plans for passenger trains, street closures and walking routes to cater for the tens of thousands of… Continue Reading »

Computer toolkit will help deaf people to enjoy music

Europe, July 14 2011

Southampton, UK:  Deaf people who have received a cochlear implant may soon be able to enjoy music better with a toolkit being developed at Southampton University. Cochlear implants allow people with severe-to-profound hearing disability, who do not substantially benefit from conventional hearing aids, to perceive and understand speech. The current… Continue Reading »

Technology being used to build bridges with autistic children

Americas, July 14 2011

SALT LAKE CITY: Digger has a tough time breaking out of his world and expressing what’s on his mind. As a 9-year-old with autism, the desire to socialize with his classmates, or even give a book report becomes excruciatingly awkward. “He just wants to fit in, and wants to be… Continue Reading »

Indian Institute of Technology developing ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people

Asia-Pacific, July 13 2011

India: The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) is in the process of developing a walking stick called ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people with the help of the Blind People’s Association (BPA). The new cane will be reasonably priced at around Rs.1000 and the battery-operated walking stick will be equipped… Continue Reading »

Airline fined for violating rules for travelers with disabilities

Americas, July 12 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities, including a $200,000 civil penalty of which up to $75,000 may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers above levels required by DOT rules. “Passengers with… Continue Reading »

Inaccessible public infrastructure major barrier for people with disabilities in Swaziland

Africa, July 12 2011

Swaziland: Inaccessibility to the built environment, including the public transport system, is still the major barrier which prevents persons with disabilities from actively participating in social and economic activities in the country. Some governments recognise people with disabilities’ basic right to equal access to built environments.  Creating inaccessible built environments,… Continue Reading »

Bromsgrove businesses recognized for helping improve disability access

Europe, July 11 2011

UK: Bromsgrove businesses have been recognised for helping to improve disability access and tackling issues of equality and diversity. The first ever Bromsgrove, No Barriers, disabled access awards were held as part of the fourth and final community consultation conference. Organised by Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with the Equality… Continue Reading »

Touch Tours offered for blind people at museum

Americas, July 10 2011

LANCASTER, Ohio: A new type of tour being offered at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will allow blind people see the art or artifacts on display in the museum’s exhibits to experience them through touch. Beginning this month, DACO will offer Touch Tours for visually impaired residents. The tours… Continue Reading »