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Disability Access of London transport network still a major issue

Europe, October 23 2011

Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to improve accessibility on the transport network are on the right track, but more urgency and focus is required to give people with mobility an easier ride on the capital’s Tubes, trains and buses. The London Assembly Transport Committee’s response to TfL’s accessibility proposals draws on… Continue Reading »

Commission proposes concrete plan for a better accessibility for persons with disabilities

Europe, October 23 2011

BRUSSELS: The Commission adopted on 19 OCTOBER 2011 a package for new infrastructure policy. It comprises a proposal for the revision of important European transport network guidelines (TEN-T) and a proposal for a Connecting Europe Facility. Why are they both positive for persons with disabilities? The UNCRPD recognizes the importance… Continue Reading »

Developers gather to create apps for people with autism

Americas, October 22 2011

CUPERTINO, CALIF.: An unusual event is unfolding on a satellite Hewlett-Packard campus in Cupertino. More than 40 developers have gathered to create applications to help people with autism. They are all volunteers with a desire to use technology. They are breaking into teams of eight to 10 people. Each team… Continue Reading »

National Park in Azerbaijan to provide accessible areas for people with disabilities

Europe, October 21 2011

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN:  National Park  also known as Baku Boulevard is going to become accessible for people with disabilities. Nazim Majidov, Deputy Head of the Maritime National Park (Baku Boulevard) under the Cabinet Ministers of Azerbaijan, informs that specialized recreation areas will be organized within the framework of expanding the boulevard westwards… Continue Reading »

GOVI to make school education accessible for children with visual disabilities

Africa, October 21 2011

KANIFING, GAMBIA: Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) launched a 100 thousand pound sterling project at its head office in Kanifing. The objective of the project, according to GOVI’s Executive Director, Mamud Touray is to make primary school education accessible to every children with visual disabilities. He described the… Continue Reading »

Minneapolis city official unveiled new Peavey Plaza design to comply with accessibility laws

Americas, October 21 2011

MINNEAPOLIS: Minneapolis city officials have unveiled a design for renovating 40-year-old Peavey Plaza that updates many existing features, while also adding an environmentally-friendly fountain system and making it more accessible to wheelchair  users in order to comply with accessibility and sustainability laws. “The idea of a public plaza, and how… Continue Reading »

Ghana Government Okays ICT training for people with disabilities

Africa, October 20 2011

GHANA: Cabinet has approved a training programme under which 5,000 people with disabilities are to be equipped with employable skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), mobile phone and computer assembling and repairs. The government/private sector collaboration, which will commence next month, is expected to cost GH¢21,741,410, with rLG Communications… Continue Reading »

Essex University researchers developing wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves

Europe, October 20 2011

UK: Disabled people are taking part in trials of a wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves.  Researchers at Essex University are developing the RoboChair to help people with severe mobility problems. The project has got a £10,000 grant from charity Colchester Catalyst and the money will be used to fund trials.… Continue Reading »

Towson University working on web access for blind people

Americas, October 20 2011

Towson University has begun making changes to its website to meet the needs of blind people. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences and director of the Universal Usability Laboratory in the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, spent a year studying the difficulties encountered by… Continue Reading »

Georgetown Palace Theater now equipped with technology for hearing impaired people

Americas, October 20 2011

GEORGETOWN: Hearing health care provider Estes Audiology installed induction loop technology, a technology aimed at helping people who are partially deaf, at the Palace Theater in Georgetown. “For people using hearing devices, hearing in public facilities remains a challenge due to problems of distances and background noise or reverberation,” said… Continue Reading »

Sanchi World Heritage Site will become accessible for people with disabilities soon

Asia-Pacific, October 20 2011

SANCHI, RAISEN, INDIA:  Sanchi, the world heritage site, about 56 kms from the state capital, will soon become barrier free site  for people with disabilities. The initiative in this regard has been jointly taken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Arushi, a voluntary organisation that works with people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

Polling station inaccessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 19 2011

CHENNAI, INDIA: For disabled people at the local body polls, inaccessibility continued to remain an issue, like in previous elections. People with disabilities who went to cast their votes on Monday reported several problems that they faced. Brijithammal (76), a Palavakkam resident, ended up not voting as the polling station… Continue Reading »

SSW Secretary General emphasized programs for blind women to use computers

Middle East, October 19 2011

MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Supreme Council for Women’s (SCW) Secretary General Hala Al-Ansari emphasized that women’s support and empowerment programs under the supervision of the Supreme Council for Women will enable blind Bahraini women to use computers. The project shall be implemented by the Council under the national strategic plan for Bahraini… Continue Reading »

Program helps blind people navigate NYC

Americas, October 19 2011

NEW YORK: Walking the streets of Manhattan you have to look out for cars, construction, delivery guys on bikes, but imagine doing all of that without being able to see! Eighteen-year-old Ker Deng is exploring the streets of Manhattan, learning to use his cane to guide him. As a child… Continue Reading »

WellPoint offers disabled consumers free access to assistive technology

Americas, October 19 2011

INDIANAPOLIS: WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) is announcing an alliance with eSSENTIAL Accessibility(TM) to offer an online solution that assists people who have difficulty typing, moving a mouse or reading a web page. With the help of eSSENTIAL Accessibility, WellPoint is taking a major step to enable visitors with physical disabilities… Continue Reading »

Tourist restaurants in Jordan will become more accessible for people with disabilities

Middle East, October 18 2011

AMMAN, JORDAN: Around 800 tourist restaurants in the Kingdom will become more accessible for people with disabilities under a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday. Eateries that are members of the Jordan Restaurants Association (JRA) will implement the necessary structural modifications to meet the requirements of the special building code… Continue Reading »

Poland Central Bank issues coin in Braille

Europe, October 18 2011

Poland’s central bank has just issued the coin with markings in Braille for blind people. “The Polish central bank is mindful of everyone, so we’ve issued a coin with markings in Braille – for people who are blind and visually impaired.”  Witold Kozinski, Deputy President, National Bank of Poland  The… Continue Reading »

ACB releases updated pedestrian safety handbook

Americas, October 18 2011

ARLINGTON, Va.: Coinciding with an annual nationwide event, White Cane Safety Day, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) today released an updated edition of its Pedestrian Safety Handbook, a publication which informs people who are blind and visually impaired, their families, and others about contemporary approaches to assuring safe… Continue Reading »

Minister MacKay announces accessibility funding to support Canadians with disabilities in Dartmouth

Americas, October 18 2011

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA: The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development,  announced support to help the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre build a larger, more accessible facility. “Our Government is… Continue Reading »

International Conference highlights lack of disability access, awareness in Argentina

Americas, October 17 2011

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: A recent international conference called attention to the lack of consideration for disabled people in Buenos Aires and around the world. Disabled people here say physical and cultural barriers make city life a challenge. Advocates emphasize education as the antidote. Meanwhile, more than 75 percent of public… Continue Reading »