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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 »

Disabled-friendly facilities in poor condition

Asia-Pacific, October 6 2011

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Disabled-friendly facilities that are in a deplorable state tell a sad tale of apathy. I DON’T know what it is about hypermarkets and me lately, folks, but it seems that every time I visit one, the episode turns into a nightmare. Last weekend, I visited a hypermarket in… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users sues Scarsdale, Yonkers malls over disability access

Americas, October 5 2011

Bronx, NY: A Bronx man who uses a wheelchair is accusing three Scarsdale and Yonkers shopping centers of discrimination, alleging each property has features that hinder disabled people. Modesto Hernandez has filed more than a dozen accessibility lawsuits in recent years, including against the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, the… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Awareness Day in Brighton

Americas, October 5 2011

BRIGHTON: Brighton municipal employees and councillors got a chance to walk and wheel in the shoes of others Sept. 30 by taking part in Accessibility Awareness Day. Mayor Mark Walas was joined by fellow councillors Mary Tadman and John Martinello as well as municipal employees, CAO Gayle Frost and Public… Continue Reading »

Bay Area Rapid Transit ramp project curbs wheelchair access

Americas, October 4 2011

Lafayette: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials spent $2 million on a new ramp leading to the Lafayette station but didn’t include provisions for wheelchairs to get from the parking lot to the access ramp. That’s not the only issue that might draw the ire of disabled-rights supporters. The south… Continue Reading »

DPWH-8 hosts orientation Seminar on Accessibility Law

Asia-Pacific, October 4 2011

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office No. VIII in coordination with the 4th Leyte Engineering District (LED), and the Ormoc City Engineering District recently hosted an Orientation/Seminar on Accessibility Law or Batasang Pambansa Bilang 344. More than 60 participants coming from the private… Continue Reading »

Texas Department of Transportation planning to improve Calvert pedestrian accessibility

Americas, October 4 2011

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning to improve pedestrian accessibility in downtown Calvert along Main Street (SH 6). Through consultation with interested citizens, including City of Calvert staff, local merchants and business owners, TxDOT has established a plan to address accessibility challenges. This plan will be available for review at… Continue Reading »

U.S. government sues apartment builder

Americas, October 4 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is suing builders and designers of a Salem apartment complex alleging parts of the property are inaccessible to people with disabilities. The lawsuit was filed Friday in district court in Portland. It alleges that various barriers at Gateway Village Apartments on Madras Street SE have violated… Continue Reading »

Blind voters learn how to use audio electronic voting machine

Americas, October 3 2011

Rancho Mirage: Fundamental acts taken for granted by most Americans take on a whole new meaning for blind people. It’s fundamental to democracy, yet 60 percent of 200 students surveyed at the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage need help from a caregiver to vote. “My son votes for me. I… Continue Reading »

Video programming accessibility advisory committee to meet again

Americas, October 3 2011

The next meeting of the FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm at the FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. Under the 21st CVAA, VPAAC must develop recommendations on implementing the Act’s video programming obligations, such as… Continue Reading »

McHenry County College hosts accessibility code seminar

Americas, October 3 2011

Crystal Lake, IL: McHenry County College (MCC) will offer a one-day Illinois Accessibility Code seminar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the MCC Conference Center in Building B. The college is at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. The presenter will be Doug Gamble, senior technical specialist… Continue Reading »

NGO demands to make Indian Railways accessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 3 2011

Chennai, India: Representatives of 17 organisations working among disabled people in the country, met the Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to draw attention to the problems faced by people with reduced mobility disabilities, while travelling in the Indian Railways. The delegation also demanded extension of e-booking facility for disabled people… Continue Reading »

Starbucks coffee introduces Braille Card

Americas, October 2 2011

The Starbucks coffee has released a new fall 2011 gift card that features the ‘Starbucks’ in Braille across the top. The card will make it easier for Starbucks’ blind customers to find, without having to make a Braille sticker for the card. The Braille Card is now available in participating… Continue Reading »

Call for accessible road infrastructure and signs for people with disabilities

Africa, October 1 2011

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: The government, through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and other stakeholders, has been advised to ensure road infrastructure and signs are accessible to people with disabilities. Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Dar es Salaam road safety committee deputy… Continue Reading »

NFB condemns lack of access to new Amazon Kindle Fire

Americas, September 30 2011

BALTIMORE: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commented today on the release of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire, which cannot be used by people who are blind. Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Blind Americans have repeatedly asked Amazon to include accessibility for blind… Continue Reading »

New publication helps property professionals meet the requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards

Americas, September 30 2011

WASHINGTON, DC: The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has released a new guidebook, Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards, to help architects, space planners, property managers and other property professionals meet the new requirements of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new guidebook provides a comprehensive… Continue Reading »

EU invests $5M to make ATM accessible

Europe, September 30 2011

The European Union is spending €3.41m ($4.7 million) on a project to make self-service terminals more accessible to people with disabilities and senior citizens. According to the European Commission, one in six Europeans have a disability, and 87 million Europeans are over the age of 65; however a recent EU study… Continue Reading »

Program teaches blind people to learn photography in Mexico

Americas, September 30 2011

A group of 30 blind people are learning photography with the help of the Mexico City foundation called Eyes That Feel. Founded five years ago, the foundation teaches blind people to use their other senses to choose subjects, create images and express in photographs how they perceive the world. For… Continue Reading »

MAB introduces ICT course for blind people

Asia-Pacific, September 30 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Blind-friendly information technology is something not many people would have heard about. Braille-based computer equipment and speech technology are just some adaptive tools being introduced by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) to enable blind community to use information technology and the Internet effectively. The tools will… Continue Reading »

Audible pedestrian signals debut in New York

Americas, September 29 2011

NY: Crossing the street just got a little less treacherous for blind people at 25 intersections in all four boroughs. New Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) introduced today feature a “distinct clicking sound” at certain intersection to let sight-impaired pedestrians know when the “walk” phase has begun. It’s a heavy blow… Continue Reading »