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Tanzania government prints constitution in Braille for people with visual disabilities

Africa, September 29 2011

In a bid to ensure wide participation of citizens in the process of preparing a new constitution, the government has printed special copies in Braille form for people with visual disabilities. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Permanent Secretary Oliver Mhaiki said the 1, 500 copies cost 32m/- to print.… Continue Reading »

Independence Visitor Center offers new services for visitors with hearing disabilities

Americas, September 29 2011

PHILADELPHIA: October is Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) continues to set an example about the importance of valuing accessibility and welcoming all visitors to the Philadelphia region by providing special services for guests.  Located on Independence Mall in Independence National Historical Park, the Visitor Center… Continue Reading »

Creating a barrier-free Thorold for people with disabilities

Americas, September 29 2011

Thorold, ON, Canada: Creating barrier-free municipalities with universal accessibility to municipal services, programs and opportunities, is all a part of the role of this committee of council. The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC) is spreading the message that the need for inclusiveness within the City of Thorold and other Niagara… Continue Reading »

Warrenton city agrees to improve accessibility for people with disabilities under agreement with government

Americas, September 29 2011

Richmond, VA:  The town of Warrenton will improve building access for people with disabilities under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Department announced the agreement Wednesday. It was reached as part of a department initiative to ensure that cities and counties nationwide comply with the Americans with… Continue Reading »

Student designs smart stick for blind people, wins top award

Asia-Pacific, September 29 2011

New Delhi, India: Shantanu Gangwar, a 17-year-old aspiring engineer from RK Puram, has designed a ‘Smart Stick’ for blind people. The smart walking stick is fitted with infrared sensors that can detect the obstacles on a person’s path and alert him. The innovation has helped him bag the prestigious ‘Inventions’… Continue Reading »

President of Georgia opens new accessible school

Europe, September 28 2011

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, opened a new school meeting modern standards in the village of Melaani, Kakheti Region on September 26. The school has been constructed according to modern standards so that children with disabilities will be also able to study there as inclusive teaching is also included… Continue Reading »

Delta Airlines, Wayne County Airport Authority agreed to improve accessibility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for people with disabilities

Americas, September 28 2011

Detroit: Delta Airlines and the Wayne County Airport Authority have agreed to make improvements at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to bring the facility in line with federal disabilities regulations, ending a three-year federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh signed off on an action plan last week that ended the… Continue Reading »

NAHB offers new course on Universal Design/Build

Americas, September 28 2011

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is premiering a new course on Universal Design/Build at the Remodeling Show in Chicago. With its focus on integrating universal design principles into all types of residential construction projects, the two-day training brings cutting-edge design solutions to building and design professionals. “This new… Continue Reading »

UNWTO and partners to promote accessible tourism

News, September 28 2011

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing ever more accessible tourism for persons with disabilities (Madrid, Spain, 16 September). “The facilitation of tourist travel… Continue Reading »

Park will soon accessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 27 2011

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia:  People with disabilities will soon have an opportunity to access part of the Kota Damansara Community Forest Park (KDCFP) in the outskirts of PJ as funds for a special 1km walkway are being raised by an environmental group. Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) chairman Jeffrey F.K. Phang… Continue Reading »

Toronto Transit Commission apologizes to riders with disabilities

Americas, September 27 2011

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is apologizing to riders with disabilities who are struggling to roll their wheelchairs onto the city’s new Toronto Rocket subway trains. The Rockets, which cost about $1 billion in total and are being paid for by all three levels of government, include many new accessibility… Continue Reading »

NYC disaster plan ignores people with disabilities: suit

Americas, September 27 2011

New York:  Disability-rights advocates on Monday accused New York City of failing to account for the unique needs of its nearly 900,000 disabled residents during disasters like Hurricane Irene and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, contended that the city… Continue Reading »

New CaptionCall service to support millions of Americans with hearing disabilities

Americas, September 27 2011

Los Angeles, CA: Currently, 36 million Americans, about 11 percent of the U.S. population, have some degree of hearing disabilities. With the baby boomers entering their senior years, that number is expected to double by the year 2030. Communications announced the national launch of CaptionCall, a new service that will… Continue Reading »

CSUN, UCLA researchers developing brain-control wheelchair

Americas, September 26 2011

Researchers at California State University-Northridge (CSUN) and UCLA Olive View Medical Center are developing a powerful new machine that uses brain-interface technology to help those with physical disabilities. The product, a motorized wheelchair that can be navigated with a user’s brainwaves, is not yet market-ready. The technology, however, has the… Continue Reading »

Blind man assists viewing with TV captioning campaign

Asia-Pacific, September 26 2011

RUSHCUTTERS Bay resident Wayne Hawkins has been recognised with a Deafness Forum Captioning Award after he campaigned for better captioning standards on TV. But Mr Hawkins won’t benefit personally from his campaign work because he is blind person. “I realise the irony – a blind man campaigning for something he… Continue Reading »

Vodacom Foundation supports safety initiative for persons with disabilities in Tanzania

Africa, September 26 2011

Tanzania: VODACOM Tanzania has donated 30 road signs posters to the National Committee for persons with Disabilities on road safety worth 3.5m/- Handing over the donation in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Vodacom foundation Officer Grace Lyon said that Vodacom Tanzania was aware of difficulties that disabled people faced, “Persons… Continue Reading »

9th Annual Accessibility workshop ‘Opening Doors and Minds’

Americas, September 26 2011

Canada: The 9th Annual Accessibility Workshop – Opening Doors and Minds will take place from 9 a.m. to 3: 45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at St. Nicholas Macedonian Eastern Orthodox Church Hall;, 5225 Howard Ave., LaSalle. Keynote speaker Kathie Snow will deliver her address – Inclusive Communities: Ensuring All are… Continue Reading »

24th UIA 2011 World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo

Asia-Pacific, September 25 2011

Tokyo, Japan: The International Union of Architects (UIA) congress will be held in Tokyo, from 25 to 28 September 2011. It will be followed by the UIA General Assembly, from 29 September to 1st October 2011. The UIA World Congress is a major international architectural event that attracts around 10,000… Continue Reading »

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005: update

Americas, September 25 2011

In 2005, the Ontario provincial government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the AODA). While the AODA itself does not impose any substantive requirements on employers, it provides for the creation of regulations or “accessibility standards” which mandate that organizations take specific steps to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. Since the… Continue Reading »

Talking set top box makes digital TV accessible

Asia-Pacific, September 24 2011

Senator Stephan Conroy announced the commercial release of a talking set top box that will aid and encourage blind people to use digital television.  The new talking set top box was announced today by the Minister of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephan Conroy. “For the first time… Continue Reading »