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Zoom Reader for iPhone 4, an App for Low-Vision Users

News, April 13 2011

The iPhone has been praised for its wide range of accessibility features, but the recent launch of theZoomReader app just firmly sealed the iPhone’s leadership for anyone requiring a little visual assistance. ZoomReader features a combination of live video magnification, OCR functionality and a naturally sounding text-to-speech solution, making iPhone… Continue Reading »

Taiwan can do more to create barrier-free environment: President Ma Ying-jeou

Asia-Pacific, April 12 2011

Taipei: President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday praised the strides Taiwan has made in developing a barrier-free environment to promote accessible tourism but acknowledged that more needs to be done. Speaking at the 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism in Taipei, Ma said Taiwan was working to create an environment where… Continue Reading »

Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility for students with disabilities

Americas, April 10 2011

A woman smacked Steve Stokes in the head with her purse, knocking him out of his wheelchair. She told him he shouldn’t be out in public, that he belonged in a nursing home. Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility, services for students with disabilities Stokes was a college student in the late… Continue Reading »

Software helps people with disabilities use computer mouse

Americas, April 9 2011

SEATTLE, Apr 09: U.S. computer scientists say a free software program can help people with motor disabilities who have trouble using a computer mouse. The Pointing Magnifier, developed by researchers at the University of Washington, combines a large area cursor with visual and motor magnification, reducing need for fine, precise… Continue Reading »

Seattle ferries add video screens of information for help hearing impaired passengers

Americas, April 8 2011

When John Waldo, who is hearing-impaired, lost his checkbook at Colman Dock a few years ago, he didn’t hear the announcement that it had been found. Although he eventually got it back, Waldo saw the incident as another sign that the state ferry system wasn’t doing enough to help its… Continue Reading »

Abilities Expo, the largest event for people with disabilities and their caregivers, is coming to Los Angeles April 15-17

Americas, April 7 2011

LOS ANGELES:  Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5… Continue Reading »

Atlantic City casinos face compliance checks for accessibility by disabled people

Americas, April 6 2011

ATLANTIC CITY: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey will inspect the Atlantic City casino hotels to make sure they are accessible to people who have disabilities. In a news release Wednesday, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said his office will determine whether the casinos are complying with… Continue Reading »

London five star Savoy hotel completes £220 million refit but still inaccessible for wheelchair users

Europe, April 6 2011

When the five-star Savoy hotel completed its £220 million refit it promised to “exceed people’s expectations”. But a wheelchair user told April 4 of her unscheduled tour through its kitchens, goods lifts and a loading bay because of apparent problems with disabled access at the Grade II-listed building. Legal journalist… Continue Reading »

Tobii PCEye brings eye-control technology to disabled people

Europe, April 5 2011

Tobii Assistive Technology, makers of the eye-tracking technology behind the eye-controlled laptop, is bringing its eyeball-tracking equipment to any personal computer with the Tobii PCEye. Part of Tobii’s line of assistive technologies, the PCEye allows users to control their mouse and computer with only a glance, opening up new possibilities for… Continue Reading »

Brain-computer interface technology could help people who use wheelchairs

Americas, April 3 2011

Since the nineteen seventies, scientists have been searching for ways to link the brain with computers. Brain-computer interface, or BCI, technology could help people with disabilities send commands to machines. Recently, scientists demonstrated a small robotic vehicle directed by a person’s thoughts. The demonstration took place at the Swiss embassy… Continue Reading »

Seminar on Accessible Tourism for Tourist Boards and DMOs

Europe, April 2 2011

Brussels, 16 to 17 May 2011. Organised by ENAT, this seminar aims to give added impetus to Tourist Boards and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Seminar… Continue Reading »

Seminar on Accessible Tourism for Tourist Boards and DMOs

Europe, April 2 2011

Brussels, 16 to 17 May 2011. Organised by ENAT, this seminar aims to give added impetus to Tourist Boards and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Seminar… Continue Reading »

Starline Los Angeles tour company sued over wheelchair access on buses

Americas, April 1 2011

HOLLYWOOD: The largest tour company in Los Angeles is facing a lawsuit. Starline Tours is accused of discriminating against people with disabilities. If you’ve been to Hollywood, you’ve likely seen the double-decker buses. Starline Tours has been shuttling sightseers around for decades, but are all tourists treated equally? Not according… Continue Reading »

Fiji National Council for disabled people seek more accessible buses

Asia-Pacific, March 30 2011

Mar 30: The Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons is looking into having discussions with government for the provision of more accessible buses in the future. Executive Director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said a certain category of disability especially disabled people confined to wheelchairs will not benefit from the free bus… Continue Reading »

Flat Rock Playhouse in US offers audio description service for blind people

Americas, March 28 2011

Mar 28: Flat Rock Playhouse has created a new opportunity for blind people to have an enhanced theatre experience.  Sponsored by Asheville Eye Associates, the Playhouse will provide Audio Descriptive services during the final Saturday Matinee of nearly every 2011 Mainstage production. Audio Description is a verbal commentary that speaks… Continue Reading »

Bermuda Architect hopes to help improve accessibility

Americas, March 27 2011

Mar 27: Bermuda is praised for its beauty and unique architecture, but many residents and tourists face problems getting around. Disabled people in wheelchairs, moms with strollers, those with sight and hearing impairments and people with crutches often face obstacles in accessing buildings, bars and restaurants or even just heading… Continue Reading »

Technology helps visually impaired people to enjoy art

Europe, March 26 2011

UK, Mar 26: THE Long Gallery at Nottingham Castle is crowded with fine art – but how do you make it appeal to visitors who can’t see the exhibits? This was the task for Artfully Sighted, a group of people with a range of visual impairments who are all involved with the Nottinghamshire… Continue Reading »

Rotary promotes disability access in Canada

Americas, March 25 2011

Mar 25: Working out and improving fitness levels just got a little bit easier for those living with a disability in the North Cariboo, thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Quesnel. The gym at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre is now home to… Continue Reading »

Singapore aims to provide accessible digital content for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, March 23 2011

While we exploit technology and work on interoperability to share digital contents over multiple platforms, what we don’t realise is that we might inadvertently leave behind a group of individuals who may have difficulty accessing these digital content, said Chia Woon Yee, Director of Technology & Vocational Training at the… Continue Reading »

High Court in India asks architects body to contact survey of disability access of all government buildings

Asia-Pacific, March 22 2011

Nagpur, Mar 22: In a ray of hope for disabled and senior citizens, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has asked the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) to conduct a survey of all the government/semi-government buildings in the city on facilities being offered. The IIA has been told… Continue Reading »