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MLA motion would improve accessibility for disabled people in Canada

Americas, March 20 2011

EDMONTON, Canada, Mar 20: When Marlin Styner entertains friends at his Red Deer home, the guests rarely return the favour. They want to invite him over but their homes weren’t built to accommodate the powered wheelchair he uses since he broke his neck in 1981. Now one of his friends,… Continue Reading »

Europeans target better web access for people with disabilities

Europe, March 17 2011

Mar 17: For people around the world the Internet has become the first port of call for most information. However, researchers in Hungary believe that much of the information posted on the web does not meet the demands of users with disabilities. Writing in the International Journal of Knowledge and… Continue Reading »

EnableMart teams with Microsoft Accessibility to educate educators on accommodating students with disabilities

Americas, March 16 2011

Mar 16: Thousands of disabled persons and the people who care for them will flock to San Diego this week to attend the 26th Annual International Persons with Disabilities Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt adjacent to Seaport Village. The conference, better known simply as CSUN to those in the… Continue Reading »

New iPhone application helps people with visual disabilities to read American currency

Americas, March 12 2011

Mar 11: Many countries print their currencies in different sizes or shapes in order to help  blind people pay for things with greater confidence. In the U.S., however, a $1 bill and a $100 bill have exactly the same dimensions, making it difficult for America’s blind people to tell the… Continue Reading »

DPWH to strictly enforce Accessibility Law in Philippines

Asia-Pacific, March 9 2011

MANILA, Philippines, Mar 09: Saying it is not just a matter of implementing the law but also consideration for disabled people, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has ordered the strict compliance to the special law on disabled persons which allows them easy access to government and private buildings. In a… Continue Reading »

Technology helps disabled people, but is expensive

Asia-Pacific, March 8 2011

India, Mar 08: Rohit Parekh Jain, a 20-year old from Chennai, with cerebral palsy and has not been able to communicate verbally all his life. But just over a year ago, in February last year, he spoke a sentence for the first time in his life after using Avaz, a… Continue Reading »

Israeli company to provide advanced bionic vision to blind people

Asia-Pacific, March 7 2011

JERUSALEM, Mar 07: An Israeli company will provide an advanced bionic vision device to help millions of blind people see the world. Herzilya-based Nano Retina is developing a prototype medical device, that “if all goes well” could be an answer to the prayers of people worldwide who suffer from impaired… Continue Reading »

Israeli company to provide advanced bionic vision to blind people

Asia-Pacific, March 7 2011

JERUSALEM, Mar 07: An Israeli company will provide an advanced bionic vision device to help millions of blind people see the world. Herzilya-based Nano Retina is developing a prototype medical device, that “if all goes well” could be an answer to the prayers of people worldwide who suffer from impaired… Continue Reading »

Gadgets help blind people to be independent

Europe, March 5 2011

UK, Mar 05:  BLIND and partially sighted people have been trying out technology that could change their lives forever. Action for Blind People held a special open day in Sunderland to introduce those with sight impairments to the latest gadgets which could help them lead a more independent life. The… Continue Reading »

Singapore aims to provide accessible digital content for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, March 3 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 »

People with disabilities fight for accessible taxis in New Haven

Americas, March 3 2011

Mar 03: Nearly a dozen wheelchair users crowded a state Department of Transportation hearing room last week in a plea to get accessible taxis in the New Haven and Bridgeport area. Dana Canebari, of New Haven, uses a walker and says she doesn’t use regular taxi service, because her walker… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities fight for accessible taxis in New Haven

Americas, March 3 2011

Mar 03: Nearly a dozen wheelchair users crowded a state Department of Transportation hearing room last week in a plea to get accessible taxis in the New Haven and Bridgeport area. Dana Canebari, of New Haven, uses a walker and says she doesn’t use regular taxi service, because her walker… Continue Reading »

Nectec in Thailand launches aid for deaf people

Asia-Pacific, March 2 2011

Mar 02: Deaf people will soon be able to access the services of call centres as easily as those with normal speech and hearing. In the next few months, the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec) plans to set up a relay-call centre to help people with speech and… Continue Reading »

Bangalore city not so friendly to disabled people

Asia-Pacific, March 1 2011

Bangalore, India, Mar 01: As it is, life is no cakewalk for disabled people, but even in a city like Bangalore, there is a severe dearth of basic facilities for disabled people. Be it bus stops, hospitals or malls, many of these seem to have been built overlooking the plight… Continue Reading »

National Museum in India opens door to visually-impaired people

Asia-Pacific, February 28 2011

New Delhi, Feb 28:  The National Museum here has put in place a system to enable visually-impaired people to walk through and appreciate art — becoming the first museum in India to become accessible to visually-impaired people . The National Museum has installed monograms, signs and Braille inscriptions to make… Continue Reading »

Japan Haneda Airport adopts universal design to facilities travelers with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, February 25 2011

Tokyo: Japan’s airports have been rapidly improving their buildings and facilities based on the concept of “universal design” as a wide variety of people, such as the elderly, parents with baby strollers and people using wheelchairs, pass through airports. Universal design refers to hardware and software considerations to enable anyone… Continue Reading »

German iPhone app guides wheelchair users to find accessibility

Europe, February 23 2011

BERLIN: Raul Krauthausen, who has used a wheelchair since childhood, has always been uncomfortable with the services Germany provides for physically disabled people, like special taxis and grocery delivery — saying they feel patronizing and further isolate him from the able-bodied world. So Krauthausen took matters into his own hands… Continue Reading »

Building barrier-free environment in Ghana for people with disabilities

Africa, February 20 2011

Feb 20: Ghana is among the few countries in Africa that have taken affirmative action in favour of marginalised groups at a higher level with a focus on persons with disabilities. These efforts have resulted in laws and policies promoting equality, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society.… Continue Reading »

Building barrier-free environment in Ghana for people with disabilities

Africa, Built Environment, February 20 2011

Feb 20: Ghana is among the few countries in Africa that have taken affirmative action in favour of marginalised groups at a higher level with a focus on persons with disabilities. These efforts have resulted in laws and policies promoting equality, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society.… Continue Reading »

Philadelphia insurance improves website to benefit people with disabilities

Americas, February 16 2011

Feb 16: Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), the leading property and casualty insurance company for non-profits and other niche markets, announced today upgrades to its website that increase accessibility to people with disabilities (PWD). These upgrades to PHLY.com make it possible for policy holders, business partners and anyone with sensory, physical,… Continue Reading »