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Colleges and Universities renewing focus on closed captioning in US

Americas, August 3 2011

US: The rapid growth of lecture capture and distance education in higher education is raising fresh concerns about accessibility, since it’s difficult-if not impossible-for hearing-impaired students to use these tools effectively. As a result, many colleges and universities are renewing their focus on closed captioning as a viable solution. While… Continue Reading »

European Union Access City Awards 2011 now open

Europe, August 3 2011

The EU Access City Award sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50 000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment. In the context of a steadily ageing population living in European cities and its correlation with disabilities,accessibility has important social and economic… Continue Reading »

In Australia, Hoyts announce five new accessible movie locations

Asia-Pacific, August 3 2011

Australia: Hoyts has notified the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group that it is on target for the rollout of new captioned and audio described screens from this Thursday, 4 August. Hoyts will be in testing phase at all these sites with the newly installed equipment (both closed captions and audio description)… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities to get IT education in India

Asia-Pacific, August 3 2011

Bhatinda, Punjab, India: Children with disabilities belonging to four centers in Punjab are set to explore the world of information technology (IT). These centers have been selected by Education and Research Network (ERNET) to make Children with disabilities IT literates. Specially designed sets of software will be used to impart… Continue Reading »

NASA releases new braille book with tactile diagrams for blind readers

Americas, August 2 2011

The book “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” was created with the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate blind people about the wonders of Earth’s moon, according to NASA. David Hurd, a space science professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,… Continue Reading »

Indonesian Transport Minister says Airlines must serve People with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 2 2011

Jakarta: Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi told local airlines to accommodate people with disabilities as mandated by law. “Laws on the transportation sector have clearly state the obligation of all transportation operators to provide service and special facilities to people with disabilities,” Freddy said on Monday. The 2009 Aviation Law, for… Continue Reading »

Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference in Anchorage, Alaska

Americas, August 1 2011

Anchorage, Alaska: Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) in collaboration with many statewide partners in government, education, independent living and vocational rehabilitation is proud to host the 3rd Biennial Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference from August 3 – 5, 2011 at the Dena’aina Convention Center. The Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference… Continue Reading »

Disabled people march against inaccessible public transportation in Pakistan

Asia-Pacific, August 1 2011

Multan, Pakistan: A large number of disabled people organized a rally in the city on Saturday to highlight their problems. A walk was convened by the Leo Foundation in Multan at Nawan Shehr Chowk and over 270 people with various disabilities participated in the event. Dozens of NGO activists also accompanied… Continue Reading »

Dutch graphic designer designed new easy to read font “Dyslexie” for people with dyslexia

Europe, August 1 2011

It might not be pretty, but a Dutch graphic designer believes that a new font he’s developed can help people with dyslexia read more easily. Graphic designer Christian Boer developed the typeface, called Dyslexie, back in 2008. And while it isn’t the first font created specifically to help dyslectics, it… Continue Reading »

Ofcom demands better telephone services for customers with hearing disabilities

Europe, July 31 2011

UK: Communications regulator wants telephony services to be improved for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Phone users with hearing or speech disabilities will benefit from new measures being proposed today by Ofcom. The communications regulator wants modifications to upgrade telephony services such as text relay. These include simultaneous two-way speech… Continue Reading »

New device helps blind people to read

Europe, July 30 2011

UK: New technology is helping blind people in York to read newspapers or books and tell what’s inside a food can. The high-tech devices can be tried out at the offices of the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, which has also announced it has won a £30,000 grant. Chief… Continue Reading »

In India, seminar held on ICT for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, July 29 2011

Thiruvananthapuram, India: Minister for Industries and IT, P K Kunhalikutty, inaugurated a one-day seminar on ‘Possibilities of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities’ at the Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) headquarters here on Thursday. The seminar was jointly organized by Kerala Federation of the Blind, Trivandrum… Continue Reading »

FITA provides ICT training courses for persons with disabilities

Europe, July 29 2011

Malta: The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is the principal advocate and coordinator for making information communications technology (ICT) accessible for persons with disabilities in Malta and Gozo. One of FITA’s services involves providing ICT training courses for person with visual or intellectual disabilities, in order for them to… Continue Reading »

Better Life Mobility announces new advancements in mobility equipment for people with disabilities

Americas, July 29 2011

San Diego: Not all mobility equipment is the same. Today, there are so many options when it comes to choosing high quality mobility equipment that not only fits the wheelchair user’s physical needs, but also their desired lifestyle. Mobility technology advances every year; if disabled people haven’t had a chance to check… Continue Reading »

New communication services for deaf people in New Zealand soon

Asia-Pacific, July 28 2011

New Zealand: New communication services will be introduced later this year that allow Deaf, deaf-blind, speech and hearing-impaired persons to better communicate over the phone. The services will be progressively introduced from December and will include captioned telephony, which allows people to read live captions of spoken phone conversations. People… Continue Reading »

Houses in Itsoseng Township not accessible for South African with Disabilities

Africa, July 28 2011

South Africa: The North West Provincial Disability Forum is seeking an immediate intervention from the premier about houses in Itsoseng Township that are not user friendly for people with disabilities. The forum maintained that the houses that are to be built would not be suitable for them, after conducting a… Continue Reading »

Advocacy groups protest against lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Philadelphia

Americas, July 27 2011

Advocacy groups demonstrated in front of the Philadelphia Convention Center Tuesday to protest the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the city. Juliet Marsala, executive director of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, said she wants the city to set aside 50 taxi permits for ramp-equipped vans. Her group filed a lawsuit… Continue Reading »

Cambridge AT firm receives funds to help people with learning disabilities

Europe, July 27 2011

UK: Government funding has been awarded to a Cambridge-based Assistive technology (AT) firm iansyst to develop new mobile technologies to help people with disabilities. Educational services for people with disabilities in Cambridge are set to improve following the awarding of new government funds. iansyst, an AT firm is to develop new… Continue Reading »

New blind-friendly Malaysian coins soon

Asia-Pacific, July 26 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: New user-friendly Malaysian coins that are smaller and lighter will be available for circulation from early next year. The coins, third in a series minted thus far, will replace the current series which is 20 years old. They will be issued in the denominations of five sen, 10… Continue Reading »

Almeria Beaches Accessibility Guide for People with Disabilities in English

Europe, July 26 2011

Costa de Almería, Spain: FOR the fourth year running the Almeria Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations has presented an ‘Accessibility Guide’ to the province’s beaches, this time in English. The guide has been created thanks to the collaboration of the 12 town halls along the coast that have checked the… Continue Reading »