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International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2012 in Portugal

Europe, October 26 2011

LISBON, PORTUGAL: International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) for e-accessibility will take place on 14 February 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. IUI is the premier international conference for bringing together researchers from academia, nonprofit organizations, industry and practitioners of the trade, who are working on Novel Interaction and Intelligent Interfaces,… Continue Reading »

Housing societies and shops should be made accessible for wheelchair users

Asia-Pacific, October 26 2011

POWAI, INDIA: Powaiites in Hiranandani Gardens may have seen a lady cruising on her wheelchair, the sight is unusual to see a wheelchair users moving on the road amidst traffic on its own. Courageous and bold Neha Kopikar from Hiranandani Powai is a perfect example to all the people that… Continue Reading »

Taco Bell awaits sanctions in accessibility suit

Americas, October 26 2011

A recent federal court decision that found Taco Bell in violation of federal and state laws protecting the rights of customers who use wheelchairs or scooters should motivate restaurant operators to comply with access rules, attorneys say. Observers expect the Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell to appeal the Oct. 5 ruling… Continue Reading »

OGCIO launches campaign to promote web accessibility

Asia-Pacific, October 25 2011

HONG KONG: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today (October 25) launched the Web Accessibility Campaign to promote the adoption of accessible design in websites in the public and private sectors. Through publicity, fostering know-how and promulgating technical resources, the campaign aims to facilitate access to online… Continue Reading »

Passenger with disabilities rails at 'joke' access to Leicester station

Europe, October 25 2011

LEICESTER, UK: A disabled man has hit out at railway bosses after he had to push his wheelchair backwards along a dark, uneven road to gain access to Leicester train station. David Gordon arrived at the station early one morning to find parking spaces at the front had been barricaded… Continue Reading »

NCRA encourages maximum accessibility for people with hearing disabilities

Americas, October 25 2011

VIENNA, Va.: The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission that strongly support the findings of the FCC’s Video Programming and Accessibility Advisory Committee’s (VPAAC) assertion that regulations related to closed captioning “should address caption completeness, placement, accuracy and timing.” In short, the metric of… Continue Reading »

New technology allows Ford organize blind driver event

Europe, October 25 2011

Ford of Europe recently organized a unique drive event when it brought together a group of 30 blind and visually impaired people at a Ford test track in Germany. The special event was staged at the Ford Development Centre in Cologne, to help blind and visually impaired persons gain a… Continue Reading »

Computer programmer launching software that could revolutionize the lives of blind people

Europe, October 24 2011

A partially-sighted computer programmer is launching software that could revolutionize the lives of millions of blind and elderly people across the world. The ground-breaking ‘text to speech’ software converts complex listings from web TV guides into speech. It lets users go to any channel or internet player, go up and… Continue Reading »

LDA improved accessibility at MRT stations

Asia-Pacific, October 24 2011

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed work to improve barrier-free accessibility at Mass Rapid Transit stations with the opening today of the lifts at Clarke Quay MRT Station. More than 80 per cent of the existing 89 MRT stations now have two barrier-free access routes, while all the… Continue Reading »

Apple new iOS 5 Accessibility features

Americas, October 24 2011

Apple iOS 5 introduces new accessibility features that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision and cognitive disabilities to use Apple iOS devices. Here is review of iOS 5 accessibility improvements for people with disabilities. You will find these options on the Accessibility setting screen under Settings >… Continue Reading »

New subtitle glasses unveiled at Tokyo Int. Film Festival provides better movie access for deaf people

Asia-Pacific, October 24 2011

TOKYO, JAPAN: Olympus Corp. and a non-profit organization have jointly developed special eyeglasses that project subtitles on the lenses so hearing impaired people can enjoy Japanese movies. A type of head-mounted display (HMD), the glasses will be unveiled at the Tokyo International Film Festival that runs through Oct. 30. The… Continue Reading »

Charlottetown Mayor awarded nine individuals and organizations Accessibility and Inclusion Award

Americas, October 24 2011

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE CANADA: Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee awarded nine individuals and organizations at his annual accessibility and inclusion awards at Charlottetown City Hall last week. Jamie Trowsdale and Tommy Ling were recognized as “difference makers” in the community for their work on the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour.… Continue Reading »

Disability Access of London transport network still a major issue

Europe, October 23 2011

Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to improve accessibility on the transport network are on the right track, but more urgency and focus is required to give people with mobility an easier ride on the capital’s Tubes, trains and buses. The London Assembly Transport Committee’s response to TfL’s accessibility proposals draws on… Continue Reading »

Commission proposes concrete plan for a better accessibility for persons with disabilities

Europe, October 23 2011

BRUSSELS: The Commission adopted on 19 OCTOBER 2011 a package for new infrastructure policy. It comprises a proposal for the revision of important European transport network guidelines (TEN-T) and a proposal for a Connecting Europe Facility. Why are they both positive for persons with disabilities? The UNCRPD recognizes the importance… Continue Reading »

Developers gather to create apps for people with autism

Americas, October 22 2011

CUPERTINO, CALIF.: An unusual event is unfolding on a satellite Hewlett-Packard campus in Cupertino. More than 40 developers have gathered to create applications to help people with autism. They are all volunteers with a desire to use technology. They are breaking into teams of eight to 10 people. Each team… Continue Reading »

National Park in Azerbaijan to provide accessible areas for people with disabilities

Europe, October 21 2011

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN:  National Park  also known as Baku Boulevard is going to become accessible for people with disabilities. Nazim Majidov, Deputy Head of the Maritime National Park (Baku Boulevard) under the Cabinet Ministers of Azerbaijan, informs that specialized recreation areas will be organized within the framework of expanding the boulevard westwards… Continue Reading »

GOVI to make school education accessible for children with visual disabilities

Africa, October 21 2011

KANIFING, GAMBIA: Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) launched a 100 thousand pound sterling project at its head office in Kanifing. The objective of the project, according to GOVI’s Executive Director, Mamud Touray is to make primary school education accessible to every children with visual disabilities. He described the… Continue Reading »

Minneapolis city official unveiled new Peavey Plaza design to comply with accessibility laws

Americas, October 21 2011

MINNEAPOLIS: Minneapolis city officials have unveiled a design for renovating 40-year-old Peavey Plaza that updates many existing features, while also adding an environmentally-friendly fountain system and making it more accessible to wheelchair  users in order to comply with accessibility and sustainability laws. “The idea of a public plaza, and how… Continue Reading »

Ghana Government Okays ICT training for people with disabilities

Africa, October 20 2011

GHANA: Cabinet has approved a training programme under which 5,000 people with disabilities are to be equipped with employable skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), mobile phone and computer assembling and repairs. The government/private sector collaboration, which will commence next month, is expected to cost GH¢21,741,410, with rLG Communications… Continue Reading »

Essex University researchers developing wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves

Europe, October 20 2011

UK: Disabled people are taking part in trials of a wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves.  Researchers at Essex University are developing the RoboChair to help people with severe mobility problems. The project has got a £10,000 grant from charity Colchester Catalyst and the money will be used to fund trials.… Continue Reading »