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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 »

Sainsbury supermarket introduces Braille signage for blind customers

Europe, September 23 2011

Liverpool, UK: A Sainsbury’s store in Liverpool has become the first UK supermarket to use Braille signage to benefit blind customers. The signage for the store’s food and drink range was unveiled at the supermarket’s Woolton store. The idea for signage came from Sainsbury’s Woolton store manager Bethan Wilson. Customer… Continue Reading »

COAT leader offers thoughts on trends in technology and impact for people with visual disabilities

Americas, September 23 2011

Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has written a commentary on how recent trends in technology are impacting people with visual disabilities. His commentary, “Responding to Shifts in Technology: Accessibility in a Changing Environment,” appears in Access World, AFB’s monthly publication.… Continue Reading »

Touchscreen technology provides an easier alternative way to learn for students with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 23 2011

When Kirsten Deane started to teach her daughter Sophie to read, it was harder than it needed to be. It wasn’t so much that Sophie, 10, has Down syndrome and a hearing disability that makes speech quite difficult for her. Ms Dean found there was a lack of technology to… Continue Reading »

Ocean Blue Software Talking TV Technology wins CSI award 2011 for accessible Digital TV for blind people

Europe, September 23 2011

Bristol, UK: Announcing the winners of the Cable and Satellite International (CSI) Product Awards 2011 at the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, the judges recognized that Ocean Blue’s Talking TV technology represents a major step forward in the way that blind consumers can now access Digital TV. The technology… Continue Reading »

PANWASLU and AGENDA in Indonesia to monitor polling station accessibility for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 23 2011

Tangerang, Indonesia:  South Tangerang Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) said that it would join the effort by the ASEAN General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) to monitor access for disabled persons in polling stations during the Banten gubernatorial election slated for October this year. South Tangerang Panwaslu chairman Fahri Artha… Continue Reading »

LATAN 2011 Annual Champions of Assistive Technology Awards

Americas, September 22 2011

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) 2011 Annual Champions of Assistive Technology awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at LATAN’s Device Demonstration Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each year, (LATAN) recognizes individuals and entities for their work in increasing access to assistive technology and/or for expanding the awareness… Continue Reading »

eLearning program partnership further enhances usability and accessibility

Americas, September 22 2011

Kitchener, Waterloo: Desire2Learn incorporated, has partnered with ReadSpeaker, the leading provider of online text to speech. ReadSpeaker joins the Desire2Learn Partner Network as a Select ISV Partner in providing added value to clients. ReadSpeaker connects learners to digital content by reading aloud online content and provides synchronous highlighting of the… Continue Reading »

New Technology Bookmobile offers blind people to read printed materials

Americas, September 21 2011

New technology in the Lackawanna County Bookmobile is offering people who are blind a way to read printed materials. Thanks to Temple University’s “Get REAL – Regional Education Assisting Life Long Learning” project, bookmobiles and libraries across Pennsylvania will receive magnification technologies to make reading easier for people who are… Continue Reading »