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Victoria Public Transport ‘failing’ to cater for commuters with disabilities, report finds

Asia-Pacific, September 5 2011

The study by the Victorian Council of Social Service highlights what it claims are “critical breakdowns” in transport infrastructure that make parts of the system inaccessible to everyone from mums with prams to elderly shoppers or commuters with disabilities. Welfare advocates called for significant changes to the way public transport… Continue Reading »

AFB announces 2012 access awards call for Nominations

Americas, September 5 2011

New York: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)  announced its official call for nominations for the 2012 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an… Continue Reading »

EyeNote app helps blind people to identify US currency

Americas, September 4 2011

The EyeNote application was developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for blind people to use as a tool to increase accessibility to U.S. currency. EyeNote is built for the Apple iOS to allow the user to scan a bank note and communicate its value back to the… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities celebrate accessible taxi service reintroduction

Asia-Pacific, September 4 2011

Hawkesbury, Australia: A fatal accident at Clarendon in the early hours of July 17 had further bad repercussions, but on Monday of them came to an end. The Gazette reported the accident at the time, a collision between a pedestrian and a taxi for disabled people. The taxi was the… Continue Reading »

Adelaide Railway Station short on toilets for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 3 2011

Adelaide, NZ: A Wheelchair user man is angered at the indignity he suffered due to a dire lack of disabled toilets at the Adelaide Railway Station. Ad’m Martin, 29, said he was “mortified” by the incident on Saturday, August 20, about 6pm. The station has one proper toilet for disabled… Continue Reading »

6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology

Europe, September 3 2011

The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT) (CWUAAT 2012) will be held on 26th – 29th March 2012 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications” refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations… Continue Reading »

Kingsville council approved plans to make Carnegie Library building accessible for people with disabilities

Americas, September 2 2011

Kingsville council has approved architectural plans to make the Carnegie library building accessible for people with disabilities. The heritage building with its grand front stairs is no longer used as a library and can’t be used as a public building until it is made accessible. Architect Joseph Toth presented drawings… Continue Reading »

Montgomery County to improve access to public facilities for people with disabilities

Americas, September 2 2011

Montgomery County will work with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve access to public facilities for people with disabilities. On Aug. 16, the department announced an agreement with the county, along with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, that is expected to lead to upgrades in such places… Continue Reading »

Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD in New York

Americas, September 2 2011

The Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 7 to 9 September 2011. The Conference will include a high-level segment and general debate, as well as two Roundtables… Continue Reading »

Senator Adolpho Palacios bill aims to improve enforcement of accessible parking laws

Americas, September 1 2011

Guam: Senator Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr., has introduced Bill No. 294, which seeks to improve the enforcement of accessible parking laws.  According to statute, individuals could face a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for violations including obstructing accessible parking spaces, parking in such a space without an… Continue Reading »

Sony developing subtitle glasses for deaf people

Europe, September 1 2011

Sony is beginning to develop a track record for unconventional uses for glasses, this time creating subtitle glasses for deaf people. First it was Dual View 3D, the new take on stereoscopic 3D glasses that would give two separate pictures to two viewers on a single 3D TV, but the… Continue Reading »

Government promises disabled-friendly faculties in public buildings

Asia-Pacific, September 1 2011

New Delhi, India: Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment D. Napoleon said that the appropriate governments and local authorities shall provide disabled-friendly facilities in public buildings, hospitals and other places. He told Lok Sabha that as per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of… Continue Reading »

Researchers developed Thought-controlled Robot to help people with disabilities

Americas, September 1 2011

Washington: Researchers have developed robots that can be controlled by the user’s thoughts and will be provide help for people with in future. These avatars will “fill in” for those who are not able to physically attend – communicating for them, said science fiction author Robert Sawyer. “This is liberating… Continue Reading »

Federal grants available to improve polling place accessibility in Minnesota

Americas, September 1 2011

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced that his office is currently seeking grant proposals from cities, townships and counties for accessibility improvements to polling places in Minnesota. The approximately $400,000 in Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grants are provided through the federal Help… Continue Reading »

Delhi University to make DUSU elections accessible for students with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 31 2011

New Delhi, India:  Blind people can exercise their right to a secret ballot from now on. In order to make Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections disabled-friendly, the university has decided to provide information on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in Braille. Until last year, blind students voted with assistance from others… Continue Reading »

Touch technology to assist students with disabilities in public schools

Asia-Pacific, August 31 2011

WA education minister Liz Constable said the government was spending $4million over four years to install new interactive whiteboards in classrooms. The funding would assist public schools to help students with disabilities learn through the use of technology. The Minister said touch technology was benefiting students, particularly those with autism… Continue Reading »

‘APSIS4All’ EU project aims to improve ATM accessibility for people with disabilities

Europe, August 31 2011

An EU-funded project is aiming to make self-service cash terminals more accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. According to a study, the EU is seriously lagging behind the US and Canada in bank’s cash-machines accessibility for disabled consumers, which is why the Commission has decided to provide €3.41 million for the… Continue Reading »

Abu Dhabi Government website accessible for people with disabilities

Middle East, August 30 2011

Abu Dhabi: User experience consultancy User Vision has just completed a long term contract to make Abu Dhabi government websites more accessible for people with disabilities. The project, part of the Abu Dhabi Government Modernisation Initiative, was the first of its kind in the region and underlines the government’s active… Continue Reading »

Passengers with disabilities left stranded at Scottish Airport

Europe, August 30 2011

Passengers with disabilities from Northern Ireland were left stranded at a Scottish airport at the weekend after equipment and assistance they needed to board a flight were not available in time for take-off. The group of six, which included an 85-year old woman, several wheelchair users and an adult with… Continue Reading »

Researchers developing computer game for children with autism

Americas, August 30 2011

Researchers at Oporto University have teamed up with the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to develop a computer game aimed at helping children with autism learn facial expressions and emotions to help them relate better to the people around them. The game – which was the brainchild of various… Continue Reading »