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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 »

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 »

Exhibition on technology for visual disability opens in Sharjah

Middle East, February 15 2011

Sharjah, Feb 15: Institutes across the country participated on Monday in the first Exhibition and Conference of Visual Disability Technologies, in order to facilitate the integration of visually impaired people into mainstream schools and jobs. The exhibition, which was launched at Expo Centre Sharjah, runs until February 16 and is… Continue Reading »