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Government of Canada new standard on web accessibility released

Americas, August 23 2011

The Standard on Web Accessibility came into effect on August 1, 2011. This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases over a two-year period. The Standard on Web Accessibility is accompanied by a guidance document to facilitate… Continue Reading »

BeSpoken new social website for people with disabilities

Europe, August 23 2011

BeSpoken is a new social networking website which aims to help people with disabilities share solutions and work directly with companies and designers on products that might help them. The website will bring people together so they can share ideas, problems, issues and solutions to independent living. Visit the new… Continue Reading »

Project Enable brings tech training to people with disabilities

Americas, August 23 2011

The first of three workshops designed to introduce persons with mobility disabilities to computer and related technology fields was held last week at Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. Project Enable is an initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and led jointly by East Stroudsburg and… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users protest lack of access to Montreal city buses

Americas, August 23 2011

Montreal, Canada: A group of wheelchair transit users Monday protested the lack of access to city buses, backed by their own experience during the day as they tried to enter 67 Montreal Transit Corp. buses equipped with ramps on more than 30 routes. The six volunteers only succeeded in rolling… Continue Reading »

Russian Prime Minister pledges $1.8 billion in aid to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

News, August 23 2011

By 2015, the Russian government will allocate 50 billion rubles (more than $1.5 billion) to finance the accessible environment program, the goal of which is to provide comfortable access for people with disabilities to the main facilities of the social sector, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday. Speaking at a… Continue Reading »

New campaign launched to make Rwanda accessible for people with disabilities

Africa, August 22 2011

Rwanda Demobilization and Re-integration Commission (RDRC) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday launched a campaign to enable people with disabilities have a barrier-free environment. Together with other partners in the fight against the violation of the rights of people with disabilities, the two parties met… Continue Reading »

Disability community pushes for aerobridges at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2

Asia-Pacific, August 22 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Nine non-governmental organisations (NGOs) representing disabled people urged Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. One of their representatives, Christine Lee, said the decision was not done in consultation with user groups and had… Continue Reading »

TDF launches autism-friendly version of The Lion King

Americas, August 21 2011

Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit performing arts service organization whose mission includes making theatre accessible for all audiences, is piloting a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults with autism, and their families. The program, which is a part of TDF’s Accessibility Programs… Continue Reading »

Department signs agreement to ensure access for people with disabilities

Americas, August 20 2011

Washington: The Justice Department announced an agreement with Montgomery County, Md., and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities.   The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns… Continue Reading »

More Theaters in Minnesota adding 'audio description' for blind people

Americas, August 19 2011

Audio description, which allows people who are blind to enjoy live theater, is offered more in the Twin Cities than anywhere else in the world and after two decades, the program is still growing. More than 70 Minnesota arts organizations offer audio description, a service in which a trained professional… Continue Reading »

Abilities Expo, event for people with disabilities and their caregivers in Houston

Americas, August 19 2011

Houston, TX: Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will attend Abilities Expo on Friday, August 26, through Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Reliant Center. Admission is free and show hours are Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4… Continue Reading »

Textphone installed for deaf people outside Naperville Police Department

Americas, August 19 2011

Naperville, IL, US: A textphone, also referred to as a TTY, has been installed in conjunction with the outdoor emergency phone at the front door of the Naperville Police Station at 1350 Aurora Ave. This device enables persons with disabilities to contact 911 when the front lobby of the Police… Continue Reading »

Learning Ally audiobook player brings accessible books to apple devices for people with disabilities

Americas, August 18 2011

Princeton, NJ: Learning Ally, a 63-year old nonprofit organization serving over 300,000 individuals across the U.S. with learning differences, visual impairment and reading disabilities, has released an upgrade of its popular iOS application, which enables the entire Learning Ally library of downloadable DAISY-formatted audiobooks to be played on Apple devices,… Continue Reading »

Philippine government urged to ensure universal access to internet

Asia-Pacific, August 18 2011

Manila, Philippines: The Philippine government should start making steps to ensure universal access to the Internet following the United Nation’s report declaring access to the web as a basic human right, a congressman said in his resolution. Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino submitted House Resolution 1397 citing the UN report… Continue Reading »

Japanese healthcare robot RIBA II lifts patients from bed to wheelchair

Asia-Pacific, August 18 2011

RIBA-II, the next generation Japanese healthcare robot developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), a Japanese government-run research body that surveyed nursing homes to find that lifting patients was the most tiring thing for workers, carried out an average of 40 times every day. RIBA II robot… Continue Reading »

Marvel launches DAREDEVIL audiobook with visually impaired fans in mind

Americas, August 18 2011

Marvel has just announced that its superhero Daredevil – aka blind attorney Matt Murdock, is coming to fans in audio form. The Man Without Fear is now also The Man With an Audiobook. Daredevil #1 Audio Edition was the braindchild of Marvel senior editor Steve Wacker, who says he and… Continue Reading »

Odeon cinema in Aylesbury wins praise for disability access

Europe, August 17 2011

Aylesbury, UK: The Odeon cinema in Aylesbury has been praised by disability campaigners for offering easy access by wheelchair and good, comfortable views. Twins Judith and Laura Merry, from Worminghall, are members of the young disabled campaigners’ group Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers, which visited 125 cinemas to report on issues… Continue Reading »

ACB and Google conduct survey to better understand computer usage and assistive technology patterns in blind community

Americas, August 17 2011

Arlington, Va.: The American Council of the Blind (ACB) announced it will be working with Google Inc. to survey blind, and deaf-blind people to better understand how they use computers and assistive technology to access information. “Having access to information through the use of accessible technology is paramount in this day… Continue Reading »

Saipan Governor creates new office for accessible public transportation

Americas, August 17 2011

Saipan: Gov. Benigno R. Fitial established last week a new office within the Office of the Governor to develop a viable public transportation system as mandated by a law he signed in May-a move which will also result in the abolition of the Office of Disability Policy and Programs by… Continue Reading »

Young people in Ghana advocate for improved education, accessibility for disabled people

Africa, August 17 2011

Accra, Ghana: Young people in Ghana are advocating for more rights for disabled people.  Local youths gathered at the Fifth African Forum on Blindness in Ghana last month and also attended the African Youth with Disabilities Convening in Kenya earlier this year. The government and nongovernmental organizations here have implemented… Continue Reading »