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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 »

Top New York City Eateries to Face Review for ADA Compliance

Americas, September 21 2011

More than 50 of the most popular New York restaurants, as rated by the 2011 Zagat Guide, including Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernardin, will be reviewed to determine if they are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Restaurants will soon receive mailings from a federal prosecutor’s office in New York checking… Continue Reading »

Mumbai students develop robots to improve lives of blind people

Asia-Pacific, September 21 2011

Mumbai, India: Imagine a robotic walker that can tell exactly how much and where your grandmother has walked on a particular day. Or better still, imagine a game of air hockey that can be played even by blind people. City students have built robots that will improve the lives of… Continue Reading »

38th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011 in Tokyo

Asia-Pacific, September 20 2011

Tokyo, Japan: The 38th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011, 3 day exhibition, will be held on 5-7 October at East Hall, Tokyo Big Sight organized by Health and Welfare Information Association. Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest international home care and rehabilitation exhibition in Asia, which brings… Continue Reading »

Deaf people need equal access to education in Kenya: KNCHR

Africa, September 20 2011

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya on Monday joined the rest of the world in marking the International Deaf Awareness week with a special call to the government to facilitate access to education by deaf people. An official with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Bernard Mwongesa, urged the government to… Continue Reading »

DPWH in Philippines finds 453 building non-compliant with accessibility law

Asia-Pacific, September 20 2011

San Fernando City,  La Union, Philippines: The Department of Public Works and Highways – Regional Office 1 (DPWH-R1) strict enforcement of Batas Pambansa 344, otherwise known as Accessibility Law thru a regionwide comprehensive inspection on the compliance of government buildings and sports centers conducted by their 10 District Engineering Offices,… Continue Reading »

DOT proposes airlines make websites and kiosks accessible to air travelers with disabilities

Americas, September 20 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in its ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers, today proposed a regulation that would require airlines to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and ensure that their ticket agents do the same.  DOT also proposed that… Continue Reading »

Prasarana introduces accessible buses for people with disabilities in Kuala Lumpur

Asia-Pacific, September 20 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Public transport in Malaysia is now more convenient for people with disabilities with the introduction of disabled friendly buses that are equipped with facilities for people with disabilities. Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group director for infrastructure division, Nor Hassan Ismail said the company had purchased 150… Continue Reading »

UB Researchers develop Eye-controlled electric wheelchair

Europe, September 19 2011

Researchers at the University of Bradford (UB) are unveiling new technology which allows disabled people to control their electric wheelchairs by simply moving their eyes. The breakthrough could help severely disabled people who up until now have not been able to move independently. This research, led by Dr Prashant Pillai,… Continue Reading »