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Towson University working on web access for blind people

Americas, October 20 2011

Towson University has begun making changes to its website to meet the needs of blind people. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences and director of the Universal Usability Laboratory in the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, spent a year studying the difficulties encountered by… Continue Reading »

Georgetown Palace Theater now equipped with technology for hearing impaired people

Americas, October 20 2011

GEORGETOWN: Hearing health care provider Estes Audiology installed induction loop technology, a technology aimed at helping people who are partially deaf, at the Palace Theater in Georgetown. “For people using hearing devices, hearing in public facilities remains a challenge due to problems of distances and background noise or reverberation,” said… Continue Reading »

Sanchi World Heritage Site will become accessible for people with disabilities soon

Asia-Pacific, October 20 2011

SANCHI, RAISEN, INDIA:  Sanchi, the world heritage site, about 56 kms from the state capital, will soon become barrier free site  for people with disabilities. The initiative in this regard has been jointly taken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Arushi, a voluntary organisation that works with people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

Polling station inaccessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 19 2011

CHENNAI, INDIA: For disabled people at the local body polls, inaccessibility continued to remain an issue, like in previous elections. People with disabilities who went to cast their votes on Monday reported several problems that they faced. Brijithammal (76), a Palavakkam resident, ended up not voting as the polling station… Continue Reading »

SSW Secretary General emphasized programs for blind women to use computers

Middle East, October 19 2011

MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Supreme Council for Women’s (SCW) Secretary General Hala Al-Ansari emphasized that women’s support and empowerment programs under the supervision of the Supreme Council for Women will enable blind Bahraini women to use computers. The project shall be implemented by the Council under the national strategic plan for Bahraini… Continue Reading »

Program helps blind people navigate NYC

Americas, October 19 2011

NEW YORK: Walking the streets of Manhattan you have to look out for cars, construction, delivery guys on bikes, but imagine doing all of that without being able to see! Eighteen-year-old Ker Deng is exploring the streets of Manhattan, learning to use his cane to guide him. As a child… Continue Reading »

WellPoint offers disabled consumers free access to assistive technology

Americas, October 19 2011

INDIANAPOLIS: WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) is announcing an alliance with eSSENTIAL Accessibility(TM) to offer an online solution that assists people who have difficulty typing, moving a mouse or reading a web page. With the help of eSSENTIAL Accessibility, WellPoint is taking a major step to enable visitors with physical disabilities… Continue Reading »

Tourist restaurants in Jordan will become more accessible for people with disabilities

Middle East, October 18 2011

AMMAN, JORDAN: Around 800 tourist restaurants in the Kingdom will become more accessible for people with disabilities under a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday. Eateries that are members of the Jordan Restaurants Association (JRA) will implement the necessary structural modifications to meet the requirements of the special building code… Continue Reading »

Poland Central Bank issues coin in Braille

Europe, October 18 2011

Poland’s central bank has just issued the coin with markings in Braille for blind people. “The Polish central bank is mindful of everyone, so we’ve issued a coin with markings in Braille – for people who are blind and visually impaired.”  Witold Kozinski, Deputy President, National Bank of Poland  The… Continue Reading »

ACB releases updated pedestrian safety handbook

Americas, October 18 2011

ARLINGTON, Va.: Coinciding with an annual nationwide event, White Cane Safety Day, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) today released an updated edition of its Pedestrian Safety Handbook, a publication which informs people who are blind and visually impaired, their families, and others about contemporary approaches to assuring safe… Continue Reading »

Minister MacKay announces accessibility funding to support Canadians with disabilities in Dartmouth

Americas, October 18 2011

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA: The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development,  announced support to help the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre build a larger, more accessible facility. “Our Government is… Continue Reading »

International Conference highlights lack of disability access, awareness in Argentina

Americas, October 17 2011

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: A recent international conference called attention to the lack of consideration for disabled people in Buenos Aires and around the world. Disabled people here say physical and cultural barriers make city life a challenge. Advocates emphasize education as the antidote. Meanwhile, more than 75 percent of public… Continue Reading »

Blind people want ‘equal access’ in Macau

Asia-Pacific, October 17 2011

MACAU: Blind people still lack “equal access” in many aspects of life in the territory, Albert Cheong, the president of a recently created association, said yesterday. The head of the ‘Macau People with Visually Impaired Rights Promotion Association’ (MPVIRPA) pledged to lobby the government to improve the situation of residents… Continue Reading »

Harkins to equip cinemas for people with hearing and sight disabilities to settle Arizona suit

Americas, October 17 2011

The state’s largest movie chain will outfit virtually off its theaters with equipment designed to help people with hearing and sight disabilities, including people who are totally deaf or blind. In a consent decree filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court, Michael Bowers, president of Harkins Theaters, agreed to install… Continue Reading »

Welfare Minister: Ensure ICT products can be used by people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 16 2011

KUCHING, MALAYSIA: Technology service providers must not forget about their disabled users when creating their products. Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah yesterday challenged those in the industry to create products that are user-friendly to both the able and disabled people. “We must remember that it is… Continue Reading »

Sochi 2014’s Sustainable Development Program wins Recognition in London

Europe, October 15 2011

Sochi 2014 was presented with the “Environment and Sustainability Award” at the International Sports Event Management Awards in London. The award was added for the first time to this year’s program. It recognizes sports event that has shown a significant awareness of the environment. Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry… Continue Reading »

Kingston, Ontario accepting nominations for International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award

Americas, October 15 2011

The city of Kingston, Ontario is accepting nominations for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Access Award, in partnership with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), to recognize a person, group or organization that has made or is making a significant contribution beyond legislated requirements, towards improving access for… Continue Reading »

Utah State University examines emergency evacuations of people with disabilities

Americas, October 15 2011

Nearly a quarter of the people evacuating the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, had some sort of disability that slowed them down. The same proportion of New Orleans residents caught in Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were disabled people. Nearly one-fifth of all U.S. residents have limited physical mobility.… Continue Reading »

PEI government encouraging tourism operators to verify properties accessibility

Americas, October 15 2011

CANADA: The Prince Edward Island (PEI) government is encouraging tourism operators in the province to verify whether their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities. The program is being launched to ensure when people with disabilities go to businesses and accommodations, they get what they’re expecting. Linda and Stan… Continue Reading »

Website designers should implement web accessibility guidelines: NCBM

Asia-Pacific, October 14 2011

KUCHING, MALAYSIA: Website designers should implement web accessibility guidelines so that their pages are accessible to disabled people, senior citizens and other special-needs groups. National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) assistant executive director Moses Choo said designers should also provide text descriptions for pictures or images on websites. The… Continue Reading »