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RAFT partners with Stanford to create math kit designed for students with disabilities

Americas, August 15 2011

Palo Alto, CA: A joint initiative between Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) and students in Stanford’s “Perspectives in Assistive Technology ” class has resulted in a prototype for a math kit designed for students with disabilities. The class explores in depth the process of creating technology that benefits people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

Policies to improve accessibility for disabled people ‘not implemented properly’ in Malaysia

Asia-Pacific, August 15 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The federal government has all the laws and policies in place to increase the accessibility to public facilities for disabled people but these are not being implemented properly. “We are not happy with this, but are pushing very hard for these amenities to be provided for the… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities call for better access to city public transport

Asia-Pacific, August 14 2011

Beijing, China: The departure station on the ticket reads “full price” and the destination “half price”. The 1-meter-long handmade ticket was displayed in front of the Ministry of Railways by a disabled man to highlight the fact that Beijing lags well behind many other Chinese cities that have introduced favorable… Continue Reading »

U.S. Department of Education awards $1.2 m to small businesses to develop technology for people with disabilities

Americas, August 13 2011

The U.S. Department of Education announced that the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has awarded 16 grants of $75,000 each to 11 small businesses to conduct research and develop technology that makes life and learning easier for people with disabilities. For instance, one grantee will develop a… Continue Reading »

6dot launches braille labeler machine for blind people

Americas, August 12 2011

Palo Alto, Calif.: 6dot Innovations is launching a portable Braille labeler machine for blind people today. The gadget can quickly print out labels in Braille so that blind people can put labels on prescription drug bottles and other critical things they don’t want to get confused. A number of Braille… Continue Reading »

New iPhone bus app brings real-time data to disabled riders

Americas, August 12 2011

A new free iPhone app from Carnegie Mellon University promises to let riders know when to expect their buses to arrive. Although arrival time apps are available for well funded bus systems around the country,Tiramisu relies on crowd sourcing input from riders to generate updates about the current location and fullness… Continue Reading »

W3C Project targets accessible web content authoring tools

Americas, August 12 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been busy making the web a more accessible place. In focus today is a project dubbed the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) — it aims to help software vendors make better web content authoring and management tools, including WYSIWYG editors, word processors and web… Continue Reading »

Raleigh cab drivers worry about new accessible transportation contract

Americas, August 11 2011

Raleigh, NC: A contract with MV Transportation for services for people with disabilities is on hold after some raised questions about its effect on local cab drivers. The $1.7 million contract, which was up for approval at the council’s Aug. 2 meeting, was referred to committee after Councilor Eugene Weeks… Continue Reading »

Blind woman fights for discrimination-free travel

Asia-Pacific, August 11 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia: Eight months have passed, but the words remain as clear as ever in Rina Prasarani’s head. “If something happens to you, we will not be responsible,” a Lion Air flight attendant told Rina on a flight from Jakarta to Denpasar in December, as the crew forced her to… Continue Reading »

Robot helps disabled man towards independence

Americas, August 11 2011

It’s been 10 years since Henry Evans has been able to perform some of the simplest of tasks, like scratching his face, shaving, putting objects into a drawer. Now, with the help of a personal robot, he can. At 40, Evans, a father of four with an MBA and a career… Continue Reading »

Global M-Enabling Summit on mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities

Americas, August 11 2011

Washington, DC: The M-Enabling Summit, Global Summit for mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC, December 5-6, 2011, is the first global program dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible… Continue Reading »

Device connects hearing impaired patients and doctors

Americas, August 11 2011

Albany, GA: Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital now has a device that will help communication between their hearing impaired and Spanish-speaking patients. Imagine you are a patient trying to communicate your needs to a doctor, but they can’t understand you. A new machine could fix that. The Language Line Rover puts… Continue Reading »

Blind person advocates say more audible crosswalks needed

Americas, August 11 2011

Bakersfield, Calif. : Anthony Rodriguez can’t see the crosswalk button. He can only feel it, and at certain intersections, he can hear it. Rodriguez is a blind person. But Rodriguez doesn’t let his lack of an eyesight stop him from walking around town, because walking is something he has to… Continue Reading »

US banks to ensure ATM accessibility mandated by Americans with Disabilities Act

Americas, August 10 2011

Level Four Software today confirms that by January 2012, its BRIDGE:test product will enable financial institutions and ATM deplorers to conduct fully automated end to end testing of new voice guidance functionality at the ATM. This critical step will help banks to ensure their ATM network meets new legal requirements… Continue Reading »

University of Ulster student creates innovative application for children with autism

Europe, August 10 2011

UK: A University of Ulster student has created an innovative application to help parents and carers of children with autism. The easy to use ‘app’ MakeSense, which has been specifically designed to give autistic children greater independence, will be available to download later this summer from the official Apple App store.… Continue Reading »

Japan Accessible Tourism Center launched website for tourist with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 10 2011

More and more people with disabilities or elderly people are travelling in Japan. There is plenty of accessibility information available in Japanese, but if you are a foreign tourist with disabilities wishing to visit Japan, very little information available related to accessibility, language is the barrier to find accessibility information for… Continue Reading »

Researchers developing new technology to help children with disabilities draw

Europe, August 10 2011

A team of researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London are working with charity Special Effect to use innovative technology to design a computer programme to allow children with disabilities to be able to explore their creativity. The novel technology developed at Royal Holloway uses an eye-tracker to find out… Continue Reading »

eDateAbility.com new dating website for people with disabilities

Americas, August 9 2011

Tampa, Florida: For most people, finding love is hard enough. Now imagine trying to do that when you’re in your house because of a disability. It’s a challenge millions of disabled people face every day. But a new website, founded by an Orlando woman, is trying to change that. It’s… Continue Reading »

Disability rights groups advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

Asia-Pacific, August 9 2011

Taipei, Taiwan: Affordable housing units should be built with barrier-free facilities to meet the need of physically disabled people, several disability rights organizations urged yesterday in Taipei. During a press conference held yesterday in the Legislative Yuan, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Sue-ying said the government has recently concluded… Continue Reading »

New version of NVDA screen reader released

News, August 9 2011

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) 2011.2 has been released by NV Access, the free and open source screen reader for Microsoft Windows is now available for download. It enables blind people to access computers running Microsoft Windows for no cost. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability… Continue Reading »