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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 »

Chicago Lighthouse Partners with Best Buy to bring Assistive Technology to northwest suburbs

Americas, September 19 2011

Chicago, IL: Assistive devices for people with visual disabilities will be on display for two special Best Buy events this fall in the northwest suburbs. Those interested can view products at the Best Buy in Norridge on Sept. 21 and Golf Mill on Oct. 5. Special technological devices to assist… Continue Reading »

2nd International Conference "Accessibility Reaching Everywhere" Brussels, Belgium 2011

Europe, September 19 2011

AEGIS project organizes its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together people with disabilities and platform and application accessibility developers, representative organizations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. The conference on 29-30 November will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Assistive Technology to discuss scientific… Continue Reading »

ITU Workshop on "Telecommunications Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities"

Europe, September 19 2011

The ITU Workshop on “Telecommunications Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities” will be organised in Geneva, Switzerland on 25 November 2011. One very important mechanism to provide equal access for persons with hearing disabilities are relay services, where an intermediary typically provides a conversion typically between voice and text or sign language.… Continue Reading »

ISLE of Capri Casinos sued for ADA discrimination by blind poker player

Americas, September 19 2011

Palm Beach Gardens, FL: The Isle of Capri Casinos Pompano Park has been served with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines along with discrimination against a blind person, Philip Juarez, a Palm Beach County resident, reports, Joseph R. Fields, Jr., West Palm Beach… Continue Reading »

Azerbaijan begins to make accessible urban infrastructure for people with disabilities

Europe, September 18 2011

Baku: The Ministry of Labour & Social Protection of Azerbaijan proposes to change the city’s infrastructure to improve living conditions for people with disabilities. Today in Baku labour minister Fizuli Alakbarov has said that the country pays serious attention to the issue of disability, and this initiative is supported by… Continue Reading »

NYC Hotel agrees to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 17 2011

The owners of the Gramercy Park Hotel have agreed to improve accessibility for guests with disabilities after settling a lawsuit filed by the government. “New York City hosts millions of visitors each year, and it is essential that our hotels are open and accessible to all,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “This… Continue Reading »

New Rule Strengthens Protections for Americans with Disabilities at Rail Stations

Americas, September 16 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that people with disabilities will have greater access to intercity, commuter and high-speed train travel as a result of a new rule requiring new station platform construction or significant renovation to enable people with disabilities to get on and off any car on… Continue Reading »

Bussani Mobility announces 2011 Accessibility Open House

Americas, September 16 2011

Bethpage, NY: Bussani Mobility has today announced their 2011 Accessibility Open House. Bussani Mobility has garnered a reputation for excellence and customer care in the New York area, and their open house is an excellent opportunity for people with physical disabilities to learn more about modern mobility equipment and wheelchair vans, directly… Continue Reading »

Google+ adds video chat feature hangouts to help deaf users to communicate in sign language

News, September 16 2011

Google+ is getting more accessible for sign language users to hangouts. Hangouts, the social network’s video chat feature is one thing that sets Google+ apart from Facebook and Twitter. When many people are chatting in a Hangout, only one person often “gets the floor” at a time and control of… Continue Reading »

Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, September 15 2011

GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications… Continue Reading »

FCC advisory committee recommends adoption of SMPTE Timed Text captioning for online video

Americas, September 15 2011

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee has recommended adoption by the agency of a standard for the closed-captioning of online video content developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as it implements the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The Act is designed to ensure… Continue Reading »

Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism: Italy

Europe, September 15 2011

Manifesto text – Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism Putting into effect art. 30 of UN Convention concerning disabled people rights ratified by Law n.18 of 24/2/09 1. People in the most complete meaning of the term, with their specific needs resulting from personal and health conditions (for example:… Continue Reading »

NCDA and JICA planning to promote physical and social accessibility in rural areas

Asia-Pacific, September 15 2011

Iloilo City, Philippines: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are planning to expand the Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) Project in Western Visayas to further promote physical and social accessibility in rural areas. NCDA Planning Officer III Delfina Baquir said they target to implement… Continue Reading »

MCC calls for a better barrier-free environment for Malaysians with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 15 2011

Sibu, Malaysia : Methodist Care Centre (MCC) has sent a letter to the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) calling for the creation of a disabled-friendly and barrier-free environment. MCC chairman Kapitan Wong Hie Ching told a press conference that inaccessibility to buildings and public facilities has been a major barrier for… Continue Reading »

One month to go on Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2011

Europe, September 15 2011

The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been designed to promote the development of apps which can improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people to allow them to become more actively involved in society. The race is on as just one month of the competition remaining for… Continue Reading »

Infovox3 portable talking companion for blind people

Europe, September 14 2011

Infovox3, the all-in-one solution for blind people, which provides seamless access to written information, is now available in version 3.1. Using Acapela speech synthesis, infovox 3 speech empowers any PC with pleasant voices, transforming any written text into speech, in real time. No matter where the user is – at… Continue Reading »

Uganda to make education programs more inclusive for students with disabilities

Africa, September 14 2011

Jessica Ilomu, a USAID education specialist, watches carefully as a child at St. Goretti Demonstration School in rural Lira district, Uganda, copies down an exercise from the board given by his teacher. The child begins with his name—A-y-o-r-i B-r-a-i-n. Immediately, Ilomu notices something is wrong: the child’s name is Brian.… Continue Reading »