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Chinese Library launched device to read Non-Braille Books for Blind People

Asia-Pacific, June 30 2011

Beijing: A library for blind people in Beijing has launched a state-of-the-art device that would read out a book aloud to blind people. The device – launched by the Chinese National Library for the Blind – contains a scanner and a speaker. Readers scan a page of a book and… Continue Reading »

PEI launched website for tourists with disabilities

Americas, June 29 2011

Prince Edward Island (PEI) has launched a website to make its tourism industry more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessadvisor.ca will soon use the internet, smartphone apps and GPS downloads to help people with disabilities find the places that can serve them best. Hotels will be ranked with four designations… Continue Reading »

California State University ensures web accessibility for visually and hearing impaired students

Americas, June 28 2011

California State University (CSU) has automated accessibility monitoring to ensure that its thousands of websites and millions of Web pages are ready for use by faculty, students, and staff who are visually and hearing impaired. Before being published, each of CSU’s Web sites, intranets, Web applications, and e-learning systems must… Continue Reading »

Israeli researchers develop a "virtual cane" for blind people

Middle East, June 27 2011

JERUSALEM: A cane that works as a “virtual flashlight” to help blind people with spatial navigation was displayed at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. Developed by Amir Amedi of Medical Research Israel-Canada, and the Department of Medicine of Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) , the device uses sensors to… Continue Reading »

Poor parking a hazard for blind people, says NSW Transport Minister

Asia-Pacific, June 24 2011

Australia: New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is asking residents to keep their eyes open for thoughtlessly parked cars on behalf of those who can’t. And about time too, thinks Beth White, who banged her head so hard her neck was sore for weeks after trying to walk… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users face metro 'ban' in St. Petersburg, Russia

News, June 22 2011

St. Petersburg, Russia: Wheelchair users have been banned from the St. Petersburg metro – and the scandal is throwing more attention on to the state of Moscow’s accessibility. In the northern capital there was fury when a young woman was stopped at the turnstiles and the network’s managers praised staff… Continue Reading »

Netflix sued by NAD over lack of subtitles

Americas, June 20 2011

Netflix has been sued by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for failing to offer closed-captioning on enough of its streaming content. In a lawsuit (PDF) filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts, the NAD alleges that Netflix is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

Asiana Airlines opens lounge for disabled passengers at Incheon International Airport

Asia-Pacific, June 17 2011

Seoul, South Korea: Asiana Airlines opened the first airport lounge specifically for disabled passengers at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. The company also donated wheelchairs to a support center for disabled people at the ceremony marking the opening of the lounge. The event was attended by officials from Asiana Airlines,… Continue Reading »

Berkeley-based nonprofit sues CNN.com for not captioning online videos

Americas, June 17 2011

A Berkeley-based nonprofit sued global media and entertainment giant Time Warner on Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, claiming CNN.com discriminates against deaf people by not providing any captioning of its online videos. Disability Rights Advocates is representing the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness and three individual plaintiffs in what… Continue Reading »

Campaign to make New Zealand more accessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, June 17 2011

Empowering people with disabilities and changing society’s attitudes towards them will be the key to a new government campaign, the disabilities minister says. The Be Accessible campaign aims to enable businesses and communities to improve accessibility, particularly leading up to the Rugby World Cup. Disabilities Minister Tariana Turia said there… Continue Reading »

France signs industry charter on accessibility for disabled people

Europe, June 16 2011

French telecom regulator Arcep signed an industry charter for providing disabled people with access to electronic communication services. In 2005 mobile operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR, under the aegis of French mobile operators’ association Afom, Arcep and the inter-ministerial delegation for disabled people and industry charter to facilitate the… Continue Reading »

i-CREATe 5th International Conference on Assistive Technology in Bangkok

Asia-Pacific, June 15 2011

Bangkok, Thailand: In 2011, i-CREATe (21 – 23 July) will be focusing on using Assistive Technology (AT) for children with disabilities. We believed that AT for early intervention will make it possible for children with disabilities to be more independent at home, schools and in the community. A child with… Continue Reading »

Disabled voters fail to reach ballot boxes in absence of poor accessibility in Turkey

Middle East, June 15 2011

ISTANBUL: The Supreme Election Board (YSK) did not apply a decision it had already passed to place ballot boxes on the ground floors of buildings so as to enable easy access for disabled voters and those over 75 in all schools, where voting for the national elections took place on… Continue Reading »

Vodafone Foundation launches EU Smart Accessibility Awards to promote IT applications for disabled people

Europe, June 14 2011

Vodafone Foundation is launching a competition to promote IT applications designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people. The programme, called the Smart Accessibility Awards, is supported and co-organised by AGE Platform Europe, the European network of around 160 organisations of and for people aged 50+, and the European… Continue Reading »

Assistive Technology devices help make home a safer place

Americas, June 13 2011

With greater emphasis on keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible, Assistive Technology (AT) can make home a safer place. Many seniors may need grab bars in the bathroom, wheelchair ramps or pill organizers as they age. But people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are… Continue Reading »

Sudbury city consults with disabled people to make facilities more accessible

Americas, June 10 2011

Sudbury, Canada: Citizens in Greater Sudbury are invited to attend a public consultation session June 16 to provide input into the city’s 2011-2012 Accessibility Plan. Under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001, the city is “required to prepare an annual accessibility plan to make it available to the public,” according… Continue Reading »

New York Transit Museum becomes accessible to disabled people

Americas, June 8 2011

The New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn unveiled a new entrance that provides access for visitors who cannot use stairs. Funding came from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and Friends of the New York Transit Museum. “This addition will bring more visitors both… Continue Reading »

USC researchers create robotic aids for blind people

Americas, June 7 2011

At the University of Southern California (USC) James Weiland, a vision researcher and biomedical engineer may have created robot vision for the blind. He and his colleague Gérard Medioni, a robotics professor at the university have come up with a tool that would help blind people negotiate potential obstacles much… Continue Reading »

UAE students invents virtual mouse to help disabled people

Middle East, June 6 2011

Dubai: People with certain disabilities may now be able to become fully functional on a personal computer or laptop due to an invention by computer engineering student Sultan Ahmad Sultan Al Sharif. Al Sharif has developed software called the Virtual Mouse: Human Eye based Mouse Control as part of his… Continue Reading »

Sochi 2014 to create Russian Accessibility Map

News, June 5 2011

In anticipation of the all-Russian celebration marking 1,000 days to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the launch of an innovative “Accessibility Map” project. The main objective is to help people with a disability to find easily accessible locations where they… Continue Reading »