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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 »

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 »