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EdOptions(TM) launches text to speech functionality in online curriculum

Americas, August 30 2011

Falls Church, VA: EdOptions(TM) announced today the release of Text to Speech, a new feature allowing users of its Web-based courses to have text within the curriculum read out loud. By establishing a partnership with ReadSpeaker(R), the developer of online text to speech applications, EdOptions(TM) continues its commitment to increased… Continue Reading »

New report shows children with disabilities in Nepal face major barriers to education

Asia-Pacific, August 29 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal: Children with disabilities in Nepal face diverse and imposing barriers to getting a basic education, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Schools are physically inaccessible, teachers are inadequately trained, and some children with disabilities are unjustly denied admission to neighborhood schools, Human Rights Watch found. The 76-page… Continue Reading »

FCC sets new video description rules for US television

Americas, August 29 2011

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will give television stations nine months to comply with rules requiring video description programming for people who are blind or visually impaired. The commission unanimously adopted the rules on Wednesday, and the decision was announced Thursday. The rules are part of the FCC’s implementation of… Continue Reading »

Accessible new Serangoon bus interchange to open soon

Asia-Pacific, August 29 2011

Serangoon, Singapore: After nearly three years of waiting, residents in Serangoon can look forward to a new bus interchange. The fully air-conditioned facility will provide a seamless link to retail mall nex and Serangoon MRT station, which is on the North-East Line as well as the Circle Line. Occupying a… Continue Reading »

Airline returns passenger’s wheelchair in pieces

Americas, August 29 2011

Oklahoma City: Jason Price was picked by a federal administration to help write a book. His part is about Oklahomans with disabilities becoming employed and self-sufficient, allowing them to leave the Social Security disability rolls. He flew out to Washington D.C. for the project, but found himself in a less… Continue Reading »

NFB and MDDTAP to host web accessibility training day

Americas, August 28 2011

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program (MDDTAP) will present the second annual Web Accessibility Training Day on Monday, September 19, 2011. The day-long event will present valuable information about creating accessible web content that complies with federal and… Continue Reading »

11th European AAATE “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care” Conference

Europe, August 27 2011

The 11th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2011, will be held from August 31 to September 2 in Maastricht, Netherlands.  The theme of this year’s AAATE conference is “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care”. Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) aims to advance Assistive… Continue Reading »

NFB urges Maryland Libraries to purchase accessible E-readers

Americas, August 26 2011

Baltimore, Maryland: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for accessible technology, sent letters to the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Howard County Library System urging these libraries to purchase e-book readers that can be used by blind people.  The libraries are currently lending Barnes… Continue Reading »

Election Ontario promoting new technology to help people with disabilities to vote independently

Americas, August 26 2011

Elections Ontario is promoting some new technology that will allow people with disabilities to vote independently. It will be the first time the technology will be widely available to Ontario voters, said Greg Essensa, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer. The voting tools, which aid people with mobility and visual disabilities, include… Continue Reading »

In Philippines, DPWH considers needs of people with disabilities in construction of infra projects

Asia-Pacific, August 25 2011

Catbalogan City, Samar, Philippines: Batas Pambansa 344 or the “Accessibility Law” has again reached the concern of the Department of Public Works and Highways- Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO). In effect, District Engineer, Eduardo Duterte stressed once more to his field engineers to be conscientious to the needs of… Continue Reading »

Oklahoma Stadium to feature closed-captioning for deaf people during football games

Americas, August 24 2011

There will be a new fan service when University of Oklahoma (OU) opens the football season against Tulsa on Sept. 3, an athletic department spokesman said. Closed captioning, a speech-to-text service for deaf people, will be provided on the video board in the south end of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The… Continue Reading »

Call for Papers for 27th CSUN Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference opens Sept. 6

Americas, August 24 2011

California State University, Northridge (CSUN),  27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference will be held in San Diego, CA between February 27- March 3, 2012. The Call for Papers will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and will close on Friday, September 30, 2011. For 26 years the Center… Continue Reading »

VPG starts production of new ADA compliant mobility vehicle for people with disabilities

Americas, August 24 2011

Miami: The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) announced the start of production for the “First Mobility Vehicle”, MV-1, the first and only factory-built and assembled vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The MV-1 will be available in either gasoline or Compressed… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada new standard on web accessibility released

Americas, August 23 2011

The Standard on Web Accessibility came into effect on August 1, 2011. This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases over a two-year period. The Standard on Web Accessibility is accompanied by a guidance document to facilitate… Continue Reading »

BeSpoken new social website for people with disabilities

Europe, August 23 2011

BeSpoken is a new social networking website which aims to help people with disabilities share solutions and work directly with companies and designers on products that might help them. The website will bring people together so they can share ideas, problems, issues and solutions to independent living. Visit the new… Continue Reading »

Project Enable brings tech training to people with disabilities

Americas, August 23 2011

The first of three workshops designed to introduce persons with mobility disabilities to computer and related technology fields was held last week at Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. Project Enable is an initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and led jointly by East Stroudsburg and… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users protest lack of access to Montreal city buses

Americas, August 23 2011

Montreal, Canada: A group of wheelchair transit users Monday protested the lack of access to city buses, backed by their own experience during the day as they tried to enter 67 Montreal Transit Corp. buses equipped with ramps on more than 30 routes. The six volunteers only succeeded in rolling… Continue Reading »

Russian Prime Minister pledges $1.8 billion in aid to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

News, August 23 2011

By 2015, the Russian government will allocate 50 billion rubles (more than $1.5 billion) to finance the accessible environment program, the goal of which is to provide comfortable access for people with disabilities to the main facilities of the social sector, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday. Speaking at a… Continue Reading »

New campaign launched to make Rwanda accessible for people with disabilities

Africa, August 22 2011

Rwanda Demobilization and Re-integration Commission (RDRC) in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday launched a campaign to enable people with disabilities have a barrier-free environment. Together with other partners in the fight against the violation of the rights of people with disabilities, the two parties met… Continue Reading »

Disability community pushes for aerobridges at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2

Asia-Pacific, August 22 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Nine non-governmental organisations (NGOs) representing disabled people urged Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. One of their representatives, Christine Lee, said the decision was not done in consultation with user groups and had… Continue Reading »