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Sharjah Museums Department launches new initiative 'Sharjah Museums are Accessible for All'

Middle East, September 13 2011

Sharjah: As part of the Sharjah Museums Department’s ,the Community and Accessibility Services of the Department of Interpretation and Education has launched a new initiative, titled ‘Sharjah Museums are Available to All’ which aims to acquaint social care and special needs centers with its new educational programs for 2011-2012. The… Continue Reading »

DPWH set to conduct an orientation seminar on amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of Accessibility Law

Asia-Pacific, September 13 2011

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: District Engineer Arnaldo R. Bonifacio informed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City Engineering District is set to conduct an orientation seminar on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Accessibility Law or the Batas Pambansa No. 344. The seminar will be… Continue Reading »

Call for abstracts – Universal Design International Conference 2012 Oslo

Europe, September 12 2011

The Universal Design 2012 Oslo conference will take place from 11 to 13 June 2012. Its theme will be “Public space: Inspire, Challenge and Empower”, is to consider the following main topics: Planning for the diversity of tomorrow. Good practice: the interplay of regulations, research and practice. Added value: the… Continue Reading »

Researchers invented new brain-machine interface system to help people with disabilities

Europe, September 12 2011

They’re not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have invented a new, noninvasive method for recording patterns of brain activity and using them to steer a robot. Scientists hope the technology will give “locked in” patients – people with disabilities to communicate with… Continue Reading »

US television and cable networks to provide audio descriptions for blind people

Americas, September 12 2011

Washington: Large broadcast television and cable networks will have to provide audio descriptions of what is happening on screen during programs, according to rules reinstated by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules requiring so called “video description” apply to the four largest broadcast television networks, and cable networks with more… Continue Reading »

Hopkins County Schools choose Wizcom's Research-Based Reading Pen 2 to support students with learning disabilities

Americas, September 12 2011

Wizcom Technologies Ltd, the global leader in portable literacy support tools, announced that Hopkins County Schools of Madisonville (Kentucky/USA) has chosen Wizcom’s Reading Pen 2 as its standard for students with disabilities in general area content classes.  The school purchased 30 classroom sets (300 Reading Pens) to meet the needs… Continue Reading »

Devices enhance fire safety for deaf people

Americas, September 11 2011

Palm Coast: Roommates Matthew Friedman and Richard Hammond, both with hearing disabilities, received a gift this week that could one day save their lives. Four special strobe-light fire alarm units were installed in the men’s home earlier this week by Flagler County Fire Marshal Robert Growick and a half-dozen county… Continue Reading »

W3C web services standards approved as ISO/IEC International standards

News, September 10 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1, Information Technology, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced formal approval of a package of W3C Web Services technologies as ISO/IEC International Standards. As ISO/IEC JTC 1 Standards, these widely deployed technologies now benefit from… Continue Reading »

Colombia Interior Minister proposed bill to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 9 2011

Colombia’s Interior Minister German Vargas Lleras has proposed a bill that would make all public spaces accessible to people with disabilities, reported Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. According to the report, the bill proposes that all public spaces in Colombia must provide disability access. If the bill is passed, it would see… Continue Reading »

Researchers developed smart robotic wheelchair

Asia-Pacific, September 9 2011

Taiwan: A cross-disciplinary research program has successfully developed three smart robotic wheelchair models and a safer bus for senior citizens and disabled people, according to the National Science Council Sept. 7. “We hope these devices will help senior citizens and disabled people take care of themselves, and enhance the quality… Continue Reading »

Accessible e-Book Reader, Read2Go and First Update, Now Available

Americas, September 9 2011

Palo Alto, CA: Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, announced the immediate availability of Read2Go, a new accessible e-book application (app) for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Developed in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, known for its PLEXTALK brand of digital talking book players, this very easy-to-use… Continue Reading »

India’s GoAir refused to allow blind women to fly because of her disability

Asia-Pacific, September 8 2011

Blind woman refused access to GoAir flight because staff said they wouldn’t be able to deal with her in an emergency. A 35 year old blind woman, who was scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Ahmedabad by a GoAir flight on Monday morning, was stopped from boarding the aircraft by… Continue Reading »

Malaysian cabinet defers decision on KLIA 2 aerobridges

Asia-Pacific, September 8 2011

Putrajaya: The cabinet has deferred its decision on the installation of aerobridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) low-cost carrier terminal pending further studies on the matter, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha today. The cabinet will continue the feasibility study on installing aerobridges in response… Continue Reading »

New campaign aims to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 8 2011

New Zealand: A new social enterprise is on a mission to educate and inspire Kiwis to create a more accessible future for everybody. Be. Accessible is aiming for a totally accessible country for people with disabilities. The Be. On The Road campaign has visited 12 cities over a month-long tour.… Continue Reading »

French retailer tests NFC to help blind shoppers

Europe, September 8 2011

French supermarket chain Casino is conducting a test to investigate the potential of Near Field Communications (NFC) tags to help blind shoppers. The supermarket is conducting the test at a specialist laboratory, run in conjunction with L’Institut de la Vision, at Hopital des Quinze-Vingts in Paris. A live trial in a Casino store… Continue Reading »

Malaysian Transport Minister Kong urges MAHB to reconsider aerobridge decision

Asia-Pacific, September 7 2011

Putrajaya: Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) should reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at its new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. “I would like MAHB to reconsider and review their decision. In my opinion,… Continue Reading »

Cambridge company developed wireless cinema audio distribution system for people with hearing and visual disabilities

Europe, September 7 2011

An audio system developed by a Cambridge company to improve the cinema experience for people with hearing and visual disabilities has been taken on by a world leader in digital service provision. Cambridge Consultants’ new wireless Salix audio system makes it easier and cheaper for any theatre or auditorium to… Continue Reading »

UK group launched cinema campaign to improve disability accessibility

Europe, September 7 2011

A pressure group has launched a campaign for cinemas to improve access for people with disabilities. Members of the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers Group are calling for independent and multiplex cinemas across the country to provide better facilities for customers with disabilities. Wheelchair users including YA reporter Paul Peterson, from Corringham,… Continue Reading »

Beyond barriers Incredible India tour by four wheelchair users

Asia-Pacific, September 6 2011

Beyond barriers Incredible India Tour by a group of four wheelchair users, that calls itself the Adventurous Four, will undertake the Beyond Barriers-Incredible India project to check accessibility for wheelchair users in the country. The tour aims to sensitize the concerned agencies like the Ministry of Tourism, NGOs, hospitality sector,… Continue Reading »

Man with dyslexia develops new mobile device to help people with learning disabilities

Americas, September 6 2011

Ben Foss was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child and struggled with learning disabilities through high school and college, always depending on others to read to him or taking long amounts of time to read the text himself. In graduate school, he relied on prerecorded audio content or he… Continue Reading »