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FITA provides ICT training courses for persons with disabilities

Europe, July 29 2011

Malta: The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is the principal advocate and coordinator for making information communications technology (ICT) accessible for persons with disabilities in Malta and Gozo. One of FITA’s services involves providing ICT training courses for person with visual or intellectual disabilities, in order for them to… Continue Reading »

Better Life Mobility announces new advancements in mobility equipment for people with disabilities

Americas, July 29 2011

San Diego: Not all mobility equipment is the same. Today, there are so many options when it comes to choosing high quality mobility equipment that not only fits the wheelchair user’s physical needs, but also their desired lifestyle. Mobility technology advances every year; if disabled people haven’t had a chance to check… Continue Reading »

New communication services for deaf people in New Zealand soon

Asia-Pacific, July 28 2011

New Zealand: New communication services will be introduced later this year that allow Deaf, deaf-blind, speech and hearing-impaired persons to better communicate over the phone. The services will be progressively introduced from December and will include captioned telephony, which allows people to read live captions of spoken phone conversations. People… Continue Reading »

Houses in Itsoseng Township not accessible for South African with Disabilities

Africa, July 28 2011

South Africa: The North West Provincial Disability Forum is seeking an immediate intervention from the premier about houses in Itsoseng Township that are not user friendly for people with disabilities. The forum maintained that the houses that are to be built would not be suitable for them, after conducting a… Continue Reading »

Advocacy groups protest against lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Philadelphia

Americas, July 27 2011

Advocacy groups demonstrated in front of the Philadelphia Convention Center Tuesday to protest the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the city. Juliet Marsala, executive director of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, said she wants the city to set aside 50 taxi permits for ramp-equipped vans. Her group filed a lawsuit… Continue Reading »

Cambridge AT firm receives funds to help people with learning disabilities

Europe, July 27 2011

UK: Government funding has been awarded to a Cambridge-based Assistive technology (AT) firm iansyst to develop new mobile technologies to help people with disabilities. Educational services for people with disabilities in Cambridge are set to improve following the awarding of new government funds. iansyst, an AT firm is to develop new… Continue Reading »

New blind-friendly Malaysian coins soon

Asia-Pacific, July 26 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: New user-friendly Malaysian coins that are smaller and lighter will be available for circulation from early next year. The coins, third in a series minted thus far, will replace the current series which is 20 years old. They will be issued in the denominations of five sen, 10… Continue Reading »

Almeria Beaches Accessibility Guide for People with Disabilities in English

Europe, July 26 2011

Costa de Almería, Spain: FOR the fourth year running the Almeria Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations has presented an ‘Accessibility Guide’ to the province’s beaches, this time in English. The guide has been created thanks to the collaboration of the 12 town halls along the coast that have checked the… Continue Reading »

Call for Nominations: 2011 International da Vinci Awards® Recognizing Adaptive and Assistive Technology Innovations

News, July 25 2011

International awards program seeking entries from individuals, organizations and corporations whose innovations enable people to participate and contribute to all aspects of society, regardless of ability (http://www.davinciawards.org). The 2011 da Vinci Awards® is seeking nominations from around the world for its 10th anniversary awards program recognizing and celebrating the most innovative adaptive and… Continue Reading »

Educators want more access to public schools in Jamaica for children with disabilities

News, July 25 2011

Jamaica: A group of educators is calling on the Ministry of Education to urgently address the lack of access in public institutions for students who are living with disability. The recommendation from the group is part of a long needs list the educators compiled during a two-week summer institute sponsored… Continue Reading »

Kuala Lumpur LRT stations to have disabled-friendly facilities

Asia-Pacific, July 25 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: THE LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations along the Ampang Line are now being upgraded and refurbished to make them more accessible and convenient for commuters. The stations will have ramps, lifts, rain protectors, toilets, tactile pavement and disabled-friendly features. At present only the Kelana Jaya station is disabled-friendly… Continue Reading »

Sensory Garden providing museum experience to blind people

Americas, July 25 2011

Odessa, Texas: Vivid colors, detailed expression, history and creativity. Art museums offer a one-of-a-kind experience for those who walk through their doors, but what about those who can’t experience like others do? A local museum is sharing the world of art with those who are unable to see. Ellen noel… Continue Reading »

14th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference Registration Open

Americas, July 25 2011

Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder presents Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers, November 14 – 18, 2011. Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college… Continue Reading »

MTA agrees to make Dyckman St. subway station accessible for disabled people

Americas, July 24 2011

The MTA has agreed to make Manhattan’s Dyckman St. subway station accessible for disabled people in order to settle a federal lawsuit, the Daily News has learned. Advocates praised the MTA for “doing the right thing” by pledging to install an elevator at the elevated Inwood station so wheelchair users, the elderly and… Continue Reading »

Making D.C. housing accessible for people with disabilities

Americas, July 23 2011

Nicholas A. Majett, director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), may be correct that the city has not issued building permits that violate accessibility standards “Housing discrimination lingers,” Metro, July 15. The question is: Which standards? In a 2005 fair-housing study, the Urban Institute reported that… Continue Reading »

UA students develop Smartphone applications for disabled people

Americas, July 22 2011

The University of Alabama (UA) students in the Computer-Based Honors Program have been working to create and develop smartphone applications. The apps the students are working on are classified as beneficial because they will help those who have health issues or physical disabilities. They range from assisting those with diabetes… Continue Reading »

Eye-tracking technology could benefit children with disabilities

Europe, July 20 2011

A computer program that could allow children with disabilities to explore their creative side is being developed by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London. The team has been working alongside the charity Special Effect to design a computer program that uses an eye-tracker to find out exactly how eye… Continue Reading »

UK Festival Awards puts more focus on festival disability access

Europe, July 18 2011

The UK Festival Awards has thrown its support behind the Attitude Is Everything campaign, which aims to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music events. They have included disabled access in the criteria used by judges assessing this year’s music festivals, and have teamed up with Festival Republic… Continue Reading »

Scientist from Arizona State University designed portable note-taking device for blind people

Americas, July 17 2011

A team of scientists from Arizona State University has designed a portable device that increases the speed of note-taking. The concept was born out of frustration by blind team leader David S Hayden. Hayden had been using a technology called a monocular, which is basically a small telescope, for blind… Continue Reading »

Georgia Institute of Technology hosts ARoPability workshop for blind people

Americas, July 16 2011

Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with the WizKidz Science and Technology Centers recently presented a 2-week ARoPability workshop for blind people. A grant was received from the National Science Foundation to fund the event. The intention of the workshop was to draw the attention of the students with disabilities… Continue Reading »