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TDF launches autism-friendly version of The Lion King

Americas, August 21 2011

Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit performing arts service organization whose mission includes making theatre accessible for all audiences, is piloting a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults with autism, and their families. The program, which is a part of TDF’s Accessibility Programs… Continue Reading »

Department signs agreement to ensure access for people with disabilities

Americas, August 20 2011

Washington: The Justice Department announced an agreement with Montgomery County, Md., and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC), to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities.   The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns… Continue Reading »

More Theaters in Minnesota adding 'audio description' for blind people

Americas, August 19 2011

Audio description, which allows people who are blind to enjoy live theater, is offered more in the Twin Cities than anywhere else in the world and after two decades, the program is still growing. More than 70 Minnesota arts organizations offer audio description, a service in which a trained professional… Continue Reading »

Abilities Expo, event for people with disabilities and their caregivers in Houston

Americas, August 19 2011

Houston, TX: Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will attend Abilities Expo on Friday, August 26, through Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Reliant Center. Admission is free and show hours are Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4… Continue Reading »

Textphone installed for deaf people outside Naperville Police Department

Americas, August 19 2011

Naperville, IL, US: A textphone, also referred to as a TTY, has been installed in conjunction with the outdoor emergency phone at the front door of the Naperville Police Station at 1350 Aurora Ave. This device enables persons with disabilities to contact 911 when the front lobby of the Police… Continue Reading »

Learning Ally audiobook player brings accessible books to apple devices for people with disabilities

Americas, August 18 2011

Princeton, NJ: Learning Ally, a 63-year old nonprofit organization serving over 300,000 individuals across the U.S. with learning differences, visual impairment and reading disabilities, has released an upgrade of its popular iOS application, which enables the entire Learning Ally library of downloadable DAISY-formatted audiobooks to be played on Apple devices,… Continue Reading »

Philippine government urged to ensure universal access to internet

Asia-Pacific, August 18 2011

Manila, Philippines: The Philippine government should start making steps to ensure universal access to the Internet following the United Nation’s report declaring access to the web as a basic human right, a congressman said in his resolution. Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino submitted House Resolution 1397 citing the UN report… Continue Reading »

Japanese healthcare robot RIBA II lifts patients from bed to wheelchair

Asia-Pacific, August 18 2011

RIBA-II, the next generation Japanese healthcare robot developed by researchers at RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), a Japanese government-run research body that surveyed nursing homes to find that lifting patients was the most tiring thing for workers, carried out an average of 40 times every day. RIBA II robot… Continue Reading »

Marvel launches DAREDEVIL audiobook with visually impaired fans in mind

Americas, August 18 2011

Marvel has just announced that its superhero Daredevil – aka blind attorney Matt Murdock, is coming to fans in audio form. The Man Without Fear is now also The Man With an Audiobook. Daredevil #1 Audio Edition was the braindchild of Marvel senior editor Steve Wacker, who says he and… Continue Reading »

Odeon cinema in Aylesbury wins praise for disability access

Europe, August 17 2011

Aylesbury, UK: The Odeon cinema in Aylesbury has been praised by disability campaigners for offering easy access by wheelchair and good, comfortable views. Twins Judith and Laura Merry, from Worminghall, are members of the young disabled campaigners’ group Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers, which visited 125 cinemas to report on issues… Continue Reading »

ACB and Google conduct survey to better understand computer usage and assistive technology patterns in blind community

Americas, August 17 2011

Arlington, Va.: The American Council of the Blind (ACB) announced it will be working with Google Inc. to survey blind, and deaf-blind people to better understand how they use computers and assistive technology to access information. “Having access to information through the use of accessible technology is paramount in this day… Continue Reading »

Saipan Governor creates new office for accessible public transportation

Americas, August 17 2011

Saipan: Gov. Benigno R. Fitial established last week a new office within the Office of the Governor to develop a viable public transportation system as mandated by a law he signed in May-a move which will also result in the abolition of the Office of Disability Policy and Programs by… Continue Reading »

Young people in Ghana advocate for improved education, accessibility for disabled people

Africa, August 17 2011

Accra, Ghana: Young people in Ghana are advocating for more rights for disabled people.  Local youths gathered at the Fifth African Forum on Blindness in Ghana last month and also attended the African Youth with Disabilities Convening in Kenya earlier this year. The government and nongovernmental organizations here have implemented… Continue Reading »

Livescribe SmartPen helps students with physical and learning disabilities

Americas, August 17 2011

When the UC Berkeley Disabled Students Program started a pilot test providing Livescribe computerized pens to students with learning disabilities, I School students volunteered to evaluate whether the pens could improve student learning and substitute for companion notetakers. “Initially, the DSP was hoping that the use of the pen would lessen… Continue Reading »

Auckland theatres provide accessible services for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 17 2011

Auckland, NZ: Through technology and some more traditional techniques, the world of live theatre is opening up to a whole new audience. The Edge, who run the Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, The Civic and Aotea Square, are making it possible for blind  and deaf people, to enjoy live performances… Continue Reading »

Abu Dhabi police urged motorists not to use parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities

Middle East, August 16 2011

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The total number of traffic violations issued by the Abu Dhabi Police for the wrong parking such as in front of  the fire hoses and ambulance vehicles reached 2,302 violations in the the first half of this year. The Traffic and Patrol Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police,… Continue Reading »

Marsh-Access Program model for parks with enhanced accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, August 16 2011

Lyndhurst, NJ, US: The Marsh-Access Program at the Meadow­lands Environment Center has a novel mission: Meet the needs of all learners, particularly people with disabilities. And its Marsh Discovery Trail allows people with disabilities to engage all five senses in exploring the Meadowlands on an obstacle­free path laden with aids.… Continue Reading »

Irish firm creates navigation app for blind people

Europe, August 16 2011

John Ryan, founder and director of Point the Way, talks about accessibility on smartphones and its new app for blind people, LookAround. Last year, Point the Way pitched its start-up to siliconrepublic.com. Back then, they were in LaunchPad, an incubator programme for start-ups at NDRC, working on their advanced GPS… Continue Reading »

AbleNet announced TalkTrac communication device for children with autism

Americas, August 16 2011

AbleNet announced the reintroduction of TalkTrac to its extensive line of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. AbleNet is an international company in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. TalkTrac wearable communicator device is featuring four messages and two… Continue Reading »

RAFT partners with Stanford to create math kit designed for students with disabilities

Americas, August 15 2011

Palo Alto, CA: A joint initiative between Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) and students in Stanford’s “Perspectives in Assistive Technology ” class has resulted in a prototype for a math kit designed for students with disabilities. The class explores in depth the process of creating technology that benefits people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »