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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 »

DCC planning for disability access to stadium

Asia-Pacific, July 15 2011

New Zealand: The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has moved to allay fears people with disabilities will be left out in the cold at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The council last week confirmed plans for passenger trains, street closures and walking routes to cater for the tens of thousands of… Continue Reading »

Computer toolkit will help deaf people to enjoy music

Europe, July 14 2011

Southampton, UK:  Deaf people who have received a cochlear implant may soon be able to enjoy music better with a toolkit being developed at Southampton University. Cochlear implants allow people with severe-to-profound hearing disability, who do not substantially benefit from conventional hearing aids, to perceive and understand speech. The current… Continue Reading »

Technology being used to build bridges with autistic children

Americas, July 14 2011

SALT LAKE CITY: Digger has a tough time breaking out of his world and expressing what’s on his mind. As a 9-year-old with autism, the desire to socialize with his classmates, or even give a book report becomes excruciatingly awkward. “He just wants to fit in, and wants to be… Continue Reading »

Indian Institute of Technology developing ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people

Asia-Pacific, July 13 2011

India: The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) is in the process of developing a walking stick called ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people with the help of the Blind People’s Association (BPA). The new cane will be reasonably priced at around Rs.1000 and the battery-operated walking stick will be equipped… Continue Reading »

Airline fined for violating rules for travelers with disabilities

Americas, July 12 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities, including a $200,000 civil penalty of which up to $75,000 may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers above levels required by DOT rules. “Passengers with… Continue Reading »

Inaccessible public infrastructure major barrier for people with disabilities in Swaziland

Africa, July 12 2011

Swaziland: Inaccessibility to the built environment, including the public transport system, is still the major barrier which prevents persons with disabilities from actively participating in social and economic activities in the country. Some governments recognise people with disabilities’ basic right to equal access to built environments.  Creating inaccessible built environments,… Continue Reading »

Bromsgrove businesses recognized for helping improve disability access

Europe, July 11 2011

UK: Bromsgrove businesses have been recognised for helping to improve disability access and tackling issues of equality and diversity. The first ever Bromsgrove, No Barriers, disabled access awards were held as part of the fourth and final community consultation conference. Organised by Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with the Equality… Continue Reading »

Touch Tours offered for blind people at museum

Americas, July 10 2011

LANCASTER, Ohio: A new type of tour being offered at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will allow blind people see the art or artifacts on display in the museum’s exhibits to experience them through touch. Beginning this month, DACO will offer Touch Tours for visually impaired residents. The tours… Continue Reading »

DPWH in Philippines spearheads orientation of Accessibility Law in observance of disability week

Asia-Pacific, July 9 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte: The Department of Public Works and Highways- Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED) will be holding an orientation regarding the Accessibility Law in accordance with the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week slated July 17-23. The orientation to be conducted on July 20 at the DPWH… Continue Reading »

Disneyland Park add audio description for visitors with visual disabilities

Americas, July 8 2011

Beginning July 6, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Disneyland park in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas. This feature compliments the audio description inside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks’ attractions and theaters that was… Continue Reading »

Moscow plans better disability access by 2018

News, July 7 2011

Moscow is determined to be more disabled-friendly by 2018 – but it is attracting tourists rather than helping residents that is driving plans forward. Russia’s capital has a bad reputation for accessibility issues, with public transport and homes coming under fire in recent weeks. But a meeting of city bosses… Continue Reading »

Exhibition of ICT services for blind people opens in Accra

Africa, July 6 2011

Accra, Ghana: An exhibition to showcase Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services available for blind people has been mounted at the on-going six-day Fifth Africa Forum on Blindness in Accra. On display are Africa’s best Assistive Technology Devices which fits perfectly into the demands of the Forum on the theme;… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities to keep fighting for better EU air services

Europe, July 5 2011

Rights campaigners say they will have to keep on fighting to improve the treatment of disabled people when flying in Europe, after a meeting with the European Union’s top transport official yielded little progress. “This is going to take years and years to break down the discrimination that persons with… Continue Reading »

DPA launched Accessible Christchurch project

Asia-Pacific, July 4 2011

New Zealand : “A revitalised must include access for all citizens”, says Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) Chief Executive: Ross Brereton, who today launched Accessible Christchurch, a campaign to promote the inclusion of the needs of disabled people in all plans for the rebuilt city. Mr Brereton said “The forthcoming post-quake… Continue Reading »

Verizon invests $70,000 in nonprofits that use technology to help people with disabilities

Americas, July 3 2011

DANVERS, Mass.: For a person with a disability, technology doesn’t simply make life more convenient; it is often the difference between independence and relying on others for the simplest of tasks. The Verizon Foundation, which is committed to improving access to information and services that address the needs of the… Continue Reading »

WIPO copyright body agreed on instrument for visually impaired persons

News, July 2 2011

The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) copyright negotiating body agreed last week to move forward on an instrument that would facilitate access to copyrighted works by visually impaired persons and others with print or reading disabilities. A vast cross-regional coalition of members, including Argentina, Brazil, the EU, and the US,… Continue Reading »

Freedom Scientific to distribute PLEXTALK Pocket DAISY Player

Americas, July 1 2011

St. Petersburg, Florida: Freedom Scientific, the world’s leading provider of technology for people who are blind or have low vision, today announced an agreement with Shinano Kenshi Corporation for U.S. distribution of the PLEXTALK Pocket. The palm-sized PLEXTALK Pocket provides access to talking books, podcasts, and music on the go,… Continue Reading »