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New Zealand Paralympian buys robotic legs

Asia-Pacific, May 1 2011

Nearly a year after unveiling the world’s first robotic legs for wheelchair users, Auckland company Rex Bionics has sold it’s first pair to New Zealand paralympian. Dave MacCalman, who sustained a spinal cord injury diving into a river while in the United States on a basketball scholarship has taken his… Continue Reading »

Accessible sidewalks for people with disabilities constructed in Jakarta

Asia-Pacific, April 30 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia: The Central Jakarta Administration is about to spend Rp 1.7 billion to provide pedestrian for disabled people. The lane will be constructed in September along 800 meters and 203 meters of wide. Central Jakarta Head of Public Works Agency Indrastuty Okita said the lane construction is city administration… Continue Reading »

Volunteers to build free access ramp for disabled people in Algona

Americas, April 28 2011

Algona residents James and Anna Ogar will watch volunteers from the Master Builders Care Foundation construct a free ramp for wheelchair user at their home on May 14 for the 18th annual Rampathon event. The event will bring hundreds of Master Builders Association member volunteers to construct free wheelchair ramps… Continue Reading »

Tokyo Haneda Airport sets "Universal Design" standards for barrier-free airports

Asia-Pacific, April 26 2011

Tokyo, Japan: The universal design principles incorporated into the passenger areas at Haneda Airport’s new international terminal have been acclaimed as world class and can serve as a blueprint for integrated “barrier-free” facilities in similar facilities around the world. So much thought has gone into the design of the airport,… Continue Reading »

Jakarta city urged to create disabled parking spots as part of bylaw

Asia-Pacific, April 26 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia: Beni Kusuma continues to drive despite a stroke that paralyzed him 20 years ago. He says that Jakarta discriminates against disabled people behind the wheel. Beni criticized top administration officials on Monday for not designating parking spots for disabled people. “Many public buildings have no special parking areas… Continue Reading »

“Most planned city in India” forgotten its disabled population

Asia-Pacific, April 25 2011

Chandigarh, India: Life is not easy for disabled people in Chandigarh, moreso if they plan to move around the city as they face several roadblocks everywhere. Whether it is enjoying the beauty of the parks or going out for shopping or simply commuting on their own, disabled people find it… Continue Reading »

UN disability representative prohibited by Swissair from boarding a flight

Europe, April 23 2011

European disability rights movements were flabbergasted on hearing that a high United Nations disability representative was prohibited by Swissair from boarding a flight that would have taken him from London to Geneva. The passenger, the UN Special Rapporteur on disability, Shuaib Chalklen, who is a wheelchair user, was not allowed… Continue Reading »

EU vows to improve travel rights for people with disabilities

Europe, April 22 2011

The European Commission vowed Wednesday to strengthen the travel rights of disabled people, after a UN disability expert who uses a wheelchair complained that he was barred from a Swiss airline flight. Shuaib Chalklen, the United Nations special rapporteur on disability, was told by the airline that he could not… Continue Reading »

Chinese website portal launched to ensure disabled people better access to public information

Asia-Pacific, April 21 2011

A Chinese website portal was launched Tuesday to provide the country’s nearly 83 million disabled people with better access to information services. Sponsored by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), the website, www.cdpsn.org.cn, is the country’s first national-level online portal specializing in serving the disabled. Besides publishing information regarding job… Continue Reading »

DLA Aviation migration to videophones for hearing impaired complete

Americas, April 20 2011

RICHMOND – Two years ago, DLA Aviation began the process of upgrading all of its deaf and hearing-impaired employees from the old and obsolete telephone typewriter, or TTY communications device to the more technically advanced videophones. Recently, the last three DLA Aviation deaf employees received their videophones, completing the issue… Continue Reading »

Airlines facing EU clampdown for refusing Travelers with Disabilities

Europe, April 19 2011

The EU is under pressure to enforce equality rules on airlines as increasing numbers of disabled people, including a UN disability rights monitor, are being refused travel because they are in a wheelchair. Shuaib Chalklen, the UN’s “special rapporteur on disability” has complained to the European Commission after he was… Continue Reading »

New audible pedestrian signal installed for blind people at BSU

Americas, April 19 2011

Boise, ID USA: People with impaired vision have some new high-tech help crossing the street on the Boise State University (BSU) campus. The audible pedestrian crossings are at University Drive and Lincoln Avenue, and at University and Joyce. “Automobiles have become so much quieter and intersection crossings have become more… Continue Reading »

Ben-Gurion University may help disabled people use computers with thoughts

Middle East, April 18 2011

Researchers announce their application of a unique computer pointing device, or mouse/keyboard replacement, to operate one’s computer. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers announced on Sunday their application of a unique computer pointing device, or mouse/keyboard replacement, to operate one’s computer. The student team, Ori Ossmy, Ofir Tam and Ariel… Continue Reading »

Hackensack church offers captioning for hearing-impaired

Americas, April 17 2011

Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Hackensack could well be the first church in North Jersey to offer captions for hearing impaired. Sunday, which was Palm Sunday, was the second time it has been offered during a Holy Trinity Mass. The captioning, offered twice a month and displayed on a large… Continue Reading »

Access for disabled people an issue for Tulsa

Americas, April 17 2011

Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa’s self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance has revealed nearly $23 million in necessary modifications for public buildings, parks, sidewalks, intersections and bus stops. The city’s initial transition plan was completed two years after the passage of the 1990 civil rights law mandating equal access for… Continue Reading »

London 2012 – Concerns about disability access for transport

Europe, April 16 2011

London 2012 transport plans are on track but there is no room for complacency, members of the London Assembly have warned. However, concerns have been raised about issues of disabled access with only a quarter of Tube stations and one-third of rail stations have step-free access from station to platform.… Continue Reading »

Sawai Mansingh Stadium in India inaccessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, April 16 2011

JAIPUR, India: Cricket may have won today at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (SMS) and people had the best of their times, but for 25-year-old cricket fan Somya Dawar, it was a disappointing day. She had valid passes but could not watch the match as the stands were not “equipped” and did… Continue Reading »

Students create device for hearing impaired

Americas, April 15 2011

Terre Haute, Ind. : The hearing impaired get some help from a new invention by Rose Hulman students. Students at the school created an indication system that helps those with hearing loss to know when somebody is calling. The electronic system makes a lamp flash when the person receives an… Continue Reading »

Paralympians boycott Jetstar over wheelchair policy in New Zealand

Asia-Pacific, April 14 2011

Jetstar is facing more criticism of its wheelchair policy after it refused to fly some of New Zealand’s top disabled athletes. Paralympics New Zealand was told only two out of a team of eight of its athletes were allowed on board a Jetstar-operated Qantas flight from Darwin in May, regardless… Continue Reading »

Zoom Reader for iPhone 4, an App for Low-Vision Users

News, April 13 2011

The iPhone has been praised for its wide range of accessibility features, but the recent launch of theZoomReader app just firmly sealed the iPhone’s leadership for anyone requiring a little visual assistance. ZoomReader features a combination of live video magnification, OCR functionality and a naturally sounding text-to-speech solution, making iPhone… Continue Reading »