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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 »

Panasonic launched cordless telephone for people with hearing disabilities and low vision

News, June 30 2011

Panasonic, the leading brand of cordless home telephones worldwide, introduced a new DECT 6.0 plus technology cordless telephone to enable consumers with hearing and visual disabilities The Talking Caller ID announces caller ID information between rings using text-to-speech technology. Any-key Answer allows any handset key to be pressed to answer… Continue Reading »

Hachette Teams with Essential Accessibility to help Disabled Readers

Americas, June 30 2011

The Hachette Book Group is teaming with Essential Accessibility, a turn-key online tool developed to help disabled community easily access online content. Essential Accessibility software gives disabled people access to a variety of special keyboard shortcuts, hands-free activation and speech recognition functionality. By subscribing to Essential Accessibility, companies can make their… Continue Reading »

Chinese Library launched device to read Non-Braille Books for Blind People

Asia-Pacific, June 30 2011

Beijing: A library for blind people in Beijing has launched a state-of-the-art device that would read out a book aloud to blind people. The device – launched by the Chinese National Library for the Blind – contains a scanner and a speaker. Readers scan a page of a book and… Continue Reading »

PEI launched website for tourists with disabilities

Americas, June 29 2011

Prince Edward Island (PEI) has launched a website to make its tourism industry more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessadvisor.ca will soon use the internet, smartphone apps and GPS downloads to help people with disabilities find the places that can serve them best. Hotels will be ranked with four designations… Continue Reading »