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Advocacy helps in improving accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, October 31 2011

CANADA: It turns out those big buttons with a picture of a wheelchair on them aren’t just fun things for children to push at the mall to make the doors open. The fun factor is not to be denied, but those buttons actually serve a bigger purpose that anyone who… Continue Reading »

UK government e-Accessibility policy for disabled people 'needs tighter focus'

Europe, October 30 2011

UK: The government should tighten the focus of its policy to ensure digital technologies, including public sector websites and online services – are accessible to disabled people, one of the UK’s leading campaigners on ‘e-accessibility’ has told UKAuthority.com. The UK government’s e-Accessibility Forum, a group of civil servants and advisers tasked… Continue Reading »

Converse store shut down for lack of access for people with disabilities

Americas, October 29 2011

Converse’s flagship sneaker store on Newbury Street has been shuttered indefinitely by the state for failure to provide disability accessibility to its entrance. The Architectural Access Board, a regulatory agency of the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety, closed the store on Wednesday until the fixes are made to the entrance. The entrance… Continue Reading »

Sony introduces closed captioning and audio playback glasses at ShowEast 2011

Americas, October 28 2011

FLORIDA: Sony, the Japanese electronic maker, introduced subtitle glasses at ShowEast 2011, the glasses that have been designed for closed caption viewing and audio playback for people with hearing and visual disabilities cinema lovers. Sony’s lightweight glasses and receiver, which have been tested with consumers in Seattle, to be named… Continue Reading »

VITAC releases cult Halloween classic “Carnival of Souls” with captions and audio description

Americas, October 28 2011

Washington, DC : VITAC, a leading provider of accessible video programming, today announced the release of the cult classic “Carnival of Souls,” with captions and audio description. This second annual accessible horror film, ast year the company released Night of the Living Dead with captions and audio description, was created in… Continue Reading »

Armenian with disabilities protest against inaccessible public infrastructure

Europe, October 28 2011

YEREVAN, ARMENIA: A group of wheelchair users showed the public and the authorities that in Yerevan neither public transportation, streets nor even state offices are accessible for people with disabilities. During a campaign Wednesday, initiated by a number of NGOs dealing with the rights of disabled people, and the Ombudsman’s… Continue Reading »

NantWorks LookTel technology wins FCC Chairman’s Awards for advancements in accessibility

Americas, October 28 2011

LOS ANGELES: NantWorks LLC, the company formed by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in September this year, announced that its LookTel technology had been selected as a winner of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. The award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to advance communications accessibility for people… Continue Reading »

Nokia unveils new Screen Reader app

Europe, October 28 2011

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Nokia has announced a screen reader this week at Nokia World 2011, in addition to a number of accessibility apps. These new products matter because they will make it easier for people with disabilities to use Nokia devices. The software supplier for the Nokia Screen Reader is Code… Continue Reading »

Unique Mobility Products from University of Utah Program Enhance Lives of People with Disabilities

Americas, October 27 2011

SALT LAKE CITY: For people who do not have the use of their legs or arms, the feeling of flying through the air can be a liberating experience, to say the least. Now, the Ergonomics and Safety Program at the University of Utah has partnered with the organization Able Pilot… Continue Reading »

Accessible playgrounds in Israel

Middle East, October 27 2011

ISRAEL: Disabled people have increasing accessibility to public parks in Israel. Recent projects, such as Friendship Park in Raanana near Tel Aviv, make the parks available for blind people as well as for people in wheelchairs. The nine-acre Friendship Park opened in 2005 and was the first accessible integrated park… Continue Reading »

Kenya Government plans to establish more schools for people with disabilities

Africa, October 27 2011

KENYA: The government plans to establish more schools for people with disabilities, Gender PS James Nyikal has said. Nyikal said through his ministry the government is also working on increasing the number of staff for the group. “My ministry is working with the Education ministry among other government ministries to… Continue Reading »

UBC cuts down on disability parking spaces

Americas, October 27 2011

As the University of B.C. cuts down on parking spaces to promote sustainability, one disabled student worries it’s at the cost of accessibility. Law student Brandon Langhjelm uses an electric wheelchair on campus due to a rare tissue disorder that makes it difficult to use public transit or walk long… Continue Reading »

Museum to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 26 2011

CHENNAI, INDIA: The Government Museum is gearing up to receive more visitors with disabilities with a host of amenities for them set to come up in the next few months on its sprawling campus in Egmore. From more ramps with hand railings near the galleries to elevators to tactile flooring… Continue Reading »

International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2012 in Portugal

Europe, October 26 2011

LISBON, PORTUGAL: International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) for e-accessibility will take place on 14 February 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. IUI is the premier international conference for bringing together researchers from academia, nonprofit organizations, industry and practitioners of the trade, who are working on Novel Interaction and Intelligent Interfaces,… Continue Reading »

Housing societies and shops should be made accessible for wheelchair users

Asia-Pacific, October 26 2011

POWAI, INDIA: Powaiites in Hiranandani Gardens may have seen a lady cruising on her wheelchair, the sight is unusual to see a wheelchair users moving on the road amidst traffic on its own. Courageous and bold Neha Kopikar from Hiranandani Powai is a perfect example to all the people that… Continue Reading »

Taco Bell awaits sanctions in accessibility suit

Americas, October 26 2011

A recent federal court decision that found Taco Bell in violation of federal and state laws protecting the rights of customers who use wheelchairs or scooters should motivate restaurant operators to comply with access rules, attorneys say. Observers expect the Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell to appeal the Oct. 5 ruling… Continue Reading »

OGCIO launches campaign to promote web accessibility

Asia-Pacific, October 25 2011

HONG KONG: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today (October 25) launched the Web Accessibility Campaign to promote the adoption of accessible design in websites in the public and private sectors. Through publicity, fostering know-how and promulgating technical resources, the campaign aims to facilitate access to online… Continue Reading »

Passenger with disabilities rails at 'joke' access to Leicester station

Europe, October 25 2011

LEICESTER, UK: A disabled man has hit out at railway bosses after he had to push his wheelchair backwards along a dark, uneven road to gain access to Leicester train station. David Gordon arrived at the station early one morning to find parking spaces at the front had been barricaded… Continue Reading »

NCRA encourages maximum accessibility for people with hearing disabilities

Americas, October 25 2011

VIENNA, Va.: The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission that strongly support the findings of the FCC’s Video Programming and Accessibility Advisory Committee’s (VPAAC) assertion that regulations related to closed captioning “should address caption completeness, placement, accuracy and timing.” In short, the metric of… Continue Reading »

New technology allows Ford organize blind driver event

Europe, October 25 2011

Ford of Europe recently organized a unique drive event when it brought together a group of 30 blind and visually impaired people at a Ford test track in Germany. The special event was staged at the Ford Development Centre in Cologne, to help blind and visually impaired persons gain a… Continue Reading »