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Texas Department of Transportation planning to improve Calvert pedestrian accessibility

Americas, October 4 2011

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning to improve pedestrian accessibility in downtown Calvert along Main Street (SH 6). Through consultation with interested citizens, including City of Calvert staff, local merchants and business owners, TxDOT has established a plan to address accessibility challenges. This plan will be available for review at… Continue Reading »

U.S. government sues apartment builder

Americas, October 4 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is suing builders and designers of a Salem apartment complex alleging parts of the property are inaccessible to people with disabilities. The lawsuit was filed Friday in district court in Portland. It alleges that various barriers at Gateway Village Apartments on Madras Street SE have violated… Continue Reading »

Blind voters learn how to use audio electronic voting machine

Americas, October 3 2011

Rancho Mirage: Fundamental acts taken for granted by most Americans take on a whole new meaning for blind people. It’s fundamental to democracy, yet 60 percent of 200 students surveyed at the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage need help from a caregiver to vote. “My son votes for me. I… Continue Reading »

Video programming accessibility advisory committee to meet again

Americas, October 3 2011

The next meeting of the FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm at the FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. Under the 21st CVAA, VPAAC must develop recommendations on implementing the Act’s video programming obligations, such as… Continue Reading »

McHenry County College hosts accessibility code seminar

Americas, October 3 2011

Crystal Lake, IL: McHenry County College (MCC) will offer a one-day Illinois Accessibility Code seminar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the MCC Conference Center in Building B. The college is at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. The presenter will be Doug Gamble, senior technical specialist… Continue Reading »

NGO demands to make Indian Railways accessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, October 3 2011

Chennai, India: Representatives of 17 organisations working among disabled people in the country, met the Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to draw attention to the problems faced by people with reduced mobility disabilities, while travelling in the Indian Railways. The delegation also demanded extension of e-booking facility for disabled people… Continue Reading »

Starbucks coffee introduces Braille Card

Americas, October 2 2011

The Starbucks coffee has released a new fall 2011 gift card that features the ‘Starbucks’ in Braille across the top. The card will make it easier for Starbucks’ blind customers to find, without having to make a Braille sticker for the card. The Braille Card is now available in participating… Continue Reading »

Call for accessible road infrastructure and signs for people with disabilities

Africa, October 1 2011

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: The government, through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and other stakeholders, has been advised to ensure road infrastructure and signs are accessible to people with disabilities. Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, Dar es Salaam road safety committee deputy… Continue Reading »

NFB condemns lack of access to new Amazon Kindle Fire

Americas, September 30 2011

BALTIMORE: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commented today on the release of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire, which cannot be used by people who are blind. Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Blind Americans have repeatedly asked Amazon to include accessibility for blind… Continue Reading »

New publication helps property professionals meet the requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards

Americas, September 30 2011

WASHINGTON, DC: The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has released a new guidebook, Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards, to help architects, space planners, property managers and other property professionals meet the new requirements of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new guidebook provides a comprehensive… Continue Reading »

EU invests $5M to make ATM accessible

Europe, September 30 2011

The European Union is spending €3.41m ($4.7 million) on a project to make self-service terminals more accessible to people with disabilities and senior citizens. According to the European Commission, one in six Europeans have a disability, and 87 million Europeans are over the age of 65; however a recent EU study… Continue Reading »

Program teaches blind people to learn photography in Mexico

Americas, September 30 2011

A group of 30 blind people are learning photography with the help of the Mexico City foundation called Eyes That Feel. Founded five years ago, the foundation teaches blind people to use their other senses to choose subjects, create images and express in photographs how they perceive the world. For… Continue Reading »

MAB introduces ICT course for blind people

Asia-Pacific, September 30 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Blind-friendly information technology is something not many people would have heard about. Braille-based computer equipment and speech technology are just some adaptive tools being introduced by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) to enable blind community to use information technology and the Internet effectively. The tools will… Continue Reading »

Audible pedestrian signals debut in New York

Americas, September 29 2011

NY: Crossing the street just got a little less treacherous for blind people at 25 intersections in all four boroughs. New Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) introduced today feature a “distinct clicking sound” at certain intersection to let sight-impaired pedestrians know when the “walk” phase has begun. It’s a heavy blow… Continue Reading »

Tanzania government prints constitution in Braille for people with visual disabilities

Africa, September 29 2011

In a bid to ensure wide participation of citizens in the process of preparing a new constitution, the government has printed special copies in Braille form for people with visual disabilities. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Permanent Secretary Oliver Mhaiki said the 1, 500 copies cost 32m/- to print.… Continue Reading »

Independence Visitor Center offers new services for visitors with hearing disabilities

Americas, September 29 2011

PHILADELPHIA: October is Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) continues to set an example about the importance of valuing accessibility and welcoming all visitors to the Philadelphia region by providing special services for guests.  Located on Independence Mall in Independence National Historical Park, the Visitor Center… Continue Reading »

Creating a barrier-free Thorold for people with disabilities

Americas, September 29 2011

Thorold, ON, Canada: Creating barrier-free municipalities with universal accessibility to municipal services, programs and opportunities, is all a part of the role of this committee of council. The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC) is spreading the message that the need for inclusiveness within the City of Thorold and other Niagara… Continue Reading »

Warrenton city agrees to improve accessibility for people with disabilities under agreement with government

Americas, September 29 2011

Richmond, VA:  The town of Warrenton will improve building access for people with disabilities under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Department announced the agreement Wednesday. It was reached as part of a department initiative to ensure that cities and counties nationwide comply with the Americans with… Continue Reading »

Student designs smart stick for blind people, wins top award

Asia-Pacific, September 29 2011

New Delhi, India: Shantanu Gangwar, a 17-year-old aspiring engineer from RK Puram, has designed a ‘Smart Stick’ for blind people. The smart walking stick is fitted with infrared sensors that can detect the obstacles on a person’s path and alert him. The innovation has helped him bag the prestigious ‘Inventions’… Continue Reading »

President of Georgia opens new accessible school

Europe, September 28 2011

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, opened a new school meeting modern standards in the village of Melaani, Kakheti Region on September 26. The school has been constructed according to modern standards so that children with disabilities will be also able to study there as inclusive teaching is also included… Continue Reading »