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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 »

California State University ensures web accessibility for visually and hearing impaired students

Americas, June 28 2011

California State University (CSU) has automated accessibility monitoring to ensure that its thousands of websites and millions of Web pages are ready for use by faculty, students, and staff who are visually and hearing impaired. Before being published, each of CSU’s Web sites, intranets, Web applications, and e-learning systems must… Continue Reading »

Israeli researchers develop a "virtual cane" for blind people

Middle East, June 27 2011

JERUSALEM: A cane that works as a “virtual flashlight” to help blind people with spatial navigation was displayed at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. Developed by Amir Amedi of Medical Research Israel-Canada, and the Department of Medicine of Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) , the device uses sensors to… Continue Reading »

Poor parking a hazard for blind people, says NSW Transport Minister

Asia-Pacific, June 24 2011

Australia: New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is asking residents to keep their eyes open for thoughtlessly parked cars on behalf of those who can’t. And about time too, thinks Beth White, who banged her head so hard her neck was sore for weeks after trying to walk… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users face metro 'ban' in St. Petersburg, Russia

News, June 22 2011

St. Petersburg, Russia: Wheelchair users have been banned from the St. Petersburg metro – and the scandal is throwing more attention on to the state of Moscow’s accessibility. In the northern capital there was fury when a young woman was stopped at the turnstiles and the network’s managers praised staff… Continue Reading »

Netflix sued by NAD over lack of subtitles

Americas, June 20 2011

Netflix has been sued by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for failing to offer closed-captioning on enough of its streaming content. In a lawsuit (PDF) filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts, the NAD alleges that Netflix is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

Asiana Airlines opens lounge for disabled passengers at Incheon International Airport

Asia-Pacific, June 17 2011

Seoul, South Korea: Asiana Airlines opened the first airport lounge specifically for disabled passengers at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. The company also donated wheelchairs to a support center for disabled people at the ceremony marking the opening of the lounge. The event was attended by officials from Asiana Airlines,… Continue Reading »

Berkeley-based nonprofit sues CNN.com for not captioning online videos

Americas, June 17 2011

A Berkeley-based nonprofit sued global media and entertainment giant Time Warner on Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, claiming CNN.com discriminates against deaf people by not providing any captioning of its online videos. Disability Rights Advocates is representing the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness and three individual plaintiffs in what… Continue Reading »

Campaign to make New Zealand more accessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, June 17 2011

Empowering people with disabilities and changing society’s attitudes towards them will be the key to a new government campaign, the disabilities minister says. The Be Accessible campaign aims to enable businesses and communities to improve accessibility, particularly leading up to the Rugby World Cup. Disabilities Minister Tariana Turia said there… Continue Reading »

France signs industry charter on accessibility for disabled people

Europe, June 16 2011

French telecom regulator Arcep signed an industry charter for providing disabled people with access to electronic communication services. In 2005 mobile operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR, under the aegis of French mobile operators’ association Afom, Arcep and the inter-ministerial delegation for disabled people and industry charter to facilitate the… Continue Reading »

i-CREATe 5th International Conference on Assistive Technology in Bangkok

Asia-Pacific, June 15 2011

Bangkok, Thailand: In 2011, i-CREATe (21 – 23 July) will be focusing on using Assistive Technology (AT) for children with disabilities. We believed that AT for early intervention will make it possible for children with disabilities to be more independent at home, schools and in the community. A child with… Continue Reading »