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Azerbaijan begins to make accessible urban infrastructure for people with disabilities

Europe, September 18 2011

Baku: The Ministry of Labour & Social Protection of Azerbaijan proposes to change the city’s infrastructure to improve living conditions for people with disabilities. Today in Baku labour minister Fizuli Alakbarov has said that the country pays serious attention to the issue of disability, and this initiative is supported by… Continue Reading »

NYC Hotel agrees to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 17 2011

The owners of the Gramercy Park Hotel have agreed to improve accessibility for guests with disabilities after settling a lawsuit filed by the government. “New York City hosts millions of visitors each year, and it is essential that our hotels are open and accessible to all,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “This… Continue Reading »

New Rule Strengthens Protections for Americans with Disabilities at Rail Stations

Americas, September 16 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that people with disabilities will have greater access to intercity, commuter and high-speed train travel as a result of a new rule requiring new station platform construction or significant renovation to enable people with disabilities to get on and off any car on… Continue Reading »

Bussani Mobility announces 2011 Accessibility Open House

Americas, September 16 2011

Bethpage, NY: Bussani Mobility has today announced their 2011 Accessibility Open House. Bussani Mobility has garnered a reputation for excellence and customer care in the New York area, and their open house is an excellent opportunity for people with physical disabilities to learn more about modern mobility equipment and wheelchair vans, directly… Continue Reading »

Google+ adds video chat feature hangouts to help deaf users to communicate in sign language

News, September 16 2011

Google+ is getting more accessible for sign language users to hangouts. Hangouts, the social network’s video chat feature is one thing that sets Google+ apart from Facebook and Twitter. When many people are chatting in a Hangout, only one person often “gets the floor” at a time and control of… Continue Reading »

Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, September 15 2011

GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications… Continue Reading »

FCC advisory committee recommends adoption of SMPTE Timed Text captioning for online video

Americas, September 15 2011

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee has recommended adoption by the agency of a standard for the closed-captioning of online video content developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as it implements the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The Act is designed to ensure… Continue Reading »

Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism: Italy

Europe, September 15 2011

Manifesto text – Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism Putting into effect art. 30 of UN Convention concerning disabled people rights ratified by Law n.18 of 24/2/09 1. People in the most complete meaning of the term, with their specific needs resulting from personal and health conditions (for example:… Continue Reading »

NCDA and JICA planning to promote physical and social accessibility in rural areas

Asia-Pacific, September 15 2011

Iloilo City, Philippines: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are planning to expand the Non-Handicapping Environment (NHE) Project in Western Visayas to further promote physical and social accessibility in rural areas. NCDA Planning Officer III Delfina Baquir said they target to implement… Continue Reading »

MCC calls for a better barrier-free environment for Malaysians with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 15 2011

Sibu, Malaysia : Methodist Care Centre (MCC) has sent a letter to the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) calling for the creation of a disabled-friendly and barrier-free environment. MCC chairman Kapitan Wong Hie Ching told a press conference that inaccessibility to buildings and public facilities has been a major barrier for… Continue Reading »

One month to go on Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2011

Europe, September 15 2011

The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been designed to promote the development of apps which can improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people to allow them to become more actively involved in society. The race is on as just one month of the competition remaining for… Continue Reading »

Infovox3 portable talking companion for blind people

Europe, September 14 2011

Infovox3, the all-in-one solution for blind people, which provides seamless access to written information, is now available in version 3.1. Using Acapela speech synthesis, infovox 3 speech empowers any PC with pleasant voices, transforming any written text into speech, in real time. No matter where the user is – at… Continue Reading »

Uganda to make education programs more inclusive for students with disabilities

Africa, September 14 2011

Jessica Ilomu, a USAID education specialist, watches carefully as a child at St. Goretti Demonstration School in rural Lira district, Uganda, copies down an exercise from the board given by his teacher. The child begins with his name—A-y-o-r-i B-r-a-i-n. Immediately, Ilomu notices something is wrong: the child’s name is Brian.… Continue Reading »

Disability accessibility rules bypassed in low-floor tram rush

Asia-Pacific, September 14 2011

Australia: The Department of Transport knowingly breached federal anti-discrimination laws by ignoring wheelchair accessibility rules on trams. A tender assessment from September last year for 50 new “low-floor trams” reveals that the department decided a Disability Discrimination Act requirement for a step height between platforms and trams of no more… Continue Reading »

Belfast International Airport website commended for disability accessibility

Europe, September 14 2011

Belfast International Airport has been rated higher than Heathrow Airport when it comes to how accessible its website is for people with disabilities. The quality of information is important when planning a journey via an aeroplane, Reduced Mobility Rights explained. It investigated both of the travel hubs for features relating to special needs… Continue Reading »

Residents campaign for better accessibility to London buses

Europe, September 13 2011

UK: People from Lambeth staged a demonstration last week to promote better access for disabled people to London’s buses. Lambeth residents held placards and chanted for accessible transport outside Vauxhall tube station. They later travelled by bus to Westminster, where they quizzed a panel of representatives from Transport for London (TfL), TravelWatch… Continue Reading »

Walter Pyramid improved accessibility for guests with disabilities

Americas, September 13 2011

The Walter Pyramid has improved accessibility by designating seven different sections that ensure guests with disabilities will have a better view of the event they’re attending. Wheelchair seating sections were chosen for their visibility angles, which ensure an unobstructed line of sight to the floor, even when people in front… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada supports accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 13 2011

Pembroke, Ontario: Canadians with disabilities in Pembroke and surrounding areas will benefit from a fully accessible campus building at Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus as a result of funding from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, made the announcement today on behalf of… Continue Reading »

Sharjah Museums Department launches new initiative 'Sharjah Museums are Accessible for All'

Middle East, September 13 2011

Sharjah: As part of the Sharjah Museums Department’s ,the Community and Accessibility Services of the Department of Interpretation and Education has launched a new initiative, titled ‘Sharjah Museums are Available to All’ which aims to acquaint social care and special needs centers with its new educational programs for 2011-2012. The… Continue Reading »

DPWH set to conduct an orientation seminar on amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of Accessibility Law

Asia-Pacific, September 13 2011

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines: District Engineer Arnaldo R. Bonifacio informed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City Engineering District is set to conduct an orientation seminar on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Accessibility Law or the Batas Pambansa No. 344. The seminar will be… Continue Reading »