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Malaysian Transport Minister Kong urges MAHB to reconsider aerobridge decision

Asia-Pacific, September 7 2011

Putrajaya: Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) should reconsider its decision not to install aerobridges at its new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. “I would like MAHB to reconsider and review their decision. In my opinion,… Continue Reading »

Cambridge company developed wireless cinema audio distribution system for people with hearing and visual disabilities

Europe, September 7 2011

An audio system developed by a Cambridge company to improve the cinema experience for people with hearing and visual disabilities has been taken on by a world leader in digital service provision. Cambridge Consultants’ new wireless Salix audio system makes it easier and cheaper for any theatre or auditorium to… Continue Reading »

UK group launched cinema campaign to improve disability accessibility

Europe, September 7 2011

A pressure group has launched a campaign for cinemas to improve access for people with disabilities. Members of the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers Group are calling for independent and multiplex cinemas across the country to provide better facilities for customers with disabilities. Wheelchair users including YA reporter Paul Peterson, from Corringham,… Continue Reading »

Beyond barriers Incredible India tour by four wheelchair users

Asia-Pacific, September 6 2011

Beyond barriers Incredible India Tour by a group of four wheelchair users, that calls itself the Adventurous Four, will undertake the Beyond Barriers-Incredible India project to check accessibility for wheelchair users in the country. The tour aims to sensitize the concerned agencies like the Ministry of Tourism, NGOs, hospitality sector,… Continue Reading »

Man with dyslexia develops new mobile device to help people with learning disabilities

Americas, September 6 2011

Ben Foss was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child and struggled with learning disabilities through high school and college, always depending on others to read to him or taking long amounts of time to read the text himself. In graduate school, he relied on prerecorded audio content or he… Continue Reading »

ISO to contribute new standard for accessible packaging design

News, September 5 2011

Any consumer can find some packages or packaged products tricky to open. Such difficulties can be worse for people with disabilities or elderly people. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is contributing to a solution in the form of a standard for designing packaging that is easier to use for people… Continue Reading »

Chicago House of Blues reach agreement to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, September 5 2011

Chicago: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Friday that the House of Blues Chicago and owner Live Nation Worldwide Inc. have implemented changes in accordance with a 2009 settlement agreement. Live Nation completed interior renovations and implemented new operating policies to bring the concert venue into compliance with federal… Continue Reading »

Victoria Public Transport ‘failing’ to cater for commuters with disabilities, report finds

Asia-Pacific, September 5 2011

The study by the Victorian Council of Social Service highlights what it claims are “critical breakdowns” in transport infrastructure that make parts of the system inaccessible to everyone from mums with prams to elderly shoppers or commuters with disabilities. Welfare advocates called for significant changes to the way public transport… Continue Reading »

AFB announces 2012 access awards call for Nominations

Americas, September 5 2011

New York: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)  announced its official call for nominations for the 2012 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an… Continue Reading »

EyeNote app helps blind people to identify US currency

Americas, September 4 2011

The EyeNote application was developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for blind people to use as a tool to increase accessibility to U.S. currency. EyeNote is built for the Apple iOS to allow the user to scan a bank note and communicate its value back to the… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities celebrate accessible taxi service reintroduction

Asia-Pacific, September 4 2011

Hawkesbury, Australia: A fatal accident at Clarendon in the early hours of July 17 had further bad repercussions, but on Monday of them came to an end. The Gazette reported the accident at the time, a collision between a pedestrian and a taxi for disabled people. The taxi was the… Continue Reading »

Adelaide Railway Station short on toilets for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, September 3 2011

Adelaide, NZ: A Wheelchair user man is angered at the indignity he suffered due to a dire lack of disabled toilets at the Adelaide Railway Station. Ad’m Martin, 29, said he was “mortified” by the incident on Saturday, August 20, about 6pm. The station has one proper toilet for disabled… Continue Reading »

6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology

Europe, September 3 2011

The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT) (CWUAAT 2012) will be held on 26th – 29th March 2012 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications” refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations… Continue Reading »

Kingsville council approved plans to make Carnegie Library building accessible for people with disabilities

Americas, September 2 2011

Kingsville council has approved architectural plans to make the Carnegie library building accessible for people with disabilities. The heritage building with its grand front stairs is no longer used as a library and can’t be used as a public building until it is made accessible. Architect Joseph Toth presented drawings… Continue Reading »

Montgomery County to improve access to public facilities for people with disabilities

Americas, September 2 2011

Montgomery County will work with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve access to public facilities for people with disabilities. On Aug. 16, the department announced an agreement with the county, along with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, that is expected to lead to upgrades in such places… Continue Reading »

Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD in New York

Americas, September 2 2011

The Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 7 to 9 September 2011. The Conference will include a high-level segment and general debate, as well as two Roundtables… Continue Reading »

Senator Adolpho Palacios bill aims to improve enforcement of accessible parking laws

Americas, September 1 2011

Guam: Senator Adolpho B. Palacios, Sr., has introduced Bill No. 294, which seeks to improve the enforcement of accessible parking laws.  According to statute, individuals could face a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for violations including obstructing accessible parking spaces, parking in such a space without an… Continue Reading »

Sony developing subtitle glasses for deaf people

Europe, September 1 2011

Sony is beginning to develop a track record for unconventional uses for glasses, this time creating subtitle glasses for deaf people. First it was Dual View 3D, the new take on stereoscopic 3D glasses that would give two separate pictures to two viewers on a single 3D TV, but the… Continue Reading »

Government promises disabled-friendly faculties in public buildings

Asia-Pacific, September 1 2011

New Delhi, India: Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment D. Napoleon said that the appropriate governments and local authorities shall provide disabled-friendly facilities in public buildings, hospitals and other places. He told Lok Sabha that as per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of… Continue Reading »

Researchers developed Thought-controlled Robot to help people with disabilities

Americas, September 1 2011

Washington: Researchers have developed robots that can be controlled by the user’s thoughts and will be provide help for people with in future. These avatars will “fill in” for those who are not able to physically attend – communicating for them, said science fiction author Robert Sawyer. “This is liberating… Continue Reading »