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W3C Project targets accessible web content authoring tools

Americas, August 12 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been busy making the web a more accessible place. In focus today is a project dubbed the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) — it aims to help software vendors make better web content authoring and management tools, including WYSIWYG editors, word processors and web… Continue Reading »

Raleigh cab drivers worry about new accessible transportation contract

Americas, August 11 2011

Raleigh, NC: A contract with MV Transportation for services for people with disabilities is on hold after some raised questions about its effect on local cab drivers. The $1.7 million contract, which was up for approval at the council’s Aug. 2 meeting, was referred to committee after Councilor Eugene Weeks… Continue Reading »

Blind woman fights for discrimination-free travel

Asia-Pacific, August 11 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia: Eight months have passed, but the words remain as clear as ever in Rina Prasarani’s head. “If something happens to you, we will not be responsible,” a Lion Air flight attendant told Rina on a flight from Jakarta to Denpasar in December, as the crew forced her to… Continue Reading »

Robot helps disabled man towards independence

Americas, August 11 2011

It’s been 10 years since Henry Evans has been able to perform some of the simplest of tasks, like scratching his face, shaving, putting objects into a drawer. Now, with the help of a personal robot, he can. At 40, Evans, a father of four with an MBA and a career… Continue Reading »

Global M-Enabling Summit on mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities

Americas, August 11 2011

Washington, DC: The M-Enabling Summit, Global Summit for mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC, December 5-6, 2011, is the first global program dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible… Continue Reading »

Device connects hearing impaired patients and doctors

Americas, August 11 2011

Albany, GA: Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital now has a device that will help communication between their hearing impaired and Spanish-speaking patients. Imagine you are a patient trying to communicate your needs to a doctor, but they can’t understand you. A new machine could fix that. The Language Line Rover puts… Continue Reading »

Blind person advocates say more audible crosswalks needed

Americas, August 11 2011

Bakersfield, Calif. : Anthony Rodriguez can’t see the crosswalk button. He can only feel it, and at certain intersections, he can hear it. Rodriguez is a blind person. But Rodriguez doesn’t let his lack of an eyesight stop him from walking around town, because walking is something he has to… Continue Reading »

US banks to ensure ATM accessibility mandated by Americans with Disabilities Act

Americas, August 10 2011

Level Four Software today confirms that by January 2012, its BRIDGE:test product will enable financial institutions and ATM deplorers to conduct fully automated end to end testing of new voice guidance functionality at the ATM. This critical step will help banks to ensure their ATM network meets new legal requirements… Continue Reading »

University of Ulster student creates innovative application for children with autism

Europe, August 10 2011

UK: A University of Ulster student has created an innovative application to help parents and carers of children with autism. The easy to use ‘app’ MakeSense, which has been specifically designed to give autistic children greater independence, will be available to download later this summer from the official Apple App store.… Continue Reading »

Japan Accessible Tourism Center launched website for tourist with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 10 2011

More and more people with disabilities or elderly people are travelling in Japan. There is plenty of accessibility information available in Japanese, but if you are a foreign tourist with disabilities wishing to visit Japan, very little information available related to accessibility, language is the barrier to find accessibility information for… Continue Reading »

Researchers developing new technology to help children with disabilities draw

Europe, August 10 2011

A team of researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London are working with charity Special Effect to use innovative technology to design a computer programme to allow children with disabilities to be able to explore their creativity. The novel technology developed at Royal Holloway uses an eye-tracker to find out… Continue Reading »

eDateAbility.com new dating website for people with disabilities

Americas, August 9 2011

Tampa, Florida: For most people, finding love is hard enough. Now imagine trying to do that when you’re in your house because of a disability. It’s a challenge millions of disabled people face every day. But a new website, founded by an Orlando woman, is trying to change that. It’s… Continue Reading »

Disability rights groups advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

Asia-Pacific, August 9 2011

Taipei, Taiwan: Affordable housing units should be built with barrier-free facilities to meet the need of physically disabled people, several disability rights organizations urged yesterday in Taipei. During a press conference held yesterday in the Legislative Yuan, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Sue-ying said the government has recently concluded… Continue Reading »

New version of NVDA screen reader released

News, August 9 2011

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) 2011.2 has been released by NV Access, the free and open source screen reader for Microsoft Windows is now available for download. It enables blind people to access computers running Microsoft Windows for no cost. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability… Continue Reading »

Accessibility for disabled people a major problem at JNU

Asia-Pacific, August 9 2011

New Delhi, India: At Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), it may be easy getting admission, but for disabled students accessibility is key issue. Akshansh Gupta, 28 a PhD student with physical disability since birth and cannot move around without assistance. He is also unable to push his own wheelchair. His attendant,… Continue Reading »

Emirati man designed ‘iMouse’ software controls computer with facial movements

Middle East, August 8 2011

Dubai, UAE: An Emirati man has designed a computer mouse that uses facial recognition technology to allow disabled people to use computers. The iMouse software automatically detects and tracks eye, head and nose movements to control the mouse cursor. “Through our software, we can help people with disabilities to be… Continue Reading »

Frustrating, dangerous DC Metro problems for disabled people

Americas, August 8 2011

Washington, DC: From the seat of her electric wheelchair, Rochelle Harrod pressed the button of an elevator on the north side of Metro’s New Carrollton station. Nothing. She pressed it again. Nothing. No sign explained it was out of service. She looked around in vain for someone nearby to help. No… Continue Reading »

Federal funds help Toronto agencies improve accessibility

Americas, August 8 2011

Canada: Federal funding to help agencies and community groups to make their facilities more accessible to disabled people saw $400,000 go to nine agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, came to Toronto Friday morning to celebrate the funding, at one of… Continue Reading »

German tourist sites to improve access for people with disabilities

Europe, August 7 2011

The German tourism sector is full of historical landmarks strongly protected by the law – often a barrier to improving disability accessibility. But the free access of disabled people is on a steady upward path. In western Germany, on about 110 square kilometers of land that stretches to the Belgian… Continue Reading »

Nissan to provide 10 new accessible taxis to earthquake-hit areas in Japan

Asia-Pacific, August 6 2011

Yokohama, Japan: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will loan 10 units of its compact commercial vehicle, the NV200 Vanette Taxi, at no cost to several taxi operators in the Tohoku region of Japan to help improve public access to transportation in the areas affected by the recent major earthquake and natural… Continue Reading »