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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 »

Federal grants available to improve polling place accessibility in Minnesota

Americas, September 1 2011

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced that his office is currently seeking grant proposals from cities, townships and counties for accessibility improvements to polling places in Minnesota. The approximately $400,000 in Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grants are provided through the federal Help… Continue Reading »

Delhi University to make DUSU elections accessible for students with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 31 2011

New Delhi, India:  Blind people can exercise their right to a secret ballot from now on. In order to make Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections disabled-friendly, the university has decided to provide information on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in Braille. Until last year, blind students voted with assistance from others… Continue Reading »

Touch technology to assist students with disabilities in public schools

Asia-Pacific, August 31 2011

WA education minister Liz Constable said the government was spending $4million over four years to install new interactive whiteboards in classrooms. The funding would assist public schools to help students with disabilities learn through the use of technology. The Minister said touch technology was benefiting students, particularly those with autism… Continue Reading »

‘APSIS4All’ EU project aims to improve ATM accessibility for people with disabilities

Europe, August 31 2011

An EU-funded project is aiming to make self-service cash terminals more accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. According to a study, the EU is seriously lagging behind the US and Canada in bank’s cash-machines accessibility for disabled consumers, which is why the Commission has decided to provide €3.41 million for the… Continue Reading »

Abu Dhabi Government website accessible for people with disabilities

Middle East, August 30 2011

Abu Dhabi: User experience consultancy User Vision has just completed a long term contract to make Abu Dhabi government websites more accessible for people with disabilities. The project, part of the Abu Dhabi Government Modernisation Initiative, was the first of its kind in the region and underlines the government’s active… Continue Reading »

Passengers with disabilities left stranded at Scottish Airport

Europe, August 30 2011

Passengers with disabilities from Northern Ireland were left stranded at a Scottish airport at the weekend after equipment and assistance they needed to board a flight were not available in time for take-off. The group of six, which included an 85-year old woman, several wheelchair users and an adult with… Continue Reading »

Researchers developing computer game for children with autism

Americas, August 30 2011

Researchers at Oporto University have teamed up with the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to develop a computer game aimed at helping children with autism learn facial expressions and emotions to help them relate better to the people around them. The game – which was the brainchild of various… Continue Reading »

Disability rights organizations advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

Asia-Pacific, August 30 2011

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

EdOptions(TM) launches text to speech functionality in online curriculum

Americas, August 30 2011

Falls Church, VA: EdOptions(TM) announced today the release of Text to Speech, a new feature allowing users of its Web-based courses to have text within the curriculum read out loud. By establishing a partnership with ReadSpeaker(R), the developer of online text to speech applications, EdOptions(TM) continues its commitment to increased… Continue Reading »

New report shows children with disabilities in Nepal face major barriers to education

Asia-Pacific, August 29 2011

Kathmandu, Nepal: Children with disabilities in Nepal face diverse and imposing barriers to getting a basic education, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Schools are physically inaccessible, teachers are inadequately trained, and some children with disabilities are unjustly denied admission to neighborhood schools, Human Rights Watch found. The 76-page… Continue Reading »

FCC sets new video description rules for US television

Americas, August 29 2011

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will give television stations nine months to comply with rules requiring video description programming for people who are blind or visually impaired. The commission unanimously adopted the rules on Wednesday, and the decision was announced Thursday. The rules are part of the FCC’s implementation of… Continue Reading »

Accessible new Serangoon bus interchange to open soon

Asia-Pacific, August 29 2011

Serangoon, Singapore: After nearly three years of waiting, residents in Serangoon can look forward to a new bus interchange. The fully air-conditioned facility will provide a seamless link to retail mall nex and Serangoon MRT station, which is on the North-East Line as well as the Circle Line. Occupying a… Continue Reading »

Airline returns passenger’s wheelchair in pieces

Americas, August 29 2011

Oklahoma City: Jason Price was picked by a federal administration to help write a book. His part is about Oklahomans with disabilities becoming employed and self-sufficient, allowing them to leave the Social Security disability rolls. He flew out to Washington D.C. for the project, but found himself in a less… Continue Reading »

NFB and MDDTAP to host web accessibility training day

Americas, August 28 2011

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program (MDDTAP) will present the second annual Web Accessibility Training Day on Monday, September 19, 2011. The day-long event will present valuable information about creating accessible web content that complies with federal and… Continue Reading »

11th European AAATE “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care” Conference

Europe, August 27 2011

The 11th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2011, will be held from August 31 to September 2 in Maastricht, Netherlands.  The theme of this year’s AAATE conference is “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care”. Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) aims to advance Assistive… Continue Reading »

NFB urges Maryland Libraries to purchase accessible E-readers

Americas, August 26 2011

Baltimore, Maryland: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for accessible technology, sent letters to the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Howard County Library System urging these libraries to purchase e-book readers that can be used by blind people.  The libraries are currently lending Barnes… Continue Reading »

Election Ontario promoting new technology to help people with disabilities to vote independently

Americas, August 26 2011

Elections Ontario is promoting some new technology that will allow people with disabilities to vote independently. It will be the first time the technology will be widely available to Ontario voters, said Greg Essensa, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer. The voting tools, which aid people with mobility and visual disabilities, include… Continue Reading »

In Philippines, DPWH considers needs of people with disabilities in construction of infra projects

Asia-Pacific, August 25 2011

Catbalogan City, Samar, Philippines: Batas Pambansa 344 or the “Accessibility Law” has again reached the concern of the Department of Public Works and Highways- Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO). In effect, District Engineer, Eduardo Duterte stressed once more to his field engineers to be conscientious to the needs of… Continue Reading »