Month: August 2016

3rd International Universal Design Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will address all aspects of universal design, design for all, and inclusive design, including universal design of the physical environment, of products and of the digital world. The conference… Continue Reading »

90% of public buildings not accessile for persons with disabilities in Ghana

GHANA: Less than 10 percent of all public buildings in Ghana are accessible for persons with disabilities. This means, most buildings (90%) in the country are not easily accessed by persons with disabilities. When government passed the disability ACT 715 in 2006, a 10-year moratorium was given to owners of public edifices to ensure that… Continue Reading »

Charlottetown City Council Launches Document Aimed at Improving Event Accessibility

CHARLOTTETOWN: The document was developed by the Civic Board for Persons with Disabilities in consultation with the PEI Council for Persons with Disabilities and event professionals. It was created as a result of the City’s Creating a Barrier-Free City Forum. “One of the themes that came from our Creating a Barrier-Free City Forum was to… Continue Reading »

Parliament captioning increasing accessibility

NEW ZEALAND: The captioning of all Parliament TV’s broadcasts will provide better access for New Zealanders who are deaf or hard of hearing, say Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner. “The captioning of Parliament TV is a valuable addition to the captioning landscape in New Zealand,” says Ms Adams. “The Government,… Continue Reading »

OrCam introduces advanced assistive tech in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: OrCam Technologies, the artificial vision innovator for people who are blind or have low vsion, announced the introduction of its assistive technology device in Australia through leading assistive technology provider Quantum Reading, Learning, Vision. The world’s most advanced wearable assistive technology solution, OrCam MyEye utilises a small camera mounted on the user’s eyeglass… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities seek economic inclusiveness in Ghana

GHANA: Christiana Nkrumah, a person with disabilitiy speaking at the launch of the ‘National Campaign on Disability Friendly Public Places’ held by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection says that Ghana is losing so much revenue because persons with disabilities in the country do not have access to disability friendly economic activities. She… Continue Reading »

Education Department Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children… Continue Reading »

New app makes it easier for persons with disabilities to plan trips

UK: A smartphone app to help persons with disabilities plan trips has launched in Cardiff on August 1. See Around Britain app guides users around the UK taking in more than 500,000 photographs of blue badge bays, access toilets, points of interest and information which will help a percentage of users with a disability. The… Continue Reading »

Tour of the White House in American Sign Language

In celebration of the recent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anniversary, the White House created a video tour in American Sign Language. West Wing Receptionist Leah Katz-Hernandez narrates a tour of the West Wing in American Sign Language, visiting the West Wing Lobby, the West Colonnade, the Rose Garden, the White House Press Briefing Room,… Continue Reading »

DOJ Suing Harris County Over Polling Place Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities

The Justice Department filed a complaint in the Southern District of Texas alleging that Harris County, Texas, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide accessible polling places for voters with disabilities.  Many polling places in Harris County have architectural barriers – such as steep ramps and narrow doors – that make… Continue Reading »