Month: August 2016

Organization calls on architects: Require access for persons with disabilities in buildings

CEBU, PHILIPPINES: Government infrastructures are not accessible for persons with disabilities, a group leader said, as she urged architects and even laborers to require the provision of access to persons with disabilities in every building. Among others, the provincial Capitol and the Cebu City Hall are not accessible for persons with disabilities since both buildings… Continue Reading »

Vodafone’s Project Drishti to empower girls with vision disabilities

NEW DELHI: Vodafone India has partnered with the Braj Kishore Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya in Ranchi to develop a project titled “DRISHTI”, to help provide employment/ earning opportunity to girls with vision disabilities. Under this project, Vodafone has set up a tele- calling centre within the Braj Kishore Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya premises in Ranchi, wherein members… Continue Reading »

AG Healey and NFB announce agreement to make health care kiosks accessible to people with vision disabilities

BOSTON: On the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Attorney General Maura Healey and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced a first-of-its-kind agreement with Pursuant Health, Inc. to make its self-service health care kiosks accessible to consumers who are blind. The agreement reached with Pursuant Health, an… Continue Reading »

Government taking steps to educate people with vision disabilities: Minister

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education and Irrigation, Sikandar Khan Sherpao has stated that people with disabilities are part of the society and the Provincial Government will take all possible steps to ensure they get quality and modern education so they can become skilled members of the society saying that… Continue Reading »

Engineering student designs tactile maps for people with vision disabilities

Tyler Wooten was a freshman engineering student at Texas A&M University when he came up with an idea that could have a lasting impact on students with vision disabilities. Eight months later, his idea — a three-dimensional, tactile map with braille — has come to fruition. Wooten, who will be a sophomore in mechanical engineering… Continue Reading »

Windows 10 continue to be a free to assistive technology users

The Windows 10 free upgrade period has ended for the majority of users. But Microsoft is extending the offer for users who use assistive technologies, such as text-to-speech softwares for people who are blind or have low vision. Microsoft rolls out a new webpage to help customers who use assistive technologies to navigate the process… Continue Reading »

BCA to expand accessibility mandatory requirements for existing buildings

SINGAPORE: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) will introduce new mandatory requirements on barrier-free accessibility in existing buildings from 2017. These requirements will mean that owners of commercial and institutional buildings – visited frequently by the public – must include barrier-free accessibility upgrades when they undergo additions and alterations (A&A) works. Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister… Continue Reading »

FCTA to empower Nigerians with disabilities

NIGERIA: The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would develop entrepreneurship training program for persons with disabilities in the territory to make them employers of labour. The minister made this disclosure when members of the Strong and Able Persons with Disabilities Association of Nigeria (SAPDAN),… Continue Reading »

Singapore Universal Design Week kicks off

SINGAPORE: Themed “Universal Design in Public Places” this year, Singapore Universal Design Week kicked off on Wednesday, with the launch of the country’s first Universal Design Guide for Public Places. Organized by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the third Singapore Universal Design Week is filled with events on how excellent Universal Design strategies create… Continue Reading »

NGO launches Disability Achievers Awards

ACCRA, GHANA: The Talented Multimedia Company, an NGO has launched its maiden Ghana Disability Achievers Award, to recognise the hard work of persons with disabilities in the country. The ceremony sponsored by Abodonkwa Herbal and the Zone Restaurant and Pub was to empower persons with disabilities to overcome their handicaps and contribute meaningfully to the… Continue Reading »