Software helps people with disabilities use computer mouse

SEATTLE, Apr 09: U.S. computer scientists say a free software program can help people with motor disabilities who have trouble using a computer mouse. The Pointing Magnifier, developed by researchers at the University of Washington, combines a large area cursor with visual and motor magnification, reducing need for fine, precise pointing, a university release said… Continue Reading »

Seattle ferries add video screens of information for help hearing impaired passengers

When John Waldo, who is hearing-impaired, lost his checkbook at Colman Dock a few years ago, he didn’t hear the announcement that it had been found. Although he eventually got it back, Waldo saw the incident as another sign that the state ferry system wasn’t doing enough to help its hearing-impaired passengers. When his wife… Continue Reading »

Abilities Expo, the largest event for people with disabilities and their caregivers, is coming to Los Angeles April 15-17

LOS ANGELES:  Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to… Continue Reading »

Atlantic City casinos face compliance checks for accessibility by disabled people

ATLANTIC CITY: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey will inspect the Atlantic City casino hotels to make sure they are accessible to people who have disabilities. In a news release Wednesday, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said his office will determine whether the casinos are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.… Continue Reading »

Brain-computer interface technology could help people who use wheelchairs

Since the nineteen seventies, scientists have been searching for ways to link the brain with computers. Brain-computer interface, or BCI, technology could help people with disabilities send commands to machines. Recently, scientists demonstrated a small robotic vehicle directed by a person’s thoughts. The demonstration took place at the Swiss embassy in Washington. Jose Millan and… Continue Reading »

Starline Los Angeles tour company sued over wheelchair access on buses

HOLLYWOOD: The largest tour company in Los Angeles is facing a lawsuit. Starline Tours is accused of discriminating against people with disabilities. If you’ve been to Hollywood, you’ve likely seen the double-decker buses. Starline Tours has been shuttling sightseers around for decades, but are all tourists treated equally? Not according to a new lawsuit. It… Continue Reading »

Flat Rock Playhouse in US offers audio description service for blind people

Mar 28: Flat Rock Playhouse has created a new opportunity for blind people to have an enhanced theatre experience.  Sponsored by Asheville Eye Associates, the Playhouse will provide Audio Descriptive services during the final Saturday Matinee of nearly every 2011 Mainstage production. Audio Description is a verbal commentary that speaks “between the lines” to describe… Continue Reading »

Bermuda Architect hopes to help improve accessibility

Mar 27: Bermuda is praised for its beauty and unique architecture, but many residents and tourists face problems getting around. Disabled people in wheelchairs, moms with strollers, those with sight and hearing impairments and people with crutches often face obstacles in accessing buildings, bars and restaurants or even just heading down the sidewalk. As the… Continue Reading »

Rotary promotes disability access in Canada

Mar 25: Working out and improving fitness levels just got a little bit easier for those living with a disability in the North Cariboo, thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Quesnel. The gym at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre is now home to an Evolv Easystand Glider after… Continue Reading »

MLA motion would improve accessibility for disabled people in Canada

EDMONTON, Canada, Mar 20: When Marlin Styner entertains friends at his Red Deer home, the guests rarely return the favour. They want to invite him over but their homes weren’t built to accommodate the powered wheelchair he uses since he broke his neck in 1981. Now one of his friends, Red Deer-South MLA Cal Dallas,… Continue Reading »