People with disabilities denied access to rehabilitation

TURABAH, MAKKAH, SA: The families of people with disabilities in Turabah governor described the condition of their children as “miserable” due to the nonexistence of a rehabilitation center to accommodate them, even though some of them are over 30. They demanded the Ministry of Social Affairs come up with urgent solutions to their suffering because… Continue Reading »

Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

Ontario has appointed The Honourable David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility to champion opportunities for people of all abilities in the public and private sectors. As former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Onley worked tirelessly to increase awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face. As special advisor, he will work closely with… Continue Reading »

SM City Cauayan to launch sensory-friendly movie showing for people with disabilities

CAUAYAN CITY, ISABELA, PHILIPPINES: In its effort to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in every facet of mall experience, SM City Cauayan will conduct its first-ever sensory-friendly movie showing in Region 2 on October 29, 2014 at the mall’s Cinema 1 here. The special screening will offer children with disabilities a chance to experience… Continue Reading »

Experts call for strong legislation to help people with disabilities

ISLAMABAD: Strong legislation and its implementation is required to help people with disabilities to gain access to information and knowledge. This was stated by Senator Dr Saeeda Iqbal while speaking at a media sensitisation workshop titled “Enabling universal access to information and knowledge platform for people with disabilities ”, organized by UNESCO  in collaboration with the Special… Continue Reading »

DoD Works to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: Walk through the Pentagon and you’re bound to come across highly skilled military or civilian employees with disabilities — including the Defense Department’s director of disability programs, who is legally blind. Randy Cooper serves as the Department of Defense Director of Disability Programs. His role in the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity… Continue Reading »

Students developing low-cost portable Braille printer

INDIA: In a bid to make technology affordable and accessible to people with vision disabilities, Sandeep Konam, a B. Tech. final-year ECE student at  Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Idupulapaya, and a group of IITians are engaged in not only developing a low-cost portable Braille printer that could cost as much as an average Android mobile… Continue Reading »

EEOC Sues The Lash Group for Disability Discrimination

BALTIMORE: The Lash Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting company, refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with post-partum depression and instead fired her because of her disability in violation of federal law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced. According to the EEOC’s suit, Meron Debru worked… Continue Reading »

Call for Abstracts: 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons

LISBON: The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled persons will be held in Lisbon, July 28-31, 2015. The conference is hosted by IST (Técnico) ( and counts with the support of several official entities. The conference premise will be Gulbenkian Foundation ( The conference web page ( the program hosts very challenging topics… Continue Reading »

European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for people with vision disabilities

BRUSSELS: The Commission has proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Low Vision or otherwise Print Disabled. The Treaty will ensure that books in formats such as Braille, large print, e-books and audio books with special navigation tools,… Continue Reading »

Portland Community College Introduces Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators

Portland Community College (PCC) has teamed with Desire2Learn (D2L) to introduce a massive open online course (MOOC) for educators that will address Web accessibility concerns associated with online learning. PCC and D2L are working together to offer this practical, hands-on MOOC to help all educators become more versed in the issues of web accessibility in… Continue Reading »