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New Mexico State University project focuses on education for people with disabilities

Americas, November 16 2011

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO: Project enable is designed to increase the number of people with mobility disabilities pursuing a computer-related field. In recent years there has been a decline in the number of computer science degrees awarded in the U.S. In the age range of 20 to 65 less than… Continue Reading »

HDB improving accessibility for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, November 15 2011

SINGAPORE: Most Housing & Development Board (HDB) estates in Singapore now enjoy barrier-free environments, with easy access to ramps and walkways that link to traffic crossings and public transportation, thanks to HDB’s S$22 million programme. The barrier-free accessibility programme, launched five years ago, will be completed by year-end. The programme… Continue Reading »

Accessibility guide for Hampshire is launched

Europe, November 15 2011

UK: ANYONE who wants to know where in Hampshire is accessible for disabled people can now consult a handy internet guide. Hampshire County Council has joined online access guide disabledgo.com. The guide covers more than 1,000 venues in the county including cinemas, hotels, parks, leisure centres, council offices, high street… Continue Reading »

Special Needs Group launches accessible travel advocate program

Americas, November 15 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: Andrew J. Garnett, president and CEO of Special Needs Group, the leading global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, announced that the company is launching a powerful, unprecedented online Accessible Travel Advocate course for all travel professionals. The one-hour, three-module program objectives focus on understanding… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities rally for accessible facilities

Asia-Pacific, November 14 2011

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Carrying signs while shouting slogans or using sign language, about 1,000 people, most of them physically disabled people, took to the streets in Taipei yesterday to express their anger at what they said was a lack of accessible facilities for disabled people, despite requirements in the law. Carrying… Continue Reading »

Equal education needed for deaf people

Americas, November 14 2011

CANADA: A lack of public understanding is causing a lack of education among deaf people, a provincial authority says. “All children need an education.. an equal education,” Dean Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD), said via an interpreter Saturday at Belleville’s Sir James Whitney School.… Continue Reading »

Zambia to review disability policy

Africa, November 14 2011

LUSAKA: Zambia will review a policy on disability and domesticate the Geneva Protocol on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities in its efforts to uplift the standards of people with disabilities, the government sources said on Monday. Joseph Katema, Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, said the government… Continue Reading »

CSIO designed reading device for blind people

Asia-Pacific, November 14 2011

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, has designed a reading machine for blind people that will help them read books, letters, magazines and other documents that are not in Braille without the help of a third person. CSIO is a premier national instrumentation research laboratory under the… Continue Reading »

Chamber of Deputies hosts first seminar on disability in Chile

Americas, November 14 2011

VALPARAISO, CHILE: President of the Cámara de Diputados(Chamber of Deputies), Patricio Melero, opened Chile’s first Seminario Sobre la Discapacidad (Seminar on Disability) November 10 in Valparaíso’s Congressional Hall by stating his pride in participating in “this joint reflection on such a sensitive issue,  so essential to our society: how to include people with… Continue Reading »

Workshop on information technology empowering blind people

Asia-Pacific, November 14 2011

SHIMLA, INDIA: It was the first experience for almost everyone including Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Himachal Pradesh Sarveen Chaudhary to see a blind woman reading India Today’s latest issue using her cell phone. Her small hand bag held a huge library of forty thousand books. In her words, “If… Continue Reading »

DU exams to become disabled-friendly

Asia-Pacific, November 13 2011

DELHI, INDIA: Writing exams in Delhi University (DU) has become disabled-friendly. With DU’s latest guidelines for disabled students, the university will provide assistance to students with different disabilities. For students with 100% visual disability, a writer will be provided along with extra time as per the new rule. Similarly, students… Continue Reading »

New hope for disability access at Stamford railway station

Europe, November 13 2011

UK: There is fresh hope that access for disabled people could be installed at Stamford railway station. Passengers with mobility disabilities who cannot manage the stairs on the footbridge are unable to cross the line to reach the Oakham-bound trains. It means they have to catch a train to Peterborough… Continue Reading »

Accessible eLearning Leadership Award Nominations Open 2011

Americas, November 12 2011

CHICAGO: CourseAvenue is announcing that nominations are now open for the 2nd Annual Accessible e-Learning Leadership awards. Nominations are being accepted from now until 5:00pm (CDT) on Monday, November 30th, 2011 via an online form available at www.CourseAvenue.com/award. This award recognizes organizations that demonstrate dedication to advancing the field of accessible… Continue Reading »

Cromwell Valley Park to become accessible for people with physical and intellectual disabilities

Americas, November 11 2011

The Cromwell Valley Park Council has begun development of the “Nature Trail for All,” a scenic and educational trail that will be accessible to people of physical and intellectual disabilities. “There are very few places where someone with limited mobility can be around nature,” said Alan Lake, chair of the… Continue Reading »

BrowseAloud software improves access to the City of Woodstock website

Americas, November 11 2011

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide barrier-free access for the community and encourage public participation and engagement, the City of Woodstock has enabled an innovative text to speech product to their website called BrowseAloud. The adoption of BrowseAloud provides an innovative solution for the accessibility of the city’s… Continue Reading »

Inaccessible public transportation makes life difficult for wheelchair users to move around city

Asia-Pacific, November 11 2011

PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA:  Ng Say Leng, 33, a wheelchair user who is a resident of the Beautiful Gate Foundation in SS2, Petaling Jaya seldom goes out, but when he does, he finds it difficult to rely on the public transport system. Ng, who needs to go to the hospital regularly… Continue Reading »

DOT Hosts Celebration of Air Carrier Access Act’s 25th Anniversary

Americas, November 11 2011

Representatives of the aviation industry, advocates for persons with disabilities, and current and former government officials came together today at U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) – the landmark law that banned discrimination in air travel on the… Continue Reading »

Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia Launches Talking ATM

Asia-Pacific, November 11 2011

JAKARTA: Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Indonesia launched an audio-based Automated Teller Machine (ATM) for blind people in Jakarta. “Indonesia becomes the first country in ASEAN to have an audio-based ATM,” said SCB’s general manager for distribution, Franky Tanudjojo, as quoted by Antara news agency. Similar machines can be found in… Continue Reading »

City of Los Angeles to review emergency plan for people with disabilities

Americas, November 10 2011

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles will have to hire an independent expert to review and revise the city’s emergency plan to make sure it accounts for the safety of  people with disabilities, a judge said in an order issued Wednesday. Judge Consuelo B. Marshall is giving the city three years to revise… Continue Reading »

Indianapolis company to build device that will help teach science to blind students

Americas, November 10 2011

INDIANAPOLIS: A Purdue-based company is getting a half million dollars to build a hand-held device that will help teach science to visually impaired students. Purdue University said Tuesday that Independence Science LLC won the grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a hand-held device that translates text into audio.… Continue Reading »