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Tenth International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics in Italy

Europe, November 3 2011

The Tenth International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics (ICOST) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2012 in Artimino, Italy. Smart homes connect all the devices and appliances in your home so they can communicate with each other and with you.  Anything in your home that uses electricity can be… Continue Reading »

Advanced Academics makes online learning accessible to students with disabilities

News, November 3 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY: Advanced Academics, a nationally recognized online learning provider, announced today that it has modified more than 100 courses to become compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, making them accessible to hearing and visually impaired students. The organization plans to release 50 additional courses compliant with Section… Continue Reading »

Bay Area Rapid Transit adds disability access in Lafayette

Americas, November 3 2011

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials have installed curb access connecting the Lafayette station’s south parking lot to a new $2 million ramp for wheelchair users and bicyclists leading to the station entrance. The curb access initially was left out of the plans – an omission that raised eyebrows among… Continue Reading »

Wireless technology drives advances in hearing aid design and accessories

Americas, November 3 2011

PLYMOUTH, MN: Technology plays a central role in the lives of most people. It connects people to each other, to the news, to their jobs, to their families and more through smart phones, social media and wireless “hot spots.” For the hearing impaired people, technology has not only helped Miracle-Ear(R)… Continue Reading »

National Accessibility Campaign for people with disabilities

Africa, November 3 2011

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA: Government is to use this year’s National Disability Month to intensify its programme of empowering people with disabilities. Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana will on Thursday launch Disability Month at Itsoseng in North West province, where a National Accessibility Campaign will be unveiled.… Continue Reading »

Susan M. Daniels, Disability Rights Activist and Founding Member of GAATES Board, Dies at 62

Americas, November 2 2011

Susan M. Daniels, 62, whose bout of childhood polio helped inspire her career as disabilities rights advocate in academia, government, a private consultant and founding member of the GAATES board, died of sepsis Oct. 20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. She was a District resident. The death was confirmed… Continue Reading »

Beirut unfriendly city for people with disabilities

Middle East, November 2 2011

BEIRUT, LEBANON: In recent months, the ministries of health and social affairs have been renewing their calls to implement the disability rights law of 2000, which is designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities. But a simple trip with Rita Maalouf demonstrates how little of the law has… Continue Reading »

Woman with disabilities files lawsuit against fast food restaurants

Americas, November 2 2011

A woman with disabilities has filed a lawsuit against several New Orleans fast food restaurants on claims they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by being inaccessible or having significant architectural barriers for people with disabilities. Tasha Herbert is suing owners of Church’s Chicken Restaurant located on St. Claude Avenue,… Continue Reading »

Paralympic Games gives London hotel industry chance to improve accessibility for people with disabilities

Europe, November 1 2011

LONDON, UK: As the London hotel market gears up for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the question isn’t whether hoteliers will be able to provide the minimum required accommodations for guests with disabilities, but will they be able to capitalize on the more than £2-billion (US$3.2-billion) tourist segment for disabled people that… Continue Reading »

Woman with disabilities takes Jetstar to court for discrimination

Asia-Pacific, November 1 2011

A Disabled woman is taking Jetstar to the Federal Court seeking a declaration that the airline’s “two wheelchair policy” is discriminatory. Sheila King, 75 was banned from a Jetstar flight from Adelaide to Brisbane in August 2008 because the flight already had two passengers requiring wheelchair assistance. She was told… Continue Reading »

DRC promotes accessible environment on campus for people with disabilities

Americas, November 1 2011

Architecture senior Wes Ward came to the University of Arizona (UA) five years ago for the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Ward uses an electric wheelchair to navigate campus on a daily basis. The DRC helped him find wheelchair-accessible living. “I live in VDP (Villa del Puente Residence Hall),” Ward said. “It’s super accessible. I… Continue Reading »

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: The Global Disability Rights Library

Americas, October 31 2011

How much of your valuable time do you spend thinking about how to find answers to your questions? If you have easy Internet access, you probably just fire up your laptop or grab your smart phone and Google it without a second thought. How often have you been blocked from… Continue Reading »

State government announced accessible cyclone relief shelters

Asia-Pacific, October 31 2011

BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, INDIA: The State Government on Saturday announced special provisions for women, children and people with disabilities to face natural calamities. Addressing a function on Orissa disaster preparedness day to mark the 12th anniversary of super cyclone, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that to ensure total accessibility for people… Continue Reading »

Disability group wants better access to Newport City Hall

Americas, October 31 2011

NEWPORT, R.I.: A small but determined group parked their wheelchairs outside Newport City Hall on Friday armed with a message – make the building easier to navigate. “Because I’m a citizen and I should have the same rights as any other citizen,” said Annette Bourbonniere of the Newport Accessibility Advisory.… Continue Reading »

Advocacy helps in improving accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, October 31 2011

CANADA: It turns out those big buttons with a picture of a wheelchair on them aren’t just fun things for children to push at the mall to make the doors open. The fun factor is not to be denied, but those buttons actually serve a bigger purpose that anyone who… Continue Reading »

UK government e-Accessibility policy for disabled people 'needs tighter focus'

Europe, October 30 2011

UK: The government should tighten the focus of its policy to ensure digital technologies, including public sector websites and online services – are accessible to disabled people, one of the UK’s leading campaigners on ‘e-accessibility’ has told UKAuthority.com. The UK government’s e-Accessibility Forum, a group of civil servants and advisers tasked… Continue Reading »

Converse store shut down for lack of access for people with disabilities

Americas, October 29 2011

Converse’s flagship sneaker store on Newbury Street has been shuttered indefinitely by the state for failure to provide disability accessibility to its entrance. The Architectural Access Board, a regulatory agency of the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety, closed the store on Wednesday until the fixes are made to the entrance. The entrance… Continue Reading »

Sony introduces closed captioning and audio playback glasses at ShowEast 2011

Americas, October 28 2011

FLORIDA: Sony, the Japanese electronic maker, introduced subtitle glasses at ShowEast 2011, the glasses that have been designed for closed caption viewing and audio playback for people with hearing and visual disabilities cinema lovers. Sony’s lightweight glasses and receiver, which have been tested with consumers in Seattle, to be named… Continue Reading »

VITAC releases cult Halloween classic “Carnival of Souls” with captions and audio description

Americas, October 28 2011

Washington, DC : VITAC, a leading provider of accessible video programming, today announced the release of the cult classic “Carnival of Souls,” with captions and audio description. This second annual accessible horror film, ast year the company released Night of the Living Dead with captions and audio description, was created in… Continue Reading »

Armenian with disabilities protest against inaccessible public infrastructure

Europe, October 28 2011

YEREVAN, ARMENIA: A group of wheelchair users showed the public and the authorities that in Yerevan neither public transportation, streets nor even state offices are accessible for people with disabilities. During a campaign Wednesday, initiated by a number of NGOs dealing with the rights of disabled people, and the Ombudsman’s… Continue Reading »