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Ottawa bike lanes causing obstacle to people with disabilities

Americas, August 5 2011

Ottawa, Canada: The city of Ottawa says it is willing to alter the new segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue to make them more accessible to people with disabilities. The problem is the cement curbs that line the bike lanes are proving to be a barrier for people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities denied access to public places in Muscat city

Middle East, August 5 2011

Muscat, Oman:  “A country’s emphasis on disability access at public places is usually an accurate indicator of the progress the country has made, both economically and in terms of human development,” said Ahmed al Badi. The 41 year old disabled telephone operator at Al Nahda Hospital has witnessed the economic… Continue Reading »

New RNIB guide to help museums and galleries enhance accessibility to blind visitors

Europe, August 4 2011

UK: The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has produced a new guide in order to help museums and galleries enhance accessibility to blind and partially-sighted visitors. Shifting Perspectives contains information on how organisations and attractions can adapt services and implement facilities to meet the demands of visually-impaired people.… Continue Reading »

Nationwide-Mobility introduces new bathing products for disabled people

Europe, August 4 2011

Farnborough, Hampshire, UK: Nationwide Mobility, known for coming up with safety bath products, has introduced new products related to disabled bath and showers. These products are especially directed at disabled people and at older people who may find it difficult to bath on their own. The innovative products from the… Continue Reading »

Mom, daughter with Down syndrome runs ‘TecAccess’ company to create accessible technology

Americas, August 4 2011

Debra Ruh’s life changed dramatically when her four-month-old daughter, Sara, was diagnosed with Down syndrome. While the news was devastating, Ms. Ruh decided to turn her family’s challenge into a blessing and a redirection. Harnessing her technological expertise, Ruh started TecAccess, a company with the core mission of making Information… Continue Reading »

Medical engineers find a way for people to control homes with their minds

Europe, August 4 2011

Medical engineering company G Tec of Schiedlberg, Austria is developing a technology to do just that as part of a pan-European project called Smart Homes for All. If successful, the innovation can help people with disabilities like Lou Gehrig’s which leaves people severely paralyzed. Right now, 50 severely disabled people… Continue Reading »

Administration seeks to ensure information is accessible for people with disabilities

Americas, August 3 2011

US: The Obama administration is working to ensure that government information is accessible for people with disabilities, the White House announced in a statement last week. Accessibility is a critical element to protecting all Americans’ right to know, and the administration is right to seek to improve it. Specifically, the administration… Continue Reading »

Colleges and Universities renewing focus on closed captioning in US

Americas, August 3 2011

US: The rapid growth of lecture capture and distance education in higher education is raising fresh concerns about accessibility, since it’s difficult-if not impossible-for hearing-impaired students to use these tools effectively. As a result, many colleges and universities are renewing their focus on closed captioning as a viable solution. While… Continue Reading »

European Union Access City Awards 2011 now open

Europe, August 3 2011

The EU Access City Award sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50 000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment. In the context of a steadily ageing population living in European cities and its correlation with disabilities,accessibility has important social and economic… Continue Reading »

In Australia, Hoyts announce five new accessible movie locations

Asia-Pacific, August 3 2011

Australia: Hoyts has notified the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group that it is on target for the rollout of new captioned and audio described screens from this Thursday, 4 August. Hoyts will be in testing phase at all these sites with the newly installed equipment (both closed captions and audio description)… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities to get IT education in India

Asia-Pacific, August 3 2011

Bhatinda, Punjab, India: Children with disabilities belonging to four centers in Punjab are set to explore the world of information technology (IT). These centers have been selected by Education and Research Network (ERNET) to make Children with disabilities IT literates. Specially designed sets of software will be used to impart… Continue Reading »

NASA releases new braille book with tactile diagrams for blind readers

Americas, August 2 2011

The book “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” was created with the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate blind people about the wonders of Earth’s moon, according to NASA. David Hurd, a space science professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,… Continue Reading »

Indonesian Transport Minister says Airlines must serve People with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 2 2011

Jakarta: Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi told local airlines to accommodate people with disabilities as mandated by law. “Laws on the transportation sector have clearly state the obligation of all transportation operators to provide service and special facilities to people with disabilities,” Freddy said on Monday. The 2009 Aviation Law, for… Continue Reading »

Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference in Anchorage, Alaska

Americas, August 1 2011

Anchorage, Alaska: Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) in collaboration with many statewide partners in government, education, independent living and vocational rehabilitation is proud to host the 3rd Biennial Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference from August 3 – 5, 2011 at the Dena’aina Convention Center. The Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference… Continue Reading »

Disabled people march against inaccessible public transportation in Pakistan

Asia-Pacific, August 1 2011

Multan, Pakistan: A large number of disabled people organized a rally in the city on Saturday to highlight their problems. A walk was convened by the Leo Foundation in Multan at Nawan Shehr Chowk and over 270 people with various disabilities participated in the event. Dozens of NGO activists also accompanied… Continue Reading »

Dutch graphic designer designed new easy to read font “Dyslexie” for people with dyslexia

Europe, August 1 2011

It might not be pretty, but a Dutch graphic designer believes that a new font he’s developed can help people with dyslexia read more easily. Graphic designer Christian Boer developed the typeface, called Dyslexie, back in 2008. And while it isn’t the first font created specifically to help dyslectics, it… Continue Reading »

Ofcom demands better telephone services for customers with hearing disabilities

Europe, July 31 2011

UK: Communications regulator wants telephony services to be improved for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Phone users with hearing or speech disabilities will benefit from new measures being proposed today by Ofcom. The communications regulator wants modifications to upgrade telephony services such as text relay. These include simultaneous two-way speech… Continue Reading »

New device helps blind people to read

Europe, July 30 2011

UK: New technology is helping blind people in York to read newspapers or books and tell what’s inside a food can. The high-tech devices can be tried out at the offices of the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, which has also announced it has won a £30,000 grant. Chief… Continue Reading »

In India, seminar held on ICT for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, July 29 2011

Thiruvananthapuram, India: Minister for Industries and IT, P K Kunhalikutty, inaugurated a one-day seminar on ‘Possibilities of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities’ at the Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) headquarters here on Thursday. The seminar was jointly organized by Kerala Federation of the Blind, Trivandrum… Continue Reading »

FITA provides ICT training courses for persons with disabilities

Europe, July 29 2011

Malta: The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is the principal advocate and coordinator for making information communications technology (ICT) accessible for persons with disabilities in Malta and Gozo. One of FITA’s services involves providing ICT training courses for person with visual or intellectual disabilities, in order for them to… Continue Reading »