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New Community Park to include disabled-friendly facilities in Malaysia

Asia-Pacific, June 1 2011

KUALA Lumpur residents can look forward to a new community park on a 15ha site in Setapak, Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said. Zulhasnan said the RM7.8mil park in Jalan Air Keroh, Air Panas Setapak, was initiated under the 10th Malaysia Plan and would take 32 weeks to complete.… Continue Reading »

Technology helps deaf and blind people experience Broadway Theater

Americas, May 31 2011

On June 8, you won’t necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can”on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf… Continue Reading »

Israel public transportation companies under fire for not making buses blind-friendly

Middle East, May 30 2011

The Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice has filed a criminal indictment against the bus companies “Egged” and “Kavim” for failing to make their buses accessible to blind people. The indictment against Eged was filed with the Haifa HaShalom Court… Continue Reading »

New train audio info welcomed by Blind Foundation in New Zealand

Asia-Pacific, May 28 2011

Auckland, New Zealand:  A new audio information system Auckland Transport is introducing on trains next week is expected to make a big difference for blind and vision impaired people. The automated announcements are part of on-going improvements to the quality of public transport information. They are also part of Auckland… Continue Reading »

Amusement Park for people with disabilities opens in Texas

Americas, May 25 2011

SAN ANTONIO –  The carousel has chariots for wheelchairs. Braille games decorate side panels on the jungle gym. And table-high sandboxes allow just about any kid to build a castle. Morgan’s Wonderland aims to offer everything a special-needs guest might enjoy at a theme park — while appealing to non-disabled… Continue Reading »

Mayor aims for London to be 'most disabled friendly in world' by 2012

Europe, May 24 2011

THE Deputy Mayor of London has promised a “true legacy” of accessibility for disabled people in the capital after next year’s Olympic Games. Richard Barnes pledged to “make sure London is inclusive and embracing to all communities” as he, along with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, opened a new play… Continue Reading »

UI professor creates crosswalk system that helps blind people

News, May 22 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho — A University of Idaho (UI) professor has developed a system being installed in cities around the country that helps visually impaired pedestrians safely cross intersections. Professor Richard Wall tells KLEW-TV that the Advanced Accessible Pedestrian System provides audible signals as well as raised arrows that tell visually… Continue Reading »

MBNA empowers consumers with disabilities with eSSENTIAL Accessibility

Americas, May 20 2011

MBNA Canada Bank (MBNA), Canada’s largest issuer of MasterCard credit cards, announced today a new alliance with eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ to feature assistive technology that extends the bank’s online services to Canadians with physical disabilities. It is part of a Disability Community Involvement initiative sponsored by March of Dimes Canada. eSSENTIAL… Continue Reading »

DPWH enforces barrier-free environment for people with disabilities in Philippines

Asia-Pacific, May 19 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte:  “A barrier-free environment will enable persons with disabilities to have access in any public buildings and establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa bilang 344,” said Architect Noel Baleña from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office-8 during the provincial forum for… Continue Reading »

Make infrastructure more disabled-friendly in Malaysia, urges Shahrizat

Asia-Pacific, May 17 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry wants all infrastructure, including public transport such as Light Rail Transit (LRT), bus, and taxi stations to be more disabled-friendly. Its minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the ministry would cooperate with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on… Continue Reading »

Ordnance Survey produces first maps for colour blind people

Europe, May 14 2011

UK: Colour blind people will soon be able to navigate the countryside with special maps created by Ordnance Survey. The maps, made with help from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, have one palette with shades that sufferers can see. Once drawn, they were put to the test by… Continue Reading »

Robotic wheelchair uses 3D imaging to 'see' for visually impaired drivers

Europe, May 13 2011

You may not be able to control it with your mind, but this robotic wheelchair from Sweden’s Luleå University of Technology can still offer something that only a few others can — “sight.” The chair uses a laser sensor to generate a 3D map of its surroundings, which is then… Continue Reading »

Smoke alarm designed for deaf people

Americas, May 12 2011

A deaf woman died in a house fire last month because she couldn’t hear her smoke alarm. Now thousands of hearing impaired people in the community are signing up to get emergency help. When fire and smoke filled Linda Mackey’s Woodbine home, she couldn’t hear her smoke alarms or her… Continue Reading »

No disabled access for Disability Week in eastern Turkey

Middle East, May 11 2011

ISTANBUL:  Turkish citizens with disabilities celebrating Disability Week from May 10-16 had difficulty attending the parade ground and the governor’s office in the eastern provinces of Erzurum and Sivas due to lack of disabled access. Wheelchair and battery powered car users were forced to wait on the sidelines, while those… Continue Reading »

Technology aids visually impaired veterans

Americas, May 10 2011

CHINA GROVE: The Southern Piedmont Chapter of The Blinded Veterans Association held an informational meeting at South China Grove United Methodist Church on Thursday. Following a fellowship meal furnished by the church, three vendors of technical equipment for visually impaired people showed and demonstrated their technology in small groups. Visually… Continue Reading »

Houston doubles fine for illegally parking designated for people with disabilities

Americas, May 6 2011

HOUSTON: It seems oh, so tempting. Parking spots meant for disabled people are often the closest and the most convenient. That’s why some able-bodied drivers take advantage of those spots. Starting Wednesday, if you are given a ticket, it will cost you more: more than double. We spent part of… Continue Reading »

New building standards to improve accessibility for Australians with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, May 4 2011

The Federal Government has announced the start of new building accessibility standards, which will ensure all new and upgraded public buildings in Australia will be accessible to people with a disabilities. The Disability (Access to Buildings – Premises) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards), which commenced May 1, is an important milestone… Continue Reading »

Cinemark and ALDA announce movie theatre accessibility for customers with hearing disabilities

Americas, May 3 2011

Cinemark, one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, today announced that it will provide a closed captioning option for people with hearing disabilities in all of its first-run theatres.  Cinemark is installing captioning systems on a rolling basis across its circuit in conjunction with the chain’s conversion to an… Continue Reading »

Sharjah housing policy plans to make buidlings and houses accessible for people with disabilities

Middle East, May 2 2011

SHARJAH, UAE:  The Sharjah Housing Department, in coordination with the Public Works Department and Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, is planning to make it mandatory during construction of buildings and houses as well as government facilities, to make arrangements that facilitate easy accessibility for people with disabilities. The three departments… Continue Reading »

New Zealand Paralympian buys robotic legs

Asia-Pacific, May 1 2011

Nearly a year after unveiling the world’s first robotic legs for wheelchair users, Auckland company Rex Bionics has sold it’s first pair to New Zealand paralympian. Dave MacCalman, who sustained a spinal cord injury diving into a river while in the United States on a basketball scholarship has taken his… Continue Reading »