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EU vows to improve travel rights for people with disabilities

Europe, April 22 2011

The European Commission vowed Wednesday to strengthen the travel rights of disabled people, after a UN disability expert who uses a wheelchair complained that he was barred from a Swiss airline flight. Shuaib Chalklen, the United Nations special rapporteur on disability, was told by the airline that he could not… Continue Reading »

Chinese website portal launched to ensure disabled people better access to public information

Asia-Pacific, April 21 2011

A Chinese website portal was launched Tuesday to provide the country’s nearly 83 million disabled people with better access to information services. Sponsored by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), the website, www.cdpsn.org.cn, is the country’s first national-level online portal specializing in serving the disabled. Besides publishing information regarding job… Continue Reading »

DLA Aviation migration to videophones for hearing impaired complete

Americas, April 20 2011

RICHMOND – Two years ago, DLA Aviation began the process of upgrading all of its deaf and hearing-impaired employees from the old and obsolete telephone typewriter, or TTY communications device to the more technically advanced videophones. Recently, the last three DLA Aviation deaf employees received their videophones, completing the issue… Continue Reading »

Airlines facing EU clampdown for refusing Travelers with Disabilities

Europe, April 19 2011

The EU is under pressure to enforce equality rules on airlines as increasing numbers of disabled people, including a UN disability rights monitor, are being refused travel because they are in a wheelchair. Shuaib Chalklen, the UN’s “special rapporteur on disability” has complained to the European Commission after he was… Continue Reading »

New audible pedestrian signal installed for blind people at BSU

Americas, April 19 2011

Boise, ID USA: People with impaired vision have some new high-tech help crossing the street on the Boise State University (BSU) campus. The audible pedestrian crossings are at University Drive and Lincoln Avenue, and at University and Joyce. “Automobiles have become so much quieter and intersection crossings have become more… Continue Reading »

Ben-Gurion University may help disabled people use computers with thoughts

Middle East, April 18 2011

Researchers announce their application of a unique computer pointing device, or mouse/keyboard replacement, to operate one’s computer. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers announced on Sunday their application of a unique computer pointing device, or mouse/keyboard replacement, to operate one’s computer. The student team, Ori Ossmy, Ofir Tam and Ariel… Continue Reading »

Hackensack church offers captioning for hearing-impaired

Americas, April 17 2011

Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Hackensack could well be the first church in North Jersey to offer captions for hearing impaired. Sunday, which was Palm Sunday, was the second time it has been offered during a Holy Trinity Mass. The captioning, offered twice a month and displayed on a large… Continue Reading »

Access for disabled people an issue for Tulsa

Americas, April 17 2011

Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa’s self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance has revealed nearly $23 million in necessary modifications for public buildings, parks, sidewalks, intersections and bus stops. The city’s initial transition plan was completed two years after the passage of the 1990 civil rights law mandating equal access for… Continue Reading »

London 2012 – Concerns about disability access for transport

Europe, April 16 2011

London 2012 transport plans are on track but there is no room for complacency, members of the London Assembly have warned. However, concerns have been raised about issues of disabled access with only a quarter of Tube stations and one-third of rail stations have step-free access from station to platform.… Continue Reading »

Sawai Mansingh Stadium in India inaccessible for people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, April 16 2011

JAIPUR, India: Cricket may have won today at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (SMS) and people had the best of their times, but for 25-year-old cricket fan Somya Dawar, it was a disappointing day. She had valid passes but could not watch the match as the stands were not “equipped” and did… Continue Reading »

Students create device for hearing impaired

Americas, April 15 2011

Terre Haute, Ind. : The hearing impaired get some help from a new invention by Rose Hulman students. Students at the school created an indication system that helps those with hearing loss to know when somebody is calling. The electronic system makes a lamp flash when the person receives an… Continue Reading »

Paralympians boycott Jetstar over wheelchair policy in New Zealand

Asia-Pacific, April 14 2011

Jetstar is facing more criticism of its wheelchair policy after it refused to fly some of New Zealand’s top disabled athletes. Paralympics New Zealand was told only two out of a team of eight of its athletes were allowed on board a Jetstar-operated Qantas flight from Darwin in May, regardless… Continue Reading »

Zoom Reader for iPhone 4, an App for Low-Vision Users

News, April 13 2011

The iPhone has been praised for its wide range of accessibility features, but the recent launch of theZoomReader app just firmly sealed the iPhone’s leadership for anyone requiring a little visual assistance. ZoomReader features a combination of live video magnification, OCR functionality and a naturally sounding text-to-speech solution, making iPhone… Continue Reading »

Taiwan can do more to create barrier-free environment: President Ma Ying-jeou

Asia-Pacific, April 12 2011

Taipei: President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday praised the strides Taiwan has made in developing a barrier-free environment to promote accessible tourism but acknowledged that more needs to be done. Speaking at the 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism in Taipei, Ma said Taiwan was working to create an environment where… Continue Reading »

Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility for students with disabilities

Americas, April 10 2011

A woman smacked Steve Stokes in the head with her purse, knocking him out of his wheelchair. She told him he shouldn’t be out in public, that he belonged in a nursing home. Oklahoma colleges improve accessibility, services for students with disabilities Stokes was a college student in the late… Continue Reading »

Software helps people with disabilities use computer mouse

Americas, April 9 2011

SEATTLE, Apr 09: U.S. computer scientists say a free software program can help people with motor disabilities who have trouble using a computer mouse. The Pointing Magnifier, developed by researchers at the University of Washington, combines a large area cursor with visual and motor magnification, reducing need for fine, precise… Continue Reading »

Seattle ferries add video screens of information for help hearing impaired passengers

Americas, April 8 2011

When John Waldo, who is hearing-impaired, lost his checkbook at Colman Dock a few years ago, he didn’t hear the announcement that it had been found. Although he eventually got it back, Waldo saw the incident as another sign that the state ferry system wasn’t doing enough to help its… Continue Reading »

Abilities Expo, the largest event for people with disabilities and their caregivers, is coming to Los Angeles April 15-17

Americas, April 7 2011

LOS ANGELES:  Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5… Continue Reading »

Atlantic City casinos face compliance checks for accessibility by disabled people

Americas, April 6 2011

ATLANTIC CITY: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey will inspect the Atlantic City casino hotels to make sure they are accessible to people who have disabilities. In a news release Wednesday, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said his office will determine whether the casinos are complying with… Continue Reading »

London five star Savoy hotel completes £220 million refit but still inaccessible for wheelchair users

Europe, April 6 2011

When the five-star Savoy hotel completed its £220 million refit it promised to “exceed people’s expectations”. But a wheelchair user told April 4 of her unscheduled tour through its kitchens, goods lifts and a loading bay because of apparent problems with disabled access at the Grade II-listed building. Legal journalist… Continue Reading »