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Computer programmer launching software that could revolutionize the lives of blind people
Oct 24, 2011
A partially-sighted computer programmer is launching software that could revolutionize the lives of millions of blind and elderly people across the world. 


LDA improved accessibility at MRT stations
Oct 24, 2011
SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed work to improve barrier-free accessibility at Mass Rapid Transit stations with the opening today of the lifts at Read More...

Apple new iOS 5 Accessibility features
Oct 24, 2011
Apple iOS 5 introduces new accessibility features that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision and cognitive disabilities to use Apple iOS devices. Here Read More...

New subtitle glasses unveiled at Tokyo Int. Film Festival provides better movie access for deaf people
Oct 24, 2011
TOKYO, JAPAN: Olympus Corp. and a non-profit organization have jointly developed special eyeglasses that project subtitles on the lenses so hearing impaired people can enjoy Japanese Read More...

Charlottetown Mayor awarded nine individuals and organizations Accessibility and Inclusion Award

Oct 24, 2011
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE CANADA: Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee awarded nine individuals and organizations at his annual accessibility and inclusion awards at Charlottetown City Hall last week. Jamie Trowsdale Read More...

Disability Access of London transport network still a major issue

Oct 23, 2011
Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to improve accessibility on the transport network are on the right track, but more urgency and focus is required to give people Read More...

Commission proposes concrete plan for a better accessibility for persons with disabilities
Oct 23, 2011
BRUSSELS: The Commission adopted on 19 OCTOBER 2011 a package for new infrastructure policy. It comprises a proposal for the revision of important European transport network Read More...

Developers gather to create apps for people with autism
Oct 22, 2011
CUPERTINO, CALIF.: An unusual event is unfolding on a satellite Hewlett-Packard campus in Cupertino. More than 40 developers have gathered to create applications to help people Read More...

National Park in Azerbaijan to provide accessible areas for people with disabilities
Oct 21, 2011
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN:  National Park  also known as Baku Boulevard is going to become accessible for people with disabilities. Nazim Majidov, Deputy Head of the Maritime National Park Read More...

GOVI to make school education accessible for children with visual disabilities
Oct 21, 2011
KANIFING, GAMBIA: Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) launched a 100 thousand pound sterling project at its head office in Kanifing. The objective of the Read More...

Minneapolis city official unveiled new Peavey Plaza design to comply with accessibility laws
Oct 21, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS: Minneapolis city officials have unveiled a design for renovating 40-year-old Peavey Plaza that updates many existing features, while also adding an environmentally-friendly fountain system and Read More...

Ghana Government Okays ICT training for people with disabilities

Oct 20, 2011
GHANA: Cabinet has approved a training programme under which 5,000 people with disabilities are to be equipped with employable skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Read More...

Essex University researchers developing wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves

Oct 20, 2011
UK: Disabled people are taking part in trials of a wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves.  Researchers at Essex University are developing the RoboChair to help people Read More...

Towson University working on web access for blind people
Oct 20, 2011
Towson University has begun making changes to its website to meet the needs of blind people. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences and director of Read More...

Georgetown Palace Theater now equipped with technology for hearing impaired people

Oct 20, 2011
GEORGETOWN: Hearing health care provider Estes Audiology installed induction loop technology, a technology aimed at helping people who are partially deaf, at the Palace Theater in Read More...

Sanchi World Heritage Site will become accessible for people with disabilities soon

Oct 20, 2011
SANCHI, RAISEN, INDIA:  Sanchi, the world heritage site, about 56 kms from the state capital, will soon become barrier free site  for people with disabilities. The Read More...

Polling station inaccessible for people with disabilities

Oct 19, 2011
CHENNAI, INDIA: For disabled people at the local body polls, inaccessibility continued to remain an issue, like in previous elections. People with disabilities who went to Read More...

SSW Secretary General emphasized programs for blind women to use computers

Oct 19, 2011
MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Supreme Council for Women’s (SCW) Secretary General Hala Al-Ansari emphasized that women’s support and empowerment programs under the supervision of the Supreme Council for Read More...

Program helps blind people navigate NYC

Oct 19, 2011
NEW YORK: Walking the streets of Manhattan you have to look out for cars, construction, delivery guys on bikes, but imagine doing all of that without Read More...

WellPoint offers disabled consumers free access to assistive technology
Oct 19, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS: WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) is announcing an alliance with eSSENTIAL Accessibility(TM) to offer an online solution that assists people who have difficulty typing, moving a Read More...

Tourist restaurants in Jordan will become more accessible for people with disabilities
Oct 18, 2011
AMMAN, JORDAN: Around 800 tourist restaurants in the Kingdom will become more accessible for people with disabilities under a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday. Read More...

Poland Central Bank issues coin in Braille

Oct 18, 2011
Poland’s central bank has just issued the coin with markings in Braille for blind people. “The Polish central bank is mindful of everyone, so we’ve issued a Read More...

ACB releases updated pedestrian safety handbook
Oct 18, 2011
ARLINGTON, Va.: Coinciding with an annual nationwide event, White Cane Safety Day, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) today released an updated edition of its Read More...

Minister MacKay announces accessibility funding to support Canadians with disabilities in Dartmouth
Oct 18, 2011
DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA: The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister Read More...

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