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New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

The NZ Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for New Zealanders who are blind and low vision , Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean say. The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or […]

Armenian emergency ministry launches ‘911 SOS’ for persons with disabilities

YEREVAN: Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations has  launched a free mobile application “911 SOS,” designed specifically for people with disabilities. In a press release the ministry said the application operates on iOS  and Android operating systems and described it as the best way for people with disabilities who get in difficult situations to send alarm […]

New Zealand appoints new Disability Rights Commissioner

Disability advocate and former paralympian Paula Tesoriero has been appointed as the Human Rights Commission’s next Disability Rights Commissioner, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today. The position of Disabilities Rights Commissioner was created by an amendment to the Human Rights Act 1993 passed last year. Ms Tesoriero replaces Paul Gibson, who was the first […]

Improving Access to Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Ontario is improving access to services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families by finding better ways to connect them to supports available in their local community. Today, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services and Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale, were at Contact Hamilton, to announce supports and resources for adults with […]

Telia Lithuania adapts smartphones for use by people with vision disabilities

Operator Telia Lithuania, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Union of the Blind, has launched a project to offer mobile phones adapted for use by people with vision disabilities. The smartphones tested and certified by the Union of the Blind will be specially marked in shops. The devices have software converting information available on the screen […]

New Access Guide Highlights Central California National Parks

RIPON, CA: If you’ve always wanted to explore Yosemite, Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, but thought the trip was out of reach because you use a wheelchair, cane or walker, then pick up a copy of Candy B. Harrington’s newest release – Barrier-Free Travels; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow […]

Managed care programs must have digital information comply with modern accessibility standards

PROVIDENCE, RI: New regulations are soon coming into effect that will further impact website accessibility for health care organizations. Beginning July 1, 2017, all managed care programs under the Medicaid umbrella must make their Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) compliant with modern accessibility standards. The new Medicaid Rule will require that entities providing managed care […]

Vision for Accessible Transportation in Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Scott Streiner, the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, today shared his vision of a national transportation system that is the most accessible in the world. He outlined this vision in a speech to representatives from disability rights associations and industry. Since 1988, the Agency has been protecting the fundamental right […]

Tanzanian government apologises to ‘manhandled’ protesters with disabilities

The Tanzanian government has apologised to protesters with disabilities who were manhandled by the police last Friday in the capital Dar es Salaam. Local media The Citizen reports that the protesters were gathered at the city administration offices demanding the freedom to use their tricycles in the city centre after it was barred. Their action […]

State order to permit students with vision disabilities in Science stream of Higher Secondary courses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The State Government issued an order allowing students with vision disabilities to study in science stream of higher secondary courses. The GO was issued based on a directive of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR). In the directive, KeSCPCR directs the education department to permit children with vision disabilities […]