Global Accessibility News – July 1, 2013


New Zealand Government New Web Standards launched


Asia-Pacific Jul 1, 2013


NEW ZEALAND: Effective 01 July 2013, new Government Web Standards replace the New Zealand Government Web Standards 2.0. Developed in conjunction with disability communities, vendors, and representatives Continue reading the story…

Assistive technology grants available for gamers with disabilities


Americas Jul 1, 2013


HARPERS FERRY, WV: The AbleGamers Charity is thrilled to announce the Summer of Fun program, which includes the latest round of grants now open for submissions. Continue reading the story…

NGO demands accessible voting process in Nepal


Asia-Pacific Jul 1, 2013


KATHMANDU: National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN) today demanded special arrangements to ensure overwhelming participation of people with disabilities in the Constituent Assembly elections. The umbrella Continue reading the story…

W3C Launches New Digital Publishing Activity


Americas Jul 1, 2013


W3C launched a new Digital Publishing Activity to make the Web a platform for the digital publishing industry, and to build the necessary bridges between the developers of Continue reading the story…

Disability Act falls short of UN CRPD: Report


Africa Jul 1, 2013


GHANA: A report on the review of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715) has revealed a number of inconsistencies with the United Nations Convention Continue reading the story…

DESA Forum: Dialogue on the post-2015 Development Framework and Disability


Americas Jun 30, 2013


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), as the global focal point on disability issues of the UN system, will organize a “DESA Continue reading the story…

National Museum of American History Launches History of Disability Online Exhibition


Americas Jun 29, 2013


WASHINGTON: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will launch “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America” to explore themes and events related to theContinue reading the story…

Carleton University Hosting International Accessibility Summit in 2014


Americas Jun 28, 2013


Carleton University, with support from the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa, is holding a three-day International Summit on Accessibility in July 2014 at the Continue reading the story…

Update on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development


Americas Jun 28, 2013


The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, the day before the opening Continue reading the story…

Historic Treaty Adopted, Boosts Access to Books for Persons with Vision Disabilities Worldwide


Africa Jun 28, 2013


International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted on June 27 a landmark new treaty that boosts access to booksContinue reading the story…

Weight Watchers announces accessibility initiative for members with vision disabilities


Americas Jun 28, 2013


NEW YORK, NY: Weight Watchers International, Inc. announced its ongoing initiative to make its websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for itsContinue reading the story…

Wearable robot to help persons with disabilities walk again


Europe Jun 28, 2013


Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to Continue reading the story…

Magnolia company gets grant to develop device for people with vision disabilities


Asia-Pacific Jun 27, 2013


Fauxsee Innovations has won a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I award from the National Science Foundation to support the development of its Roboglasses assistiveContinue reading the story…

Agreement reached on provisions of new treaty to ease access to books for persons with print disabilities


Africa Jun 27, 2013


Negotiators from WIPO’s member states at the Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh reached agreement in the early morning hours of June 26, 2013, on the substantive provisionsContinue reading the story…

Abu Dhabi launches new taxi service for persons with disabilities


Middle East Jun 27, 2013


ABU DHABI: Passengers with disabilities can now travel by Dh250,000 Mercedes. Six accessible taxi vans went into service yesterday, four in Abu Dhabi and two in Continue reading the story…

DU College Plans Assistive Technology Resource Center for Students with Disabilities


Asia-Pacific Jun 27, 2013


NEW DELHI: Lady Shri Ram College for Women is coming up with a resource center for its students with disabilities as part of its equal-opportunity center, Continue reading the story…

RU seminar urges government to ensure opportunities for persons with disabilities


Asia-Pacific Jun 27, 2013


BANGLADESH: Speakers at a seminar at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday urged the government to ensure more opportunities for persons with disabilities. National Forum of Organizations Working with Continue reading the story…

U.S. Access Board Releases Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Passenger Vessels


Americas Jun 26, 2013


The Board has released for public comment proposed guidelines for passenger vessels. Developed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the guidelines provide design criteria for large vessels Continue reading the story…

Emergency Preparedness Webinar: Using FEMA’s Functional Needs Guidance in Shelters: June 26


Americas Jun 26, 2013


The ADA National Network announces the next scheduled session in the on-going Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series produced by the Pacific ADA Center and supported by theContinue reading the story…

New prototype laptop that integrates eye tracking and touchpad user interface controls


Americas Jun 26, 2013


STOCKHOLM: Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction, and Synaptics Inc., a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and Continue reading the story…

Accessible guided visits to Museum boosts accessible tourism in Spain


Europe Jun 26, 2013


MADRID: In addition to the services and facilities designed to enable the public to visit the museum at their own pace, the Reina Sofía Museum also Continue reading the story…

Right To Education should be an equal right for children with disabilities


Asia-PacificNews Jun 26, 2013


As we know, RTE (Right To Education) is a basic right to all. But still, children with disability are left behind from the Right To Education. Continue reading the story…

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Disability Rights in Africa


Africa Jun 25, 2013


The Centre for Human Rights invites abstracts for a conference on the theme ‘Overcoming obstacles: Towards the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Continue reading the story…

Delhi University colleges to set up admission panels for students with disabilities


Asia-Pacific Jun 25, 2013


NEW DELHI: The Delhi University (DU) has told its colleges to set up “special category admission enabling committees” for students with disabilities and those belonging to the socially marginalized sections Continue reading the story…

Persons with disabilities struggle to reach public places in Qatar


Middle East Jun 25, 2013


DOHA: A majority of public places in Qatar are still not accessible to people with disabilities despite laws and government policies on them, a seminar was Continue reading the story…

Monster Arts Forms Advisory Board With Focus on User Accessibility


Americas Jun 25, 2013


SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.: Monster Arts, , formerly Monster Offers™, a leading mobile marketing and app technology innovator, announces the formation of its Technology Accessibility Advisory Board Continue reading the story…

Office of Institutional Equity names Web Accessibility Award recipients


Americas Jun 25, 2013


The Office of Institutional Equity has announced the 2013 Web Accessibility Award recipients: the Krannert School of Management undergraduate website and the Institute for Accessible Science Continue reading the story…



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