Obama: U.S. to Sign UN Disabilities Rights Pact
Marking the 19th anniversary of a landmark law barring discrimination against people with disabilities, President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. will sign a United Nations treaty urging countries around the world to do the same.
From The Associated Press, July 24, 2009
DiversityInc.com Launches New E-Accessibility Feature for People With Disabilities
As we approach the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), legislation that mandated employers provide adequate accommodations for people with disabilities, changes to the workplace have been made. But in the marketplace, a substantial amount of work remains to be done, especially when it comes to web accessibility.
From DiversityInc.com, July 23, 2009
Robotic Technology Puts the Blind in the Driver\'s Seat
There’s more to driving than meets the eye. That’s the lesson a group of students at Virginia Tech University recently learned as part of a project to develop a vehicle that puts blind and visually impaired people in the driver’s seat.
From Robotics.TMCnet.com, July 21, 2009
Leading Accessibility Providers Partner to Offer End-to-end Software and Testing Solutions Throughout India
HiSoftware (www.hisoftware.com), a leading provider of software, services and managed operation solutions that monitor and optimize Web content, quality and regulatory compliance, and BarrierBreak Technologies (BarrierBreak) (www.barrierbreak.com), today announced a strategic partnership.
From Live-PR.com, July 21, 2009
Kenya - CCK to donate computers to schools for the disabled
The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) will spend Sh32 million equipping eight schools for the disabled with computers and Internet services.
From Business Daily, July 14, 2009
Donors Should Treat The Disabled Equally
Dissatisfied with donors’ unwillingness to promote disabled people’s rights in their dealings with Kenyan organisations, Phitalis Were Masakhwe calls on international funders to show greater scrutiny when it comes giving financial assistance.
From Somalilandpress.com, July 12, 2009
Company Helps Disabled Compete in the Job Market
Business provides assistance through the use of technological devices
From Gazette.net, July 08, 2009
Guest Commentary: Georgia's Tourism Initiatives for the Disabled
Could a blind visitor ever fully enjoy a visit to Georgia’s Aquarium without being able to see the marine life? Yes. Due to the collaborative efforts of experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and several local organizations committed to the disability community, it may someday be possible for a blind guest to have an enriching experience at this Atlanta attraction.
From GlobalAtlanta.com, July 02, 2009
Advocates for the Blind Sue Arizona State U. Over Kindle Use
The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind are suing Arizona State University for its use of the Amazon Kindle to distribute electronic textbooks to students, saying the device cannot be used by blind students.
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 02, 2009
Tounge Driven Wheelchairs
Electrical and computer engineers designed a system based on magnets that enables disabled persons to use the tongue to control the movement of a wheelchair. Movement of the magnetic tracer attached to the tongue is detected by an array of magnetic field sensors mounted on a headset outside the mouth.
From Examiner.com, July 01, 2009