All Taxis of Tomorrow Must Serve Disabled: Liu

By Rebecca Henely
Times Ledger. (New York, NY), December 26, 2012

Two Queens city councilmen from opposite sides of the political spectrum have thrown their support behind city Comptroller John Liu’s rejection of the proposed new yellow cabs for not being handicapped accessible.

“I support taxis for all, not just taxis for some,” Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said in a statement. “We need a fleet that serves all New Yorkers. Halfway measures are inadequate. Our disabled community deserves full access.”

Braille Comes Unbound From the Book: How Technology Can Stop a Literary Crisis

Apple is at the vanguard of a push behind technology that’s helping old-fashioned Braille replace text-to-speech audio for the blind – and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time

Saabira Chaudhuri, Tuesday 14 February 2012

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, Chancey Fleet reads the menu of Bombay Garden to four friends gathered at the back of the Chelsea-based Indian restaurant in New York City.

Although she is reading aloud, there are no menus on the table. They aren’t necessary, because Fleet is blind.

New Corporate Index Being Developed for People with Disabilities in the Workplace

American Association of People with Disabilities and US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) Partner to Create New Benchmarks for Employers
December 19, 2012

Washington, DC- The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) jointly announced today their partnership to establish a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for disability employment inclusion and accessibility. Work on this important project has begun and AAPD and the USBLN® look forward to launching it in 2013.

“Bringing together the unique strengths of both AAPD and USBLN® will enable us to reach more employers with a strong message and resources for creating equitable workplaces for people with disabilities,” said Mark Perriello, President and CEO of AAPD.

Improving Accessibility Can Close Digital Divide

by Rob Sinclair 03 December 2012

In an increasingly interconnected world in which more and more services are being delivered online, it is imperative that people with disabilities are not left behind, writes Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer

A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?

by hassellinclusion
20 Dec 2012

So what does this proposed directive mean for developers, disabled & older people, and website owners in the UK?

Is it going to get disabled and older people the benefits they want, without burdening website owners with unreasonable costs that prevent them implementing it?


Govt Not Complying With Its Own Web Standards

By Stephen Bell | Wellington | Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 |

Not one government website complies fully with web standards laid down by the government itself in 2003, says a monitoring report released this month on New Zealand’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

The report, by a monitoring group drawn from the Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman’s office and the New Zealand Convention Coalition, bases its statement on self-assessments by government organisations in 2011. “It is mandatory for all public sector departments, the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Defence Force, the Parliamentary Counsel Office and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service to be compliant with the standards,” the report says.

Ghotit Releases Its Dyslexia Writing Assistant Application, the Ghotit Real Writer Pro

Posted December 14, 2012

Ghotit released its long awaited Real Writer Pro. Ghotit Real Writer Pro uses an advanced writing assistance technology tailor-made for people with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning disabilities.

Disabled Passengers Experience Discrimination On Public Transport

December 7, 2012
By Eve Pearce

Traveling with a disability is rarely simple, but it can be made easier by companies and governments offering wheelchair friendly solutions for public transport. However, many people believe that these measures don’t currently stretch far enough.

Justice Denied for People With Disabilities

Published on Thursday, 06 December 2012
Written by Stephen Pate

Confrontational Canadian system makes people with disabilities fight for their human rights in court

Jeff Moore needed special education which was his right says Supreme Court

It took Jeffery Moore 20 years to get special educational funding that he needed in elementary school.

By the time his case was decided by the Supreme Court of Canada (Moore v. British Columbia (Education), 2012 SCC 61), Jeffery graduated high school and was employed as a plumber.

Moore was one of the lucky few whose parents could mortgage their home and endure a 20 year legal battle against the Canadian legal system.

Parents Defend Private Schools for Learning Disabled

MLA Kent Hehr’s private member’s motion calls for an end to private school subsidies
CBC News Posted: Dec 4, 2012

Some parents of children with learning disabilities are joining the debate over public funding to Alberta’s private schools, arguing in favour of taxpayer money in some private classrooms.

Parent Colleen Willmer said she noticed big changes in her son since he switched from a public school to a private one called Foothills Academy that specializes in teaching students with learning disabilities.

“His self esteem has grown a thousand per cent. His marks this year are unbelievable and he loves coming to the school.”

European Commission Wants Single Set Of Website Accessibility Rules To Apply To Government Sites By 2015

Natasha Lomas View Staff Page
December 3, 2012

The European Commission has proposed new rules to improve public-sector website accessibility for disabled people, describing the current situation as “dire” — with only one-third of Europe’s 761,000 public-sector and government websites described as fully accessible.

The proposed Directive on the accessibility of public-sector bodies’ websites would introduce “mandatory EU standardised accessibility features” from the end of 2015 — covering 12 types of websites (see list below) but with governments encouraged to apply the features to all their digital services.

Recognizing Technology Accessibility on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 Dec 2012
Posted by Frank McCosker
General Manager, International Organizations (IO), Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Persons with disabilities make up 1 billion of the world’s population, yet they face challenges in equal opportunity and access to society in critical areas like education, employment, healthcare, transportation, information communications technology and justice. Every year on Dec. 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recognize the importance of providing this underserved community with equal access opportunities and livelihoods. This year’s theme is “removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all” – an area in which technology plays an important role.

Web Accessibility: The Australian National Transition Strategy

Posted on 27/11/2012
by bgpublishers

‘The Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy sets a course for improved web services, paving the way for a more accessible and usable web environment that will more fully engage with, and allow participation from, all people within our society.’ Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy,

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in the Brantford Area Develop Job Skills

At the same time People with Disabilities Lose Jobs in County of Brant .

Posted November 27, 2012

Brantford, Ontario—The Government of Canada will help people with disabilities in the Brantford area develop the skills they need to find jobs, today announced Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government’s top priorities are job creation and economic growth. To support Canada’s long-term prosperity, we must ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity,” said Mr. McColeman. “People with disabilities face particular challenges entering the job market and that’s why partnerships with organizations like L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. are so important.”

The Canadian Transportation Agency Launches New Resource Tools for Accessible Transportation Complaints

OTTAWA — November 22, 2012

The Canadian Transportation Agency launched today two new resource tools for travellers with disabilities and for transportation service providers to improve their access to and understanding of the Agency’s process for resolving disputes within the federal transportation network.

These new client-centred resource tools explain the Agency’s approaches in resolving accessible transportation complaints between persons with disabilities and service providers of the federal transportation network. More specifically, the tools:

  • provide information on how to file a complaint regarding an “undue obstacle” experienced by a person with a disability;

National Disabilities Bill to be Tabled in Parliament Soon

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:50
Written by Andrea Braham

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government has begun the process of formulating legislation for Persons with Disabilities and will be pushing for the National Disabilities Bill,to be tabled in Parliament very soon.

“This legislation will seek to promote, protect and facilitate full and equal fundamental rights and freedoms for persons with disabilities, in the areas of education and training, employment, political office and public life, health care, housing and public transportation,” the Minister said.

Overcoming Barriers: Dating, Sex Can Be Daunting for Youth With Disabilities

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press November 20, 2012

If navigating the intricacies of dating and sexuality can be a pitfall-strewn path for adults with disabilities, it’s a veritable minefield for young people with physical challenges just setting out on the journey.

Whether in a wheelchair after a spinal cord injury or living since birth with a condition like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, teens with disabilities face a double whammy — dealing with new sexual feelings while grappling with physical limitations that define how others may view them.

“Sexuality is fraught with all kinds of dangers and great things and insecurities for anybody — and for any teenager especially,” says Dr. Miriam Kaufman, head of adolescent medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Dunnville

DUNNVILLE, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Nov. 16, 2012)

The official opening of 21 new affordable rental housing units for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities was held today in Dunnville. The project received more than $2.5 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments.

The construction of this project created up to 53 jobs in the Dunnville area.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk; Mario Sergio, Parliamentary Assistant to Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Ken Hewitt, Mayor of Haldimand County, made the announcement.

Bat-Inspired Tech Lets Blind Man Ride Mountain Bike

John Roach , NBC News
November 14, 2012
University of Bristol

Dan Smith, who is blind, stands next to a mountain bike he rode.

A blind college student has successfully ridden a mountain bike down a trail with the help of bat-inspired technology that provides advanced warning of obstacles in the path so the rider can steer around them.

Dan Smith lost his sight a year ago due to Leber’s Optic Neuropathy, a rare condition that leads to loss of vision when cells in the optic nerve die, causing it to stop relaying information from the eyes to brain.

Advocates for the Blind Argue for More Accommodation at Airport Check-In Kiosks

November 12, 2012

Advocates for the blind went toe-to-toe with United Airlines in the San Francisco 9th Circuit Court about what the airline could do to accommodate passengers unable to use check-in kiosks.