First assistive technology expo on way in Dubai

How assistive technology can improve functional capabilities of individuals with special needs and empower them to reach their highest potential will be highlighted at an inaugural upcoming event in Dubai, UAE. The first ever Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015, running on November 12 and 13 at Anisa- Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium, will feature cutting-edge [...]

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Google reorganizes under ‘Alphabet’ umbrella

San Francisco (AFP) – Google unveiled a surprise corporate reorganization Monday, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the Internet search unit as one of several entities. Google chief executive Larry Page announced the change, saying he would hold the same title at Alphabet, the new holding company for the tech giant’s [...]

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How tech-driven learning can benefit students with disabilities

Special education also stands to benefit from innovative school models and personalization By Kate Schimel As technology makes its way into classrooms, the question of what effect innovative strategies will have on students with disabilities remains wide open. In some ways, technology use is nothing new for special education students and teachers. Assistive technology has [...]

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People With Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design

Aida Akl Progress over the past 25 years has made computing more accessible to people with disabilities. But from design to finish, accessibility is still an afterthought in the race to technological innovation. Despite breakthroughs in robotics, speech recognition, eye-motion sensors, virtual reality and many other areas, the general design approach to new products still excludes [...]

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Discrimination Doesn’t End on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Article by: Lennard Davis While July 26 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we need to recall that discrimination against people with disabilities is not over. The ADA accomplished a lot. It banned employment discrimination, made public transportation accessible, opened places of public accommodation and added closed captioning so the Deaf [...]

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Marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

July 26, 2015 by NCC Staff On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark law made possible by one pioneering activist. On display at the National Constitution Center. Gift of Yoshiko Dart. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, [...]

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Woman in wheelchair who fought for Disabilities Act can’t use tour bus

By Petula Dvorak Even before she arrives in the nation’s capital this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Dot Nary is already in what she calls fight mode. Because when your legs are wheels, getting around is always a bumpy ride fraught with obstacles. From the moment she gets [...]

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Tech’s Next Frontier: Removing Barriers for Disabled People

The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25-years-old this weekend, and given its impact on breaking down the barriers disabled people face over the last two and a half decades, it deserves to be celebrated. The ADA offered disabled people unprecedented protections against discrimination and jumpstarted a wave of construction that made the built environment more [...]

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Nike’s New Sneaker Technology Helps People With Disabilities

By Laura Rosenfeld Whenever Nike releases a new pair of sneakers, it’s kind of a big deal. Most of the time, this is because of the way the sneakers look. However, the athletic apparel company is releasing a new pair of sneakers that is grabbing headlines not because of how it looks but how it [...]