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News Prior to 2006

Updated 04/14/12

Below are recently announced items and articles that relate to disability issues.  The date on the item is the date it was received not the date the item occurred.  For older news items, please visit the News Archive

PROJECT EMPOWERMENT
This joint effort across businesses serving the occupational needs of people with disabilities, veterans, seniors and those individuals who prefer to work from home, will provide qualified applicants a chance to start up their own small companies specializing in telephone customer service. 01/18/06

IX Conference of the Ibero-American Seminar on Disability and Accessibility in the Net (SIDAR)
Learn more about the conference, and how to be a sponsor, in English and En Español - 11/07/05

Proposed Appeals Process Changes for Social Security and SSI Recipients by Oct. 25 - Take Action! - 10/18/05

Scam Alert - Even before marketing of Medicare Part D's new prescription drug plans began Oct. 1, officials and advocates for seniors were issuing warnings about what might go wrong as private insurers rev up sales efforts. - 10/05/05
 

Help for Victims of Katrina with a Focus on People with Disabilities
Follow the link above to access the Press Release from the National Council on Disability on Disaster Relief for Victims of Katrina

Assistance Available for Hurricane Victims who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing CEPIN Regional Centers Standing by to Assist Displaced Individuals and Families

Collaboration In Focus - Federal And Non-Profit Disability Response To Hurricane Katrina

Emergency Resource Registry Activated. FEMA registration numbers.

Landmark College Offers Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities and AD/HD on The CollegeBound Network -06/01/05

Lasalle Bank Corporation to offer Improved Services - 05/03//05

Dr. Zhang Xu gives us a close look at his life. - 4/15/05
You many remember his wonderful article A Powerful Story About Technology and Universal Access Well here is the rest of the story!

Want to make comments to the FCC about something? - 3/30/05
Follow the link above to get instructions on how to make comments to the FCC on issues.

A new site about Vitamins 3/26/05
Everyone needs to know about the effects of vitamins and minerals and how they interact with the human body. 

No Excuses - 3/06/05
Travel with the 2002 U.S. Disabled Ski Team across Europe, Canada and the United States through a three-month World Cup season that culminates at  is a new site going up now and they are quite interesting, take a look! the Salt Lake City Paralympic Games

Letter to DOT from ICDRI March 2005 - 3/06/05
 ICDRI's Executive Director, Cynthia Waddell sent a letter to Norm Mineta in support of supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed rulemaking to revise its regulations that implement the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, including provisions to make airline web sites Section 508 compliant.

Biometrics and Universal Design 1/20/05
An article about biometrics and Universal Design has been been published featuring Bill Lawson who has written for ICDRI it can be seen at: http://www.speechtechmag.com/issues/9_6/usingspeech/11177-1.html

Andy Leaf and the Seed Business Network 12/31/04
Are you disabled and want to start your own business? Well Andy Leaf and Seed Business Network ( http://www.seedbiznet.org/index.htm ) may be the just what you are looking for!

News Feeds from the IDEAL Group 12/0104
The IDEAL Group has announced two new news feeds...

VIII Conference of the Ibero-American Seminar on Disability and Accessibility in the Net (SIDAR) 11/16/04
Learn more about the conference, and how to be a sponsor, in English and En Español...

 Letter to the Editor Regarding the Southwest Airlines Accessible Web Case 11/16/04
A thoughtful response to an article in  E-Access about the Southwest Airlines accessible web case.

Equal Access Through Style Sheets 10/28/04
Learn how easily equal access to your website can be achieved through the use of advanced style sheet techniques. In this online course you will learn from an industry professional how to create style sheets that invite adaptive devices like Braille Readers, Audio software and hardware and pages designed for foreign speaking visitors. You will be provided instruction on how to create them throughout the course.

MyPollingPlace.com is up and running. 10/28/04
http://www.mypollingplace.com/find.php 
It is the only single-database, national poll locator in the United States that also lets voters know the type of voting machine they will use and how to vote on that machine.

Joy Of Code Workshop has launched! 10/23/04
TryNet, Inc., a New Jersey company providing web design training services, announces the release of a new online training workshop, Joy Of Code: Introduction To XHTML and CSS.

DOJ Announces Agreement for City Accessibility 9/24/04
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced the signing of three agreements under its Project Civic Access, an initiative to bring localities into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, the Department concluded agreements with the City of Gallup, New Mexico; the City of Suffolk, Virginia; and the City of Bend, Oregon.

SPITZER AGREEMENT TO MAKE WEB SITES ACCESSIBLE TO THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED 8/19/04
Attorney General  Eliot Spitzer today announced settlements with two major travel web sites that will make the sites far more accessible to blind and visually impaired users.

Website Service Scam Defrauds US Treasury $99 Million 9/9/04
 Oryan Management and four individuals order to stop selling abusive tax schemes.  These schemes involved convincing clients that ADA Compliant Web Sites were subject to tax credits which were bogus...Read what the Department of Justice has to say.  Read More about it on the report about this scheme.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION COMMEMORATES 100 AGREEMENT MILESTONE FOR PROJECT CIVIC ACCESS 8/7/04
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced the signing of its one-hundredth agreement with towns, cities, and counties under Project Civic Access, a Department initiative to bring localities into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

New standard expected to help students who are blind, print-disabled. 7/27/04
Students with blindness, low vision and print disabilities are expected to gain improved access to textbooks under a voluntary standardized format for electronic files, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today.

Memorial Day Blessings on all our dedicated men and women, especially those who have given the Ultimate Sacrifice.- 5/27/04
A resolution in appreciation of the sacrifices made by US Personnel in the fight for freedom on Memorial Day...

Georgia Accessibility Rally - 5/23/04
The Georgia Accessibility Rally is the first ever statewide web accessibility competition in the nation. It paired high school students with disabilities in Georgia's High School/High Tech program with mentors trained in web accessibility standards and techniques. Each team's goal was to redesign their existing school website in order to make it more accessible to people with disabilities.

The Power of Purpose - 4/04/04
The John Templeton Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest.  There is a 100,000 dollar first prize.  Anyone can enter and there is no entry fee.  it is a call for compelling essays on purpose and to help spark people to achieve their goals and to help bring about the achievement of noble goals.

ADHD Medications: Are ADHD Drugs Addictive and Should You Give Them to Your Child? - 3/16/04
With all the controversy surrounding ADHD medications, it is difficult for a parent to make an informed decision for their child. Some experts claim that ADHD drugs are addictive, while others insist they aren't.

The Boston Schweitzer Fellows Invite You to a Panel Discussion on: Disability: Rights, Legislation and Services -  3/15/04
The Boston Schweitzer Fellows Invite You to a Panel Discussion on:
Disability: Rights, Legislation and Services
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
5:30-7:30pm
Austin East, Harvard Law School
1563 Massachusetts Avenue

KCAR Motorsport Promotion  - 03/10/04
KCAR Motorsport Promotion is a unique organization that is working to change the public's perception of people with disabilities. We are, in conjunction with the Disabled American Veterans, our Paralympic team, and others, organizing a NASCAR pit crew composed of disabled athletes

Joy Of Code has launched!! - 02/20/04
TryNet, Inc., a New Jersey company providing web design training services, announces the release of a new online training workshop, The Joy Of Code: Introduction To XHTML and CSS

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Copyright Exemption Ruling for Accessibility 10/30/03

ADA Friend of the Court Briefs Filed for Access Now v. Southwest Airlines
W3C Amicus Brief Filed March 17, 2003 and the Amicus Brief filed in support of plaintiffs/appellants on March 17, 2003 by American Association of People with Disabilities, American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Disability Rights Advocates, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, National Association of the Deaf, National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, and National Federation of the Blind. - 10/1/03

AccMonitor™ Integration Pack II for Microsoft® Content Management Server - 9/10/03

HiSoftware Solutions Enable Accessibility Of Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Content and Applications - 9/10/03

Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites
to People with Disabilities
- 8/22/03

StrikeForce Technologies, Inc Develops Challenge Response System Usable by All - 8/15/03

FreedomBox and EVAS working together to make the Internet more accessible - 8/12/03

Signtel - Free Software Allows Deaf to Communicate with Hearing -

recruitABILITY – An online job posting, resume registration and tracking system - 6/29/03

Hi-Caption™ SE For Use With Macromedia® Flash™ Provides Solution For Captioning Macromedia Flash Movies And Presentations - 5/29/03

CalAgrAbility to aid permanently injured and disabled farmers, workers - 4/11/03

HiSoftware Co-Sponsors the Internet Society Disability and Special Needs Chapter  2/19/03

TM SYSTEMS INTROS "TRANSTATION CC™" LIGHTWEIGHT CLOSED CAPTIONING PREPARATION MODULE - 2/05/03

AT&T Launches New Video Relay Service  - 1/28/03

SEE DICK RUN. SEE JANE RUN  - 1/28/03

New! From the American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center- 1/19/03

Browsealoud Update - 1/18/03

New Disability Calendar - 1/07/03


For older news items, please visit the News Archive

 

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