A victory has been achieved for deaf and hard of hearing consumers in Washington State as a new law which took effect last month mandates that all businesses with forward-facing TV’s are now required to provide closed captioning at all times in public places of accommodation.
Steven Mifsud, the profoundly deaf founder and director of Direct Access, will see his dulcet tones broadcast to millions as he lends his voice to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics, which begins today in Tokyo.
For many years, Direct Access has worked internationally to guide businesses in the tourism sector to meet their local standards of accessibility. Although we have always been and continue to be proud of our clients opting to do what is ultimately just for the millions of disabled tourists across the globe, there has never been a standardized guide for accessible tourism across the world reinforcing the moral sensibilities of Direct Access. Until now, that is.
If you own or operate a business property, understanding how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacts on accessible parking provision for your visitors is essential. The ADA is a federal law designed to protect the rights of Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
The state of California is aging faster than the rest of the country and demand for care facilities is rising. Already, California regulates around ten thousand long-term care facilities, from small assisted living homes to large skilled nursing centers.
Imagine not being able to hear the speaker across the roar of a crowd, the bank teller, or a bus driver over the noise of an engine. For many of the one in twenty of the American population with some form of hearing loss, this is a daily reality.
Everyone has the right to be evacuated safely during an emergency. By the very nature of the situation, residents of Assisted Living Schemes and nursing homes are most likely to require assistance with evacuation.
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