Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division (WSF), has issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a visual paging system contract. WSF reports they are the world’s largest ferry system based on the number of vehicles carried each year and the third largest in the world based on the 23,000,000 passengers served each year. The contract would create a voice-to-text visual paging system that would make WSF vessel and terminal communications accessible to customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The system is to include both emergency announcements and general operational announcements and information. Proposals are due January 7, 2010. The RFP and notices are available on the Washington State Department of Transportation website – select the “Browse” radio button, then select “Equipment Procurement” for the category, and then click on “Visual Paging System Contract.”
Ellen Semel, HLA-Manhattan Chapter planning committee chair, reports that induction loops are being installed and tested in New York City taxis as part of a pilot project for accessible taxis. Some chapter members tested the looped taxis on Tuesday, March 3. The taxis were available both before the chapter meeting to allow members the opportunity to listen to speech using a t-coil in the taxi and evaluate their performance. The results of the evaluations will be sent with a report to the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York City.
By HOPE YEN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that foreign cruise lines sailing in U.S. waters must provide better access for passengers in wheelchairs, expanding the scope of a landmark federal disabilities law.
The narrow 5-4 decision is a victory for disabled rights advocates, who said inadequate ship facilities inhibited their right to ``participate fully in society.''
Congress intended the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act to apply to cruise lines, justices said.