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Lego Releases Braille Bricks to Impart Education to Children with Visual Impairment  

Europe, Universal Design, April 25 2019

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Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.” Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play. The bricks, which… Continue Reading »

Organization in Kerala Works to Promote Accessibility in Eco-Friendly Destination

Tourism, April 23 2019

Thenmala Eco-tourism Promotion Society (Photo| Thenmala Eco-tourism website)

The Thenmala Eco-tourism Promotion Society is an effort to encourage the visually – impaired and hearing-impaired to visit Thenmala and make the state 100 per cent disabled-friendly. Away from the chaos of the city lies Thenmala, the eco-tourism destination which is also one of the first eco-tourism destinations to have… Continue Reading »

Qatar Opens Disabilities Rehab Center in Gaza

Middle East, News, April 23 2019

Khalifa al-Kuwari, director of the Qatar Fund for Development, cuts the ribbon during the opening ceremony [Adel Hana/AP]

Hamad Hospital, named after the former emir of Qatar, has 100 beds and helps people who lost their limbs in conflict. Qatar opened the first prosthetic hospital and a disability rehab centre in the Gaza Strip on Monday, overcoming obstacles that delayed the much-needed project in the besieged Palestinian enclave. Rafat… Continue Reading »

Tactile Model Makes a Stadium Accessible to Persons with Visual Impairment

Americas, April 19 2019

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The Tower and the 1976 Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, a symbol of the city of Montreal in Québec, Canada, can now be explored with the fingertips. They have been reproduced as a tactile model for people with visual disabilities, thanks to a collaboration between the Olympic Park, Kéroul and Tactile… Continue Reading »

Using Assistive Technology to it’s full Potential for Children in Hospices

Assistive Technology, April 17 2019

Heavenly and mum Kellie with one of the Lifelites iPads

A UK charity recently welcomed children’s hospice staff from across the British Isles to a free conference to learn about the potential impacts of assistive technology on life-limited and disabled children. Lifelites donates and maintains assistive technology for children and young people in every children’s hospice across the British Isles.… Continue Reading »

New Accessible Travel Database Announced by German National Tourist Board

Europe, Tourism, April 15 2019

Young lady in a wheelchair on a wooden ramp

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The German National Tourist Board has launched a new and comprehensive online database for BarrierFree (accessible) travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and “Accessibility Checked” identification seal. Entitled “Travel for All“, the database enables the user to search for a wide range… Continue Reading »

New Partnership Promotes Accessible Banking in Jordan

Built Environment, Middle East, April 11 2019

Recognizing the challenges persons with disabilities face throughout the various aspects of their lives, Bank al Etihad partnered with Accessible Jordan to minimize these obstacles starting from within the Bank – consequently promoting accessibility and ensuring inclusion for all clients, particularly those with physical disabilities. Under the mutual partnership, Accessible Jordan will extend a… Continue Reading »

UK-based Design Council Focuses on Accessible Home Innovation

Europe, Universal Design, April 10 2019

The Home Innovation Challenge

Now in its fifth year, Design Council Spark is putting a new focus on driving accessible home innovation; Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is aiming to deliver major impact, both financially and socially, for people with reduced mobility or disabilities. In the UK, there are currently 14 million… Continue Reading »

Smart Transport Hub Helps Enhance Access to Public Transportation

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, April 9 2019

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Matilda can accurately predict the arrival of autonomous shuttles to its location, based on the position of the vehicle, the speed at which it can move, and also based on the traffic conditions enroute. This helps people when they travel; they can make plans that are timed to the minute.… Continue Reading »

New Partnership to Provide Tailored, Accessible Holiday Packages

Tourism, April 8 2019

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Handiscover announces its partnership with Travel-For-All, the Premiere Accessible Travel Agency in North America which provides tailored-made accessible holiday packages for people with disabilities or specific requirements. Travel-For-All specialises in tours to some of the most exotic destinations in the world such as Cuba and Africa, with full capacity to arrange accessible… Continue Reading »

Amazon Launches HIPAA-Compliant Alexa for Healthcare

Assistive Technology, News, April 5 2019

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Amazon announced yesterday that healthcare companies such as Cigna and Boston Children’s Hospital have equipped the Alexa Skills Kit with HIPAA-compliant voice apps, which are limited in number and foolproof while complying with the United States’ 1996 HIPAA regulation. The launch introduces a total of six HIPAA eligible Alexa skills… Continue Reading »

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Seeks Subject Matter Experts

Americas, April 4 2019

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is seeking Subject Matter Experts to form Speaker’s Bureau Are you an accessibility subject matter expert?  Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise?  The IAAP is conducting a survey to assess interest in forming a Subject Matter Expert Speaker’s Bureau.  The purpose of… Continue Reading »

Autonomous Vehicle Design Should Benefit Broader Group of Potential Drivers

Americas, Transportation, April 4 2019

At a time when major automakers are planning to deploy greater numbers of autonomous vehicles (AVs), they have a unique opportunity to ensure people with disabilities have access to this transformational technology. That is one of the conclusions of Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People… Continue Reading »

Yoocan Seeks Collaborative Partners, Highlights Projects at Naidex 2019

Europe, Events, News, April 3 2019

Yoocan community member Antonis Tsapatakis is a Paralympic swimmer training for Tokyo 2020

Yoocan CEO presented at Naidex 2019 on March 25-26 in Birmingham, England.  Presentation included tips on how to improve collaboration in the global disability ecosystem, the new “yoocan work” search tool & the yoocan “Tokyo 2020” initiative giving para-athletes & related organizations from around the world an opportunity to share… Continue Reading »

Autism Research Centre to Expand in India

Asia-Pacific, News, April 2 2019

The Center for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRRE), a not-for-profit organisation based here, has announced its second phase of development. Now working from a rented facility, the school has a staff strength of 35 including 25 qualified professionals, said G Vijaya Raghavan, Founder and Honorary Director.… Continue Reading »

Nova Scotia Sets Up Committees to Develop the First Provincial Accessibility Standards

Americas, Built Environment, April 1 2019

 Advocates say there is still enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track. As Nova Scotia strikes two committees to develop the first provincial accessibility standards, some advocates say there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on… Continue Reading »

Researchers Developing Wheelchair-accessible Maps for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, March 27 2019

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INDIA – Researchers with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, co-led by UCL (University College London) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), are developing wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi, India.  Described as Street Rehab, the collaborative project has been conceptualized with innovative sensing platforms. This is how it… Continue Reading »

St Andrews and North East Fife to benefit from Accessibility Destination App

Europe, Transportation, March 26 2019

Amy Newton of MS Society Fife using one of the St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs and viewing the Scotland’s Accessible Beaches App. From left to right Debbie McCallum (left), Amy Newton (centre), Peter Newton (right)

IRELAND: The St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs service has been hugely popular since the launch at the start of the 2018 tourism season, with over one hundred bookings in the first summer of operation and customers travelling from all over Scotland to use the beach-friendly wheelchairs and enjoy the additional St… Continue Reading »

Japan to Promote Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, Universal Design, March 25 2019

Promoting wheelchair-friendly taxis

The Japanese government is hoping that visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics who use wheelchairs will have an easy time getting around. Officials say they’re going to obligate taxi operators to train their drivers in the use of specially designed vehicles.”Universal design” taxis look like station wagons and… Continue Reading »

Hawaii Progresses Towards Creating Better Opportunities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., March 21 2019

Matthew Sakamoto wipes down tables at Hokulani timeshare.

Whether Matthew Sakamoto would be able to hold a job after high school was always a big question mark. Sakamoto was born with a cognitive developmental delay. At 19, the Roosevelt High School student reads at a level akin to an elementary school student. But he also has a friendly, unreserved personality… Continue Reading »