Month: July 2011

Ofcom demands better telephone services for customers with hearing disabilities

UK: Communications regulator wants telephony services to be improved for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Phone users with hearing or speech disabilities will benefit from new measures being proposed today by Ofcom. The communications regulator wants modifications to upgrade telephony services such as text relay. These include simultaneous two-way speech with “live captions”. This would… Continue Reading »

New device helps blind people to read

UK: New technology is helping blind people in York to read newspapers or books and tell what’s inside a food can. The high-tech devices can be tried out at the offices of the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, which has also announced it has won a £30,000 grant. Chief Officer Diane Roworth said the… Continue Reading »

In India, seminar held on ICT for people with disabilities

Thiruvananthapuram, India: Minister for Industries and IT, P K Kunhalikutty, inaugurated a one-day seminar on ‘Possibilities of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities’ at the Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) headquarters here on Thursday. The seminar was jointly organized by Kerala Federation of the Blind, Trivandrum district and Insight. Speaking on… Continue Reading »

FITA provides ICT training courses for persons with disabilities

Malta: The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is the principal advocate and coordinator for making information communications technology (ICT) accessible for persons with disabilities in Malta and Gozo. One of FITA’s services involves providing ICT training courses for person with visual or intellectual disabilities, in order for them to use ICT effectively and be… Continue Reading »

Better Life Mobility announces new advancements in mobility equipment for people with disabilities

San Diego: Not all mobility equipment is the same. Today, there are so many options when it comes to choosing high quality mobility equipment that not only fits the wheelchair user’s physical needs, but also their desired lifestyle. Mobility technology advances every year; if disabled people haven’t had a chance to check out the upgrades available to… Continue Reading »

New communication services for deaf people in New Zealand soon

New Zealand: New communication services will be introduced later this year that allow Deaf, deaf-blind, speech and hearing-impaired persons to better communicate over the phone. The services will be progressively introduced from December and will include captioned telephony, which allows people to read live captions of spoken phone conversations. People will also be able to… Continue Reading »

Houses in Itsoseng Township not accessible for South African with Disabilities

South Africa: The North West Provincial Disability Forum is seeking an immediate intervention from the premier about houses in Itsoseng Township that are not user friendly for people with disabilities. The forum maintained that the houses that are to be built would not be suitable for them, after conducting a site visit to Itsoseng community… Continue Reading »

Advocacy groups protest against lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Philadelphia

Advocacy groups demonstrated in front of the Philadelphia Convention Center Tuesday to protest the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the city. Juliet Marsala, executive director of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, said she wants the city to set aside 50 taxi permits for ramp-equipped vans. Her group filed a lawsuit Tuesday, saying the Philadelphia Parking… Continue Reading »

Cambridge AT firm receives funds to help people with learning disabilities

UK: Government funding has been awarded to a Cambridge-based Assistive technology (AT) firm iansyst to develop new mobile technologies to help people with disabilities. Educational services for people with disabilities in Cambridge are set to improve following the awarding of new government funds. iansyst, an AT firm is to develop new mobile technologies aimed at assisting… Continue Reading »

New blind-friendly Malaysian coins soon

KUALA LUMPUR: New user-friendly Malaysian coins that are smaller and lighter will be available for circulation from early next year. The coins, third in a series minted thus far, will replace the current series which is 20 years old. They will be issued in the denominations of five sen, 10 sen, 20 sen and 50… Continue Reading »