• Month: July 2011

    Scientist from Arizona State University designed portable note-taking device for blind people

    A team of scientists from Arizona State University has designed a portable device that increases the speed of note-taking. The concept was born out of frustration by blind team leader David S Hayden. Hayden had been using a technology called a monocular, which is basically a small telescope, for blind people. “The problem with the… Continue Reading »

    Georgia Institute of Technology hosts ARoPability workshop for blind people

    Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with the WizKidz Science and Technology Centers recently presented a 2-week ARoPability workshop for blind people. A grant was received from the National Science Foundation to fund the event. The intention of the workshop was to draw the attention of the students with disabilities to involve themselves in the… Continue Reading »

    DCC planning for disability access to stadium

    New Zealand: The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has moved to allay fears people with disabilities will be left out in the cold at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The council last week confirmed plans for passenger trains, street closures and walking routes to cater for the tens of thousands of fans expected at the Forsyth… Continue Reading »

    Computer toolkit will help deaf people to enjoy music

    Southampton, UK:  Deaf people who have received a cochlear implant may soon be able to enjoy music better with a toolkit being developed at Southampton University. Cochlear implants allow people with severe-to-profound hearing disability, who do not substantially benefit from conventional hearing aids, to perceive and understand speech. The current technology, however, often cannot cope… Continue Reading »

    Technology being used to build bridges with autistic children

    SALT LAKE CITY: Digger has a tough time breaking out of his world and expressing what’s on his mind. As a 9-year-old with autism, the desire to socialize with his classmates, or even give a book report becomes excruciatingly awkward. “He just wants to fit in, and wants to be a part of what’s going… Continue Reading »

    Indian Institute of Technology developing ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people

    India: The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) is in the process of developing a walking stick called ‘Smart Cane’ for blind people with the help of the Blind People’s Association (BPA). The new cane will be reasonably priced at around Rs.1000 and the battery-operated walking stick will be equipped with an infrared and ultrasound… Continue Reading »

    Airline fined for violating rules for travelers with disabilities

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities, including a $200,000 civil penalty of which up to $75,000 may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers above levels required by DOT rules. “Passengers with disabilities have rights and they… Continue Reading »

    Inaccessible public infrastructure major barrier for people with disabilities in Swaziland

    Swaziland: Inaccessibility to the built environment, including the public transport system, is still the major barrier which prevents persons with disabilities from actively participating in social and economic activities in the country. Some governments recognise people with disabilities’ basic right to equal access to built environments.  Creating inaccessible built environments, streets and transport systems discriminate… Continue Reading »

    Bromsgrove businesses recognized for helping improve disability access

    UK: Bromsgrove businesses have been recognised for helping to improve disability access and tackling issues of equality and diversity. The first ever Bromsgrove, No Barriers, disabled access awards were held as part of the fourth and final community consultation conference. Organised by Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with the Equality and Diversity Forum, and held… Continue Reading »