Month: December 2012

Taiwanese researchers unveil app for shoppers with vision disabilities

TAIPEI: A free mobile application that can read out the floor guide of a shopping mall in southern Taiwan has been unveiled recently with the aim of helping people who are blind or low vision live more independently, a local group said yesterday. Soon after the Pingtung Global Mall opened on Dec. 15, engineers and… Continue Reading »

Saudi Arabia Launches Accessible Car Project for Persons with Disabilities

RIYADH: Dr. Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Minister of Social Affairs, delivered the first batch of accessible vehicles for people with mobility disabilities. A total of 1,000 vehicles were distributed at a ceremony held at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Diriyah, Riyadh. Speaking to Okaz after the ceremony, Al-Othaimeen said that an executive bylaw governing the… Continue Reading »

UAE releases audio CD for people with vision disabilities

UAE: The Minister of the Interior has released an audio recording for people who are blind or low vision. under the title: “Disabled People-Their Rights and Our Duties.” The recording addresses the main legal rights of people with disabilities according to local legislation and international conventions approved by the state, in addition to the legal… Continue Reading »

Israelis with hearing disabilities demand increased government services

TEL AVIV: Over 50 Israelis with hearing disabilities gathered in front of government offices in Tel Aviv on Sunday morning to demand increased funding for services for people who are deaf. The demonstration had originally been planned in order to protest the government’s intention to reduce the amount of available sign language translation services due… Continue Reading »

Transport for London improve Kew Bridge junction for people with vision disabilities

LONDON: A major junction in Kew Bridge has been upgraded to help people with vision disabilities crossing the road. The improvements, which were part of Transport for London’s (TfL) work to improve accessibility for all road users across London, included installing tactile rotating cones to the signals underneath the wait light indicators to assist people with… Continue Reading »

New Dolphin-assisted therapy helps children with intellectual disabilities in China

BEIJING: A new Dolphin-assisted therapy that helps treat children with intellectual disabilities is gaining popularity in China, according to a media report. The technique for children with mental disabilities has already made a splash in the West, and China is now riding the experimental tide. Fifteen sessions with a pair of bottle-nosed dolphins at Hangzhou… Continue Reading »

Plan for more accessible public transport

AUSTRALIA: Canberrans with a disability are being asked how public transport can be made easier for them to use and access. The ACT Government is currently reviewing its public transport action plan for people with a disability. The review will examine the barriers people face in accessing public transport services, as well as infrastructure and… Continue Reading »

American Bath Enterprises Unveils ADA-Compliant Shower Safety System

HAYWARD, CA: American Bath Enterprises, Inc. (“ABE”), the makers of AmeriWall™ and AccessaBath™, recently unveiled new ADA-compliant shower stall kits. These bath safety shower systems are shower stall kits and shower enclosure solutions for people with mobility disabilities. People with mobility disabilities, can bathe in comfort and feel safe in these barrier-free showers. The ADA-compliant shower stall kits from ABE features wheelchair shower… Continue Reading »

Digital strategy to make education accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) provides an opportunity to students to continue education that has been put on hold for various reasons. It is an open school that caters to the need of a heterogeneous group of learners up to the high-school level. Students who can’t go to school on a… Continue Reading »

Accessing ATMs an uphill task for persons with disabilities in India

CHENNAI: T M N Deepak, a 32-year-old psychologist, hates to go to the ATM near his house in Medavakkam. Persons with disabilities finds it tough to negotiate the few steps that lead to the teller machine. Like the ATM at Medavakkam, several others in the city have been set up without a thought for persons… Continue Reading »