• Month: April 2013

    Nepal to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities

    KATHMANDU: The government today issued directives to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities. The directives developed and issued by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has defined government buildings, hospitals, universities, organizations, religious sites, recreational places, public roads, pavements, parking areas, play grounds, conference halls as ‘public places’. Business complexes opened… Continue Reading »

    Assistive technology to help students with vision disabilities in exams

    CHENNAI, INDIA: In 2006, Satvir, a student with vision disabilities, became the first in the country to take the board exams using a Braille-enabled assistive software. He had developed the system himself. However, what should have been a turning point in the lives of hundreds of students with similar disabilities turned out to be a… Continue Reading »

    Japan to introduce smartphone app for people with vision disabilities to read currency

    TOKYO: Japan will be releasing a free smartphone app that can read the denomination of money for people who are blind and low vision. The new app can help people with vision disabilities to identify Japanese currency. After taking a photograph of a bank note, the app will inform the holder via sound whether it… Continue Reading »

    Computer game could improve sight of children with vision disabilities

    UK: Children with disabilities could benefit from a revolutionary new computer game being developed by a team of neuroscientists and game designers. Academics from the University of Lincoln, UK, are working with WESC, one of the UK’s most respected specialist schools for children with vision disabilities, to create and evaluate a new ‘visual search rehabilitation… Continue Reading »

    Orbit and APH introduce accessible graphing calculator

    WILMINGTON, DE: Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announced the introduction of the Orion TI-84 Plus, the world’s first fully accessible handheld graphing calculator. Based on the popular TI-84 Plus model from Texas Instruments, the market-leader in calculators and educational technology, the Orion TI-84 Plus represents a breakthrough in STEM… Continue Reading »

    ICT for people with disabilities

    NIGERIA: One area where Nigeria has had its greatest leap in its transition to democracy is in the telecoms sector. Between 1975 and 1998, the then national telecommunications carrier, NITEL, received treasury investments of about N8 billion to provide Nigeria with the world’s most expensive telephone network, which some past leaders were quoted to have… Continue Reading »

    NeoSpeech now online with speedy cloud text-to-speech

    SANTA CLARA, CA: NeoSpeech, an innovative text-to-speech (TTS) and speech technology solution provider, is now live with the upgraded TTS Web Services. The NeoSpeech TTS Web Services (http://ws.neospeech.com) has found its new home on Amazon Web Services. By using Amazon’s redundant and load-balancing virtual server, users can now enjoy faster and more reliable text-to-speech. NeoSpeech… Continue Reading »

    2-3 children with learning disabilities in every classroom

    MUMBAI, INDIA: Fifty years ago in the month of April, the movement to sensitize people about learning disability began. Despite this passage of time, there still isn’t enough awareness or rehabilitation measures available for people with learning disabilities. A new study from the University of Melbournesays that every classroom is likely to have two or three children with… Continue Reading »

    MouthStick Stylus makes touchscreen devices accessible for people with disabilities

    NASHVILLE, TN: Griffin Technology introducs the Griffin MouthStick Stylus. Engineered for people with motor disabilities, to provide manipulation of both touchscreens and buttons, Griffin’s MouthStick Stylus is designed to provide comfort, stability and control while being held in the mouth. “Everyone wants access to tablet technology,” says Melissa Lapsley, B2B Education & Assistive Technology Product… Continue Reading »