• Month: June 2013

    National Museum of American History Launches History of Disability Online Exhibition

    WASHINGTON: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will launch “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America” to explore themes and events related to the history of people with disabilities in the U.S. and offer a new perspective on American history. This online exhibition is a first-of-its-kind image compilation that provides access to objects… Continue Reading »

    Update on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

    The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, the day before the opening of the General Debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly. Online pre-registration for civil society is now open and will close on 1 July. The outcome document… Continue Reading »

    Historic Treaty Adopted, Boosts Access to Books for Persons with Vision Disabilities Worldwide

    International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted on June 27 a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books for the benefit of hundreds of millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled. The treaty, approved after more than a week of intense debate among negotiators… Continue Reading »

    Weight Watchers announces accessibility initiative for members with vision disabilities

    NEW YORK, NY: Weight Watchers International, Inc. announced its ongoing initiative to make its websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for its members and subscribers with vision disabilities. The efforts were praised by blind community leaders. Weight Watchers has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 level AA as… Continue Reading »

    Wearable robot to help persons with disabilities walk again

    Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to walk again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton being developed by EU-funded researchers.… Continue Reading »

    Agreement reached on provisions of new treaty to ease access to books for persons with print disabilities

    Negotiators from WIPO’s member states at the Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh reached agreement in the early morning hours of June 26, 2013, on the substantive provisions of a new international treaty to improve access to books for people who are blind, low vision, and other people print with disabilities. The treaty is expected to be… Continue Reading »

    Abu Dhabi launches new taxi service for persons with disabilities

    ABU DHABI: Passengers with disabilities can now travel by Dh250,000 Mercedes. Six accessible taxi vans went into service yesterday, four in Abu Dhabi and two in Al Ain, and a further two will be available soon at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Mercedes-Benz Vito vehicles are equipped with hydraulic systems, an electronic wheelchair lift, secure… Continue Reading »

    DU College Plans Assistive Technology Resource Center for Students with Disabilities

    NEW DELHI: Lady Shri Ram College for Women is coming up with a resource center for its students with disabilities as part of its equal-opportunity center, Swavalamban. “It is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with latest assistive technology aimed at promoting self-reliance and independence among students with disabilities. The resource center is endowed with a braille… Continue Reading »

    RU seminar urges government to ensure opportunities for persons with disabilities

    BANGLADESH: Speakers at a seminar at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday urged the government to ensure more opportunities for persons with disabilities. National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) and the law department of the university jointly organized the seminar titled “Jatisangha Protibondhi Byactiborger Odhikar Sonod Porichiti” at the department’s gallery room. They said… Continue Reading »