• Month: July 2014

    Conference on Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies

    CHENNAI, INDIA: The Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Centre of CII proposes to organize the Conference on “Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies” with the theme of ‘Inclusive technologies for an improved quality of life’  August 22,  2014, Taj Connemara, Chennai, India. This is an initiative to provide a platform for various industry members and business… Continue Reading »

    OwnFone launches Braille mobile phone in Australia

    SYDNEY: OwnFone, a London-based firm, has launched the first Braille mobile phone of the world for people with vision disabilities in Australia. “Touchscreen technology cannot be used comfortably by people who are blind or have low vision.

 The braille buttons are produced using 3D printing and customized for every customer, which makes OwnFone’s braille phone… Continue Reading »

    5th International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos

    DAVOS: The theme for this year’s International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) Davos 2014 will be “Integrative Risk Management – Science and technology to strengthen the post 2015 framework”, August 24 to 28, 2014, Davos, Switzerland. The IDRC Davos 2014 will address the numerous interconnected, complex and emerging risks today’s societies are faced with. Environmental,… Continue Reading »

    Indian firm develops smart shoes for people with vision disabilities

    NEW DELHI: The latest in wearable technology isn’t about a smartwatch or a jacket, rather it’s about your feet.

 Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh) based Ducere Technologies has launched the haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand Lechal (meaning “take me there” in Hindi) that helps people with vision disabilities navigate from one place to another. Designed for… Continue Reading »

    Buildings are not accessible in Vadodara

    VADODARA, INDIA: Only 429 schools out of 2,318 in the district have special toilets that are accessible for students with disabilities. This, despite the fact that there are as many as 5,777  students with disabilities in the primary schools of the district. City resident Sursingh Solanki, through a series of RTI applications, has dug up… Continue Reading »

    Private buildings violate accessibility code

    PHILIPPINES: Private buildings are mostly the violators of the Batas Pambansa (BP) 344 or the building code that caters to the access of persons with disabilities in both public and private buildings, an official from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH 11) said. BP 344 is dedicated to “enhance the mobility of persons… Continue Reading »

    Government supports innovative pilot program assisting people with autism obtain employment in the IT industry

    CALGARY, ALBERTA: The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, announced an investment of $150,000 in support of a pilot program that is providing Information Technology (IT) skills training and career opportunities… Continue Reading »

    Transforming Accessibility with Mobile Technology

    Data digitization and IBM mobile technology will transform accessibility by making everything easier to use. For the worldwide population of more than 1 billion people with disabilities – in addition to older persons, novice technology users and people with language, learning, literacy or situational challenges – IBM is in a unique position to lead the… Continue Reading »

    Accessible Parking Enforcement Campaign

    In the summer of 2013 Summer Students with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service as well as officers from Traffic Services in conjunction with staff from the Accessibility Center were involved in an education campaign to ensure that all local businesses, schools and office buildings had proper signage for accessible parking spaces. Now that the… Continue Reading »