Month: August 2014

School curriculums in Braille distributed to children with vision disabilities

ABU DHABI: Around 60 students with vision disabilities will benefit from Braille books for the 2014-15 academic year, the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO) announced on Sunday. The Blind Printing Press and ZHO have printed and distributed school curriculum in Braille for children with vision disabilities in all of the school… Continue Reading »

Korean oil firm donates learning aids to youth with disabilities

S-Oil, a leading refinery in Korea, said Thursday it held an event to donate customized learning aids to 90 students with disabilities from low-income families worth 100 million won ($97,000).  The Saudi Aramco-invested oil refinery launched the campaign to help children with disabilities from less-privileged homes in 2010. “The program was designed to prevent these… Continue Reading »

Elections Canada Announces Accessibility Improvements

GATINEAU: As part of Elections Canada’s commitment to accessibility for all Canadian voters, Elections Canada and Matthew Wozenilek, a Guelph accessibility advocate, are pleased to announce that in the next federal election all polling sites in Canada will feature either power-assisted door openers or dedicated staff to assist with opening doors. “We are building on… Continue Reading »

1.2 million people with disabilities live alone in India

NEW DELHI: At least 1.2 million people with disabilities in India are living in households consisting only of people with disability. While the total people with disabilities increased by just over 22 per cent over a decade, from almost 22 million in the Census 2001 to 26.8 million in 2011, the number of people with disabilities living… Continue Reading »

International Conference on Accessible Tourism

The 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT) 2014 organized by Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, will be held on December 4-7, 2014, at MBPJ Civic Hall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, Activities and programs of the event are carefully designed to disseminate practical knowledge and information on accessible tourism encompassing accessible touristic sights, accommodation,… Continue Reading »

International Conference on Accessible Tourism

The 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT) 2014 organized by Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, will be held on December 4-7, 2014, at MBPJ Civic Hall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Activities and programs of the event are carefully designed to disseminate practical knowledge and information on accessible tourism encompassing accessible touristic sights, accommodation,… Continue Reading »

Purple Communications Introduces Next-Generation SmartVP 2.0 Videophone

ROCKLIN, CALIF.: Purple Communications, Inc. today announced the availability of the SmartVP 2.0 videophone specifically designed for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. The next generation of SmartVP features upgraded hardware and software, supported by new and powerful video platform to provide a seamless communication experience. Initially launched in 2013, SmartVP is an Android-based HD… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities to get Universal ID cards: Minister

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: ‘Universal Identity Cards’ would be issued to persons with disabilities for which a survey would begin next month to ascertain the exact number of disabled people in the country, Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Tuesday. “The census figure does not provide a clear and proper picture on… Continue Reading »

Government websites are not accessible for people with disabilities

NEW DELHI: An estimated 70 million people with disabilities in India have no accessibility to the information on top government websites. This is despite Indian government’s guidelines for all government websites to comply as per the international accessibility standards. “The fact that the accessible society is still not a priority for the government is apparent because… Continue Reading »

ITU announces Young Innovators Competition 2014

ITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) is looking for innovative ideas on how ICTs can help smart cities to slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change and thereby improve people’s health. This might include novel technologies or combinations of… Continue Reading »