• Month: November 2015

    People with vision disabilities provide inputs for Smart City project

    BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: People with vision disabilities, have mooted some ideas before the Smart City team of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to make the city accessible for people with disabilities. Last week, the blind people discussed with team about their proposals. Another meeting regarding the issue would be held next week, said BMC sources. People… Continue Reading »

    Virtual reality could help people with autism learn social skills and develop employment opportunities

    Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Dr Nigel Newbutt, Associate Head of Media and Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol, said, “With as many as 1 in 68 reported as… Continue Reading »

    Freedom Scientific and Optelec Join Forces in Assistive Technology Merger

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL: Freedom Scientific and Optelec announced today that the two companies have merged to create the world’s largest assistive technology provider for people with vision disabilities. The two companies have a long history of providing innovative technology solutions that enable people who are blind and low vision to reach their full potential –… Continue Reading »

    Overnight Emergency Shelter Simulation for People with Disabilities

    HILLSBOROUGH: The Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) and the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting an emergency shelter overnight simulation for individuals with disabilities on Friday, November 20th starting at 5 p.m. at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex, 279 South Branch Road, Hillsborough. Approximately 50 people with disabilities have volunteered to spend a… Continue Reading »

    Georgia to make tourist attractions accessible

    GEORGIA: Within the next year Georgia’s oldest city, Mtskheta, one of the most attractive destinations for tourists, will fit ramps so people using wheelchairs can access the city. According to Georgia’s National Tourism Administration special steps will be implemented for the development of accessible tourism in the country. “We are trying to make Georgia an… Continue Reading »

    Qatar Computing Research Institute launches custom braille keyboard for people with vision disabilities

    DOHA: The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), one of Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) three specialized national research institutes, has developed a custom keyboard for iOS that enables eyes-free, one-handed typing based on Braille and is suitable for both Arabic-speaking and English-speaking users. The BrailleEasy keyboard was launched by QCRI on Thursday November 12th, alongside… Continue Reading »

    Survey shown effective in helping states improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities

    LAWRENCE: The push to end segregated employment in which individuals with disabilities are limited to menial work for sub-minimum wage pay is gaining momentum. Researchers at the University of Kansas are leading the way in promoting equal opportunity and pay as well as assisting states making the effort to end employment segregation. Now, a survey… Continue Reading »

    NGO urges equal opportunities for persons with disabilities

    NIGERIA: A Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Disabled Persons Care Foundation, on Friday, called for equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the country. The Coordinator of the group, Chidolue Lambert, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said equal opportunities would curb the problem of discrimination among… Continue Reading »

    Student creates mouse for persons with disabilities

    COIMBATORE, INDIA: A 16-year-old student in Coimbatore city, of Tamil Nadu has developed a hands-free mouse for the people with mobility disabilities. Nisanth Kumar, a resident of Coimbatore said he developed the idea when during a recent visit to a home for people with a disability he saw people with the talent and skill to… Continue Reading »