Month: September 2016

Humanitarian Partnership Conference focuses on inclusive practices

NAIROBI: Including persons with disabilities and the aged in humanitarian practices was the theme for the 4th annual International Humanitarian Partnership Conference in Nairobi on 21-22 September. More than 140 humanitarian practitioners, academicians and advocates met for the conference, organized by the Inter Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East and Central Africa (IAWG).… Continue Reading »

Nagaland government aims to improve tourism accessibility

KOHIMA, INDIA: In line with ‘Tourism for all: Promoting universal accessibility,’ the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day, the Nagaland Tourism Department today distributed wheelchairs to some hotels and home stays in Kohima to be used for guests. It was handed over by Merentoshi R. Jamir, MLA and Advisor to the Chief Minister and… Continue Reading »

AIISH conducts hackathon on assistive technology for persons with disabilities

MYSURU, INDIA: All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) is seeking to tap into the talent of engineering students and faculty to help persons with communication disabilities. In this regard, the department of electronics of the premier institute, along with IEEE special interest group on communication disability, hosted an assistive technology hackathon on Saturday.… Continue Reading »

Contest to make public facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

HCM CITY: The Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre in HCM City last Saturday launched a contest for students to design and upgrade public facilities to make them more usable for persons with disabilities. The three-month Breaking Down Barriers contest is open to all students of architecture, interior design, planning, industrial arts and construction in… Continue Reading »

Oman Tourism College to launch new project on World Tourism Day

MUSCAT: Oman Tourism College plans to imbibe the spirit of this year’s World Tourism Day slogan—Tourism for All—as promoted by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation), in its academic programmes. The institution, which is the Sultanate’s only tourism college, will launch the “Tourism for All Student Project” on September 27, which is observed as… Continue Reading »

Olympics-Style Competition to Showcase Use of Advanced Assistive Devices

While most of the world’s attention this summer has been on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a small team from Cleveland, Ohio, has had their eyes set on a fundamentally different kind of athletic competition for human-machine teams. This first-of-its-kind event, the international Cybathlon, features contests for people with disabilities using assistive… Continue Reading »

Policy on assistive technology for persons with disabilities sought

MYSURU, INDIA: K.G. Satheesh Kumar, director of the Centre for Assistive Technology and Innovation, National Institute of Speech and Hearing, Thiruvananthapuram, has stressed the need for formulating a national policy on assistive technology (AT) for persons with disabilities. He believes such a policy would help create a network of AT providers across the country. Dr.… Continue Reading »

Uber Canada and Canadian Hearing Society partner to promote accessibility

TORONTO: Uber Canada and the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) have announced a formal partnership to expand employment opportunities and accessibility for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing across Canada. The new partnership, announced today at CHS’s International Week of the Deaf event “Creating an Accessible World,” includes: promoting driver-partner opportunities at Uber for… Continue Reading »

People with vision disabilities made aware of accessible reading, writing solutions in India

CHANDIGARH: The National Association for the Blind (NAB) conducted a seminar on accessible reading and writing solutions in association with the Saksham Foundation at Aasha Kiran, a vocational training centre for persons with disabilities, in Sector 46-D today. Dipendra Manocha, chairman of Saksham Foundation and Daisy Forum of India (DFI), who is himself blind, was… Continue Reading »

W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web

LISBON, PORTUGAL: More than 550 experts in Web technologies gathered in Lisbon, Portugal this week to address challenges and new opportunities for the future of the Web’s technical roadmap and standardization work.  Hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), whose mission is “to lead the Web to its full potential” by standardizing Web technologies,… Continue Reading »