Month: September 2016

Most railway stations not accessible for persons with disabilities: audit

KOCHI, INDIA: There are no proper ramp facilities in most railway stations for persons with disabilities to board and detrain smoothly and this is one reason why majority of them do not travel by trains in the country, according to an access audit jointly conducted by two non-governtal organisations in Kochi. The audit report also… Continue Reading »

Australia to adopt ICT accessibility standard

The Australian Public Service plans to require ICT vendors to ensure their products and services are accessible to employees with disabilities, under new standards expected to be in place by the end of the year. The Standards Australia has recently agreed to create an Australian Standard on ICT accessibility through the direct text adoption of… Continue Reading »

NIH Funds to Spur Development of Technology for People with Hearing Disabilities

A team of University of Texas Dallas researchers has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an open-source platform that will enable researchers and companies to create hearing enhancing smartphone apps. Many smartphones feature advanced microphones and also use Bluetooth and wireless technology to connect to add-on devices. The $1.86… Continue Reading »

Assam not accessible for persons with disabilities

GUWAHATI, INDIA: The Central government has launched Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) as a nationwide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. But the effectiveness of the campaign is found to be missing in Assam, especially in institutions of higher education and in some government organisations. In 1995, Scheme for Implementation of… Continue Reading »

Stanford researchers develop technology that allows typing based on brain signals

That technology, developed by Stanford Bio-X scientists Krishna Shenoy, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, and postdoctoral fellow Paul Nuyujukian, directly reads brain signals to drive a cursor moving over a keyboard. In an experiment conducted with monkeys, the animals were able to transcribe passages from the New York Times and Hamlet at a… Continue Reading »

Ras Al Khaimah to host UAE World Tourism Day Conference

RAS AL KHAIMAH: Ras Al Khaimah will host the UAE’s World Tourism Day Conference under the theme ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’. This is the second World Tourism Day conference being held in Ras Al Khaimah. The conference is associated with the 2016 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) World Tourism Day focus… Continue Reading »

White House showcases inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics

The White House hosted a Design For All Showcase that celebrated inclusive design, assistive technology, and prosthetics by recognizing the work and experiences of designers, engineers, models, and companies striving to help people live happier, healthier lives on September 15 The rise of the maker movement and the democratization of low-cost tools and technologies for… Continue Reading »

Ghana's building regulations to contain accessibility designs

ACCRA: The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) together with interested parties, have produced national standard accessibility designs to guide builders and service providers to remove barriers impeding universal accessibility of vulnerable people in the society. The Ghana Standard Accessibility Designs (GSAD) is expected to serve as a useful tool for individuals and corporate… Continue Reading »

Mobile app helps Kenyans with disabilities find employment

KENYA: Fredrick Ouko lives the mantra that disability is not inability, and his mission is to make sure the job market internalises this idea. To make sure this happens, the 33-year-old has created a mobile application that helps link employers to jobseekers with disabilities. Various reports have found that persons with disabilities are often the… Continue Reading »

Registration Open for Pennsylvania Disability Summit

HARRISBURG, PA.: The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities announced the opening of registration for the Pennsylvania Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (PADES) on October 17 and 18, 2016, in Erie. Each year, PADES moves to a different location in the state to highlight regions and give attendees a chance to experience a new venue.… Continue Reading »