• Month: January 2017

    CSR for persons with disabilities to get a boost from new law

    NEW DELHI: The winter session of Parliament, which began on 16 November and ended on 16 December in 2016, failed to achieve much in terms of usual business, except perhaps the passage of the historic Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016. The Bill has revived many debates, including the one on the need to… Continue Reading »

    Debate on Improving ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

    TEHRAN, IRAN: Recommendations of a two-day expert meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Organization, the State Welfare Organization, UNECSO, and academia and NGOs working in the field of disabilities, will be presented to Iranian policy makers to foster greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in the economy and… Continue Reading »

    Provide facilities for passengers with disabilities, Bombay HC tells Railways

    MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay High court on Wednesday directed the railways to provide facilities to passengers with disabilities travelling in local trains and CCTV cameras inside reserved compartments, special seating arrangements in the platform for passengers with disabilities and a helpline facility for them. It also directed the Director General of the Police to issue… Continue Reading »

    AMI announces scholarship for students with disabilities

    TORONTO, ON: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced that the 2017 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship campaign will launch Monday, February 6. Entering its sixth year, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program offers much needed financial assistance to students with a disabilities. The scholarship was renamed in 2016 in memory of AMI’s former Accessibility Officer,… Continue Reading »

    SASOL conducts accessibility awareness and audit training in Qatar

    DOHA: SASOL, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, with the support of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, conducted Accessibility Awareness and Audit Training to teams from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Public Health, the Qatar National Commission and Qatar Petroleum in support of Accessible Qatar initiative.… Continue Reading »

    Registration Open for Spring Technology Accessibility Training Workshops

    Syracuse University seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology. Information Technology Services (ITS) is accepting registrations for five training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies: Creating Accessible… Continue Reading »

    Students Invented Gloves that Convert Sign Language into Speech

    Two University of Washington undergraduates have developed gloves that can translate sign language into text or speech. Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi are the Undergraduate Winners of the Lemelson-MIT competition for their entry of the SignAloud. Their invention, “SignAloud,” is a pair of gloves that can recognize hand gestures that correspond to words and phrases… Continue Reading »

    NGO procures assistive devices for children with disabilities

    ZAMBIA: Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), a Livingstone-based non-governmental organisation, has sourced assistive devices for children with disabilities at a cost of K200,000. CBR Zambia senior adviser Alick Nyirenda said the devices to be distributed to six pilot schools in Zimba, Livingstone and Kazungula districts in Southern Province would help promote the full participation of children… Continue Reading »

    Hackers and People with Disabilities to Participate in 48 Hour Access Makeathon Event in Vancouver

    BURNABY, BC: Inventors, Creators, Hackers, and Change Makers will be coming together over 48 hours from January 27 to 29, 2017 at the Access Makeathon in Vancouver, British Columbia to build open source assistive technologies that will directly address the needs of people with disabilities. Teams of makers will each connect with a person with… Continue Reading »