• Month: January 2017

    CSIR develops reading device for people with vision disabilities

    CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Chandigarh-based Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a reading machine for people with vision disabilities, the most advanced so far. The sleek scanner named “Divya Nayan” scans any script and read it aloud for people with vision disabilities to understand. The portable device… Continue Reading »

    QFC starts program for students with hearing disabilities

    DOHA: The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA), in association with the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), has concluded a special program that offered high school graduates with hearing disabilities tailored courses to prepare them for the workforce. The course ran for eight weeks with students attending four weekly sessions for duration of four hours… Continue Reading »

    Forum to address accessibility for people with hearing disabilities

    Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) will host a community forum Wednesday, February 8 focused on ensuring ECA performances, programs and facilities are welcoming and accessible to people are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Organized by ECA’s Inclusion & Accessibility Committee in partnership with the Northwest ADA Center, this event is free. All are welcome to attend.… Continue Reading »

    Call for more consultations to ensure full participation of persons with disabilities in election process

    KOHIMA, INDIA: Diethono Nakhro, State Icon today said that disability, people with disability and disability issues are still very poorly understood in our society – not only with the general public but even with the government and the government machinery. This, she claimed, meant that persons with disabilities are being denied their rights in all… Continue Reading »

    Manchester United confirms stadium accessibility plans

    Manchester United has confirmed plans for improvements to Old Trafford’s provision for supporters with disabilities, following very positive and constructive consultation with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association (MUDSA). The club spoke to a number of architects and undertook a thorough examination of dozens of options to increase… Continue Reading »

    Students develop app for children with speech disabilities

    MUMBAI: A collaborative team from IIT Bombay and the IDC school of design have developed an app to that serves as a learning and communication device for people with speech disabilities. The concept was a part of an IIT Bombay students’ project in 2004 and has, since then, evolved from a physical aid mechanism to… Continue Reading »

    55th Session of the Commission for Social Development

    The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.

    Committee formed to set rules for implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act

    NEW DELHI: A committee has been constituted by the Centre to frame uniform rules for the states to avoid delay in proper implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act across the country. The Committee, constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), will comprise of representatives… Continue Reading »

    New app makes dining out easier for people with vision disabilities

    HONG KONG: Hongkongers with vision disabilities can now order meals at select restaurants across the city by themselves, thanks to a new app ‘Tap My Dish’ released this week by the Hong Kong Blind Union (HKBU). The smartphone and tablet app, called Tap My Dish, lists restaurant menus and reads items aloud. It also uses… Continue Reading »