• Month: February 2017

    Braille smartwatch finally hits shelves

    SEOUL: After almost three years, the Dot smartwatch is ready to hit the market, offering a sleek timepiece for people who are blind or have low vision. It’s the first assistive smartwatch to display braille messages on its screen. The round, sleek face displays six cells of six balls each, and allows users to send… Continue Reading »

    Japan’s Adoption of Universal Design Ahead of Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020

    TOKYO: In a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe on Wednesday afternoon (22 February) in Tokyo, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven praised the Japanese government for the approval of the Universal Design 2020 Action Plan. Under the terms of the plan approved this week, the government will redouble efforts to promote universal… Continue Reading »

    High-tech tools help children with disabilities learn

    DUBAI: Children with disabilities fixed solar panels on the roofs of toy homes, used robots to mirror their movements, smart pens to connect to the internet and watched a 3D printer operate as part of a project to fuse technology with teaching. About 150 children with disabilities will use an innovation centre launched on Thursday… Continue Reading »

    WVU-sponsored youth programs funded to enhance recreational opportunities for children with disabilities

    For the third consecutive year, the National Inclusion Project has partnered with West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to continue a program designed to enable both children with disabilities and those without to strengthen social skills and confidence through play. The continuing partnership will support training for instructors and student mentors… Continue Reading »

    Ensuring opportunities for children with disabilities in Bolivia

    BOLIVIA: End of year reporting can have its perks. It means I get to travel to distant parts of Bolivia, where I would never otherwise go – to bring to life UNICEF’s hard work, show our donors the human side of our programming, and find ways to demonstrate both our impact and the urgent need… Continue Reading »

    Universal Design 2017 Conference in New York

    NEW YORK: The Universal Design Conference 2017, which will take place in New York, USA, March 9, 2017 at the Center for Architecture, aims to propagate the popularity of universal design and the need for universal accessibility. The  UD conference 2017 will be hosted by American Institute of Architects in New York’s Design for Aging… Continue Reading »

    Italy funds project for persons with disabilities

    ROME: The Italian government has approved a €1.5 million project of inclusion for persons with disabilities in Burkina Faso. Italy’s move has the goal to help local communities in fostering lives’ persons with disabilities in a historical partner country. Burkina Faso and Italian Cooperation are strongly linked thanks to more than 25 years of relationship,… Continue Reading »

    Arts Access Victoria launches three major resources for arts and disability

    NEW ZEALAND: Arts Access has launched three major capacity building resources for the arts, disability and mental health sectors under the banner Art Matters. Art and You – A Planning Guide is the first resource of its kind to empower people with disabilities and mental health issues to argue for NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)… Continue Reading »

    Expo Connects People with Vision Disabilities with Resources to Maintain Independence

    A vision expo Saturday, March 4 at the University of Houston will offer exhibits, programming and workshops for Houston’s visually impaired community on maintaining independence. The event is open to the public and will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building at 4901 Calhoun Rd. Hosted by the University… Continue Reading »