Month: February 2017

Student invents device for people with vision disabilities

INDIA: In a bid to make the life of people with vision disabilities easy, Anang Tadar—a young boy from Arunachal Pradesh has come out with a innovative device by developing ‘G6B’ (Goggle for Blind), a special kind of wearable glasses made for people with vision disabilities. Tare is a class 11 student of New Galaxy… Continue Reading »

Supreme Court asked to ensure inclusion of disability data in census

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: The Supreme Court has been asked to direct the federal government to ensure that information about persons with disabilities is collected in the upcoming population census, which is expected to begin on March 15. “The census should ensure proper identification of persons with disabilities, documentation of impairments and categorisations of the type, cause,… Continue Reading »

32nd Annual Conference on Assistive Technology

Thousands of people from around the globe are expected to return to San Diego later this month to participate in the world’s largest event dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. California State University, Northridge’s 32nd annual conference has adopted a new name and brand — the CSUN Assistive… Continue Reading »

Broadcasters, disability organisation draw up recommendation on future EU rules for audiovisual access

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF), and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve the accessibility of audiovisual media services for persons with disabilities. Broadcasters and the umbrella organisation of the European disability movement reached this agreement upon the initiative of the Member… Continue Reading »

DU students app helps people with hearing disabilities enjoy heritage tours

NEW DELHI: A group of Delhi University (DU) students have created a mobile app to help people with hearing disabilities enjoy personalised tours of historical monuments and heritage sites in the city. The app comes with its own sign interpreter, providing all the information required. “We have only 250 certified interpreters all over the country… Continue Reading »

Netherlands to host UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters

BEMMEL: The ITF has announced that Netherlands will stage two of wheelchair tennis’s major events in 2017 and 2018. The UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters will be held in Bemmel in 2017-18, while the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will take place in Apeldoorn. Both events will be hosted by the Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB)… Continue Reading »

City to host awareness workshop on Disability Act – Feb 18

HYDERABAD, INDIA: A State-level awareness workshop is being organised on 18th February 2017 at C.G.O Towers, Kavadiguda, Hyderabad on the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 which was passed by the Parliament recently in its December session. The workshop is organised by Press Information Bureau in coordination with All India Disabled Rights Forum. The NDA Government… Continue Reading »

Revised National Building Code should bring down barriers for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: It struck a disparate note with the country’s 26.8 million persons with disabilities. On February 12, the very day the Indian cricket team was making us proud by winning the Blind World T20 title, a girl with disability was made to climb two dozen stairs to reach her seat in a government exam… Continue Reading »

People with vision disabilities seek an improved eSpeak

KANNUR, INDIA: eSpeak text-to-speech (TTS) software is one that works well for people with vision disabilities speaking many Indian languages, including Malayalam. Those who now largely prefer it to its other variants for Malayalam speeches feel that the State government should intervene to improve this light-weight and open source system that functions on Linux, Windows,… Continue Reading »

Conference on Transition Planning for Life after High School for Students with Disabilities

The Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), the Mid-State Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) and Onondaga Community College (OCC) will host a free conference, “Finding Your Way! Understanding Transition Planning In and After High School.” The event, scheduled for Monday, March 13, on the OCC campus in Syracuse, is an exciting opportunity… Continue Reading »