• Month: February 2017

    School launches picture-based app for people with disabilities

    NOIDA, INDIA: A school for persons with disabilities has launched a picture-based application for the speech impaired and also an e-commerce portal that sells products made by children with speech disabilities. The mobile app, Vaakya, is helpful for persons with speech disabilities, those affected by autism, cerebral palsy. The authorities of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan,… Continue Reading »

    Online campaign seeks accessibility measures in Railways

    MUMBAI: A wheelchair user young woman from the city has launched an online campaign seeking disability access measures in Indian railways. Virali Modi, the first runner-up at the Miss Wheelchair India contest in 2014, has put up an online petition on change.org. Her plea has even caught the attention of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who… Continue Reading »

    Accessible airports are key priorities: Aviation Minister

    GHANA: Minister for Aviation Cecilia Abena Dapaah has assured that her ministry will formulate policies to guarantee all buildings are re-structured to ensure easy movement for passengers with disabilities at the airports. Numerous concerns have been raised about the inconvenient nature of buildings and structures at the airports which hinder the easy movement of passengers… Continue Reading »

    New guide opens tourism opportunities for persons with disabilities

    The Palaszczuk Government has launched a new guide to help grow Queensland’s accessible tourism market and break down barriers preventing persons with disabilities from enjoying a holiday. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Inclusive Tourism guide had been developed to increase the sector’s knowledge about accessibility and legal obligations relating to inclusiveness. “Disability impacts… Continue Reading »

    DCAS releases Braille book on first aid in UAE

    DUBAI: A book on first aid in Braille language has been published by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS), it was announced on Sunday. The book explains first aid in a simple manner, and was issued to increase awareness on first aid practices among people with vision disabilities, an official from DCAS said. Khalifa… Continue Reading »

    CSUN Center Opens Up the World of Possibilities for Children with Disabilities

    Marina Forain admits she can get emotional when she thinks about the progress her 6-year-old daughter Isabella has made in the two years she has taken part in the children’s programs at California State University, Northridge’s Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity. Isabella, who has a rare genetic disorder that leaves her nonambulatory, has… Continue Reading »

    Affordable video calling a boon for people with hearing disabilities

    LUDHIANA, INDIA: Mobile revolution may have swept the country long time ago, but for people with hearing disabilities, the real benefit of mobile communication technology had remained incomplete, as it was largely restricted to messages and internet access only. But now, with more penetration of affordable 4G and increasing video-calling apps like WhatsApp, Skype and… Continue Reading »

    Software opens up new job opportunities for persons with disabilities

    MALTA: Jader Pelligra, a ICT student at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s University College, has designed and de­veloped a computer-based telephony solution that will enable persons with disabilities to use MS Windows-based computers to handle voice-based communication. By doing away with inaccessible telephone hand-sets, they will be able undertake many clerical job… Continue Reading »

    Minister launches Braille atlas to let people with vision disabilities study maps

    NEW DELHI: In a first, the Ministry of Science and Technology has come up with a comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh people with vision disabilities in the country, especially students. The atlas has 20 maps on different themes like physical, socio-economic, river system, crops pattern, natural vegetation, cultural, metropolitan areas, roads and railways,… Continue Reading »