• Month: March 2017

    Uber launches uberASSIST to help persons with disabilities in Macau

    MACAU: Worldwide ride-hailing company Uber is launching “Uber-Assist” in Macau today, a new function of its well-known mobile app. Designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities, Uber-Assist pairs passengers with “specialized” driver-partners. According to Uber Macau general manager Trasy Lou Walsh, these drivers have received special intensive training in meeting the… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities demand inclusiveness in CVR process in Nigeria

    ABUJA: Persons with disabilities have enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure their inclusion in the planned continuous voter registration (CVR) process billed to commence in April, 2017. In a statement jointly issued by David Anyaele and Grace Jerry of the
Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), they noted… Continue Reading »

    Odisha government likely to conduct fresh disability census

    BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: With the Centre contemplating to broaden the criteria for persons with disabilities, Odisha Government is likely to start a fresh enumeration of persons with disabilities within a few months. The Centre is currently reviewing the proposal to include 22 additional disabilities apart from the existing eight conditions. The Government will begin the enumeration… Continue Reading »

    Delhi University distributes smartphones, e-sticks to students with vision disabilities

    Delhi University distributed smartphones and electronic stick to 180 students with vision disabilities on Tuesday. The distribution was conducted after shortlisting the students registered in the Equal Opportunity Cell of the varsity which organised  an assistive device distribution function under the Assistance to Disabled Person for Purchase/Fitting of Aids/ Appliances scheme in collaboration with the… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities demand inclusion in voters registration

    ABUJA, NIGERIA: A coalition of persons with disabilities, under the aegis of the ‘Leave No One Behind: Disability Votes Count campaign’ has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to capture their data and special abilities. The coalition in a statement jointly signed by executive director of the Inclusive Friends Association, Grace Jerry, and the… Continue Reading »

    New Artificial Intelligence Software Program Excels at Lip-Reading

    Watch, Attend and Spell (WAS), is a new artificial intelligence (AI) software system that has been developed by Oxford, in collaboration with the company DeepMind. The AI system uses computer vision and machine learning methods to learn how to lip-read from a dataset made up of more than 5,000 hours of TV footage, gathered from… Continue Reading »

    Seeing Pictures with Touch and Sound

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: Purdue University researchers are developing software in a “haptic device” that could give people with vision disabilities the ability to identify scientific images on a computer screen using their other senses. Ting Zhang, a graduate student in the Purdue School of Industrial Engineering, is developing a system that involves a specially designed… Continue Reading »

    UAE National Archives Launches Sign Language Documentaries

    ABU DHABI: The UAE National Archives has released a series of national documentary films in sign language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, in co-operation with the UAE Deaf Association. The films, produced as part of an initiative to promote national heritage, culture and patriotism and project the history of the UAE,… Continue Reading »

    New affordable tennis wheelchair launched

    UK: A partnership between the Tennis Foundation and ROMA Sport will tackle one of the key barriers to junior and grassroots participation in wheelchair tennis with the launch of a new specially designed, affordable chair. The chair has been developed to help deliver on the Tennis Foundation’s vision of making tennis a sport which is… Continue Reading »