• Month: April 2017

    UN Women Factsheet on Leaving No One Behind

    UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality produced a Factsheet building on its seven-year experience working with civil society supporting the transformation of marginalized groups into agents of change. An estimated 7% of the projects globally worked with women with disabilities. The Factsheet offers key insights into effective strategies for operationalizing Agenda 2030 and its commitment… Continue Reading »

    Montana State University and Moscow partnership improves transportation accessibility

    BOZEMAN: The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University and Moscow State University for Transport Engineering (MIIT) in Russia have completed a unique, year-long collaboration designed to make transportation in rural communities more accessible to people with disabilities. In both countries, rural transit agencies struggle to meet accessibility requirements because of limited funding and large service… Continue Reading »

    People with autism join new online genetic study

    Autism has a strong genetic component. To date, approximately 50 genes have been identified that almost certainly play a role in autism, and researchers estimate that at least an additional 300 are involved. But to identify all the genes at play, many more genetic samples are needed from those with autism and their immediate families.… Continue Reading »

    Toyota develops new robotic leg brace to help people with mobility disabilities walk

    TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corporation, which is known for cars, is joining the medical robotics field with the introduction of Welwalk WW-1000. The equipment is a motorized leg brace that can aid people with mobility disabilities to walk. While not yet available for mass production, Toyota plans to rent out the device to hospitals in Japan.… Continue Reading »

    Vodafone Egypt Launches New App for Customers with Vision Disabilities

    CAIRO: Vodafone Egypt has launched a new mobile application called “E3rafli” for customers who are blind or have low vision, in an attempt to making its products and services inclusive for all customers. The E3rafli app can recognize colors, identify the value of Vodafone cards and charge it. The app will enable its users with… Continue Reading »

    New feature to help bank customers with hearing disabilities in Dubai

    DUBAI: Earlier in the year, the bank also began distributing Braille currency for its customers with vision disabilities. Emirates NBD has introduced sign language system for its customers with hearing disabilities at its Jumeirah Emirates Towers branch. The bank will roll out the revolutionary technology ‘KinTrans,’ that enables two-way communication between sign language communicators and… Continue Reading »

    ESCWA Strengthening social protection for persons with disabilities

    BEIRUT: The UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) will hold an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 11-12 April in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss its forthcoming publication entitled “Disability in the Arab Region 2017: Strengthening Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities”. The EGM will provide an overview of the draft publication and review with participants the… Continue Reading »

    Report on Mental Health and Human Rights

    The report on Mental Health and Human Rights identifies some of the major challenges faced by users of mental health services, persons with mental health conditions and persons with psychosocial disabilities These challenges include stigma and discrimination, violations of economic, social and other rights and the denial of autonomy and legal capacity. In July 2016,… Continue Reading »

    NatWest launches credit card for customers with vision disabilities

    NatWest is launching the credit card in the UK which is designed for customers who are blind or have low vision and accredited by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The cards have a notch cut out on the right hand side to help customers who are blind or have low vision insert them… Continue Reading »