Month: May 2017

People with vision disabilities are struggling with new currency notes in India

MUMBAI: People with vision disabilities are finding the new currency notes `unfriendly’, because they are difficult to recognise by touch. Lack of adequate embossing or engraving on the new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes makes it difficult to differentiate and recognise them for someone  with vision disabilities, said an official of National Association for… Continue Reading »

FCTA to make public buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the Federal Capital Territory Administration is working to regulate all future public buildings plans to provide access for persons with disabilities. He made this disclosure yesterday when he received a delegation from the Kpakpando Foundation that paid him a courtesy call in his office. The minister… Continue Reading »

UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

CANCUN: The fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place 22-26 May, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is co-organized the Permanent Mission of Mexico and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The conference will focus on how to reduce loss of… Continue Reading »

UT Administration begins work to make buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Chandigarh Administration has started the work to make all government buildings accessible to persons with disabilities. Sources said the Engineering Department had finalised a project of over Rs 8 crore under which all buildings would be made accessible to persons with disabilities. Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer, said the project would provide a… Continue Reading »

Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 May 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  This conference is being held in partnership with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the United States International Council on Disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules to make more books available in formats designed for people who are blind or have low vision were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Wednesday. The agreed legislation aims to ensure that people who are blind or have low vision or have other problems reading print have access to more books,… Continue Reading »

Seminar on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Management

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) will conduct the 19th online International Disability Awareness Seminar in association with the Directorate of Social Justice on May 20. The seminar, which will deal with the topic of ‘Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in disaster management,’ will be handled by Joe John George, State Project… Continue Reading »

Seeing AI app describes the world to users with vision disabilities

Many millennials spent many an afternoon watching the educational science program, Bill Nye The Science Guy. In light of policy changes in scientific research in the USA, Netflix released an exclusive series called Bill Nye Saves the World, bringing a science-based program targeting the same millenials that grew up watching him. This program explores topics… Continue Reading »

New Touchable Tablet Helps Guide People with Vision Disabilities

Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tablet to help people with a vision disability find their way around unfamiliar places. The device very quickly forms shapes and relief maps that users can then explore with their fingers, using their sense of touch. The tablet could also be used to help… Continue Reading »

Environmental and personal factors still create barriers for persons with disabilities, despite assistive technolgy

WASHINGTON: Assistive products and technologies – such as wheelchairs, upper-limb prostheses, and hearing and speech devices – hold promise for partially or fully mitigating the effects of disabilities and enabling people with disabilities to work, but in some cases environmental and personal factors create additional barriers to employment, says a new report from the National… Continue Reading »