Month: July 2017

Accenture develops AI-powered solution to help people with vision disabilities

BANGALORE: Accenture has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) powered solution  to help people who are blind or have low vision improve the way they experience the world around them and enhance their productivity in the workplace. The solution, called Drishti,which means “vision” in Sanskrit, was developed as a part of Accenture’s focus on Tech4Good,… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities not to be left behind in smart cities

HYDERABAD, INDIA:  Will persons with disabilities, the much neglected lot in society get due access to basic public utilities in the evolving ‘Smart Cities’ in India? The answer seems to be a hopeful yes. At least 100 buildings each in 50 cities will be made accessible in a couple of years. These are part of… Continue Reading »

Rules on parking lots for persons with disabilities set to be tightened in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Demand is going up for accessible car-park lots reserved for persons with disabilities, and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will be revising the parking scheme to narrow down the pool of users. From Nov 1, those using less “bulky” mobility aids such as crutches and quad-sticks will no longer qualify for… Continue Reading »

Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality for people with disabilities. Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Revised 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines have transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility for procurement and services of… Continue Reading »

New database for persons with disabilities

DOHA: The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs yesterday inaugurated a database for older people and persons with disabilities aimed at providing all their services and needs and benefit from their efforts and experiences in implementing the comprehensive development process in Qatar in all fields. On this occasion, HE the Minister of Administrative… Continue Reading »

Penn State to host National Autism Conference from July 31 to Aug 3

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: Educators, service providers and parents will gather at Penn State during a four-day national conference to share best practices on how to improve language and self-advocacy skills for children with autism. “We want to help students become more independent and use the skills they have to make a difference in the world,”… Continue Reading »

UAT to Host College Prep “G33K” Summer Camp for Young Adults with Autism

TEMPE, ARIZ.:  University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is proud to partner with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and New Way Academy to host the G33K College Prep Summer Camp, the only program of its kind created specifically for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to take place the week of July 23… Continue Reading »

NDMA seeks Kerala’s help to make disability-inclusive DRR

KOLLAM: It was a special occasion for Kerala when it became the first state to launch a disaster preparedness training program for persons with disabilities. That was in May 2016. A year after, the state is again in the limelight. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which is in the process of chalking out guidelines… Continue Reading »

Smart walk assist improves rehabilitation

A mobile harness suspended from the ceiling is now equipped with intelligent motion analysis for tailored walking rehabilitation in people with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders affecting gait. Scientists from NCCR Robotics at EPFL and at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) developed an algorithm that adjusts how a mobile harness, suspended from… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities engage in agri-business in Sierra Leone

As a way of empowering themselves to become self-reliant, people with disabilities have turned their attention to agribusiness, which they believe is the best option in changing their current livelihood status. It no secret that the streets of Freetown are flooded with disabled people who rely on begging for their daily survival. Deviating from this… Continue Reading »