• Year: 2017

    Dubai Culture supports ‘We Are With You’ forum for persons with disabilities

    DUBAI, UAE: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced its support of the ‘We Are With You’ forum held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Al Maktoum Foundation. The forum runs… Continue Reading »

    Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment held

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) on the scheme of “Accessible India Campaign” held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on January 11. The Minister of State Shri… Continue Reading »

    Wearable sensor device helps people with vision disabilities to sense their environment

    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a wearable assistive device for people who are blind or have low vision, which enables them to sense their environment and move around more safely. The device, which is worn like a heart rate monitor, has been clinically tested. The device functions on the basis of a… Continue Reading »

    U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

    The Access Board has released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “This update is essential to ensure that the Board’s… Continue Reading »

    Lecturer’s device provides dignified care for youngsters with disabilities

    Children with disabilities are being provided with much more dignified care thanks to a device created by a University of Salford academic. Occupational Therapy senior lecturer Jo-Anne Webb designed the Klip-2-Lift system, in collaboration with Barbara Ackley from The Disabled Living Centre charity, after spending years working with children and young people who had conditions… Continue Reading »

    Scientists develop new bionic stairclimbing wheelchair

    MUNICH: Wheelchair users are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life – even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a building – or if so, they’re out of order. And while there are already wheelchairs that can climb stairs, persons with physical disabilities still require assistance to prevent tipping… Continue Reading »

    HCD working to improve services for people with hearing disabilities in Jordan

    AMMAN: The Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities’ (HCD) southern region director, Manar Madanat, said on Saturday that the council is cooperating with universities and government departments to support people with hearing disabilities with sign language interpreters. Speaking at a coordination meeting held in Karak, over 140km south of Amman, to improve… Continue Reading »

    British Blind Sport launches new archery and shooting project to increase participation in target sports

    British Blind Sport (BBS) has launched a new project aimed at increasing participation in target sports, specifically archery and shooting, in 2016. The project, funded by Agincourt 600, will see British Blind Sport in partnership with Archery GB and British Shooting, deliver a series of taster events for blind and partially sighted people across the… Continue Reading »

    U.S. Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

    The Access Board has issued new accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) under section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The standards provide design criteria for examination tables and chairs, weight scales, radiological and mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment that are accessible to people with disabilities. They include requirements for equipment that requires transfer… Continue Reading »