• Month: March 2019

    Adaptive Sports Equipment Enables Outdoor Recreation for All

    Stephen was 14 when he lost all use of his legs and the full mobility of his arms in a traffic accident. Three years after the crash, the Braddock youth, who asked that his last name not be used, said he sorely missed getting outside with family and friends. “Hanging out in the park, fishing… Continue Reading »

    Assistive Robotics to be Showcased During Tokyo Summer Olympics

    Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies — namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event. Officials behind the games showcased some of the technologies… Continue Reading »

    UNICEF Calls for More Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Disabilities

    The global organisation UNICEF has called for more assistive technologies to support children with disabilities across central and eastern Europe. Hopes are placed on technology to turn classrooms more accessible and inclusive for all members of society.  According to a statement that the organization made last Thursday, as many as 75% of disabled children in the region… Continue Reading »

    Ikea to Use 3-D Printing to Make Furniture More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

    ISRAEL: Ikea is the largest furniture manufacturer in the world. But its sleek designs, filled with handle-less drawers and low-profile furniture, aren’t necessarily friendly to the needs of people with disabilities.  Now Ikea Israel has teamed up with the nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel, each of which specializes in making the world more accessible, to develop a series… Continue Reading »

    EU Launches 2020 Edition Of European Capital of Smart Tourism Awards

    BRUSSELS: The European Capital of Smart Tourism is a European Union initiative which recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity. It aims to promote smart tourism in the EU, network and strengthen destinations, and facilitate the exchange of best practices.… Continue Reading »

    World Disability Union (WDU) 7th General Assembly and Side Events

    TURKEY: The World Disability Union (WDU) 7th General Assembly, side events as well as WDU Accessible World Tourism Center introduction are set to be held on 27-28 April 2019 in Dalaman/Muğla.   The World Disability Union (WDU) was established as an inclusive umbrella organization for 400 sub-organizations from 88 countries with the approvals of Turkish Republic… Continue Reading »

    Egypt’s President Approves New Law to Form the National Council of People With Disabilities

    EGYPT: On 5 March, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi agreed to a draft law to establish the National Council of People with Disabilities Law No.11 of 2019. “People with special needs in Egypt represent 9-10 percent of the total population,”Sisi said during International Day of Persons with Disabilities event. The establishment of the Disabilities Council… Continue Reading »