• Month: March 2019

    St Andrews and North East Fife to benefit from Accessibility Destination App

    IRELAND: The St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs service has been hugely popular since the launch at the start of the 2018 tourism season, with over one hundred bookings in the first summer of operation and customers travelling from all over Scotland to use the beach-friendly wheelchairs and enjoy the additional St Andrews tourism offering. With the… Continue Reading »

    Japan to Promote Wheelchair-Friendly Taxis for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    The Japanese government is hoping that visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics who use wheelchairs will have an easy time getting around. Officials say they’re going to obligate taxi operators to train their drivers in the use of specially designed vehicles.”Universal design” taxis look like station wagons and can easily accommodate passengers in… Continue Reading »

    Hawaii Progresses Towards Creating Better Opportunities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

    Whether Matthew Sakamoto would be able to hold a job after high school was always a big question mark. Sakamoto was born with a cognitive developmental delay. At 19, the Roosevelt High School student reads at a level akin to an elementary school student. But he also has a friendly, unreserved personality and a vigor to learn.… Continue Reading »

    Singapore: Sports Push in Schools and Disability Centers

    National agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) will ramp up efforts to promote sports at special education schools and disability centres by linking up these institutions with specialised coaches. It hopes to reach out to 10 schools and centres by April next year. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng said in Parliament… Continue Reading »

    The 7th Access Israel Annual Conference on “The Future of Accessibility”

    Access Israel is the leading non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with all kinds of disabilities and the elderlies to improve their lives in all spheres of life. The 7th international conference will take place on May 26th, 2019 and will focus on “The Future of Accessibility”. The goal of this… Continue Reading »

    Global Campaign to Encourage More Support for Airline Passengers with Intellectual Disabilities

    Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, announced it has launched a global campaign to improve awareness and use of the DPNA Special Service Request (SSR) code, which can be used by travel agents, among others, to alert airlines when a passenger has intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance. The campaign was initiated after Travelport… Continue Reading »

    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 »