• Month: October 2019

    Course Aims to Provide Training to Create Accessible Homes

    INDIA: Vidya Sagar, the prominent Chennai NGO has finished a three-month course to create a pool of professionals who can support people with disabilities and the elderly to become independent in their homes. Accessibility in public spaces is coming in for attention and that’s needed and welcome. But what about accessibility within homes and other personal… Continue Reading »

    Egypt Launches Initiative to Employ Persons with Disabilities

    EGYPT: The Ministry of Social Solidarity on Sunday has launched an initiative to employ people with disabilities, in cooperation with a private company. The initiative, dubbed “Hayah”, comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through providing them with job opportunities.… Continue Reading »

    Report: Canadians with Disabilities Could Boost Economy by $50 Billion

    CANADA: Canadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and the general population could provide… Continue Reading »

    Article 15 of Indian Constitution Needs Amendment: UN Committee Experts

    INDIA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 international independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the findings or Concluding Observations. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings on India which it adopted during the… Continue Reading »

    App Aims to Make Visual Contrast a Mainstream Concern in the Built Environment

    Get Luminance has been developed from research and provides an empirical basis for calculating luminance.  Get Luminance measures what is ‘seen’ by a photograph and reflects the conditions experienced by users.  It measures luminance in the prevailing light conditions, (rather than the pure colour with a controlled light source – the basis of most colorimeters).… Continue Reading »

    Mada Assistive Technology Centre Signs MoU with Korea Trade Promotion Agency

    QATAR: Mada, the assistive technology centre Qatar, has signed with Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) a memorandum of understanding and co-operation during the Qatar-Korean Business Forum, which kicked off yesterday. The signing ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy… Continue Reading »

    Athens Acropolis to Get Lift for Enhanced Accessibility

    GREECE: One of the world’s most visited archaeological sites, the Acropolis in Athens, will soon offer improved disabled access thanks to the installation of a new lift, the Greek culture ministry has said. The country’s central archaeological council (KAS) approved a new elevator to provide improved access to disabled visitors as well as the upgrade of existing lighting for… Continue Reading »

    Cyprus: Tourism Ministry Announces Improvements to Beach Access

    CYPRUS: The deputy ministry of tourism has announced a scheme to improve the infrastructure and safety at beaches from 2019 until 2020, with a focus on people with disabilities. According to the ministry’s statement, beneficiaries of the project are municipalities and community councils. The money may be used to buy equipment such as recycling bins, or… Continue Reading »

    The Design Council Spark: Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market

    Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge  Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market  Dragons’ Den investor and entrepreneur Deborah Meaden to host 2019 Spark showcase event Ten bright UK entrepreneurs will be pitching for a share of up to £150,000 on 9 October… Continue Reading »