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Novartis Pharmaceuticals launches first smartwatch app for people with vision disabilities

BASEL: Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of Continue reading the story...

Over 8 percent of Indian households have persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Over eight percent, or 207.8 lakh, of the total households in the country have persons with disabilities, reveals data on disabled population in India Continue reading the story...

Wheel:Life Publishes Accessible US Travel Guidebook for Wheelchair Users

ATLANTA, GA: Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published Discovering: An Accessible US Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users as a new e-book on Continue reading the story...

WHO to collect comprehensive information for disabilities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan and the World Health Organisation, as lead agency in Disabilities in the UN system, are conducting the Model Disability Survey (MDS). The Continue reading the story...

Government to conduct accessibility audit of public buildings for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a bid to make public buildings easily accessible to persons with disabilities, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is going to Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities deserve a fair go at work

NEW ZEALAND: Tracking Equalities at Work research released by the Human Rights Commission yesterday shows that New Zealand’s disabled population has nearly double the level of Continue reading the story...

CBSE tells schools to form school inclusion committee

COIMBATORE, INDIA: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the schools affiliated to it to form a School Inclusion Committee to address the Continue reading the story...

Reconsider admission of student with disabilities: High Court

MUMBAI, INDIA: Noting the movements of a student with disabilities inside the courtroom, the Bombay High Court has directed the state government to consider his admission Continue reading the story...

ZERO PROJECT 2016: Call for Nominations in Inclusive Education / ICT – Deadline: 10th July 2015

Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices and innovative policies concerning this year’s topics: Inclusive Continue reading the story...

Computer vision and mobile technology could help people with vision disabilities ‘see’

UK: Computer scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology which could enable people who are blind or have low vision to ‘see’ through their smartphone or Continue reading the story...

NAB to launch smartphone app for people with vision disabilities

PUNE, INDIA: People who are blind or have low vision will soon be able to use touchscreen cellphones thanks to an application called Easy Access. The National Continue reading the story...

14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

LISBON: The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The Continue reading the story...

Sign language workshop opens door to deaf culture for Arizona State University faculty, staff

Scenario 1: You’re walking down a hallway at Arizona State University and realize you need to walk between two people conversing in sign language. What’s the Continue reading the story...

Swiss Scientists develop mind-controlled robot for people with disabilities

Using a telepresence system developed at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), 19 people—including nine quadriplegics—were able to remotely control a robot located in one of Continue reading the story...

Seminar to explore disability access and representation in museums

LONDON: The Museums Association (MA) is holding a one-day seminar exploring some of the practical ways that museums can address disabled access, participation and representation. Opening doors: Continue reading the story...

Device for children with autism launched in Italy

Mente, a device which is used to relax the minds of children with autism which has been designed by Malta-based AAT Research, has been launched in Continue reading the story...

Accessible transportation for everyone

LAVAL, QC: The STL (Société de transport de Laval) is pleased to announce that since Saturday, June 20, buses on the number 20 is accessible at Continue reading the story...

Delhi High Court issues notice on PIL over implementation of disability quota in UPSC exam

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court yesterday sought response of the Centre and UPSC on a plea by an organization for persons with disabilities seeking quashing Continue reading the story...

Government seeks advice from civil society on making buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind exercise, the government has asked the civil society to identify 100 public buildings ‘unfriendly’ for persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Project to boost mobility for people with vision disabilities in Turkey

ANKARA, TURKEY: The Smart Bus Stops, Visible Bus Stops project, which was created by Hacettepe University Teknokent in order to help people with vision disabilities take a Continue reading the story...

Burma’s Union Election Commission to adjust polling policies for persons with disabilities

RANGOON: Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has vowed to implement new measures to enhance voting rights for persons with disabilities during the country’s upcoming general election, to Continue reading the story...

More exam aid for people with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: People with disabilities can now take the help of a scribe, a person to read out aloud or a lab assistant, to help write Continue reading the story...

FEMA Webinar on Overnight Shelter Experience for Persons with Disabilities

There are many reasons to undertake an exercise such as the Overnight Shelter Exercise with the Disability Community, such as, the lack of appropriate and accessible Continue reading the story...

FDA approves device to help people with vision disabilities see by using their tongues

The Food and Drug Administration  allowed marketing of a new device Thursday that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, Continue reading the story...

Study reveals airline access fears for passengers with disabilities

UK: New research reveals passengers with disabilities are significantly less likely to fly than others, with many saying access worries are reasons not to fly. However research Continue reading the story...

Advocates call for Universal Design to be included in new constitution

BANGKOK, THAILAND: An advocate group for the interests of persons with disabilities has petitioned the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) to push for the new constitution’s guarantee Continue reading the story...

New Video Game Accessibility Requirements Starting in October

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) requires video game equipment, software and related services to be accessible to and usable by Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities have difficulty finding jobs in China

BEIJING: Despite China’s booming economy, persons with disabilities, including those with rare medical disorders, still find it difficult to find jobs. Social stigma and discrimination in Continue reading the story...

SBS Transit to introduce more wheelchair accessible bus services

SINGAPORE: Four more wheelchair accessible bus services will be introduced on June 22, according to an official announcement from SBS Transit. A bus driver helping a wheelchair Continue reading the story...

JEEP to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

JAMAICA: Senate President, Floyd Morris, says the Government has committed to using the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) to improve the accessibility of major towns across Continue reading the story...

U.S. Department of Education Awards $12.8 Million in Grants to Improve Services, Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of more than $12.8 million in grants to help improve services and results for students with disabilities. “We must Continue reading the story...

Sign language interpreter backing New Zealand ShakeOut

NEW ZEALAND: Sign language interpreter Jeremy Borland is the latest prominent New Zealander to get behind New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill. Best known for being Continue reading the story...

MACOHA trains media on disability mainstreaming reporting

Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has urged journalists in the country to use proper terminologies and language when writing stories of persons with disabilities. Speaking to Continue reading the story...

Survey of persons with disabilities in July

UDUPI, INDIA:  Niranjan Bhat, District Officer for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, said on Saturday that his department would conduct a survey of persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Milan airports launch guide to accessible landmarks

MILAN: SEA Aeroporti Milano launched a complimentary guide (pdf) to Milan’s accessible landmarks and ways to get to EXPO 2015. Developed in collaboration with Where, a leading Continue reading the story...

Call for entries to CREATIVE FUTURE art competition

UK: People with autism are being given a chance to show off their many creative talents by entering a new national art competition. The competition is Continue reading the story...

Firm develops speech to tactile solution for people with hearing disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: Class XII student D. Nava Rashika carefully places her hand on a tactile board, which is about the size of her palm with tiny Continue reading the story...

PEAT initiative launches virtual speakers series on accessible workplace technology

WASHINGTON: The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) announced a new virtual speaker series to showcase organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in Continue reading the story...

CBSE to constitute an inclusion committee to address issues concerning children with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a circular, advising all its affiliated schools to constitute an inclusion committee to address Continue reading the story...

Breaking down communication barriers for children with cerebral palsy

EU scientists with the ABC project have developed a ground breaking application that can help people with cerebral palsy to communicate and interact with others. People with Continue reading the story...
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