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Aipoly app opens up the world for people with vision disabilities

An Australian engineer has co-created created an app for people who are blind or have low vision that reads out what is in front of it. The Continue reading the story...

Indian government focusing on inclusive educational development of students with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated a scheme to promote education of students with disabilities living in villages or rural areas and deprived of high schools, Continue reading the story...

Cyprus prepares new national Action Plan for persons with disabilities

CYPRUS: The new national Action Plan for Disability, covering the period 2017-2020, is being drafted, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Zeta Emilianidou has said. In Continue reading the story...

UAE Unveils first National Strategy for Children with Disabilities

ABU DHABI: The UAE Cabinet approved a national strategy to promote the rights of children with disabilities and maximise their well-being, and a strategy for motherhood Continue reading the story...

Uber launches uberASSIST to help persons with disabilities in Macau

MACAU: Worldwide ride-hailing company Uber is launching “Uber-Assist” in Macau today, a new function of its well-known mobile app. Designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand inclusiveness in CVR process in Nigeria

ABUJA: Persons with disabilities have enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure their inclusion in the planned continuous voter registration (CVR) process billed to Continue reading the story...

Odisha government likely to conduct fresh disability census

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: With the Centre contemplating to broaden the criteria for persons with disabilities, Odisha Government is likely to start a fresh enumeration of persons with Continue reading the story...

Delhi University distributes smartphones, e-sticks to students with vision disabilities

Delhi University distributed smartphones and electronic stick to 180 students with vision disabilities on Tuesday. The distribution was conducted after shortlisting the students registered in the Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand inclusion in voters registration

ABUJA, NIGERIA: A coalition of persons with disabilities, under the aegis of the ‘Leave No One Behind: Disability Votes Count campaign’ has urged the Independent National Continue reading the story...

Campaign for education of children with disabilities kickoff

ACCRA: The campaign for education of children with disabilities has taken off with more than 16 schools in Ghana expected to join the global crusade seeking Continue reading the story...

New Artificial Intelligence Software Program Excels at Lip-Reading

Watch, Attend and Spell (WAS), is a new artificial intelligence (AI) software system that has been developed by Oxford, in collaboration with the company DeepMind. Photo: ra2studio Continue reading the story...

Seeing Pictures with Touch and Sound

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: Purdue University researchers are developing software in a “haptic device” that could give people with vision disabilities the ability to identify scientific images Continue reading the story...

UAE National Archives Lanuches Sign Language Documentaries

ABU DHABI: The UAE National Archives has released a series of national documentary films in sign language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Continue reading the story...

New affordable tennis wheelchair launched

UK: A partnership between the Tennis Foundation and ROMA Sport will tackle one of the key barriers to junior and grassroots participation in wheelchair tennis with Continue reading the story...

Lebanon launches hearing aid project

BEIRUT: The Beirut Freedoms Lions Club of Lebanon, in collaboration with some Lebanese companies in the country, has initiated a project to provide hearing aid devices Continue reading the story...

Rights of people with disabilities in Europe: a new strategy based on ability rather than disability

STRASBOURG: There are 80 million persons in Europe who live with a disability and many of them continue to be victims of discrimination or abuse. In Continue reading the story...

Ohio University Southern to host disability awareness conference

Ohio University Southern will host Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities, on March 24, at the Ironton campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton. The conference provides an Continue reading the story...

Call to develop assistive devices for persons with disabilities

TIRUCHI, INDIA: Institutes of higher learning should focus on developing low cost assistive devices for persons with disabilities, said G.Tagore, Research Officer, National Institute of Empowerment Continue reading the story...

Access to copyright works to be improved

Australians – especially those with disabilities – will be given greater access to a range of copyright material under proposed new laws. The legislation, introduced in parliament Continue reading the story...

World Down Syndrome Day Observed

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: A walkathon was organised on the ocassion of the 12th World Down Syndrome Day in Kathmandu today. The program saw the participation of 50 Continue reading the story...

University of Montana Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete

MISSOULA: University of Montana researchers with the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, or RTC:Rural, show that the standardized disability questions used by Continue reading the story...

Sign language dictionary to release in India soon

NEW DELHI: The government is all set to come up with the country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary that aims to bring together various sign languages used by people Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay Continue reading the story...

Makeathon to build technology for persons with disabilities

Nearly 100 innovators, makers, students and people with disabilities will gather at the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for a three-day technology-building marathon to Continue reading the story...

Microsoft’s Project Torino helps children with vision disabilities participate in coding classes

Microsoft’s Research division has introduced Project Torino, a unique physical programming language meant to help children with vision disabilities learn to code. From left, Lexy Ryan, 13, Continue reading the story...

Teen develops goggles to help locate objects to people with vision disabilities

ITANAGAR:  Anang Tadar, a high school student of New Galaxy Academy, Arunachal Pradesh has invented a brilliant gadget called Goggle For Blind (G4B) for people who Continue reading the story...

Concern over access to library material for people with vision disabilities raised with Minister

LACA, the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, has contacted the Minister responsible for intellectual property, Jo Johnson MP, with concerns that proposed changes to the implementation Continue reading the story...

Connected Glasses Guiding People with Vision Disabilities

A service launched by technology firm Aira and AT&T allows people who are blind or have low vision to be guided by a remote operator through Continue reading the story...

Disney on Ice offers tour to students with vision disabilities

Students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind received a special sensory tour Friday compliments of Mickey Mouse and friends as Disney On Ice presents Continue reading the story...

Japan seeks installation of flashing fire alarms for people with hearing disabilities

TOKYO: The Japanese government has called on municipalities across the country to install visibly recognizable flashing fire alarms for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Fire Continue reading the story...

SAFMH launches right to employment DVD and Video resources

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA:  Every year March is commemorated as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, and this year the South African Federation for Mental Health is focusing on Continue reading the story...

PyeongChang Winter Paralympics 2018 – An Opportunity for New Talent to Shine

A general view of a street scene near the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, host of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. With Thursday 9 March marking one Continue reading the story...

Accessible tour packages for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a first, one of India’s largest travel companies has launched tour packages for persons with disabilities. Cox & Kings has come out Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights committee to review Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 20 March to 12 April 2017 to review the following Continue reading the story...

Accessibility Standards Get a Much-Needed Refresh

The last time the federal government updated its accessibility standards for electronic and information technology “Shrek” was dominating the U.S. box office and the Supreme Court Continue reading the story...

GFD begins consultations on amendment of disability law

KUMASI: The Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD) has begun nationwide consultations to collate views on the proposed amendment of the disability law. The goal is to fine Continue reading the story...

Qatar affirms pledge to guarantee equal rights to persons with disabilities

Nora Ibrahim Al Sada, second secretary of Qatar’s permanent mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva, recently affirmed Qatar’s guarantee of non-discrimination against persons with Continue reading the story...

Helping Innovators Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

TORONTO: Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is thrilled to announce that applications for the third annual Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) and the Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition Continue reading the story...

92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Accessibility Standards

A new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) says 92 percent of the U.S. federal government’s most popular websites do not meet basic Continue reading the story...

Tech-Guided Vocational School for People with Vision Disabilities Opens in Denver

DENVER, CO: Mike Hess is on a vision quest to help people who are blind or have low vision in Colorado and throughout the country to Continue reading the story...
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