Assistive Technology

Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 20 2018

Photo of wheelchair sign with instructions to deploy the ramp

CANADA: While the UK, USA and Australia have had national accessibility legislation in place for many years, it has taken until 2018 for the Canadian government to follow suit. The governing Liberals held consultations which led to the proposal that all federally governed buildings must be accessible to all. Not even all… Continue Reading »

SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 18 2018

ribbon cutting ceremony

SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations,… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Tele-Radiology – The Future Of Health Diagnostics

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 17 2018

A man wearing a neck brace looks at an X-Ray with his doctor

JAMAICA: Health technology can be applied to almost every aspect of healthcare to improve efficiency and access. Radiology, though not frequently mentioned, is an important component to full healthcare digitization and tele-medicine. Through this digitization, access to qualified and talented healthcare professionals can be significantly increased, thus solving staff shortage… Continue Reading »

Technology Improving Global Accessibility

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Middle East, January 9 2018

Computer wires & connectors

2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Telemedicine Bonus – Opportunity To Broaden Access To Healthcare For The Disabled

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 3 2018

Headshot of Doug Halsall

JAMAICA: Universal access to health has been the buzz phrase for a few years now. When we think of this concept, we tend to think mostly of financial access, but it is much more than that. Our system is currently skewed to providing financial access to health, which, in itself,… Continue Reading »

Memphis Airport uses Aira smart glasses to simplify airport experience for blind and low vision travelers

Americas, Assistive Technology, Tourism, January 2 2018

Person shown demonstrating use of Aira technology and app

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (USA):  Memphis International Airport (MEM) has announced a partnership with technology company Aira that will help to simplify the airport experience for blind and low vision travelers. Through the new program, passengers at MEM can access the Aira Airport network powered by its Site Access technology and connect… Continue Reading »

Bahrain Hosts UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, December 28 2017

Bahrain hosts UNDP's youth leadership programme

MANAMA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bahrain has organized the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) for the first time in Bahrain. The YLP that took place from August to November was part of Youth City 2030 at the International Exhibition and Conventions Centre. The final session was held at… Continue Reading »

Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health – Launch of Quality Rights Guidance and Training Tools

Assistive Technology, Europe, December 22 2017

World Health Organization Logo

Geneva: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted an event with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Brazil and Portugal, and officially launched the WHO Quality Rights capacity building and guidance tools “Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health”. The event… Continue Reading »

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Europe, December 21 2017

2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee with colleagues at the IGF conference

Geneva, Switzerland: The 2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee attended the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), representing the Global Alliance of Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Young Power in Social Action, a2i, and also as one of the Internet Society (ISoc) Ambassadors 2017. As… Continue Reading »

TCD student engineers develop app to help people with an intellectual disability

Assistive Technology, Europe, December 19 2017

Hand holding cell phone showing the new app

IRELAND: Graduate research engineers at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new smartwatch and smartphone based platform to help people with an intellectual disability to get from place to place by themselves more easily. waytoB gives users simple step-by-step instructions that are inputted by a carer who is then able… Continue Reading »


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