Assistive Technology

The IDeA Competition Deadline May 31, 2018

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, May 23 2018

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CANADA: The Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition aims to inspire  students to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues resulting in communities that are more accessible for persons with disabilities. The objectives of the program are: to contribute to the creation of a culture of… Continue Reading »

Be My Eyes Hits the 1 Million Volunteer Mark

Assistive Technology, Europe, News, May 21 2018

A half-lit globe is pictured before a dark background below the Be My Eyes logo showcasing the exciting new number of volunteers - one million!

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – As of May 17th, 2018, over 1,000,000 people have clicked ‘download’ and made an account as a sighted volunteer on Be My Eyes, a global community configured in a free smartphone app that supports people who are blind or have low vision. The app launched in January… Continue Reading »

GDS Consults on Website and App Accessibility

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, May 19 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM: Feedback exercise provides step towards compliance with EU directive by 2021. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has launched a consultation on the accessibility of public sector websites and apps as part of the move towards compliance with an EU directive on the issue. It has set out the… Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Rocks Stadium Football Fans with National Anthem

Americas, Assistive Technology, Events, May 16 2018

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ALBANY, N.Y. USA – A quadriplegic man stunned a stadium of thousands last night by playing the national anthem on a musical device he created to overcome his disability. Dave Whalen, 56, of Scotia, N.Y. has been paralyzed from the neck down since a ski accident at age 18 but… Continue Reading »

Blackboard Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Series of Informative Webinars

Americas, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Universal Design, Webinar, May 16 2018

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WASHINGTON, USA: 2nd annual Blackboard webinar series will convene experts from around the globe to share insights on creating inclusive learning experiences for all. In recognition of the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Blackboard will host a series of no cost, informative webinars covering hot topics related to digital access in… Continue Reading »

USDLA Awards Blackboard Ally with Innovation Award for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2018

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, May 4 2018

Indianapolis, IN, USA– Blackboard was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world’s most prestigious distance learning award The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2018 International Distance Learning Awards to Blackboard in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blackboard was recognized with USDLA’s… Continue Reading »

TIA Receives ANSI Reaccreditation in Recognition of Commitment to Standards Development

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, May 1 2018

ARLINGTON, VA, USA: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced its successful reaccreditation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organization. TIA is a leader in developing standards for the information communications technology community and has maintained… Continue Reading »

Call for Proposals: Using Technology to Accelerate Teacher Professional Development

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, April 30 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Please see here for a call for proposals to use technology to accelerate teacher professional development towards achieving SDG 4: Landscape review and research agenda. This research should include approaches that meet the diverse needs of teachers’ professional development (TPD), including for teachers with disabilities. As well, this should include research… Continue Reading »

Resource Watch Facilitates Data Access and SDG Monitoring

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, April 23 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 30 partners have released the beta version of Resource Watch. This online platform brings together hundreds of data sets to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualize the state of the environment at local, national and global levels. The platform offers dashboards… Continue Reading »

Myopia Control Lens Awarded the Championship in Geneva’s Invention Expo

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, April 18 2018

Principal Investigators Prof. Carly SY LAM (left) and Prof. Chi Ho from the TO School of Optometry are pictured sitting in an optician's exam room holding their winning project the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens for Myopia Control. Credit: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

HONG KONG, CHINA: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has brought glory to Hong Kong by winning 9 prizes, namely the Grand Prize (overall championship), one Grand Award, three Special Gold Medals, and four Gold Medals, at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Covering a wide range of application areas,… Continue Reading »


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