Assistive Technology

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 »

Crawford Technologies Launches e-Commerce Site for Making Accessible PDFs

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, April 17 2018

Crawford Technologies Logo

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces the launch of, a new e-commerce site that makes it possible to quickly and cost-effectively convert PDFs into accessible documents. offers fast turnaround times and the lowest cost options… Continue Reading »

Beach Boys Drummer Beats M.S. with Hands-Free Jamboxx MIDI Instrument

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 13 2018

Jamboxx Logo

TEMECULA, CALIF. / ALBANY, N.Y. (USA):  A noted percussionist with multiple sclerosis is the new ambassador for Jamboxx, a hands-free breath powered instrument for all musicians including those with any form of disability. “As a long-time touring and recording percussionist, I was diagnosed with MS, which eventually hindered my expression… Continue Reading »

Utah Education Network Selects Blackboard Ally to Make Digital Course Content More Accessible

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 13 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Utah Education Network (UEN) has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to give hundreds of thousands of students access to a more inclusive learning environment. As part of the collaboration, UEN will implement Blackboard Ally, a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible, at 9 universities across the state. Blackboard Ally integrates with… Continue Reading »

Why Financial Institutions Should Strive to Meet the Needs of PWDs

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 4 2018

Photo of cash and calculator from

UNITED STATES: There are over 56 million people living with disabilities in the United States, which makes them the biggest minority group in the nation. With the latest technological innovations, one would think that financial accessibility for the disabled would be a resolved matter in this day and age; however, that… Continue Reading »

ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018 Focused on Building Communities

Assistive Technology, Events, Middle East, March 28 2018

Moshe Gaon presented yoocan at ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: Moshe Gaon spoke at the ISCL Summit 2018 in Tel Aviv where he passionately explained yoocan’s vision that “by the year 2020, no one with a disability will feel alone. yoocan wants to provide solutions and empowerment to every person with a disability around the globe.” There… Continue Reading »

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, March 25 2018


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: More than 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts came together for the 2018 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum from March 19th- 23rd to explore the role of ICTs in advancing the SDGs, particularly those related to health (SDG 3), hunger (SDG 2), education and… Continue Reading »

WFD and WASLI Release a Statement on the use of Signing Avatars

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, March 21 2018

WFD and WASLI Logos

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have jointly developed a statement to express their concern about the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content… Continue Reading »

Zero Project Conference

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, Events, ICT, News, March 14 2018

Group Photo of some Participants of the Zero Project.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for… Continue Reading »

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 14 2018

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival New York. Left: Maria Bournias, Middle: Moshe Gaon, Right: Peter Gagliardo

NEW YORK, USA: “We should make our collaborative storytelling competition global next year!” yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival:… Continue Reading »

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