Assistive Technology

Blockchain Summit Explores New Technologies’ Potential for SDGs

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, June 29 2018

Blurred man sits in front of computer screens holding out a sticky note to the side. In focus, it reads 'block chain'

INTERNATIONAL: Industry stakeholders representing the “blockchain ecosystem” discussed social innovation, fair and consistent public policy, and responsible guidelines for industry governance, during the first summit on blockchain held on the UN premises. The Blockchain for Impact Global Summit took place on 4 June 2018, in New York, US. Blockchain for… Continue Reading »

Oxford County and Eight Municipalities Co-Innovate Using CSDC’s Amanda Platform

Assistive Technology, News, Universal Design, June 27 2018

picture of Oxford County Gaol in Woodstock Ontario.

WOODSTOCK, OXFORD COUNTY, ONTARIO, CANADA:  (June 12, 2018)  Municipal leaders in Oxford County, Ontario, plan to manage and attract growth by leveraging CSDC’s powerful Amanda platform as a shared service. By doing so, they will streamline permitting, inspections and land management operations across eight municipalities to help drive efficiencies and… Continue Reading »

The Missing Piece: Disability-Inclusive Education

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, Universal Design, June 20 2018

A child playing with an iPad while seated at a table

INTERNATIONAL: In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an inspirational target, SDG4 is integral to the well-being of our societies and economies – to the quality of life of all… Continue Reading »

Actiview and Pixar Animation Studios Collaborate, Giving Access for the Blind and Hard of Hearing to Experience “Incredibles 2” In Theaters

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, June 19 2018

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Berkeley, CA, USA: Actiview, a Bay Area based technology company, is collaborating with Pixar Animation Studios to provide support for all Blind/Low Vision and Hard of Hearing attendees of the new Disney•Pixar feature film “Incredibles 2,” opening in theaters nationwide June 15th. Moviegoers will be able to download Audio Description and Amplified Audio… Continue Reading »

TIA Launches Network Service Assurance Program

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, May 31 2018

TIA Logo

ARLINGTON, VA; USA : The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced on May 30th a new Network Service Assurance Program. As part of TIA’s Technology Solutions community, this multi-year program will bring together carriers, suppliers, consultants, auditing firms, and others, to help establish… Continue Reading »

HKBU Develops World-first Metal-based Probes for Detection of Dopamine Receptors, a Cancer Biomarker

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, May 30 2018

Dr Edmond Ma Dik-lung has developed the world’s first metal-based probes for imaging dopamine receptor in living cells.

HONG KONG, CHINA: A team at Hong Kong Baptist University has developed the world’s first iridium(III)-based probes for imaging dopamine receptors in living cells. The discovery has enhanced the understanding of dopamine receptors in carcinogenesis, and the findings can be potentially developed as a novel early cancer detection technology. A… Continue Reading »

Actiview Announces Access for the Blind and Hard of Hearing to Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, May 29 2018

Berkeley, CA, USA: Actiview, a Bay Area based technology company, is providing support for all Blind/Low Vision and Hard of Hearing attendees of the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story, nationwide. Starting June 1st, 2018, the Actiview app will be enabled with Audio Description and Amplified Audio tracks that people can download… Continue Reading »

The IDeA Competition Deadline May 31, 2018

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

IDeA logo

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

Close-up partial view of an iPhone with the dictionary definition of design on the screen

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 »


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