Assistive Technology

Design Concept for Assistive Mobility Vehicle Embraces Universal Design 

You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”) – a purely electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle concept that grants you true omnidirectional maneuverability. To simplify it, think of it as a hoverboard with a seat but you don’t have to worry about balancing it! MÜV may… Continue Reading »

Disability Survey Is Afghanistan’s First in 15 Years

Afghanistan in context Afghanistan has endured decades of political instability and chaos. The country remains exceedingly fragile despite nearly 20 years of international support, and the most recent presidential election, of which long-time rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have both declared themselves the winner, has left the Afghan government “on the verge of imploding.”… Continue Reading »

Startup Introduces Smart Cane for Persons with Visual Impairment

PAKISTAN: A Startup Zamastarga from 7th batch of The Catalyst GIK Incubator of GIK Institute has created a smart cane for visually impaired. It’s an Electronic device that helps visually impaired navigate their path without hitting the obstacle. The team conducted a product launch at Blind School Peshawar and donated 5 canes to visually impaired. The Smart cane features… Continue Reading »

New Gadget Provides Inclusive Experience for Rugby Fans with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM:  Blind sports fans have received a boost from a magnetic gadget to help them enjoy a match. The “touchy-feely” board helps visually-impaired supporters keep up with the action and never miss a goal, try, putt or basketball hoop. The kit is the first of its type in the UK and is being used at Scottish rugby matches… Continue Reading »

Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to work together for the… Continue Reading »

New 3D Printing Campaign Launched for Children with Visual Impairment

SOUTH AFRICA: For visually impaired people educational resources don’t come by easy. Learning to read braille is essential but costly and not always effective (it may take up to three times as long as other students to read a text), while assistive technology, such as closed-circuit TV, screen-magnification or screen-reading software, could help them to read… Continue Reading »

Pilot Project Tests Tech to Help Pedestrians Use Crosswalks

CANADA: Municipalities on the northeast Avalon are testing new technology to increase the safety and ease of using crosswalks for people with disabilities including sight loss. The pilot project, called Key2Access, allows pedestrians to access crosswalk push buttons with a fob or through a mobile app that includes audio instructions. “An announcement like this means, absolutely, freedom,… Continue Reading »

Linux-Based Tablet Developed for Persian-speaking Persons with Visual Impairment

IRAN: The CEO of the company says “Barjasteh Negar” (literally raised-graph) is a smart tablet for the blind that comes with a braille keyboard and the output will be Persian audio and braille script. He pointed out that the mobile smart tablet has a Linux operating system and allows blind people to read texts in audio… Continue Reading »

G3ict Seeks Principal Investigator, International Inquiry on Brain-Computer Interfaces for Persons with Disabilities

An International Inquiry on the current state of advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable persons with disabilities and older persons to better interact with their environment led by G3ict with the support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. Background G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies, was founded in 2006 at… Continue Reading »

Disability Apps, Cards in Japan to Replace Paper Certificates for Ease of Use

JAPAN: The process of acquiring and using disability certificates has long been cumbersome and impractical, but with plastic cards and smartphone apps gaining ground, things could get much simpler. The government has started allowing plastic cards to replace the paper certificates, which tear easily and can be difficult to pull out when needed. Though the welfare… Continue Reading »