• Assistive Technology

    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 »

    Dushanbe Forum Unites Against Disability Inequalities in Tajikistan

    The Dushanbe forum in Tajikistan has marked the adoption of a new and powerful declaration on disability issues and the first step to the follow-up of Tajikistan’s National Program on the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities for 2017–2020. The Dushanbe Declaration on Disability Issues will also contribute to defining the priorities for Tajikistan’s disability sector… Continue Reading »

    Pitch for Canberra to Host Asia Pacific’s Accessible Tourism Conference and Expo

    AUSTRALIA: With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is… Continue Reading »

    IIT Madras Launches Unique Wheelchair at Affordable Price

    INDIA: A new affordable ‘standing wheelchair’ that enables persons with disabilities to shift between standing and sitting positions independently, has been indigenously designed by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems. It was launched here on Tuesday. Wheelchair users usually require assistance to stand, after being seated in their wheelchairs.… Continue Reading »

    Mada Assistive Technology Centre Signs MoU with Korea Trade Promotion Agency

    QATAR: Mada, the assistive technology centre Qatar, has signed with Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) a memorandum of understanding and co-operation during the Qatar-Korean Business Forum, which kicked off yesterday. The signing ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy… Continue Reading »