• Assistive Technology

    Using Assistive Technology to it’s full Potential for Children in Hospices

    A UK charity recently welcomed children’s hospice staff from across the British Isles to a free conference to learn about the potential impacts of assistive technology on life-limited and disabled children. Lifelites donates and maintains assistive technology for children and young people in every children’s hospice across the British Isles. Part of their work is… Continue Reading »

    Amazon Launches HIPAA-Compliant Alexa for Healthcare

    Amazon announced yesterday that healthcare companies such as Cigna and Boston Children’s Hospital have equipped the Alexa Skills Kit with HIPAA-compliant voice apps, which are limited in number and foolproof while complying with the United States’ 1996 HIPAA regulation. The launch introduces a total of six HIPAA eligible Alexa skills to perform crucial tasks such… Continue Reading »

    Assistive Robotics to be Showcased During Tokyo Summer Olympics

    Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies — namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event. Officials behind the games showcased some of the technologies… Continue Reading »

    UNICEF Calls for More Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Disabilities

    The global organisation UNICEF has called for more assistive technologies to support children with disabilities across central and eastern Europe. Hopes are placed on technology to turn classrooms more accessible and inclusive for all members of society.  According to a statement that the organization made last Thursday, as many as 75% of disabled children in the region… Continue Reading »

    Western Sydney Airport Recruits Wheelchair Rugby Players as Accessibility Consultants

    AUSTRALIA: Last week airport representatives announced a sponsorship agreement with the New South Wales (NSW) Wheelchair Rugby League that will see players act as accessibility consultants during development. In Australia, approximately 18.3 percent of the population has one or more disability. “We want to go over and above our legislative requirements when it comes to accessibility,” said Graham Millett,… Continue Reading »

    University of Chittagong Inaugurated the First Accessible E-learning Center in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh: Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of University of Chittagong, inaugurated a state of the art “Accessible E-learning Center” for the visually impaired students studying at the University. A.K. Khan Foundation, a2i programme of Bangladesh Government and YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) jointly established the Accessible E-learning Center which was formally inaugurated on… Continue Reading »

    AAATE 2019 Conference and Call for Papers & Contributions

    “Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – Discuss with the international expert community in the ambience of the world’s oldest university Bologna, Italy: From 27-30 August 2019, the University of Bologna (Italy) and the independent AT service provider AIAS, will host AAATE’s 15th international conference themed “Global Challenges in Assistive Technology”. The Association for the Advancement of… Continue Reading »

    PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA: People with disabilities are the largest minority worldwide, and in today’s digital age it’s more important than ever that people with disabilities are able to use technology, from websites to mobile phones to emerging smart devices. Today, leading tech companies agree that building and buying products that everyone can use is an… Continue Reading »

    Breaking the Internet — for a Good Cause

    DENMARK: In support of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPD), on Monday, December 3, 2018, Siteimprove, a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company empowering digital teams to create inclusive websites, will break its own website. In effect, Siteimprove will disable style sheets, images, and JavaScript across its homepages to show visitors how a person using a… Continue Reading »