• Assistive Technology

    National Institute for Assistive Technology to be Established in Chattisgarh

    INDIA: The Indian state of Chhattisgarh will soon have a national institute for assistive technology and support centre for people with disabilities. Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday agreed to the demand made by Social Welfare Minister Anila Bhediya for setting up a National institute for assistive technology and… Continue Reading »

    Turkey Provides Support to Persons with Disabilities in Djibouti

    TURKEY: Turkey’s state-run aid agency has distributed a total of 200 wheelchairs and vocational supplies to disabled people in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, according to a statement on Monday. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) launched its “End the Barriers” project in collaboration with Djibouti’s National Agency for the Disabled, providing equipment… Continue Reading »

    UAE’s Initiatives for Persons with Disabilities Will Help Build Inclusive Society

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE): Around the UAE, efforts to integrate people with disabilities into public life are becoming increasingly visible. Parking lots include designated spots, public washrooms have special cubicles and ramps are increasingly commonplace outside public and residential buildings. There is a shift in mindset among employers too. Zia Mirza, who has a hearing disability, and Mohammad… Continue Reading »

    Malaysia: Universal Design for EcoWorld’s Future Projects

    MALAYSIA: Future projects by Eco World Development Group Bhd (EcoWorld) will be based on Universal Design principles which aim to create holistic and sustainable living environments for residents of all ages. Universal Design is a design approach towards creating a built environment that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by… Continue Reading »

    3D Printed Wheelchairs Project Brings Assistive Tech to Developing Countries

    UNITED KINGDOM: Run by charity Motivation in partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker, the project is called Motivation InnovATe. It is designed to establish the technologies, infrastructure and skills within developing countries to enable custom 3D printed wheelchairs to produced where and when they are needed. Initially starting in Kenya through local partner Bethany Kids, the project… Continue Reading »

    NGO Launches Country’s First Assistive Tech

    INDIA: Samarthanam, a 22-year-old disability-focused NGO, has launched the country’s first assistive technology accelerator. Assistive Technology Accelerator (ATA) has been working relentlessly towards creating more awareness about disability. Last month, ATA caught the attention of one of the top podcasters, Neil Patel, who featured it in the Indian Startup Show, a press statement from Samarthanam… Continue Reading »

    Government of Canada Announces New Accessible Technology Program Funding Recipients

    CANADA: Canadians with disabilities deserve the same opportunities to find good jobs, contribute to their communities, and build a better life for themselves and their families. Yet many Canadians with disabilities still face barriers to full participation in the digital economy. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that 12… Continue Reading »

    India: Assistive Technology for All 2030 Conference Focuses in Infrastructure, Assistive Devices

    KARNATAKA, INDIA: Suggestions, including a university, for solutions such as assistive technologies and creating zones for the people with disabilities were made at the national conference on ‘Assistive Technology for All-2030’ which began here on Friday. At the inaugural event of a two-day conference by Mobility India to celebrate its silver jubilee, the Karnataka commissioner… Continue Reading »

    University Students Design Wheelchair Hand Warmer for Persons with Muscular Dystrophy

    MANITOBA, CANADA: Aiming to enhance patients’ lives, a team of University of Manitoba biomedical students has produced autonomous designs — including a wheelchair hand warmer for those living with muscular dystrophy (MD). The overarching goal during the University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Design (BMED) Team’s first year was to give students experience in design, public speaking, and device building, and to provide networking opportunities.… Continue Reading »