• Assistive Technology

    Making the Internet more Accessible for Canadian Seniors

    Making the Internet more Accessible for Canadian Seniors Cosmin Muntaneaufrom the University of Toronto aims to help Canada’s senior citizens feel more confident and safer when using the internet. Seniors are terrified of falling victim to scams which prevent them from accessing the variety of enhanced services from trusted providers including banks and healthcare services which forms… Continue Reading »

    IT dept, Austrian academy join hands to develop assistive technology

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: In its effort to provide assistive technology to people with motor disabilities, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an organization under state IT department, will collaborate with AsTeRICS Academy in Austria. The European academy will support ICFOSS in developing its capabilities in a range of assistive tools to support individuals… Continue Reading »

    Making digital technologies more accessible to Canadians with disabilities

    OTTAWA: As a result of a new $22.3-million program, more Canadians with disabilities will have access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and get access to the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today launched the Accessible Technology Program, a… Continue Reading »

    3D printed “magic shoes” make life easier for children with disabilities

    SYNNEY, AUSTRALIA: At 17, Melissa Fuller left her Western Sydney high school with no idea about what she wanted to do. Twelve years later, she is co-founder of AbilityMate, an entrepreneurial group of designers, engineers and allied health professionals who use 3D printing to manufacture customised posture and mobility equipment for children with disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

    Google’s Chrome OS to soon get dictation as an accessibility feature

    Google’s Chrome OS will soon get support for dictation as an accessibility feature. Currently the only way you can enable this is through extensions. Google Docs supports this feature on all platforms including Chrome OS. On Chromebooks with Google Play Store support, there could be some Android apps as well. However, with this new feature,… Continue Reading »

    Toyota Mobility Foundation launches $4 million challenge to expand mobility for people with lower-limb paralysis

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:  The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020. The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is seeking teams around the world to create game-changing… Continue Reading »

    MTN Foundation supports University of Ghana students with disabilities

    ACCRA: The MTN Ghana Foundation has supported the Assistive Technology Unit of the University of Ghana with modern equipment to create opportunity for students with disabilities. The donation, worth GH¢ 217,000, would help promote the independence of the over 2,000 students with disabilities and also address their quest for special assistance in pursuing their studies.… Continue Reading »

    Household Technology Can Aid the Learning of Children with ADHD

    Around 5% of people worldwide have ADHD, although there may be many more undiagnosed individuals. As a result, many children struggle with increased stress and anxiety, which limits their academic performance. Technology such as smartwatches and apps can improve organizational skills of youngsters, but what other technology is available to help? Here are the latest technologies you… Continue Reading »

    Dubai to host ‘AccessAbilities’ Expo in November

    Come November, Dubai will host the Middle East’s largest expo to showcase the world’s latest and smart assistive technology products and devices for persons with disabilities. To be held from November 7-9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), the expo is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al… Continue Reading »