• Assistive Technology

    New Chinese University to Focus on Rehabilitation Talent Cultivation

    Construction on the University of Rehabilitation Studies, a higher education institution designed for cultivating rehabilitation studies talent, formally began Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony in Qingdao, east China’s Shangdong Province. This comes after the Ministry of Education officially greenlighted the construction on the institution, which, to be sponsored by Shangdong Province and based in Qingdao,… Continue Reading »

    RAZ Mobility Releases 3G mobile Phone for Persons with Disabilities

    Vienna, Va.-based RAZ Mobility recently released the Lucia phone, an unlocked 3G mobile phone designed to assist people who are blind, have low vision or are hard of hearing. Launched in 2015, the startup provides mobile assistive tech for people with disabilities. RAZ Mobility said in a news release that someone who is completely blind can fully and effectively… Continue Reading »

    Contacta Appointed as Charity’s Exclusive Assistive Hearing Supplier

    Contacta Systems has been assigned as the chosen supplier of assistive listening technology for the UK’s largest hearing loss charity, Action on Hearing Loss. The two-year initial partnership will see the Kent-based assistive tech firm respond to the thousands of enquiries the charity receives each year from individuals and businesses looking to install a system.… Continue Reading »

    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 »