• Assistive Technology

    PolyU Develops Robotic Arm for Self-help Mobile Rehabilitation for Stroke Patients

    HONG KONG: Stroke is the third leading cause of disability worldwide [1]. In Hong Kong, there are about 25,000 new incidences of stroke annually in recent years [2]. Research studies have proven that intensive, repeated and long-term rehabilitation training are critical for enhancing the physical mobility of stroke patients, thus help alleviating post-stroke symptoms such as disability.… Continue Reading »

    Blackboard’s Accessibility Solution Continues Strong Momentum, Impacting 3 Million Learners Worldwide

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA:  Blackboard announced on October 31st, 2018 that the Blackboard Ally accessibility solution continues to experience strong growth, having expanded into 16 countries over the last 12 months and added support for 20 languages. Currently, a total of approximately 3 million students at 464 institutions worldwide have access to more inclusive learning environments and… Continue Reading »

    New App Launched to Help Visually Impaired People to Read Unicode Doc Files called “Accessible Doc Reader”

    DHAKA, BANGLADESH: The application launched on 29th September 2018 at jatiya press club in Dhaka. Innovation Garage Limited has developed an important innovation for persons with visual disability The Accessible Doc Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with DOCX, RTF and text files… Continue Reading »

    In Africa, Technology and Human Capital Go Hand in Hand

    AFRICA: Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-four years ago, the country was torn apart by civil war and one of the worst genocides human history has known; one in which more than a million people… Continue Reading »

    The Elderly and Web Accessibility – Accommodating Aging Web Users

    USA: The ability to easily access and use the internet has become a vital aspect of leading a normal modern life. We use the World Wide Web to retrieve health information, get access to a plethora of benefits, stay connected with friends and family, and learn about an unprecedented array of commercial and social services… Continue Reading »

    Frontier Technologies for a Sustainable Future

    INTERNATIONAL: Frontier technologies are innovative and often grow fast, with the potential to transform societies, economies and the environment. In recent years, we have seen examples of this in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning, renewable energy technologies, energy storage technologies, electric and autonomous vehicles and drones, genetic engineering, as well as cryptocurrencies and… Continue Reading »

    People with Disability at Risk of Being Pigeon-holed by Supported Employment Reform

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan in July to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability. ‘We are extremely concerned that the process… Continue Reading »

    Surrey to Build World’s First Translation System for British Sign Language

    SURREY, UK: The world’s first machine capable of turning British Sign Language (BSL) into written English is set to be built by the University of Surrey as part of a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, and it is… Continue Reading »

    High-level Event Discusses Equity, Democratization in Technological Revolution

    NEW YORK, USA: On the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level debate, high-level representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia discussed the impact of the technological revolution on society, including on the workforce, education, and low-income countries’ industrialization. They called for regulation of new technologies and for educational systems to… Continue Reading »