• Assistive Technology

    Blackboard and Readspeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content

    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve the accessibility of course content for their students. Currently, ReadSpeaker is Blackboard’s exclusive text-to-speech provider that is fully integrated within Blackboard’s learning management systems, supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Now, as part of this extended collaboration, ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology will also be integrated… Continue Reading »

    Zibrio Receives $25K Commercialization Award from Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)

    HOUSTON, TEXAS: The Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) announces funding for Zibrio, for a novel method to measure human balance and assess patients’ fall risk. Zibrio was awarded $25,000 and up to 100 hours of in-kind support. “Current physical check-ups don’t have an objective measure for balance, so patients typically can’t… Continue Reading »

    Commercialization of research results: PolyU turns novel myopia control contact lens to product

    HONG KONG:  Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a major cause of ocular morbidity for school children, especially among ethnic Chinese. The optometry research team led by Professor To Chi-ho, Head of the School of Optometry at PolyU, and Professor Carly Lam from the same School, developed the novel DISC lens for this purpose. The award-winning DISC lens… Continue Reading »

    100 Accessible Websites of Various State Governments/UTs Under Accessible India Campaign Launched – Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a path breaking initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ here today (January 19th, 2018). Ministers of State for… Continue Reading »

    Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

    CANADA: While the UK, USA and Australia have had national accessibility legislation in place for many years, it has taken until 2018 for the Canadian government to follow suit. The governing Liberals held consultations which led to the proposal that all federally governed buildings must be accessible to all. Not even all federal websites are accessible, so… Continue Reading »

    SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

    SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations, technologies in the field of… Continue Reading »

    Health + Tech | Tele-Radiology – The Future Of Health Diagnostics

    JAMAICA: Health technology can be applied to almost every aspect of healthcare to improve efficiency and access. Radiology, though not frequently mentioned, is an important component to full healthcare digitization and tele-medicine. Through this digitization, access to qualified and talented healthcare professionals can be significantly increased, thus solving staff shortage issues in the area of… Continue Reading »

    Technology Improving Global Accessibility

    2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword for many of these new… Continue Reading »

    Health + Tech | Telemedicine Bonus – Opportunity To Broaden Access To Healthcare For The Disabled

    JAMAICA: Universal access to health has been the buzz phrase for a few years now. When we think of this concept, we tend to think mostly of financial access, but it is much more than that. Our system is currently skewed to providing financial access to health, which, in itself, is very important as it… Continue Reading »