• Assistive Technology

    Distribution of Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjans and Senior Citizens

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Mega Distribution Camp for distribution of Aids & Assistive devices to the Divyangjans and Senior Citizens was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at Jiwaji University Ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh today, February 11th, 2018. In the august presence of the President of India Shri Ramnath… Continue Reading »

    Robot Carers Could Help with Japan’s Senior Caregiving

    JAPAN: It is no secret that Japan’s population is aging with the number of Japanese 90 years and above reaching over 2 million (Internal Affairs Ministry). The 2017 government survey indicated that there are over 35 million elderly people (65 years and above) representing 27.7% of the population. A predicted shortfall of round 370,000 caregivers… Continue Reading »

    A Delicate Approach to Restoring Control

    AUSTRALIA: An Australian startup program is aiming to tackle lifestyle problems caused by fine motor control issues, an ever-pervasive ailment that dramatically impacts quality-of-life. Their solution is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions: the i-boll. The i-boll, roughly the size of a junior soccer ball, links to a smart phone app… Continue Reading »

    Be My Eyes and Moovit join forces to make public transit more accessible

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA: Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that  they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be. Be My Eyes and Moovit… Continue Reading »

    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 »