Europe

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum Set to Launch this Month

UNITED KINGDOM: The Disability Unit has established a new Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum to strengthen its engagement with disabled people. In a world where coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect usual ways of working, the Disability Unit is holding the first virtual Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum this month, chaired by the Minister for Disabled People,… Continue Reading »

‘World’s First’ Remote Assisted Living Lab Seeks Collaboration with Assistive Tech Suppliers

UNITED KINGDOM: Heriot-Watt University scientists are launching what they believe is the world’s first open and remote access living lab to research and create innovative independent living solutions for elderly and disabled people. Creating solutions for Ambient Assisted Living (OpenAAL), the multi-disciplinary lab will target the rapid co-creation of scalable and affordable assistive solutions to… Continue Reading »

European Parliament Calls for a New, Ambitious EU Disability Strategy

EUROPE: As the current EU Disability Strategy comes to an end, Parliament is calling on the European Commission for an ambitious post-2020 strategy. Discover its priorities. What the Parliament wants in the new EU Disability Strategy The European Parliament wants an inclusive society in which the rights of people living with disabilities are protected and… Continue Reading »

New Research Project to Explore Benefits of Assistive Tech for Older Persons

IRELAND: Carried out by researchers at Dublin City University, a new survey has been launched to explore and develop cost-effective assistive technology solutions to help elderly people to remain independent and safe in their own homes. Researchers at the Centre for e-Integrated Care (CeIC) and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at Dublin City… Continue Reading »

Transport Transition Plans – Operator Guide for Assisting Passengers with Disabilities

SCOTLAND: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) has published guidance for transport operators to ensure that changes to public transport services during Covid-19 take into account disabled people’s needs. The guidance emphasises that the 2010 Equality Act continues to apply and so the impacts on disabled people of any changes must be considered as… Continue Reading »

Regional Government in Spain Signs Agreement to Promote Universal Accessibility in Cultural Spaces

SPAIN: The Extremadura Regional Government has signed a new agreement with the CB Foundation , the Caja de Extremadura Foundation , the Extremadura Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Fempex) and the Association for the Care and Social Integration of People with Physical Disabilities in Extremadura (Apamex), with the aim of promoting universal accessibility in cultural spaces. The agreement has been… Continue Reading »

Greece to Ensure Accessibility in Tourism for Persons with Disabilities

GREECE: Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on Wednesday told parliament that the ministry had made accessibility for people with disabilities in tourism a priority issue. As he said, for the first time the tourism ministry will establish an accessible tourism committee, where the goal is to map out all any problems relating to accessibility issues in tourist… Continue Reading »

Researchers From University Develop Braille Ultrasonic Haptic Display for ATMs 

GERMANY: German engineers from the University of Bayreuth have developed an ultrasonic haptic display that allows them to display Braille numbers non-contact. The device can create several zones in the air at the same time, where the ultrasonic waves are focused and create a pressure that a person can distinguish. At the same time, visually impaired people… Continue Reading »

Persons with Disabilities Exempt from Brussels LEZ

People with a disability are exempt from the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Brussels, the regional government has recently decided. Since the LEZ’ introduction, almost 15,000 fines have been issued, although the number of violations has decreased a lot recently. In December 2019, about 75% of violations were recorded compared to January that year. As most people are… Continue Reading »

Greece: City of Athens Launches Project to Improve Accessibility 

City Hall on Monday unveiled a 24-million-euro project to repair and maintain sidewalks across Athens with the aim of making the capital safer and more accessible for pedestrians. According to City Hall’s statement, the project aims to fix and maintain 200,000 square meters of sidewalks over the next three years, using so-called “cool materials” which reflect… Continue Reading »