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Robot to help children with vision disabilities find their way

Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help children with vision disabilities find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom. Photo Credit: Continue reading the story...

Summer Deaflympics kick off in Samsun

ISTANBUL: With a magnificent opening ceremony, the 23rd Summer Deaflympics kicked off in Samsun, Turkey. Some 3,000 athletes from 97 countries are participating in this year’s Continue reading the story...

Summit on Global Research, Innovation and Education in Assistive Technology

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Assistive technology – which groups together assistive products spanning from eye glasses and wheelchairs to sophisticated automated systems – is a critical and cost-effective Continue reading the story...

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signs law on development of inclusive education

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law “On Amendments to the Law “On Education” on the Specifics of Access of Persons with Special Educational Continue reading the story...

Do people with vision disabilities express their emotions similar to sighted individuals?

Facial expressions play a powerful role in social interactions from birth to adulthood. Fear, joy, anger — all our emotions are articulated and understood thanks to Continue reading the story...

Survey on disability and climate resilience

UK: A survey has been launched by a group conducting research on disability and climate resilience for a project funded by the UK Department for International Continue reading the story...

New lanyards launched to assist passengers with hidden disabilities

ABERDEEN, UK: Aberdeen International Airport launched their new hidden disabilities lanyards in partnership with Friendly Access last week with an aim to make air travel more Continue reading the story...

Human rights seminar opens in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM: The 2017 edition of the Europe-China Seminar on Human Rights opened here Sunday, gathering over 50 researchers to discuss various topics on protecting the rights Continue reading the story...

Turkish Airlines trains staff on sign language

ISTANBUL: Flight attendants working for the national carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) took classes on sign language as the airline seeks to expand its services to passengers. Thirty Continue reading the story...

Spotlight on research: Moves to strengthen deaf education in Ireland

This week’s Spotlight on Research is with Dr Elizabeth Mathews Lecturer in Dublin City University (DCU) School of Inclusive & Special Education Your research looks at deaf Continue reading the story...

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules will make more books available for people who are blind and have low vision in formats like Braille and audiobooks. MEPs will debate and vote Continue reading the story...

Dolphin Computer Access Introduces GuideReader Accessible Book Reader

British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering people who are blind and low vision Americans a new, effortless way to find Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand accessible public infrastructure in Georgia

Persons with disabilities held a protest rally on Saturday asking for proper infrastructure in the streets and in public transport, as well as for more involvement Continue reading the story...

Armenian emergency ministry launches ‘911 SOS’ for persons with disabilities

YEREVAN: Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations has  launched a free mobile application “911 SOS,” designed specifically for people with disabilities. In a press release the ministry Continue reading the story...

Telia Lithuania adapts smartphones for use by people with vision disabilities

Operator Telia Lithuania, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Union of the Blind, has launched a project to offer mobile phones adapted for use by people with Continue reading the story...

DfA-Foundation offers Master Degree in Management of Design for All

The Central University of Catalonia together with the Design for All Foundation collaborate to offer a Master’s Degree in Management of Design for All. Coordinated by Continue reading the story...

Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehension

The speed at which sign language users understand what others are ‘saying’ to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new Continue reading the story...

DMU Annual Conference 2017 – Universal Design for Inclusion

UK: The experience of students with disabilities following substantial changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowances system will be the primary focus of this year’s De Montfort Continue reading the story...

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules to make more books available in formats designed for people who are blind or have low vision were informally agreed by Parliament and Council Continue reading the story...

New Touchable Tablet Helps Guide People with Vision Disabilities

Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tablet to help people with a vision disability find their way around unfamiliar places. The Continue reading the story...

Oxford student creates first synthetic retina for people with vision disabilities

A synthetic, soft tissue retina developed by an Oxford University student could offer fresh hope to people with vision disabilities. Until now, all artificial retinal research has Continue reading the story...

Products and services to be made more accessible for persons with disabilities in EU

Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under draft Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea

GENEVA: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic Continue reading the story...

NatWest launches credit card for customers with vision disabilities

NatWest is launching the credit card in the UK which is designed for customers who are blind or have low vision and accredited by Royal National Continue reading the story...

Expert meeting on monitoring and evaluation of disability-inclusive development

GENEVA: The Expert Meeting on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-inclusive Development will be held from 10 to 11 May 2017 at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Continue reading the story...

Startup Developing Educational Aids for Children with Vision Disabilities

CROATIA: Thanks to the startup’s projects, children who are blind or have low vision  can learn Braille and identify objects in the environment. A meeting with children Continue reading the story...

Astronaut study gives voice to persons with disabilities

When his father was diagnosed with a debilitating disease four years ago, it sparked Ivo Vieira into developing a novel means of communication for people coping Continue reading the story...

Cyprus prepares new national Action Plan for persons with disabilities

CYPRUS: The new national Action Plan for Disability, covering the period 2017-2020, is being drafted, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Zeta Emilianidou has said. In Continue reading the story...

New Artificial Intelligence Software Program Excels at Lip-Reading

Watch, Attend and Spell (WAS), is a new artificial intelligence (AI) software system that has been developed by Oxford, in collaboration with the company DeepMind. Photo: ra2studio Continue reading the story...

New affordable tennis wheelchair launched

UK: A partnership between the Tennis Foundation and ROMA Sport will tackle one of the key barriers to junior and grassroots participation in wheelchair tennis with Continue reading the story...

Rights of people with disabilities in Europe: a new strategy based on ability rather than disability

STRASBOURG: There are 80 million persons in Europe who live with a disability and many of them continue to be victims of discrimination or abuse. In Continue reading the story...

Concern over access to library material for people with vision disabilities raised with Minister

LACA, the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, has contacted the Minister responsible for intellectual property, Jo Johnson MP, with concerns that proposed changes to the implementation Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights committee to review Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 20 March to 12 April 2017 to review the following Continue reading the story...

UK HDI Works to Improve Representation of Persons with Disabilities

LEXINGTON, KY.: The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is expanding its photo library and creating an important resource to improve the broad representation of Continue reading the story...

Woman with disabilities sues shops that deny her access

UK: A wheelchair user in Cambridge has begun court proceedings against eight businesses in the city that have refused her requests to install ramps or other Continue reading the story...

Future international standard on accessible tourism for all

From the initiative of the ONCE Foundation, the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the first working meeting for the development Continue reading the story...

Italy funds project for persons with disabilities

ROME: The Italian government has approved a €1.5 million project of inclusion for persons with disabilities in Burkina Faso. Italy’s move has the goal to help Continue reading the story...

Broadcasters, disability organisation draw up recommendation on future EU rules for audiovisual access

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF), and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve Continue reading the story...

Netherlands to host UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters

BEMMEL: The ITF has announced that Netherlands will stage two of wheelchair tennis’s major events in 2017 and 2018. The UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters will be Continue reading the story...

Software opens up new job opportunities for persons with disabilities

MALTA: Jader Pelligra, a ICT student at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s University College, has designed and de­veloped a computer-based telephony solution that Continue reading the story...
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