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    3D Printed Wheelchairs Project Brings Assistive Tech to Developing Countries

    UNITED KINGDOM: Run by charity Motivation in partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker, the project is called Motivation InnovATe. It is designed to establish the technologies, infrastructure and skills within developing countries to enable custom 3D printed wheelchairs to produced where and when they are needed. Initially starting in Kenya through local partner Bethany Kids, the project… Continue Reading »

    Blue Badge Applications Open for Persons with Invisible Disabilities

    UNITED KINGDOM: People with hidden disabilities, such as anxiety disorders or brain injuries, can now apply for the Blue Badge disabled parking permits. The move to extend the eligibility for the passes, which allow holders to park in on-street spaces for free and use disabled bays, has been made to include people who “cannot walk as part of… Continue Reading »

    Film Partnership Focuses on Accessible Tourism in Scotland

    SCOTLAND: A Glasgow-based manufacturer of accessible vehicles has been working with a leading German broadcaster and a tour operator on an initiative that supports disabled tourism in Scotland. Allied Vehicles Group teamed up with TV company ZDF and Schottland fuer Alle (Scotland for All) to showcase how accessible Scotland is for people with disabilities. ZDF has filmed… Continue Reading »

    Disability Network Announces Nominees For Annual Ability Award

    HOLLAND: Disability Network/Lakeshore (DNL) will present its ninth annual Ability Award, recognizing an individual within the Lakeshore region who promotes a spirit of inclusion and a community without barriers. All nominees will be recognized at the 2019 Ability Award celebration on October 28, 2019 at the Civic Center in Holland, Mich.   Disability Network/Lakeshore works in Allegan and Ottawa counties to create… Continue Reading »

    Disability Organization Encourages Companies to Improve Accessible Travel Services

    UNITED KINGDOM: A call to action has been issued to travel companies to support disabled clients and improve their service and sales through a public pledge. We Are Purple, a company set up to drive more companies to service the needs of disabled people, is urging travel businesses, including agents and operators, to sign up… Continue Reading »

    European Commission Provides 20 Cities with Funding for Innovative Projects on Inclusion 

    The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will finance 20 urban projects with €82 million. These projects were put forward by cities under the 4th call for proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions which is implemented by French region Hauts-de-France. In particular, Piraeus (Greece), Tampere (Finland) and Turin (Italy) will receive grants for projects that will protect and reduce the vulnerability… Continue Reading »

    The Barcelona Metro to be Completely Accessible by 2024

    BARCELONA, SPAIN: As 92 per cent of the Metro is already accessible, the target of 100 per cent accessibility by 2024 seems more than possible, but what more needs to change? The infrastructural developments at Jaume I, a station along the Barcelona Metro line, have been completed, and as a result the station is entirely… Continue Reading »

    Tactile Printer for Persons with Visual Impairment

    Since it is printed by foaming of a special capsule paper using a thermal printing method, it is small, quiet, and achieves a very high-quality finish compared to the conventional embossed method which makes braille by piling up from the rear side of the paper by a needle. You don’t need any special software. You… Continue Reading »

    Regional Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT 4 ALL

    The International Telecommunication Union is inviting you to participate in the Regional Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT 4 ALL” that will take place in St. Julian’s, Malta from 4 to 6 December (http://itu.int/go/Accessible-Europe-19). The initiative, organised jointly with the European Commission, is held within the framework of the Regional Initiative for Europe on… Continue Reading »