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Wikipedia developing crowdsourced speech engine for users with vision disabilities

Wikipedia and Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology are working on a crowdsourced speech engine that will make the online encyclopedia more accessible to users who Continue reading the story...

Technology is failing to meet the needs of older people with hearing and vision disabilities, report finds

Assistive technology developers and service providers need to do more to meet the diverse needs of the rising number of older people with both hearing and Continue reading the story...

Access to online services: NGOs tell EU ministers ‘no one should be left behind’

The European Blind Union (EBU) and several other European NGOs published an open letter  warning the 28 EU Ministers in charge of Digital Affairs that their Continue reading the story...

Irish startup wants to build global database of accessibility information

An Irish website is aiming to become the “most accessible accessibility information platform” by compiling a global database of information about the accessibility of venues and Continue reading the story...

Accessible Tourism for All: Creating an Accessible Tourism Environment in Malta

The Minister for Tourism Dr Edward Zammit Lewis and the Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana, addressed a Continue reading the story...

UAE calls for providing more care to persons with disabilities in times of emergency

GENEVA: UAE has stressed the need to pay more attention to people with disabilities in emergency situations, and to seek appropriate conditions for them so that Continue reading the story...

36 Good Practices Candidates for International Design for All Foundation Awards 2016

In 2015 the Design for All Foundation recognized as Good Practice 36 projects, products and services. Now they are candidates to the International Design for All Continue reading the story...

Global Robotic Prosthetics, Exoskeletons and Assistive Rehabilitation Technologies Market Assessment & Forecast: 2015-2019

LONDON: The global microprocessor controlled (MPC) prosthetics market is forecast to reach US$ 434.4 million in 2015 according to the new report “Global Robotic Prosthetics, Exoskeletons Continue reading the story...

Sounds can help develop speech and gestures in children with autism

Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics from the University of Gothenburg Continue reading the story...

Access to justice for children with intellectual disabilities

The research project, called Access to Justice for Children with Mental Disabilities, was designed to address a large gap in this area with the goal of Continue reading the story...

Free training in Maltese sign language for people with hearing disabilities

MALTA: People with hearing disabilities in Gozo will now be trained in Maltese sign language following an agreement between the Parliamentary Secretary for the Disabled and Continue reading the story...

Swedish Telecoms Regulator sponsors hackathon on web accessibility

Swedish regulator PTS announced it will hold a hackathon on 15 March aimed at coming up with new ways to make the web more accessible. The event Continue reading the story...

Call for Abstracts: Cybathlon Symposium 2016

The Cybathlon Symposium 2016 will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, October 6, 2016. The Cybathlon Symposium will bring together leading experts and junior researchers to present Continue reading the story...

Research explores communication in human interaction

A major new €3.5million research initiative led by the University of East Anglia will aim to improve understanding of a fundamental part of communication in humans. Over Continue reading the story...

Maltese PM calls for full integration of persons with disabilities

MALTA: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat highlighted the need for full integration of persons with disabilities on the workplace as part of his Christmas message this evening. The Continue reading the story...

New autism treatment program tested to help children

LONDON: Scientists have successfully tested a new autism treatment programme in India and Pakistan that could help improve the lives of millions of children with autism Continue reading the story...

New Turkish sign language dictionary launched

TURKEY: The Family and Social Policies Ministry has introduced Turkey’s first sign language grammar book and dictionary. Previously, there was no official scientific resource on Turkish sign Continue reading the story...

People Worldwide are Part of a Movement for More Accessibility

BERLIN: December 3 marks the start of the worldwide campaign “MapMyDay” to raise awareness for everyday barriers. The German NGO Sozialhelden and the World Health Organization Continue reading the story...

European Commission Publishes the European Accessibility Act

BRUSSELS:  The European Commission published the European Accessibility Act. EDF welcomes this long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the centre of its Freedom of Continue reading the story...

3D-printed paintings allow people with vision disabilities to experience classic art

A new 3D print project is seeking worldwide support to help people who are blind or have low vision experience art for the first time. The Unseen Continue reading the story...

‘Access All Areas’ report reveals 3 in 4 guide dogs refused entry to places

UK: Guide dog owners are regularly being turned away by businesses, such as taxis, shops and restaurants, according to new research. The charity Guide Dogs has published Continue reading the story...

Malta’s opposition to move amendments to law on Maltese sign language

The Opposition will today be moving three amendments to the Maltese Sign Language Recognition Act. The amendments are aimed to ensure that deaf people have more facilities, Continue reading the story...

AFAD Launches Emergency Database for People with Disabilities

KUTAHYA, TURKEY: The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority’s (Turkish: Afet ve Acil Durum Yönetimi Başkanlığı, AFAD) Kütahya office launched Z-EVET, a project seeking to collect personal Continue reading the story...

Braille guides developed for voters with vision disabilities in Armenia

ARMENIA: “We attach importance to awareness of each citizen, each voter of the voting procedure. As before, the issue of providing people with disabilities with the Continue reading the story...

Virtual reality could help people with autism learn social skills and develop employment opportunities

Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of Continue reading the story...

Georgia to make tourist attractions accessible

GEORGIA: Within the next year Georgia’s oldest city, Mtskheta, one of the most attractive destinations for tourists, will fit ramps so people using wheelchairs can access Continue reading the story...

SAGE announces launch of new Deaf Studies Encyclopedia

Since its start in the 1960s, Deaf Studies has been impacted by the political activism of Deaf communities, significant advancements in technologies and medicine, and broadened Continue reading the story...

CAA introduces new online resource for passengers with disabilities

Passengers with disabilities will be able to find out what special assistance is available from every major airline at every UK airport following the launch of Continue reading the story...

COE Conference on “Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ambitions, Impact and Challenges Ahead”

The Committee of Experts on the rights of people with disabilities of the Council of Europe is organizing, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Continue reading the story...

Eleven major companies agree to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities

GENEVA: Eleven major international companies  agreed to promote and include persons with disabilities throughout their operations worldwide in a move the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed Continue reading the story...

Cyprus focuses on accessible tourism

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is preparing an action plan aimed at providing accessibility to people with disabilities to enjoy their holidays in Cyprus, opening the Continue reading the story...

Malta opens its first residential home for persons with disabilities

MALTA: The first residential home in the community for persons with disabilities was inaugurated by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this afternoon. Nestled in a quiet square in Continue reading the story...

Northamptonshire police officers learning sign language to improve communication with people who are deaf

UK: A group of officers are learning sign language, to help improve how they communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 16 officers have Continue reading the story...

Uber launches uberASSIST service for passengers with disabilities

LONDON: Uber has announced that it will be bringing its specialised uberASSIST service for passengers with disabilities. The service allows passenger with a disability to call on Continue reading the story...

EU to showcase Scandic as an example of good practice within accessibility

Magnus Berglund, Director of Accessibility at Scandic Hotels, has been invited by the European Union to present Scandic’s award-wining accessibility training at The EU’s Tourism Education Continue reading the story...

Universal Design Center to make clothing for persons with disabilities

TURKEY: Istanbul Technical University’s (ITU) Universal Textile Design Center was recently inaugurated with a ceremony overseen by Emine Erdoğan, the First Lady of Turkey, and ITU Continue reading the story...

Access Now launches first wheelchair access guidebook for Paris

Access Now has launched the first in a series of European wheelchair access guidebooks – Paris Access Now (available for purchase as digital download) Paris Access Now Continue reading the story...

New smartphone app help people with autism influence tech developments

UK: A new mobile app has launched yesterday hoping to tap into the creative juices of people with autism to find new tech solutions to some Continue reading the story...

Robot could help stroke patients learn how to walk again

UK: Stroke patients could learn to walk again with a ground-breaking robot developed, in part, by scientists from the University of Hertfordshire. At the moment, if a Continue reading the story...

F123 Access software launched

F123 Access (pronounced F 1 2 3 Access), is software that reformats web pages to make them more accessible and convenient for people who are blind Continue reading the story...
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