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    New developments enabling people with vision disabilities to see again

    New developments enabling people with vision disabilities to see againEnabling people who are blind or have low vision to see again is the dream of many neuroscientists. We still have a long way to go to make this happen, but we have also made a lot of progress over the last twenty years, says Richard… Continue Reading »

    BlindPAD’s Tablet Makes Visual Information Tactile for Users with Vision Disabilities

    An EU-funded consortium has created a touchscreen tablet dubbed BlindPAD designed specifically for users with vision disabilities. The system, which has been three years in the making, comprises a tactile tablet, software that translates images into tactile representations and a series of exercises that together make digital graphical information accessible to people who are blind… Continue Reading »

    Belarus opens new inclusive education opportunities

    MINSK: Belarus opens up new opportunities for teaching children with disabilities as part of the inclusive education campaign, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Afshan Khan told the media during the visit of UNICEF representatives to the Institute for Inclusive Education on 9 October, BelTA has learned. “We are holding a meeting of… Continue Reading »

    Dutch starts consultation for government digital accessibility

    The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has begun a consultation concerning the accessibility of the government. The consultation will begin on 2 October; comments will be accepted until 13 November. The Ministry believes the digital accessibility of the government is of great importance to the elderly and for people with disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

    EU one step closer to Accessibility Act

    The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament on September 14. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law. A European Accessibility Act that would make it easier for senior citizens and people with disability to use ATMs,… Continue Reading »

    Hovertravel Launches ‘Hovercare’ Program to Make Travelling More Accessible

    Hovertravel is announcing a major new initiative aiming at improving accessibility. Called HoverCare, this initiative starts with the world’s first accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft. Hovertravel staff will undergo training from the Barclays Accessibility Team, which will include the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have mobility, vision and hearing disabilities… Continue Reading »

    NHS England launches practical guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

    Practical guides to help people with disabilities to access GP online services have been published by NHS England.  Aimed at supporting people with vision, hearing, autism or learning disabilities, a series of new guides have been developed to help patients use GP services online such as book appointments, repeat their prescriptions and view medical records. Bespoke… Continue Reading »

    France: UN rights expert to assess the situation of persons with disabilities

    GENEVA: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct her first official visit to France from 3 to 13 October 2017 to assess the situation of people with disabilities in the country. “This is my first visit to France and I am eager to learn about… Continue Reading »

    EU Moves Toward Mandated Mobile App Accessibility

    Building on the Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive of 2016, the European Commission is now working toward the establishment of a far-reaching list of accessibility guidelines for mobile applications. Released in April 2017, Mandate 554 is based within the parameters outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and so… Continue Reading »