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    UCL boosts recognition of and access to sign language

    University College London (UCL), the only UK university with a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) requirement for all UK undergraduates, has set a precedent by recognising British Sign Language (BSL) as a ‘foreign’ language option – a move it hopes will increase awareness of and access to BSL. The call for BSL to be recognised as… Continue Reading »

    Smart walk assist improves rehabilitation

    A mobile harness suspended from the ceiling is now equipped with intelligent motion analysis for tailored walking rehabilitation in people with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders affecting gait. Scientists from NCCR Robotics at EPFL and at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) developed an algorithm that adjusts how a mobile harness, suspended from… Continue Reading »

    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. For his semester project, Alexandre Foucqueteau came up with a new application for a little multifunctional robot called Cellulo. Created at EPFL two years ago in a collaboration between the… Continue Reading »

    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 event, making it the largest in history. As many as 294 Turkish athletes are also participating in the Deaflympics. With more than 3,000 athletes from 97 countries, the 23rd… Continue Reading »

    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 tool that can enable full participation in daily life for millions of people. However, only 1 in 10 people in need have access to assistive products and no country… Continue Reading »

    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 Needs to Educational Services”, which will ensure the continuation of the development of inclusive education in Ukraine. The law was signed on Wednesday during the visit of the president… Continue Reading »

    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 universal codes. Common sense sees this enterprise as an act of imitation: children imitate their parents by reproducing the facial expression linked to each emotion. But if this is… Continue Reading »

    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 Development. As part of this research, they have developed a short online survey to determine organisational experience in implementing climate change-focused disability programmes and the policy environment in which… Continue Reading »

    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 friendly and accessible for all passengers. The airport now offers passengers the opportunity to have familiarisation tours of the terminal prior to their travel plans as well as the… Continue Reading »