Europe

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...

NHS Trust launches British Sign Language self-help guides

UK: A partnership between a deaf health charity and the NHS in the North East has led to the creation of a series of innovative new Continue reading the story...

Free Webinars: Accessibility and Mobility: the Human Scale of Urban Interventions

ACCEPLAN is hosting a group of three free webinars  under the common heading ACCESIBILIDAD Y MOVILIDAD: LA ESCALA HUMANA DE LAS INTERVENCIONES URBANAS (Accessibility and mobility: Continue reading the story...

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill passed unanimously

The British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by all Parties in the Chamber in Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh on September 17. The British Deaf Association Continue reading the story...

VisitEngland launches Access for All campaign

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, is launching a new Access for All campaign, aimed to raise awareness of accessible destinations and businesses in England, informing people Continue reading the story...

MA to offer translation service at disability access seminar

LONDON: A speech-to-text translation service will be available for delegates attending a one-day seminar hosted by the Museums Association (MA) to exploring some of the practical Continue reading the story...

Seminar to explore disability access and representation in museums

LONDON: The Museums Association (MA) is holding a one-day seminar exploring some of the practical ways that museums can address disabled access, participation and representation. Opening doors: Continue reading the story...

Zero Project receives 337 nominations from 98 countries

VIENNA: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world Continue reading the story...

EDAN pushes for Kenya’s implementation of Disabilities Rights Convention

GENEVA: Despite significant steps taken by the Kenyan government, coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) Dr Samuel Kabue says Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities to compete at Cybathlon 2016

Zurich will host the first Cybathlon in autumn 2016, bringing together people with disabilities from all over the world to compete against each other using the Continue reading the story...

Telefonica to air films for viewers with vision disabilities

MADRID:  Telefonica has joined forces with WhatsCine to make a selection of films included in its recently launched Movistar+ package available to viewers with vision disabilities via Continue reading the story...

Students develop euro note reader for people with vision disabilities

MALTA: Mechanical Engineering students at Mcast presented a euro note reader on July 28, a simple device beneficial to people with vision disabilities, to the Foundation Continue reading the story...

ZERO PROJECT 2016: Call for Nominations in Inclusive Education / ICT – Deadline: 27 July 2015

Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices and innovative policies concerning this year’s topics: Inclusive Continue reading the story...

“Defining moment” as UNICEF steps up focus and action on supplies for children with disabilities

COPENHAGEN: In a unified push to make assistive products for children with disabilities more available, affordable and appropriate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was joined Continue reading the story...

Simple classroom measures may reduce the impact of ADHD

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be successfully supported in classrooms through strategies that do not involve drugs, new research has indicated. These children Continue reading the story...

Technology makes classrooms more accessible

MADRID: Students with hearing disabilities will be able to access a greater number of educational facilities and follow classes by way of tablets, SmartPhones or intelligent Continue reading the story...

Novartis Pharmaceuticals launches first smartwatch app for people with vision disabilities

BASEL: Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of Continue reading the story...

Computer vision and mobile technology could help people with vision disabilities ‘see’

UK: Computer scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology which could enable people who are blind or have low vision to ‘see’ through their smartphone or Continue reading the story...

14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

LISBON: The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The Continue reading the story...

Swiss Scientists develop mind-controlled robot for people with disabilities

Using a telepresence system developed at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), 19 people—including nine quadriplegics—were able to remotely control a robot located in one of Continue reading the story...

Device for children with autism launched in Italy

Mente, a device which is used to relax the minds of children with autism which has been designed by Malta-based AAT Research, has been launched in Continue reading the story...

Study reveals airline access fears for passengers with disabilities

UK: New research reveals passengers with disabilities are significantly less likely to fly than others, with many saying access worries are reasons not to fly. However research Continue reading the story...

Milan airports launch guide to accessible landmarks

MILAN: SEA Aeroporti Milano launched a complimentary guide (pdf) to Milan’s accessible landmarks and ways to get to EXPO 2015. Developed in collaboration with Where, a leading Continue reading the story...

Call for entries to CREATIVE FUTURE art competition

UK: People with autism are being given a chance to show off their many creative talents by entering a new national art competition. The competition is Continue reading the story...

Breaking down communication barriers for children with cerebral palsy

EU scientists with the ABC project have developed a ground breaking application that can help people with cerebral palsy to communicate and interact with others. People with Continue reading the story...

EU Ministers to discuss web accessibility directive on 12 June

The 28 EU Ministers will meet in Brussels this Friday to discuss a progress report on Council’s work on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites Continue reading the story...

Dignity and accessibility: life on equal terms for people with disabilities in Sweden

SWEDEN: About 1.5 million people in Sweden have a disability of some kind. The principal goal of Sweden’s disability policy has long been to ensure that Continue reading the story...

Azerbaijan to implement inclusive education in schools

Azerbaijan will implement inclusive education in Baku’s two secondary schools for the first time. Mikail Jabbarov, Azerbaijan’s’ education minister made the remark during the opening ceremony of Continue reading the story...

Vodafone Romania launches package for people with hearing disabilities

Vodafone Romania launched a social subscription dedicated to people with hearing disabilities. Besides the subscription, subscribers are offered the Vodafone Smart 4 smartphone at no extra Continue reading the story...

New FITA services portfolio for people with vision disabilities

Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) announced a new portfolio of services aimed at people with vision disabilities.  The services were launched by Hon Josè Herrera, Continue reading the story...
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