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Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes findings on Portugal, Thailand, Chile, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania and Uganda

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons (CRPD) with disabilities has published findings on the countries it reviewed during its latest session from 29 Continue reading the story...

DSPD/DESA Forum on Disability-Inclusive Humanitarian Action

ISTANBUL: UN DSPD/DESA is organising a forum on disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Istanbul on May 22 2016 in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit Continue reading the story...

International Design for All Foundation Awards 2016 Winners Announced

PARIS: On 22 March 2016, during the Urbaccess fair in Paris, the Design for All Foundation award ceremony took place.  For the 7th edition of the Continue reading the story...

World Humanitarian Summit 2016

ISTANBUL: The World Humanitarian Summit will be held on May 23 and 24, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. The purpose of the summit is to set a Continue reading the story...

HSBC and First Direct launch BSL Video Relay Service

HSBC and First Direct have launched a British Sign Language (BSL) Video Relay Service (VRS) for their customers who are deaf or hard of hearing in Continue reading the story...

Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Universal Design Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will Continue reading the story...

Illustration-based graphic language help people with intellectual disabilities to read and understand

Clara Luna, illustrator and researcher at the department of Drawing, defends the necessity of making ‘accessible pictures’ which allow people that lacks good reading and writing Continue reading the story...

RGU researchers team up with industry partners to improve digital game accessibility

Researchers at Robert Gordon University (RGU) are teaming up with industry partners, including the BBC, to investigate how to improve accessibility and inclusion in the design Continue reading the story...

Sign Language Interpreting Service Launched

MALTA: The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana, officially launched an Agenzija Sapport service of sign language Continue reading the story...

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...
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