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“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...

Smartwatches and apps can make life easier for children with autism or ADHD

Researchers believe that children with autism or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can benefit from technologies originally developed for older people. Welfare technology has long been associated Continue reading the story...

Moscow to introduce street crossing signals for persons with disabilities

Moscow is set to equip some 30 traffic lights with sound and vibration modules to help people with vision and hearing disabilities safely cross the street, Continue reading the story...

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom ups sign language requirements for small TV channels

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has set new rules that will boost the amount of TV programmes made specifically for sign language users. From next January, smaller TV Continue reading the story...

Sign-language library wins international accessibility award

The Finnish Association of the Deaf has received international recognition for its sign language library. The award was granted for the library’s innovative use of technological Continue reading the story...

FITA strengthens its services for persons with disabilities

A presentation of Braille embossing services, ICT Training and Information Sessions, Helpdesk Support, the Accessibility Certification, the Consultancy Services and the Maltese Speech Engine was held Continue reading the story...

European Parliament Adopts Resolution on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

BRUSSELS:  Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expresses its strong support to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights Continue reading the story...

Research aims to improve access to music for people using hearing aids

Beethoven composed some of his most famous works after he became profoundly deaf. More recently, musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne and Phil Collins have encountered problems Continue reading the story...

Global Consultation on the Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Response

Handicap International has been mandated by the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to launch a global consultation on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

EasyJet’s special assistance advisory group launches Charter on travelling with disabilities

EasyJet’s special assistance advisory group (ESAAG) officially launched its Pan-European Charter on Meeting the Needs of Disabled Air Travellers at an event in the European Parliament. The Continue reading the story...

Students design a facial recognition cane for people with vision disabilities

A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling people who are blind to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University. The Continue reading the story...

UN Calls for Critical Disability Rights Reforms

The Croatian government should urgently heed the calls by United Nations disability rights experts to improve its disability rights record, Human Rights Watch said today. On Continue reading the story...

UK Deaf Sport to hold conference on how to make sport more inclusive

UK Deaf Sport, the National Disability Sports Organization for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, has announced plans to hold a major conference. ReDEAFining Deaf Continue reading the story...

UK experts share best autism practices with India

On World Autism Awareness Day, UK experts are calling for stronger links with India to develop best autism practices that are relevant to the specific cultural Continue reading the story...

Inclusive education under introduction in Azerbaijan

BAKU: Azerbaijani Education Minister Mikayil Jabbarov has signed an order on the introduction of inclusive basic education. The Ministry of Education informs that inclusive education implies attraction Continue reading the story...

13th Session of the CRPD Committee Opens

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its 13th session (25 March – 17 April 2015) during which it will review Continue reading the story...

Edinburgh Airport hosts guide dog training day

The cuteness factor hit new levels at Edinburgh Airport as 12 trainee guide dog puppies descended on the terminal for a training day. The pups, aged Continue reading the story...

Russia makes accessibility standards mandatory

MOSCOW: All new Russian real estate developments will be required to provide disability access from July 1 this year, the Housing Ministry said. Last December — after Continue reading the story...

People with hearing disabilities hindered by social stigma in Malta

MALTA: Social stigma is still hindering people with hearing disabilities from using hearing aids, according to audiologist Andrew Sciberras. “Many people who are aging are not doing Continue reading the story...

Telecom regulator wants accessible services for people with disabilities

The Romanian National Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANCOM) has presented a set of measures for people with disabilities access to telephony and internet services adapted to their Continue reading the story...

GAATES Participating at the Zero Project Conference 2015

The Zero Project Report 2014 revealed “dispiriting results on emergency issues.” In recognition of this fact, The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) in Continue reading the story...

Malta’s Education Ministry launches report on inclusive education

The Education Ministry today launched a report on inclusive education in Malta audited by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. The report calls for Continue reading the story...

Fitness game for people with mobility disabilities

Modern IT has the potential to make fitness training more varied for people with mobility disabilities. But what exactly is required? Fraunhofer put this question to Continue reading the story...

Clever modular mobility aid helps people with disabilities

A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people Continue reading the story...
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