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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...

Swiss to Host World’s First Cybathlon for Athletes with Disabilities

The world’s first Cybathlon is a championship for racing pilots with disabilities (i.e. parathletes) who are using advanced assistive devices and robotic technologies, will be held in 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...

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...
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