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    Turkish Airlines trains staff on sign language

    ISTANBUL: Flight attendants working for the national carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) took classes on sign language as the airline seeks to expand its services to passengers. Thirty flight attendants completed classes in the last stage of the program. Nevin Çolak, director of THY flight services, said at a press conference where the program was introduced… Continue Reading »

    Spotlight on research: Moves to strengthen deaf education in Ireland

    This week’s Spotlight on Research is with Dr Elizabeth Mathews Lecturer in Dublin City University (DCU) School of Inclusive & Special Education Your research looks at deaf education in Ireland. What inspired your interest in that? “It’s a professional interest, I have no one in my family who is deaf. I think it started when… Continue Reading »

    EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

    New rules will make more books available for people who are blind and have low vision in formats like Braille and audiobooks. MEPs will debate and vote on Thursday on a deal concluded with the Council, ensuring that people who are blind or visually impaired have access to more books, newspapers, magazines and other print… Continue Reading »

    Dolphin Computer Access Introduces GuideReader Accessible Book Reader

    British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering people who are blind and low vision Americans a new, effortless way to find and read accessible books and newspapers. GuideReader connects to a TV and is specially designed for seniors who are blind or have low vision to read their favorite books… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities demand accessible public infrastructure in Georgia

    Persons with disabilities held a protest rally on Saturday asking for proper infrastructure in the streets and in public transport, as well as for more involvement in social processes and decision-making. The protesters gathered at Rustaveli Metro station and marched in the direction of the old Parliament building. The demonstrators claim that their rights are… Continue Reading »

    Armenian emergency ministry launches ‘911 SOS’ for persons with disabilities

    YEREVAN: Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations has  launched a free mobile application “911 SOS,” designed specifically for people with disabilities. In a press release the ministry said the application operates on iOS  and Android operating systems and described it as the best way for people with disabilities who get in difficult situations to send alarm… Continue Reading »

    Telia Lithuania adapts smartphones for use by people with vision disabilities

    Operator Telia Lithuania, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Union of the Blind, has launched a project to offer mobile phones adapted for use by people with vision disabilities. The smartphones tested and certified by the Union of the Blind will be specially marked in shops. The devices have software converting information available on the screen… Continue Reading »

    DfA-Foundation offers Master Degree in Management of Design for All

    The Central University of Catalonia together with the Design for All Foundation collaborate to offer a Master’s Degree in Management of Design for All. Coordinated by Francesc Aragall counts with several international reputed lecturers. By means of study visits, tools and methods learned, projects developed under each Module, on-line discussions and the final project, the… Continue Reading »

    Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehension

    The speed at which sign language users understand what others are ‘saying’ to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with British Sign Language (BSL) signers to see how differences in sign production affect sign comprehension. In BSL a… Continue Reading »