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    6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology

    The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT) (CWUAAT 2012) will be held on 26th – 29th March 2012 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications” refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations of inclusive design data, tools,… Continue Reading »

    Sony developing subtitle glasses for deaf people

    Sony is beginning to develop a track record for unconventional uses for glasses, this time creating subtitle glasses for deaf people. First it was Dual View 3D, the new take on stereoscopic 3D glasses that would give two separate pictures to two viewers on a single 3D TV, but the latest ocular development comes as… Continue Reading »

    ‘APSIS4All’ EU project aims to improve ATM accessibility for people with disabilities

    An EU-funded project is aiming to make self-service cash terminals more accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. According to a study, the EU is seriously lagging behind the US and Canada in bank’s cash-machines accessibility for disabled consumers, which is why the Commission has decided to provide €3.41 million for the Accessible Personalised Services In Public… Continue Reading »

    Passengers with disabilities left stranded at Scottish Airport

    Passengers with disabilities from Northern Ireland were left stranded at a Scottish airport at the weekend after equipment and assistance they needed to board a flight were not available in time for take-off. The group of six, which included an 85-year old woman, several wheelchair users and an adult with Down’s syndrome, were told that… Continue Reading »

    11th European AAATE “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care” Conference

    The 11th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2011, will be held from August 31 to September 2 in Maastricht, Netherlands.  The theme of this year’s AAATE conference is “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care”. Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) aims to advance Assistive Technology (AT) in Europe. Given… Continue Reading »

    BeSpoken new social website for people with disabilities

    BeSpoken is a new social networking website which aims to help people with disabilities share solutions and work directly with companies and designers on products that might help them. The website will bring people together so they can share ideas, problems, issues and solutions to independent living. Visit the new website at www.bespoken.me BeSpoken was… Continue Reading »

    Odeon cinema in Aylesbury wins praise for disability access

    Aylesbury, UK: The Odeon cinema in Aylesbury has been praised by disability campaigners for offering easy access by wheelchair and good, comfortable views. Twins Judith and Laura Merry, from Worminghall, are members of the young disabled campaigners’ group Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers, which visited 125 cinemas to report on issues faced by disabled customers. The… Continue Reading »

    Irish firm creates navigation app for blind people

    John Ryan, founder and director of Point the Way, talks about accessibility on smartphones and its new app for blind people, LookAround. Last year, Point the Way pitched its start-up to siliconrepublic.com. Back then, they were in LaunchPad, an incubator programme for start-ups at NDRC, working on their advanced GPS navigation system for blind people… Continue Reading »

    University of Ulster student creates innovative application for children with autism

    UK: A University of Ulster student has created an innovative application to help parents and carers of children with autism. The easy to use ‘app’ MakeSense, which has been specifically designed to give autistic children greater independence, will be available to download later this summer from the official Apple App store. Nineteen years old Kyle Davidson… Continue Reading »