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    Medical engineers find a way for people to control homes with their minds

    Medical engineering company G Tec of Schiedlberg, Austria is developing a technology to do just that as part of a pan-European project called Smart Homes for All. If successful, the innovation can help people with disabilities like Lou Gehrig’s which leaves people severely paralyzed. Right now, 50 severely disabled people have been trying out the… Continue Reading »

    European Union Access City Awards 2011 now open

    The EU Access City Award sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50 000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment. In the context of a steadily ageing population living in European cities and its correlation with disabilities,accessibility has important social and economic benefits. The new edition of… Continue Reading »

    Dutch graphic designer designed new easy to read font “Dyslexie” for people with dyslexia

    It might not be pretty, but a Dutch graphic designer believes that a new font he’s developed can help people with dyslexia read more easily. Graphic designer Christian Boer developed the typeface, called Dyslexie, back in 2008. And while it isn’t the first font created specifically to help dyslectics, it may be the first backed… Continue Reading »

    Ofcom demands better telephone services for customers with hearing disabilities

    UK: Communications regulator wants telephony services to be improved for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Phone users with hearing or speech disabilities will benefit from new measures being proposed today by Ofcom. The communications regulator wants modifications to upgrade telephony services such as text relay. These include simultaneous two-way speech with “live captions”. This would… Continue Reading »

    New device helps blind people to read

    UK: New technology is helping blind people in York to read newspapers or books and tell what’s inside a food can. The high-tech devices can be tried out at the offices of the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, which has also announced it has won a £30,000 grant. Chief Officer Diane Roworth said the… Continue Reading »

    FITA provides ICT training courses for persons with disabilities

    Malta: The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is the principal advocate and coordinator for making information communications technology (ICT) accessible for persons with disabilities in Malta and Gozo. One of FITA’s services involves providing ICT training courses for person with visual or intellectual disabilities, in order for them to use ICT effectively and be… Continue Reading »

    Cambridge AT firm receives funds to help people with learning disabilities

    UK: Government funding has been awarded to a Cambridge-based Assistive technology (AT) firm iansyst to develop new mobile technologies to help people with disabilities. Educational services for people with disabilities in Cambridge are set to improve following the awarding of new government funds. iansyst, an AT firm is to develop new mobile technologies aimed at assisting… Continue Reading »

    Almeria Beaches Accessibility Guide for People with Disabilities in English

    Costa de Almería, Spain: FOR the fourth year running the Almeria Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations has presented an ‘Accessibility Guide’ to the province’s beaches, this time in English. The guide has been created thanks to the collaboration of the 12 town halls along the coast that have checked the areas described and will include… Continue Reading »

    Eye-tracking technology could benefit children with disabilities

    A computer program that could allow children with disabilities to explore their creative side is being developed by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London. The team has been working alongside the charity Special Effect to design a computer program that uses an eye-tracker to find out exactly how eye movements correspond with the participant’s… Continue Reading »