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    Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism: Italy

    Manifesto text – Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism Putting into effect art. 30 of UN Convention concerning disabled people rights ratified by Law n.18 of 24/2/09 1. People in the most complete meaning of the term, with their specific needs resulting from personal and health conditions (for example: motor, sensory, intellectual disabilities, food… Continue Reading »

    One month to go on Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2011

    The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been designed to promote the development of apps which can improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people to allow them to become more actively involved in society. The race is on as just one month of the competition remaining for developers to submit their entry… Continue Reading »

    Infovox3 portable talking companion for blind people

    Infovox3, the all-in-one solution for blind people, which provides seamless access to written information, is now available in version 3.1. Using Acapela speech synthesis, infovox 3 speech empowers any PC with pleasant voices, transforming any written text into speech, in real time. No matter where the user is – at home, in the office or… Continue Reading »

    Belfast International Airport website commended for disability accessibility

    Belfast International Airport has been rated higher than Heathrow Airport when it comes to how accessible its website is for people with disabilities. The quality of information is important when planning a journey via an aeroplane, Reduced Mobility Rights explained. It investigated both of the travel hubs for features relating to special needs pages, including how easy they… Continue Reading »

    Residents campaign for better accessibility to London buses

    UK: People from Lambeth staged a demonstration last week to promote better access for disabled people to London’s buses. Lambeth residents held placards and chanted for accessible transport outside Vauxhall tube station. They later travelled by bus to Westminster, where they quizzed a panel of representatives from Transport for London (TfL), TravelWatch and a number of London… Continue Reading »

    Call for abstracts – Universal Design International Conference 2012 Oslo

    The Universal Design 2012 Oslo conference will take place from 11 to 13 June 2012. Its theme will be “Public space: Inspire, Challenge and Empower”, is to consider the following main topics: Planning for the diversity of tomorrow. Good practice: the interplay of regulations, research and practice. Added value: the benefits of mainstreaming universal design.… Continue Reading »

    Researchers invented new brain-machine interface system to help people with disabilities

    They’re not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have invented a new, noninvasive method for recording patterns of brain activity and using them to steer a robot. Scientists hope the technology will give “locked in” patients – people with disabilities to communicate with the outside world—the ability to… Continue Reading »

    French retailer tests NFC to help blind shoppers

    French supermarket chain Casino is conducting a test to investigate the potential of Near Field Communications (NFC) tags to help blind shoppers. The supermarket is conducting the test at a specialist laboratory, run in conjunction with L’Institut de la Vision, at Hopital des Quinze-Vingts in Paris. A live trial in a Casino store located near the hospital is… Continue Reading »

    Cambridge company developed wireless cinema audio distribution system for people with hearing and visual disabilities

    An audio system developed by a Cambridge company to improve the cinema experience for people with hearing and visual disabilities has been taken on by a world leader in digital service provision. Cambridge Consultants’ new wireless Salix audio system makes it easier and cheaper for any theatre or auditorium to install audio assistance for deaf… Continue Reading »