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    German tourist sites to improve access for people with disabilities

    The German tourism sector is full of historical landmarks strongly protected by the law – often a barrier to improving disability accessibility. But the free access of disabled people is on a steady upward path. In western Germany, on about 110 square kilometers of land that stretches to the Belgian border, lies the Eifel National… Continue Reading »

    Manchester Airport launches new access guide for travelers with disabilities

    UK: Manchester Airport has launched a pioneering new access guide designed to provide disabled customers with all the information required to plan their journey through one of the UK’s busiest airports with confidence. The guide has been developed in partnership with disability organization DisabledGo who have over 10 years’ experience providing access information to disabled… Continue Reading »

    New RNIB guide to help museums and galleries enhance accessibility to blind visitors

    UK: The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has produced a new guide in order to help museums and galleries enhance accessibility to blind and partially-sighted visitors. Shifting Perspectives contains information on how organisations and attractions can adapt services and implement facilities to meet the demands of visually-impaired people. The guidance includes details on… Continue Reading »

    Nationwide-Mobility introduces new bathing products for disabled people

    Farnborough, Hampshire, UK: Nationwide Mobility, known for coming up with safety bath products, has introduced new products related to disabled bath and showers. These products are especially directed at disabled people and at older people who may find it difficult to bath on their own. The innovative products from the company allow them to relax… Continue Reading »

    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 »