• Europe

    EU invests $5M to make ATM accessible

    The European Union is spending €3.41m ($4.7 million) on a project to make self-service terminals more accessible to people with disabilities and senior citizens. According to the European Commission, one in six Europeans have a disability, and 87 million Europeans are over the age of 65; however a recent EU study reported that only 38 percent… Continue Reading »

    President of Georgia opens new accessible school

    The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, opened a new school meeting modern standards in the village of Melaani, Kakheti Region on September 26. The school has been constructed according to modern standards so that children with disabilities will be also able to study there as inclusive teaching is also included in the curriculum. The school… Continue Reading »

    Sainsbury supermarket introduces Braille signage for blind customers

    Liverpool, UK: A Sainsbury’s store in Liverpool has become the first UK supermarket to use Braille signage to benefit blind customers. The signage for the store’s food and drink range was unveiled at the supermarket’s Woolton store. The idea for signage came from Sainsbury’s Woolton store manager Bethan Wilson. Customer experience manager Claire Ellis then… Continue Reading »

    Ocean Blue Software Talking TV Technology wins CSI award 2011 for accessible Digital TV for blind people

    Bristol, UK: Announcing the winners of the Cable and Satellite International (CSI) Product Awards 2011 at the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, the judges recognized that Ocean Blue’s Talking TV technology represents a major step forward in the way that blind consumers can now access Digital TV. The technology has been developed to create… Continue Reading »

    UB Researchers develop Eye-controlled electric wheelchair

    Researchers at the University of Bradford (UB) are unveiling new technology which allows disabled people to control their electric wheelchairs by simply moving their eyes. The breakthrough could help severely disabled people who up until now have not been able to move independently. This research, led by Dr Prashant Pillai, developed a unique eye controlled… Continue Reading »

    2nd International Conference "Accessibility Reaching Everywhere" Brussels, Belgium 2011

    AEGIS project organizes its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together people with disabilities and platform and application accessibility developers, representative organizations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. The conference on 29-30 November will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Assistive Technology to discuss scientific and policy developments in accessible… Continue Reading »

    ITU Workshop on "Telecommunications Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities"

    The ITU Workshop on “Telecommunications Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities” will be organised in Geneva, Switzerland on 25 November 2011. One very important mechanism to provide equal access for persons with hearing disabilities are relay services, where an intermediary typically provides a conversion typically between voice and text or sign language. An increasing number of countries… Continue Reading »

    Azerbaijan begins to make accessible urban infrastructure for people with disabilities

    Baku: The Ministry of Labour & Social Protection of Azerbaijan proposes to change the city’s infrastructure to improve living conditions for people with disabilities. Today in Baku labour minister Fizuli Alakbarov has said that the country pays serious attention to the issue of disability, and this initiative is supported by the European Union as well.… Continue Reading »

    Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

    GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »