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    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 »

    Researchers developing new technology to help children with disabilities draw

    A team of researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London are working with charity Special Effect to use innovative technology to design a computer programme to allow children with disabilities to be able to explore their creativity. The novel technology developed at Royal Holloway uses an eye-tracker to find out exactly how eye movements correspond… Continue Reading »

    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 »