Europe

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 »

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 »