Europe

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 »

UK group launched cinema campaign to improve disability accessibility

A pressure group has launched a campaign for cinemas to improve access for people with disabilities. Members of the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers Group are calling for independent and multiplex cinemas across the country to provide better facilities for customers with disabilities. Wheelchair users including YA reporter Paul Peterson, from Corringham, and Victoria Pegg, from Chelmsford,… Continue Reading »

6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology

The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT) (CWUAAT 2012) will be held on 26th – 29th March 2012 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications” refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations of inclusive design data, tools,… Continue Reading »

Sony developing subtitle glasses for deaf people

Sony is beginning to develop a track record for unconventional uses for glasses, this time creating subtitle glasses for deaf people. First it was Dual View 3D, the new take on stereoscopic 3D glasses that would give two separate pictures to two viewers on a single 3D TV, but the latest ocular development comes as… Continue Reading »

‘APSIS4All’ EU project aims to improve ATM accessibility for people with disabilities

An EU-funded project is aiming to make self-service cash terminals more accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. According to a study, the EU is seriously lagging behind the US and Canada in bank’s cash-machines accessibility for disabled consumers, which is why the Commission has decided to provide €3.41 million for the Accessible Personalised Services In Public… Continue Reading »