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    Robotic wheelchair uses 3D imaging to 'see' for visually impaired drivers

    You may not be able to control it with your mind, but this robotic wheelchair from Sweden’s Luleå University of Technology can still offer something that only a few others can — “sight.” The chair uses a laser sensor to generate a 3D map of its surroundings, which is then transferred to an on-board haptic… Continue Reading »

    UN disability representative prohibited by Swissair from boarding a flight

    European disability rights movements were flabbergasted on hearing that a high United Nations disability representative was prohibited by Swissair from boarding a flight that would have taken him from London to Geneva. The passenger, the UN Special Rapporteur on disability, Shuaib Chalklen, who is a wheelchair user, was not allowed to board flight LX353 from… Continue Reading »

    EU vows to improve travel rights for people with disabilities

    The European Commission vowed Wednesday to strengthen the travel rights of disabled people, after a UN disability expert who uses a wheelchair complained that he was barred from a Swiss airline flight. Shuaib Chalklen, the United Nations special rapporteur on disability, was told by the airline that he could not board a London-to-Geneva flight without… Continue Reading »

    Airlines facing EU clampdown for refusing Travelers with Disabilities

    The EU is under pressure to enforce equality rules on airlines as increasing numbers of disabled people, including a UN disability rights monitor, are being refused travel because they are in a wheelchair. Shuaib Chalklen, the UN’s “special rapporteur on disability” has complained to the European Commission after he was denied boarding on a flight… Continue Reading »

    London 2012 – Concerns about disability access for transport

    London 2012 transport plans are on track but there is no room for complacency, members of the London Assembly have warned. However, concerns have been raised about issues of disabled access with only a quarter of Tube stations and one-third of rail stations have step-free access from station to platform. Assembly members have also urged… Continue Reading »

    London five star Savoy hotel completes £220 million refit but still inaccessible for wheelchair users

    When the five-star Savoy hotel completed its £220 million refit it promised to “exceed people’s expectations”. But a wheelchair user told April 4 of her unscheduled tour through its kitchens, goods lifts and a loading bay because of apparent problems with disabled access at the Grade II-listed building. Legal journalist Husnara Begum (pictured) was attending… Continue Reading »

    Tobii PCEye brings eye-control technology to disabled people

    Tobii Assistive Technology, makers of the eye-tracking technology behind the eye-controlled laptop, is bringing its eyeball-tracking equipment to any personal computer with the Tobii PCEye. Part of Tobii’s line of assistive technologies, the PCEye allows users to control their mouse and computer with only a glance, opening up new possibilities for those with impaired motor function… Continue Reading »

    Seminar on Accessible Tourism for Tourist Boards and DMOs

    Brussels, 16 to 17 May 2011. Organised by ENAT, this seminar aims to give added impetus to Tourist Boards and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Seminar will be held at the… Continue Reading »

    Seminar on Accessible Tourism for Tourist Boards and DMOs

    Brussels, 16 to 17 May 2011. Organised by ENAT, this seminar aims to give added impetus to Tourist Boards and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Seminar will be held at the… Continue Reading »