Middle East

G3ict Announces New Country Representatives for Russia and Saudi Arabia

G3ict’s Smart Cities for All Country Representative program continues to expand its footprint with two new representatives from Saudi Arabia and Russia, bringing the global network to twenty.   ATLANTA (April 27, 2020) — Today the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), through its Smart Cities for All global initiative, appointed two new Country Representatives, Aya… Continue Reading »

Innovative Masks to Help Persons with Visual Impairment

ISRAEL: For the hearing impaired, this is no easy task, as it adds an extra layer of difficulty to their ability to communicate, often times with various service providers such as doctors and nurses. As face masks have become an inseparable part of the lives of millions of Israelis there are those who may have more trouble with the… Continue Reading »

UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE Cabinet approved a new policy to protect those with disabilities from abuse. The initiative is intended to empower people of determination by giving them a platform to report cases of ill-treatment. With inclusion at its heart, the policy will enable them to “participate effectively within a safe community environment” that guarantees their “right to… Continue Reading »

Doha Declaration to Promote Rights of 1.5 Billion Persons with Disabilities Worldwide

QATAR: Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) launched the ‘Doha Declaration’ at the closing ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) yesterday. The two-day conference, which has attracted over 1,500 policy-makers and practitioners, took place at the Qatar National Convention Center under the theme: “Leaving No One Behind”. The Doha Declaration on… Continue Reading »

Iran: Funds to Help Make Cities More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

IRAN: On the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons observed annually on Dec. 3, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that 10 trillion rials ($76.9 million) have been allocated to take measures in support of disabled people nationwide. Many of the plans will focus on modifying urban infrastructures to facilitate their movement and social… Continue Reading »

New Partnership Launched to Make Qatar Accessible to All

QATAR: Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator today announced a partnership with Wheel The World aimed at opening up the many tourist attractions in Qatar to all. Wheel The World promotes tourism for those with disabilities, raising awareness of the challenges they face when choosing travel options and working to make experiences possible. The collaboration has many high-profile… Continue Reading »

Linux-Based Tablet Developed for Persian-speaking Persons with Visual Impairment

IRAN: The CEO of the company says “Barjasteh Negar” (literally raised-graph) is a smart tablet for the blind that comes with a braille keyboard and the output will be Persian audio and braille script. He pointed out that the mobile smart tablet has a Linux operating system and allows blind people to read texts in audio… Continue Reading »

Upcoming Event: The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development 2019

The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development will be held on 7-8 December 2019, under the guidance and patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of Qatar Foundation for Social Work and its affiliated civil society centers. The overall theme of the conference is “Harnessing the Power of Sustainable Development to Advance… Continue Reading »

Mada Assistive Technology Centre Signs MoU with Korea Trade Promotion Agency

QATAR: Mada, the assistive technology centre Qatar, has signed with Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) a memorandum of understanding and co-operation during the Qatar-Korean Business Forum, which kicked off yesterday. The signing ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy… Continue Reading »

Cyprus: Tourism Ministry Announces Improvements to Beach Access

CYPRUS: The deputy ministry of tourism has announced a scheme to improve the infrastructure and safety at beaches from 2019 until 2020, with a focus on people with disabilities. According to the ministry’s statement, beneficiaries of the project are municipalities and community councils. The money may be used to buy equipment such as recycling bins, or… Continue Reading »