Middle East

Disability rights campaigners aim for accessible toilets across Dubai

DUBAI: Disability rights campaigners have backed plans to improve access to private health centres in Dubai within six months. While most hospitals have adequate provisions for patients Continue reading the story...

Dubai hospitals must improve accessibility within six months

DUBAI: The dream of a city with access for all has moved closer to reality with public hospitals the latest buildings to be given an ultimatum Continue reading the story...

Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment

The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat invite submissions to the 2017 Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The Dubai International Award is recognizing Continue reading the story...

Iran to launch online database of accessible historical and cultural places

TEHRAN: An online database of historical and cultural places that have disability access will be launched in two weeks, according to the head of Iran’s Cultural Continue reading the story...

Smart devices, apps help children with disabities to overcome challenges

KUWAIT: Smart electronic devices and applications could be a curse for children, but they are a blessing for peers with disabilities. Numerous studies have shed lights Continue reading the story...

Sennheiser to boost cine experience for people with disabilities

DUBAI: For the first time in the UAE, Sennheiser will be offering its personal assistive hearing and translation tool, CinemaConnect to audiences at dedicated screening destination. Dubai Continue reading the story...

Dubai to install sensors to monitor disability parking

DUBAI: Dubai Municipality has decided to use sensor technology to monitor the parking for people with disabilities at service centres or recreational facilities. Khater Al Naimi, Director Continue reading the story...

Beirut restaurant launches braille menu for diners with vision disabilities

Lebanon-based restaurant Casper & Gambini’s has launched a braille menu to aid diners who are blind or have low vision to make orders independently. The Casper & Gambini Continue reading the story...

EU Supports Access to Education for Palestinian Children with Disabilities in Lebanon

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at Deir Qassi School in Saida to recognize Continue reading the story...

Charter of Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Action in Iraq

In 2016, different humanitarian actors came together prior to the World Humanitarian Summit to develop the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Continue reading the story...

Dubai Customs launch sign language program

DUBAI:  Airline and cruise ship passengers who are deaf and hard of hearing will be able to communicate with Dubai Customs staff when they arrive in Continue reading the story...

Workshop held on Strategies and Best Practices for Creating Accessible Work Environments

DOHA: Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada) hosted a workshop during its partnership with the recently held Accessible Qatar Conference at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. The workshop Continue reading the story...

World Cup 2022 venues to be made accessible for persons with disabilities

World Cup 2022 venues will be accessible for persons with disabilities making the sporting event an inclusive tournament, according to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Continue reading the story...

New sign language curriculum for students with hearing disabilities in Oman soon

MUSCAT: Students with hearing disabilities in Oman will soon receive a new curriculum that conforms to international standards, thanks to the Oman Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Continue reading the story...

Dubai Courts launches brochure in Braille

DUBAI: Dubai Courts on Saturday launched a special brochure in Braille for people with vision disabilities to get them to know about notary public services and Continue reading the story...

New drive to distribute books to children with vision disabilities

SHARJAH: The Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment (KF) has launched ‘Ara’, an initiative that aims to promote awareness about children who are blind or have low Continue reading the story...

World Book Day an occasion to raise awareness of people with vision disabilities: SIGI

AMMAN: World Book and Copyright Day, marked every year on April 23 should be an occasion to minimise hindrances facing people with vision disabilities, especially women, Continue reading the story...

New feature to help bank customers with hearing disabilities in Dubai

DUBAI: Earlier in the year, the bank also began distributing Braille currency for its customers with vision disabilities. Emirates NBD has introduced sign language system for Continue reading the story...

ESCWA Strengthening social protection for persons with disabilities

BEIRUT: The UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA) will hold an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 11-12 April in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss its forthcoming publication Continue reading the story...

Qatar 2022 volunteer program to include persons with disabilities

DOHA: The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has taken the first step towards the integration of people with disabilities in the Volunteer Programme of Continue reading the story...

Mada launches e-accessibility program

DOHA: The Mada Centre has launched a comprehensive year-long project with the aim of increasing the e-accessibility of all government websites. The project includes training web Continue reading the story...

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considers initial report of Jordan

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluded its consideration of the initial report of Jordan on its implementation of the Convention on the Continue reading the story...

UAE Unveils first National Strategy for Children with Disabilities

ABU DHABI: The UAE Cabinet approved a national strategy to promote the rights of children with disabilities and maximise their well-being, and a strategy for motherhood Continue reading the story...

UAE National Archives Launches Sign Language Documentaries

ABU DHABI: The UAE National Archives has released a series of national documentary films in sign language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Continue reading the story...

Lebanon launches hearing aid project

BEIRUT: The Beirut Freedoms Lions Club of Lebanon, in collaboration with some Lebanese companies in the country, has initiated a project to provide hearing aid devices Continue reading the story...

Qatar affirms pledge to guarantee equal rights to persons with disabilities

Nora Ibrahim Al Sada, second secretary of Qatar’s permanent mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva, recently affirmed Qatar’s guarantee of non-discrimination against persons with Continue reading the story...

GAATES Participating at the Assistive Technology Conference in Sharjah

SHARJAH, UAE: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is participating in International Conference on Assisitive Technology 2017 (AT TOPIA), March 9-11, in Sharjah, Continue reading the story...

Qatar stresses need to integrate persons with disabilities

DUBAI: Qatar emphasised the need to work towards the integration of persons with disabilities through the provision of appropriate support for them and their families. Qatar’s  persons Continue reading the story...

Assistive Technology Conference AT TOPIA in Sharjah

SHARJAH, UAE: The Assistive Technology Conference AT TOPIA 2017, which will take place in Sharjah, UAE, March 9-11, 2017 at the Sharjah Expo Center, organized by Continue reading the story...

High-tech tools help children with disabilities learn

DUBAI: Children with disabilities fixed solar panels on the roofs of toy homes, used robots to mirror their movements, smart pens to connect to the internet Continue reading the story...

Bank improves service for customers with hearing disabilities

MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, organised sign language training sessions for branch employees to help them better communicate with customers with hearing Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities face obstacles to education, conference participants say

AMMAN, JORDAN: Quality education for all children, regardless of gender, financial situation or disability, should be the primary aim of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Continue reading the story...

DCAS releases Braille book on first aid in UAE

DUBAI: A book on first aid in Braille language has been published by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS), it was announced on Sunday. The book Continue reading the story...

Zayed University creates auditory play for students with disabilities

ABU DHABI, UAE: Students with disabilities at Zayed University will be able to listen to plays of modern Arab writers in a new project planned to Continue reading the story...

Sharjah Police launches hotline number for people with disabilities

SHARJAH: Police have launched a special hotline number catered to residents with disabilities, allowing them to report crimes and emergencies. In a statement issued by Sharjah Police Continue reading the story...

Debate on Improving ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

TEHRAN, IRAN: Recommendations of a two-day expert meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Organization, the State Welfare Organization, UNECSO, Continue reading the story...

SASOL conducts accessibility awareness and audit training in Qatar

DOHA: SASOL, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, with the support of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, conducted Accessibility Awareness and Continue reading the story...

QFC starts program for students with hearing disabilities

DOHA: The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA), in association with the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), has concluded a special program that offered high school Continue reading the story...

Saudi Arabia takes steps to make Hajj sites accessible

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, has issued directives to study the recommendations made by Continue reading the story...

New campaign ‘Through their Eyes’ launched for children with disabilities

DUBAI: Noor Dubai Foundation in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched an awareness campaign in schools called ‘Through their Eyes’ to address the Continue reading the story...
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