• 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 with disabilities when it comes to entry ramps, accessing bathrooms can be a problem, according to Shobhika Kalra, of public campaign group Wings of Angelz. She founded the… Continue Reading »

    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 to improve their disabled access under the Dubai Disability Strategy 2020 (DDS). All private healthcare facilities in the emirate have been given six months to alter their facilities to… Continue Reading »

    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 the best efforts in improving the lives of urban residents around the globe. There are initiatives that inspire through their vision, their innovation or their impact – yours… Continue Reading »

    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 Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. “The database will provide detailed information on accessibility of sites of attraction across Iran for people with physical disabilities,” ISNA quoted Zahra Ahmadipour as… Continue Reading »

    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 on the grave impacts of electronic devices, smart phones and tablets, on children’s health and behavior, but for children with disabilities, they have proved to be instrumental in helping… Continue Reading »

    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 International Film Festival (Diff) and Sennheiser have teamed up with the National Media Council (NMC) to make all films enjoyable for everyone by offering a personal assistive hearing… Continue Reading »

    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 of Customers and Partners Relations Department, said that these sensors will enable them to speak to the front desk staff and obtain assistance and support, adding that the… Continue Reading »

    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 hails its initiative as the first of its kind to be presented by a restaurant in Lebanon, noting that the menu was created with the support of the… Continue Reading »

    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 the support of the European Union (EU) for Palestine refugee children with disabilities in Lebanon. With the support of the European Union, UNRWA is working to improve opportunities for… Continue Reading »