• Middle East

    World’s largest accessible digital library to expand to UAE

    People with vision disabilities could soon have access to the world’s largest digital library which would also allow them to download and print braille. Benetech, a Silicon Valley company has recently begun working with Dubai Police and individual members to join its Bookshare library to give people with vision disabilities access to literature. The company plans… Continue Reading »

    Dubai to Introduce Sign Language Call Center

    DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will soon integrate a new channel to communicate with people with hearing disabilities at its call center. The new video call and chat interface, being piloted at the ongoing Gitex Technology Week in Dubai, will initially be available in sign language for Arabic speakers. A caller can log… Continue Reading »

    Dubai to host ‘AccessAbilities’ Expo in November

    Come November, Dubai will host the Middle East’s largest expo to showcase the world’s latest and smart assistive technology products and devices for persons with disabilities. To be held from November 7-9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), the expo is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al… Continue Reading »

    Building accessible facilities makes good business sense, experts say

    DUBAI: Detailing the number of people with disabilities in the country and region, with data on how many of these are potential tourists, will be key to convincing the industry to invest in inclusive facilities. Roberto Castiglioni, member of the Access to Air Travel Advisory Group, UK Civil Aviation Authority advocated universal designs, so travellers… Continue Reading »

    Sasol invites World Tourism Day visitors to understand accessibility

    DOHA: Supporting an agenda for inclusive tourism, Sasol, the South African energy giant, unveiled its ‘Understand Accessibility’ program in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) with the inclusion of 9-dimensional virtual reality (9-D VR) chairs at the official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations hosted in Doha recently. Organised by the UNWTO and QTA, WTD brought… Continue Reading »

    Jordanian programmer develops app interpreting online content into SL

    AMMAN: In light of the high illiteracy rates globally and regionally among deaf people, a Jordanian programmer has invested his passion in programming to develop an application that interprets written texts into sign language. Mahmoud Drawsheh, a Princess Sumaya University for Technology’s (PSUT) computer engineering alumnus, has created “RAMZ”, an app that enables people who… Continue Reading »

    Students develop ‘smart eye’ for people with vision disabilities

    UAE: A pocket-sized smart reading device created by innovative United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) students is aiming to give people with vision disabilities the technology that will allow them to read whatever they want, whenever they want, and wherever they are. Braille Eye – a startup currently being incubated at UAEU’s Science and Innovation Park… Continue Reading »

    Archaeological sites inaccessible for persons with disabilities in Jordan

    AMMAN: Most archaeological sites in Jordan are inaccessible for people with disabilities and facilitating the access to those locations is a “persistent demand” from their part, activists said. Hala Abu Mahfouz, a student with physical disability, said that she is an independent person who has the right to enter archaeological and tourist places without asking others… Continue Reading »

    Egypt gets its first magazine in Braille

    CAIRO: In a long-awaited achievement, Egypt now has its first magazine in Arabic Braille, offering people with vision disabilities an opportunity to work in journalism. Akhbar Braille is published by Akhbar El-Youm, a semi-official daily newspaper in Arabic, and has columns on culture, art, sports, technology and politics. The Braille reading and writing system represents… Continue Reading »