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    UAE students invents virtual mouse to help disabled people

    Dubai: People with certain disabilities may now be able to become fully functional on a personal computer or laptop due to an invention by computer engineering student Sultan Ahmad Sultan Al Sharif. Al Sharif has developed software called the Virtual Mouse: Human Eye based Mouse Control as part of his final year project at Khalifa… Continue Reading »

    Israel public transportation companies under fire for not making buses blind-friendly

    The Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice has filed a criminal indictment against the bus companies “Egged” and “Kavim” for failing to make their buses accessible to blind people. The indictment against Eged was filed with the Haifa HaShalom Court and the lawsuit against Kavim… Continue Reading »

    No disabled access for Disability Week in eastern Turkey

    ISTANBUL:  Turkish citizens with disabilities celebrating Disability Week from May 10-16 had difficulty attending the parade ground and the governor’s office in the eastern provinces of Erzurum and Sivas due to lack of disabled access. Wheelchair and battery powered car users were forced to wait on the sidelines, while those with crutches participated in the… Continue Reading »

    Sharjah housing policy plans to make buidlings and houses accessible for people with disabilities

    SHARJAH, UAE:  The Sharjah Housing Department, in coordination with the Public Works Department and Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, is planning to make it mandatory during construction of buildings and houses as well as government facilities, to make arrangements that facilitate easy accessibility for people with disabilities. The three departments discussed the commitment to implement… Continue Reading »

    Ben-Gurion University may help disabled people use computers with thoughts

    Researchers announce their application of a unique computer pointing device, or mouse/keyboard replacement, to operate one’s computer. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers announced on Sunday their application of a unique computer pointing device, or mouse/keyboard replacement, to operate one’s computer. The student team, Ori Ossmy, Ofir Tam and Ariel Rozen, developed the application last… Continue Reading »

    Exhibition on technology for visual disability opens in Sharjah

    Sharjah, Feb 15: Institutes across the country participated on Monday in the first Exhibition and Conference of Visual Disability Technologies, in order to facilitate the integration of visually impaired people into mainstream schools and jobs. The exhibition, which was launched at Expo Centre Sharjah, runs until February 16 and is held under the patronage of… Continue Reading »