• Middle East

    IctQatar introduces electronic accessibility policy to help persons with disabilities

    DOHA: IctQatar has implemented the Electronic Accessibility Policy, the first of its kind measure in the country that will ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights and access to technologies being served by both private and public sectors. Implemented as part of ictQatar’s Strategy ICT2015, the policy aims at ensuring persons with disabilities in… Continue Reading »

    Microsoft Qatar, Mada complete first phase of Imkaan project for people with disabilities

    Microsoft Qatar along with Mada Assistive Technology Center (Mada) have successfully completed phase one of the Imkaan programme aimed at benefiting people with disabilities in Qatar through information technology. Both partners have worked together to provide digital literacy materials to help people with disabilities while training the IT community in Qatar on accessibility standards. The… Continue Reading »

    Qatar National Bank launched innovative service for blind customers

    As part of its commitment to provide banking services and products to people with disabilities in Qatar, Qatar National Bank (QNB) has launched an innovative new service for blind who can now find applications in Braille at designated QNB branches. Braille is a universal sensory language for blind people that allows them to ‘read’ documents… Continue Reading »

    Beirut unfriendly city for people with disabilities

    BEIRUT, LEBANON: In recent months, the ministries of health and social affairs have been renewing their calls to implement the disability rights law of 2000, which is designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities. But a simple trip with Rita Maalouf demonstrates how little of the law has made it off the paper… Continue Reading »

    Accessible playgrounds in Israel

    ISRAEL: Disabled people have increasing accessibility to public parks in Israel. Recent projects, such as Friendship Park in Raanana near Tel Aviv, make the parks available for blind people as well as for people in wheelchairs. The nine-acre Friendship Park opened in 2005 and was the first accessible integrated park for children in Israel. Beit… Continue Reading »

    SSW Secretary General emphasized programs for blind women to use computers

    MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Supreme Council for Women’s (SCW) Secretary General Hala Al-Ansari emphasized that women’s support and empowerment programs under the supervision of the Supreme Council for Women will enable blind Bahraini women to use computers. The project shall be implemented by the Council under the national strategic plan for Bahraini women’s renaissance. Financing comes from… Continue Reading »

    Tourist restaurants in Jordan will become more accessible for people with disabilities

    AMMAN, JORDAN: Around 800 tourist restaurants in the Kingdom will become more accessible for people with disabilities under a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday. Eateries that are members of the Jordan Restaurants Association (JRA) will implement the necessary structural modifications to meet the requirements of the special building code for people with disabilities accessibility,… Continue Reading »

    Oman issues poll manual for people with disabilities

    MUSCAT: Oman’s Ministry of Social Development issued an electoral manual for people with disabilities even as a few days are left for elections to the Majlis A’Shura seventh term. The Directorate General of Social Welfare, a wing of the Social Development Ministry, issued this electoral manual under the title ‘Help Me to Practice My Electoral… Continue Reading »

    Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

    GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »