Europe

Broadcasters, disability organisation draw up recommendation on future EU rules for audiovisual access

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF), and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve Continue reading the story...

Netherlands to host UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters

BEMMEL: The ITF has announced that Netherlands will stage two of wheelchair tennis’s major events in 2017 and 2018. The UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters will be Continue reading the story...

Software opens up new job opportunities for persons with disabilities

MALTA: Jader Pelligra, a ICT student at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s University College, has designed and de­veloped a computer-based telephony solution that Continue reading the story...

New BBPA guidance on accessibility, helping pubs to welcome persons with disabilities

UK: The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published updated guidance for pubs to help licensees make their venue as welcoming as possible to persons Continue reading the story...

UK Rail industry promises to improve toilet accessibility for passengers with disabilities

The UK rail industry has committed to improving accessibility of toilets on trains and at stations for disabled passengers following talks with Rail Minister Paul Maynard. The Continue reading the story...

Startup Developing Educational Aids for Children with Vision Disabilities

CROATIA: Thanks to the startup’s projects, children who are blind or have low vision  can learn Braille and identify objects in the environment. A meeting with children Continue reading the story...

Time to Review Accessible Information Standard

UK: Following almost three years of work by NHS England, voluntary sector partners and people with disabilities, the Accessible Information Standard became mandatory on 1st August Continue reading the story...

Manchester United confirms stadium accessibility plans

Manchester United has confirmed plans for improvements to Old Trafford’s provision for supporters with disabilities, following very positive and constructive consultation with the Equality and Human Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities reveal their experiences of social care

At a time when Social Care in England is at a ‘tipping point’, according to the Care Quality Commission, it is vital that local authorities find Continue reading the story...

Unique project to improve life for youth with disabilities

Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, professor of education at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, has been awarded nearly 8 million from the Swedish Research Council for Continue reading the story...

Starbucks UK Baristas Raise Awareness of Deaf Culture Through We Sign Cafe

LONDON: It’s not uncommon for customers visiting London’s Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf Starbucks to sign “good morning” and “thank you” as they place their orders. It’s Continue reading the story...

Premier League clubs may face sanctions over disability access

Premier League clubs could face heavy fines and even the prospect of points deductions if they fail to meet an August deadline to become compliant with Continue reading the story...

Bristol Airport Opens Changing Places Facility as Part of Focus on Accessibility

BRISTOL: A new Changing Places facility was recently opened in the landside area of the main terminal at Bristol Airport by Andy Wright, Managing Director of Continue reading the story...

Wearable sensor device helps people with vision disabilities to sense their environment

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a wearable assistive device for people who are blind or have low vision, which enables them to sense Continue reading the story...

Lecturer’s device provides dignified care for youngsters with disabilities

Children with disabilities are being provided with much more dignified care thanks to a device created by a University of Salford academic. Occupational Therapy senior lecturer Jo-Anne Continue reading the story...

Scientists develop new bionic stairclimbing wheelchair

MUNICH: Wheelchair users are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life – even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a Continue reading the story...

British Blind Sport launches new archery and shooting project to increase participation in target sports

British Blind Sport (BBS) has launched a new project aimed at increasing participation in target sports, specifically archery and shooting, in 2016. Acoustic Shooting with Cheadle Rifle. Continue reading the story...

Turkey’s new regulations remove barriers for persons with disabilities in shopping malls

Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies has launched a new project designed to enhance the social life of persons with disabilities by redesigning movie theaters Continue reading the story...

Prof. Alireza Darvishy recipient of the Individual Award of the 2016 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

GAATES is very pleased to express our sincere congratulations to our GAATES Country Representative to Switzerland, Prof. Alireza Darvishy, who was recently named the Individual Award Continue reading the story...

London transport unveils badge program for persons with invisible disabilities

LONDON: Badges reading “Please offer me a seat” are to be introduced for passengers with invisible impairments who may find it difficult or impossible to ask Continue reading the story...

Accessible travel gets funding boost

LONDON: More than 30 Tube stations will be boosted by step-free access after Mayor Sadiq Khan outlined plans for additional funds to be invested over the Continue reading the story...

Transforming lives with technology

Pioneering technologies of the future, designed to transform the lives of older people and those living with a disability, were showcased in Sheffield last week at Continue reading the story...

ILO releases new guide to promote diversity and inclusion at the workplace

GENEVA: On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (marked annually on 3 December), the International Labour Organization (ILO) is releasing a new publication Continue reading the story...

New supersmart phone makes communication easier for people with vision disabilities

A few years ago, Richard Chan’s mother had a stroke and became physically disabled. She was living in England, while he was in Norway. After the Continue reading the story...

Government publishes landmark disability legislation

The Gibraltar Government has published landmark disability bill, new legislation that is modelled on the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and shall Continue reading the story...

CAA Issues Airport Guidelines for Passengers with Disabilities

The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued new guidelines with the aim of improving the airport experience of passengers with intellectual disabilities, autism and Continue reading the story...

Picture book could help people with learning disabilities

UK: A severe lack of understanding and research into the needs of people with learning disabilities and epilepsy is placing them at risk say experts from Continue reading the story...

Educational campaign on disabilities launched in Malta

GOZO, MALTA: The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana has inaugurated the #nikbruflimkien campaign in Gozo – An Continue reading the story...

Georgia to develop national mechanism to protect persons with disabilities rights

December 3 is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. In connection with the day, the Government of Georgia presented its first report to the United Continue reading the story...

Seminar on accessibility for persons with disabilities

A seminar organised by the Gozo Federation Persons with Disability on `Accessibility in Our Localities,’ took place on Thursday at the Centre of the Gozo Association Continue reading the story...

Government to Introduce Disability Act and Building Rules

The Government of Gibraltar will shortly introduce new disabilities legislation in the form of the Disability Act, modelled on the UN Convention on the Rights of Continue reading the story...

Dutch government to support companies hiring persons with disabilities

Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment has announced that there will be more support available to companies that hire people with a mobility or Continue reading the story...

More than 6000 people with vision disabilities live in Armenia

YEREVAN: More than 6000 people with vision disabilities are living in Armenia, 500 of whom are children, director of the #14 special school for children with Continue reading the story...

Guide Dogs Association aims to help people with vision disabilities in Turkey

Guide dogs, commonly used by people with vision disabilities around the world, making their lives easier, are now set to help out people with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Enable Ireland and Disability Federation Ireland Launch Discussion Paper on the Future of Assistive Technology

Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) launched a discussion paper on Assistive Technology (AT) for People with Disabilities and Older People. Ireland has Continue reading the story...

Moscow museum holding arts exhibition for people with vision disabilities

MOSCOW: An exhibition for people with vision disabilities titled ‘To Visualize the Invisible’ that presents tactile replicas of six masterpieces of West-European painting opened on Saturday Continue reading the story...

New project to improve museum experience for people with vision disabilities

A new joint project between the Oxford e-Research Centre and Oxford University Museums will develop multisensory tools to help enable people who are blind or have Continue reading the story...

RIAI launches UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards

The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) recently launched the UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards. The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards are being Continue reading the story...

Ericsson, EBU and BBC demonstrate new standard for creating live captioning

Ericsson announced it is to support the creation of live captions using the new EBU Timed Text (EBU-TT) Live standard, which facilitates live subtitling and also Continue reading the story...

Partnership Drives Social Inclusion Through Sport

A unique partnership between UK employment charity Shaw Trust and international sports technology business Ottobock, is calling for greater access to sport and assistive technology to Continue reading the story...
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