Europe

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules to make more books available in formats designed for people who are blind or have low vision were informally agreed by Parliament and Council Continue reading the story...

New Touchable Tablet Helps Guide People with Vision Disabilities

Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tablet to help people with a vision disability find their way around unfamiliar places. The Continue reading the story...

Oxford student creates first synthetic retina for people with vision disabilities

A synthetic, soft tissue retina developed by an Oxford University student could offer fresh hope to people with vision disabilities. Until now, all artificial retinal research has Continue reading the story...

Products and services to be made more accessible for persons with disabilities in EU

Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under draft Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea

GENEVA: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic Continue reading the story...

NatWest launches credit card for customers with vision disabilities

NatWest is launching the credit card in the UK which is designed for customers who are blind or have low vision and accredited by Royal National Continue reading the story...

Expert meeting on monitoring and evaluation of disability-inclusive development

GENEVA: The Expert Meeting on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-inclusive Development will be held from 10 to 11 May 2017 at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 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...

Astronaut study gives voice to persons with disabilities

When his father was diagnosed with a debilitating disease four years ago, it sparked Ivo Vieira into developing a novel means of communication for people coping Continue reading the story...

Cyprus prepares new national Action Plan for persons with disabilities

CYPRUS: The new national Action Plan for Disability, covering the period 2017-2020, is being drafted, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Zeta Emilianidou has said. In Continue reading the story...

New Artificial Intelligence Software Program Excels at Lip-Reading

Watch, Attend and Spell (WAS), is a new artificial intelligence (AI) software system that has been developed by Oxford, in collaboration with the company DeepMind. Photo: ra2studio Continue reading the story...

New affordable tennis wheelchair launched

UK: A partnership between the Tennis Foundation and ROMA Sport will tackle one of the key barriers to junior and grassroots participation in wheelchair tennis with Continue reading the story...

Rights of people with disabilities in Europe: a new strategy based on ability rather than disability

STRASBOURG: There are 80 million persons in Europe who live with a disability and many of them continue to be victims of discrimination or abuse. In Continue reading the story...

Concern over access to library material for people with vision disabilities raised with Minister

LACA, the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, has contacted the Minister responsible for intellectual property, Jo Johnson MP, with concerns that proposed changes to the implementation Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights committee to review Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 20 March to 12 April 2017 to review the following Continue reading the story...

UK HDI Works to Improve Representation of Persons with Disabilities

LEXINGTON, KY.: The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is expanding its photo library and creating an important resource to improve the broad representation of Continue reading the story...

Woman with disabilities sues shops that deny her access

UK: A wheelchair user in Cambridge has begun court proceedings against eight businesses in the city that have refused her requests to install ramps or other Continue reading the story...

Future international standard on accessible tourism for all

From the initiative of the ONCE Foundation, the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the first working meeting for the development Continue reading the story...

Italy funds project for persons with disabilities

ROME: The Italian government has approved a €1.5 million project of inclusion for persons with disabilities in Burkina Faso. Italy’s move has the goal to help Continue reading the story...

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...

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...
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