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New tool that simulates user interaction can help develop accessible ICT applications for people with disabilities

A tool developed by researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) allows us to assess usability during the design and testing process of accessible ICT-based applications. Researchers Continue reading the story...

Dublin Airport Wins European Accessibility Award

Dublin Airport has won a major European award for the way in which it deals with passengers with disabilities. Dublin Airport won the inaugural Accessible Airport Award Continue reading the story...

Conference on disability to take place in Vatican

Two events will take place in Rome next week looking at the value of people with disabilities in culture and in the study of theology. The Vatican Continue reading the story...

3D printed image lets Russians with vision disabilities see Putin

RUSSIA: People who are blind or have low vision in Russia now have an opportunity to get an idea of how their president looks by feeling Continue reading the story...

Children With Disabilities Neglected in Serbia

BELGRADE: Hundreds of Serbian children with disabilities face neglect and isolation in institutions that may lead to stunted intellectual, emotional, and physical development, Human Rights Watch Continue reading the story...

Banks Deny Loans to Customers with Disabilities in Kazakhstan

Being hard of hearing in Kazakhstan is enough in at least one major credit company to ensure you will be denied a loan. News website Nur.kz has Continue reading the story...

Croatian regulator develops app for persons with disabilities

CROATIA: The website of the Croatian Regulatory Agency for Network Industries (HAKOM) has published the Kviz app, designed to inform consumers with disabilities about their rights. Continue reading the story...

Using virtual users to develop accessible ICT-based applications

Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), led by María Fernanda Cabrera-Umpiérrez, have developed a set of parametric cognitive virtual models of users with disabilities that Continue reading the story...

Deutsche Telekom promotes inclusion of persons with disabilities

Deutsche Telekom has launched the action plan “Live diversity – Inklusion@DT” to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The company said it understands inclusion as Continue reading the story...

Alternattiva Demokratika speaks about National Disability Strategy

MALTA: Alternattiva Demokratika – the Green Party stated that the proposals made in the National Disability Strategy are positive and will provide both measures and structures Continue reading the story...

More accessible websites across Europe: agreement with European Parliament

On 3 May 2016, the Netherlands presidency reached an informal deal with the European Parliament on a new directive to make public sector websites and mobile Continue reading the story...

New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Continue reading the story...

ZERO PROJECT 2017: Call for Nominations in Employment Practices – Deadline: 17th June 2016

Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices concerning this year’s topics: Employment, Work and Vocational Education Continue reading the story...

Increased access to ICT for persons with vision disabilities

MALTA: The Hon. Minister Evarist Bartolo visited the FITA-ADVICE centre and viewed first hand a number of technology solutions that help increase the independence of persons Continue reading the story...

Concerns over accessibility issues for voters with disabilities

CYPRUS: Difficulties faced by voters with disabilities when trying to vote may deter them from casting their ballot in elections, Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou said on Wednesday. In Continue reading the story...

“Let’s not miss the chance to include disability in all humanitarian action”: UN rights expert

Speaking ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul next week (23-24 May), the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Continue reading the story...

New service to help people with hearing disabilities report crimes online

UK: Greater Manchester Police has launched a new service that enables people to use British Sign Language (BSL) to report a crime online. Previously, people who use Continue reading the story...

Global Leaders Urged to Support Dementia Friendly Communities

BUDAPEST: Alzheimer’s Disease International has called on global leaders to help create societies where the inclusion of people living with dementia becomes part of everyday life. ‘Dementia Continue reading the story...

Stakeholders plan to promote inclusion at World Humanitarian Summit

ISTANBUL: An informal coalition of Member States, UN agencies, as part of the Inter-Agency Support Group for the CRPD (IASG), and civil society organizations are collaborating Continue reading the story...

HSBC rolls-out talking ATMs

MALTA: HSBC has announced that it will be speeding up the roll out of ATMs equipped with voice technology, thus making automated banking more accessible for Continue reading the story...

UK announces taskforce to look at improving accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities

UK: A new taskforce announced on May 9 will help more people with learning disabilities to access apprenticeships. The taskforce comes as part of the government’s Continue reading the story...

Swedish Post and Telecom Authority announces web accessibility competition

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has announced that it is accepting submissions for its thirteenth innovation competition, this time under the topic ‘Best in Continue reading the story...

Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes findings on Portugal, Thailand, Chile, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania and Uganda

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons (CRPD) with disabilities has published findings on the countries it reviewed during its latest session from 29 Continue reading the story...

DSPD/DESA Forum on Disability-Inclusive Humanitarian Action

ISTANBUL: UN DSPD/DESA is organising a forum on disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Istanbul on May 22 2016 in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit Continue reading the story...

International Design for All Foundation Awards 2016 Winners Announced

PARIS: On 22 March 2016, during the Urbaccess fair in Paris, the Design for All Foundation award ceremony took place.  For the 7th edition of the Continue reading the story...

World Humanitarian Summit 2016

ISTANBUL: The World Humanitarian Summit will be held on May 23 and 24, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. The purpose of the summit is to set a Continue reading the story...

HSBC and First Direct launch BSL Video Relay Service

HSBC and First Direct have launched a British Sign Language (BSL) Video Relay Service (VRS) for their customers who are deaf or hard of hearing in Continue reading the story...

Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Universal Design Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will Continue reading the story...

Illustration-based graphic language help people with intellectual disabilities to read and understand

Clara Luna, illustrator and researcher at the department of Drawing, defends the necessity of making ‘accessible pictures’ which allow people that lacks good reading and writing Continue reading the story...

RGU researchers team up with industry partners to improve digital game accessibility

Researchers at Robert Gordon University (RGU) are teaming up with industry partners, including the BBC, to investigate how to improve accessibility and inclusion in the design Continue reading the story...

Sign Language Interpreting Service Launched

MALTA: The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana, officially launched an Agenzija Sapport service of sign language Continue reading the story...

Wikipedia developing crowdsourced speech engine for users with vision disabilities

Wikipedia and Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology are working on a crowdsourced speech engine that will make the online encyclopedia more accessible to users who Continue reading the story...

Technology is failing to meet the needs of older people with hearing and vision disabilities, report finds

Assistive technology developers and service providers need to do more to meet the diverse needs of the rising number of older people with both hearing and Continue reading the story...

Access to online services: NGOs tell EU ministers ‘no one should be left behind’

The European Blind Union (EBU) and several other European NGOs published an open letter  warning the 28 EU Ministers in charge of Digital Affairs that their Continue reading the story...

Irish startup wants to build global database of accessibility information

An Irish website is aiming to become the “most accessible accessibility information platform” by compiling a global database of information about the accessibility of venues and Continue reading the story...

Accessible Tourism for All: Creating an Accessible Tourism Environment in Malta

The Minister for Tourism Dr Edward Zammit Lewis and the Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana, addressed a Continue reading the story...

UAE calls for providing more care to persons with disabilities in times of emergency

GENEVA: UAE has stressed the need to pay more attention to people with disabilities in emergency situations, and to seek appropriate conditions for them so that Continue reading the story...

36 Good Practices Candidates for International Design for All Foundation Awards 2016

In 2015 the Design for All Foundation recognized as Good Practice 36 projects, products and services. Now they are candidates to the International Design for All Continue reading the story...

Global Robotic Prosthetics, Exoskeletons and Assistive Rehabilitation Technologies Market Assessment & Forecast: 2015-2019

LONDON: The global microprocessor controlled (MPC) prosthetics market is forecast to reach US$ 434.4 million in 2015 according to the new report “Global Robotic Prosthetics, Exoskeletons Continue reading the story...

Sounds can help develop speech and gestures in children with autism

Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics from the University of Gothenburg Continue reading the story...
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