• Middle East

    Municipality preparing for a new code

    DUBAI UAE: Dubai Municipality is working on developing laws, regulations and policies in line with the new code that will ensure all buildings and public facilities are accessible for special needs by 2020. The International Dubai Code for Accessibility, expected to come into effect next month, will make it compulsory for developers of new buildings… Continue Reading »

    Technology Improving Global Accessibility

    2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword for many of these new… Continue Reading »

    Bahrain Hosts UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme

    MANAMA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bahrain has organized the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) for the first time in Bahrain. The YLP that took place from August to November was part of Youth City 2030 at the International Exhibition and Conventions Centre. The final session was held at the United Nations House in… Continue Reading »

    International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility

    MUSCAT, OMAN: In association with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the Islamic Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Research Laboratory of Technologies of Information & Communication & Electrical Engineering (LaTICE) at the University of Tunis, and the Tunisian Association E-access, Sultan Qaboos University will host the 6th  International Conference on Information and Communication… Continue Reading »

    International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in the development of the first… Continue Reading »

    Jordan Prince Mired urges integration of persons with disabilities into labour market

    AMMAN: HH Prince Mired, president of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, on Wednesday highlighted the importance of cooperation with the council to facilitate integrating persons with disabilities into the labour market. In a dialogue session co-organised by the council and the Amman Chamber of Industry, Prince Mired noted the Kingdom’s… Continue Reading »

    Iranian parliament discussing bill on rights of persons with disabilities

    TEHRAN: Iranian parliament, Majlis, is hammering out a bill on rights of persons with disabilities, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday. The bill is being discussed and will soon become a law before the International Day of People with Disability on December 3, said an official with Iran’s Welfare Organization. Hossein Nahvinejad further pointed out… Continue Reading »

    World’s largest accessible digital library to expand to UAE

    People with vision disabilities could soon have access to the world’s largest digital library which would also allow them to download and print braille. Benetech, a Silicon Valley company has recently begun working with Dubai Police and individual members to join its Bookshare library to give people with vision disabilities access to literature. The company plans… Continue Reading »

    Dubai to Introduce Sign Language Call Center

    DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will soon integrate a new channel to communicate with people with hearing disabilities at its call center. The new video call and chat interface, being piloted at the ongoing Gitex Technology Week in Dubai, will initially be available in sign language for Arabic speakers. A caller can log… Continue Reading »