Middle East

Dubai on way to become accessible city

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) began the second workshop of the ‘Accessible Environments for Persons with Disability’ as part of its efforts to realise the Continue reading the story...

UAE companies must do more to attract people with disabilities, official warns

Private-sector companies in the UAE must redouble their efforts to provide a better working environment for people with disabilities, a government official has said. “The knowledge is Continue reading the story...

Khalifa University students develop navigation device for people with vision disabilities

ABU DHABI: Students from Khalifa University have developed a device that can help people with vision disabilities navigate their surroundings, with the device being showcased as Continue reading the story...

Bahrain Marks Arab Deaf Week

MANAMA: Bahrain celebrated the 41st edition to Arab Week for the Deaf. Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan opened the ceremony at Continue reading the story...

UAE’s National Archives to Launch History Books in Braille

ABU BHABI: The National Archives here is exploring the possibility of launching Braille versions of books on the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates Continue reading the story...

Turkish researchers launch new smartphone for people with vision disabilities

TURKEY: The new smartphone known as the “tactiX” will soon hit the market, making life easier for people who are blind or have low vision. The first-prize Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities call for inclusion at school and work

DUBAI: Don’t shut us out, be our friend, is the message from children who are deaf and their parents who are advocating more inclusion and integration Continue reading the story...

International Conference on Inclusive Education in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: More than 150 policy and decision makers, experts, specialists, teachers and educational psychologists from across the GCC are convening at Abu Dhabi University as Continue reading the story...

Bridging the communication gap for people with hearing disabilities

DUBAI: In a small, quiet room in Jumeirah, operators seated in front of computers make quick, firm hand movements signing with video callers. The Sanad Relay Centre, Continue reading the story...

DEWA and CDA release new tutorial videos for customers with hearing disabilities

UAE: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released its first set of tutorial videos that use Emirati sign language to showcase DEWA’s three major services Continue reading the story...

Disability Dialogues at the World Humanitarian Summit

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will be held from 23 to 24 May, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The WHS preparatory process is seeking better ways to Continue reading the story...

International conference on accessible tourism, travel, culture and recreation in Israel

The Access Israel’s 4th Annual International Convention on Accessibility as a Leverage for Businesses and Organizations focusing on accessible tourism, travel, culture and recreation will be held Continue reading the story...

Arabic app gives voice to children with autism

DUBAI: The Arabic phrase ‘bab noor’ loosely translates to ‘door of light’ in English. It is also the name of the world’s first Arabic cloud-based application Continue reading the story...

Meet two Dubai residents relying on RTA disability access initiative

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality have embarked on a series of initiatives aimed at turning Dubai into a disability friendly city. From detailed Continue reading the story...

Turkish theater offers technical support for people with hearing, vision disabilities

The Ankara State Theater and the Vocal Description Association will perform Jordi Galceran’s play “The Method” with support for people with hearing, vision disabilities as part Continue reading the story...

Plans approved to build walkways for people with vision disabilities

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, has approved a plan to build a walkway for people with vision disabilities, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Continue reading the story...

Dubai beaches made accessible for persons with disabilities

DUBAI: New ramps have been set up in Dubai beaches, providing easy access to the beach side for persons with disabilities, older people and parents with Continue reading the story...

Law books released in Braille

DUBAI: Dubai Police Academy has released seven law books to Braille to encourage reading by people who are blind, officials said on Monday. The newly-published Braille books Continue reading the story...

Dubai Airports to have counters for persons with disabilities

DUBAI: The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) is considered the first in the Middle East to offer services for persons with disabilities at Continue reading the story...

Kuwait marks World Braille Day

KUWAIT: Kuwait on Monday will join the world in celebrating the World Braille Day to commemorate Braille system’s role in spreading knowledge among people with vision Continue reading the story...

Qatar Chamber signs agreement on employing persons with disabilities

Qatar Chamber signed yesterday a co-operation agreement with the Volunteer Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities to provide training and employment to persons with disabilities. President Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities disappointed at absence of books in Braille

JEDDAH, KSA: The secretary-general of Ebsar Foundation has lamented a lack of books and facilities for people with vision disabilities at the Jeddah International Book Fair. Continue reading the story...

Mobily launches project to support children with disabilities

KSA: Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has launched ‘Mobily Customers’ project to support the Disabled Children’s Association, under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. For this Continue reading the story...

Ministry of Education launches program for students with disabilities

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched a program for  students with disabilities to highlight their talents and creativity in various fields. “This educational program is Continue reading the story...

Qatar National Bank organizes sign language training course

DOHA: As part of its ongoing activities to better serve people with special needs and the elderly, Qatar National Bank (QNB) organised a sign language training Continue reading the story...

Qatar Computing Research Institute launches custom braille keyboard for people with vision disabilities

DOHA: The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), one of Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) three specialized national research institutes, has developed a custom keyboard for iOS Continue reading the story...

Two day Assistive Technology Exhibition in Dubai

DUBAI: Al Noor Training Centre for Childen with Special Needs has announced that it will, next month, organise a two-day exhibition to highlight the importance of Continue reading the story...

Parliamentary role in serving people with disabilities stressed

BAHRAIN: Representatives Council Speaker Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al-Mulla received today Board Chairman of the Bahrain Union for the Disabled Adel Al Mutawa and Secretary Fethi Matar, Continue reading the story...

UAE issues stamps in Braille

UAE: For the first time in its history, Emirates Post Group has issued a set of postage on the occasion of the International White Cane Day, Continue reading the story...

National Library releases publications in Braille

ABU DHABI, UAE: The National Library, a Division of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), has released four books in Braille. Launched in coordination Continue reading the story...

Dubai’s 5-point strategy to empower people with disabilities

DUBAI: Dubai government has formed a task force with non-governmental organisation’s (NGO) and people with disabilities to implement a five-point strategy to turn Dubai into a Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities protest for job opportunities in Cairo

CAIRO, EGYPT: A number of persons with disabilities staged a protest outside the headquarters of the Journalists’ Syndicate, calling for providing job opportunities. The protesters called for Continue reading the story...

Dubai Inclusive Development Forum Begins

The Dubai Inclusive Development Forum 2015, held at Madinat Jumeirah on October 11 and 12, aims to present international experiences and discuss challenges and alternatives that Continue reading the story...

Dubai on its way to becoming accessible city by 2020

DUBAI: Dubai is studying measures to transform the emirate into a accessible city for persons with disabilities by 2020, the secretary-general of Dubai Executive Council said Continue reading the story...

First assistive technology expo on way in Dubai

DUBAI: How assistive technology can improve functional capabilities of people with disabilities and empower them to reach their highest potential will be highlighted at an inaugural Continue reading the story...

Virtual sign language translator helping people with hearing disabilities

DUBAI: Dubai’s virtual sign language translator has served not only people with hearing disabilities in UAE but also those outside the country in just two months Continue reading the story...

Al Noor Training Centre organizes expo on assistive technology

DUBAI: Al Noor Training Centre is organising the ‘Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015’, a two-day expo dedicated to creating awareness on how assistive technology can improve Continue reading the story...

Training Gate International gives training workshop for people with disabilities

KUWAIT: The Training Gate International (TGI) launched its D Partners Program yesterday at the JW Marriott Hotel. During the press conference, Kefaih Al-Alban, founder of Training Continue reading the story...

Abu Dhabi Introduces Braille Tourism Guides

ABU DHABI, UAE: The Abu Dhabi Police offered 100 Braille tourism brochures to the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs to acquaint visitors Continue reading the story...

Dubai launches program to provide cochlear implants for children with hearing disabilities

DUBAI, UAE: Al Jalila Foundation announced a program on Monday that aims to help children with hearing disabilities. Called Ana Asma’a (I hear) is part of Continue reading the story...
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