Middle East

Pharmacy to serve people with disabilities in UAE

DUBAI: The Health First Pharmacy is the first in the UAE to serve people who are deaf and blind with staff equipped with the necessary services Continue reading the story...

Gaza University launches programs for people with hearing disabilities

A group of female students with hearing disabilities sits at one of the cafeteria tables at the Islamic University in Gaza to discuss their engineering drawings Continue reading the story...

Saudi Arabian Airlines to introduce flight guide in Braille

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will introduce a comprehensive flight guide in Braille for  passengers who are blind or have love vision. The guide will be available on Continue reading the story...

Museums to introduce sign language and Braille in Turkey

ISTANBUL: Services for people with vision and hearing disabilities will be increased at key Istanbul museums next year, the head of the country’s largest travel agency Continue reading the story...

Call to integrate children with disabilities

DOHA: Qatar-based academic and experts have called to integrate children with disabilities, particularly those with autism. The call came at a seminar ‘Employment: The Autism Advantage’ hosted Continue reading the story...

Ahlibank to sponsor Gulf Disability Society Forum

DOHA: In line with Ahlibank’s commitment to “be at the heart of the community”, the Bank is sponsoring the 15th Gulf Disability Society Forum, which will Continue reading the story...

Makkah Grand Mosque employees use sign language for pilgrims with hearing disabilities

MAKKAH, KSA: The Grand Mosque’s Academy has trained 30 of the mosque’s employees on sign language to serve pilgrims who are deaf or hard of hearing Continue reading the story...

Call to make Doha more accessible for persons with disabilities

DOHA: Experts have called for making Doha more accessible to persons with disabilities. Despite the considerable presence of persons with disabilities in the country, accessibility and connectivity Continue reading the story...

TRA hosts workshop to train people with vision disabilities in technology

DUBAI: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) hosted a workshop dedicated to empowering and training people with vision disabilities at its Dubai office on Sunday. The workshop, organised Continue reading the story...

UAE Central Bank to release banknotes in Braille

ABU BHABI: The UAE Central Bank will soon release Dh100 and Dh50 bank notes that have been reprinted in Braille to enable people who are blind Continue reading the story...

ITA supports Arab Forum for People with Vision Disabilities

MUSCAT, OMAN: In line with its eAccessibility policy to provide fair and equal life opportunities to persons with disabilities and the elderly people through the use Continue reading the story...

Istanbul Municipality starts building new accessible ferries

TURKEY: The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has begun the construction of 10 accessible, high-technology ferries, which it hopes to unveil before the general elections in June. The new Continue reading the story...

Smart learning aids for students with hearing disabilities

SHARJAH: Children at Al Amal School for Deaf Students can now study in the comfort of their homes, using sign language videos, thanks to the introduction Continue reading the story...

Iran invents smart scissors for people with disabilities

TEHRAN: An Iranian inventor have developed electric scissors by which people with disabilities can easily cut without mistake. The inventor Mohammadali Kalaki told Mehr News that the electric Continue reading the story...

Third Arab blind forum kicks off in Kuwait

KUWAIT: The third Arab blind forum kicked off here Saturday with a large Arab participation. The third Arab blind forum sheds light on their problems and Continue reading the story...

Turkish PM enrolls in sign language courses

TURKEY: In an effort to appeal to citizens who are deaf or hard or hearing Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will take sign language courses at the Continue reading the story...

ZHO distributes school textbooks in Braille

ABU DHABI, UAE: Around 50 students with vision disabilities have received textbooks in Braille for the 2014-15 academic year, the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care Continue reading the story...

Dar Al-Hekma University devotes December to people with disabilities

JEDDAH: Dar Al-Hekma University organized several activities and programs during December to improve the quality of services provided in the field of accessible education. The events took Continue reading the story...

Prince Hussein launches initiative to help children with hearing disabilities

JORDAN: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, on Saturday, launched an initiative to help children with hearing disabilities to regain their hearing sense. The initiative, dubbed “hearing without Continue reading the story...

Sign language interpreters to help tourists with hearing disabilities

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has directed in a circular to the different tourism sectors that are operating under its authority and monitoring, to include a Continue reading the story...

Jordan’s PM emphasizes non-discrimination against persons with disabilities

AMMAN: Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, on Saturday, called on ministries and public institutions and departments to adhere to and comply with article 4 / C / Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities denied access to rehabilitation

TURABAH, MAKKAH, SA: The families of people with disabilities in Turabah governor described the condition of their children as “miserable” due to the nonexistence of a Continue reading the story...

Sign language customer service for people with hearing disabilities

UAE: The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced that it is to provide live video connections to people with hearing disabilities to allow Continue reading the story...

Abu Dhabi to offer tourist information in Braille

DUBAI: Tourists and residents with vision disabilities visiting Abu Dhabi are now being offered information on the destination in Braille. A brochure outlining ‘Ten Things to Know Continue reading the story...

New Regional Director appointed for the World Federation of the Deaf Interim Regional Secretariat for the Arab Region

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Board wishes to announce the appointment of Ms Hend Al-Showaier from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the new Regional Director Continue reading the story...

New Dubai hotel to allocate rooms for people with disabilities

UAE-headquartered TIME Hotels Management on Wednesday announced it will manage a new five-star hotel located close to Dubai Healthcare City as the emirate targets growth in Continue reading the story...

DEWA starts ‘live’ sign language video chat

DUBAI: Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has launched the Ash’ir (Arabic for ‘to signal’) service to support Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities face parking frustration in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: Drivers with disabilities are increasingly frustrated at being unable to park because other people have taken their designated spaces. One man described having to Continue reading the story...

School curriculums in Braille distributed to children with vision disabilities

ABU DHABI: Around 60 students with vision disabilities will benefit from Braille books for the 2014-15 academic year, the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Continue reading the story...

RTA launches parking permits service for people with disabilities via smartphone app

DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority RTA has recently launched a service for issuing and renewing parking permits for older people and people with disabilities, and Continue reading the story...

Emirates introduces Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities

Emirates continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities on its inflight entertainment Continue reading the story...

Dubai Municipality to make all parks accessible

DUBAI: Public parks in the emirate are to be refurbished to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. The Dubai Municipality project will start in Continue reading the story...

UAE Central Bank approves currency notes in Braille

ABU DHABI: The board of directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, at a recent meeting, reviewed a memorandum regarding re-printing of set quantities of Continue reading the story...

PSCDR to launch Prince Salman Award for Disability Research

RIYADH: The Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR) disclosed here recently that it will launch the Prince Salman Award for Disability Research next month. The Continue reading the story...

Dubai launches floating wheelchairs for beachgoers with disabilities

Dubai Municipality launched a community initiative for older people and people with disabilities, providing 15 swimming wheelchairs in Al Mamzar and Jumeirah beaches to help people Continue reading the story...

United Arab Emirates to support disability-inclusive development agenda

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has re-affirmed its support to the efforts of a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, thereby contributing to the achievement Continue reading the story...

UAE Central Bank Aims to Launch Banknotes with Braille

ABU DHABI: The Central Bank is planning to add Braille to banknotes. It is thought that the Dh50 and Dh100 note will be the first. The move Continue reading the story...

Symposium on Disability Policy

MUSCAT, OMAN: A symposium on ‘Policies of Dealing with Disability and their Prospects in the Arab States in the Light of the UN Conventions on the Continue reading the story...

Ministry sets deadline for implementation of accessibility standards

ANKARA: Minister of Family and Social Policies Ayşenur İslam complained about public institutions’ failure to comply with the ministry’s accessibility standards for people with disabilities at an Continue reading the story...

Assistive technology center opened

MUSCAT: A new center offering Assistive Technology and specialized rehabilitation for people with disabilities has opened in Oman, the first of its kind in the region. The Continue reading the story...
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