Middle East

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...

UAE’s deaf community calls for a wider recognition of sign language

DUBAI: The UAE’s deaf community has called for a wider recognition of sign language and better opportunities for higher education to facilitate their integration into mainstream Continue reading the story...

Scientists develop talking gloves for people with hearing disabilities

IZMIR, TURKEY: Two young Turkish scientists have built a prototype of “talking gloves” that translate sign language into vocal language, helping people with hearing disabilities make their Continue reading the story...

High-tech shoes to guide people with vision disabilities

DUBAI: A pair of shoes to guide people who are blind, a glove that converts sign language into spoken words and a device to create environmentally Continue reading the story...

ITU Conference sets agenda for future ICT development

DUBAI: The Dubai Action Plan, adopted April 10 by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference, sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development Continue reading the story...

Campaign pushes Equal Rights for People who are Deaf

DUBAI: People with hearing disabilities in the UAE will have a new dictionary of Emirati sign language that will help the deaf better communicate and learn Continue reading the story...

Kuwait calls for better services for persons with disabilities

DUBAI: Kuwait has proposed at a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting on disability affairs enhancing public awareness among peoples of the regional countries with respect of needs Continue reading the story...

Lebanon launches education strategy for children with learning disabilities

BEIRUT: The Education Ministry and partner organizations launched a series of initiatives Monday to better integrate children with disabilities into the education system, in line with Continue reading the story...

Omani organization calls for more support for people with hearing disabilities

MUSCAT: The Omani Society for Hearing Impaired held its official launch at the Al Noor Hall in Madinat as Sultan Qaboos on Sunday and invited more Continue reading the story...

Dubai campaign seeks to integrate people with hearing disabilities

DUBAI: Give people who are deaf or hard of hearing a voice in the community to help break down barriers. That was the message at the Continue reading the story...

‘Boycott tourist places not accessible for people with disabilities’

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), has called on domestic tourists to boycott hotels, apartments and recreational Continue reading the story...

Autism center to open in Dubai

DUBAI, UAE: A multimillion-dirham center to help hundreds of adults and children with autism is due to open next week. The Doris Duan-Young Autism Centre aims Continue reading the story...

International Conference on Disabilities in Dubai

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the international disabilities conference to share expertise and discuss ways of increasing inclusion in schools and workplaces. ABILITIESme will Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities call for accessibility to digital media

DOHA: People with vision disabilities called for greater efforts to increase accessibility of digital media and for more research and development efforts. At the technology summit Continue reading the story...

UAE student develops unique vehicle for people with disabilities

ABU DHABI: It was a mistake that cost Reem Al Marzouqui an important grade in a university case, but it also led to the development of Continue reading the story...

UAE creates new rules for sign language interpreters

ABU DHABI: Legal experts have welcomed a new bylaw that requires non-Emirati legal translators to have five years of experience before they can practise. Sheikh Mohammed bin Continue reading the story...

BBK rolls out talking ATM

MANAMA: Aligned with its strategic commitment to creating a brighter community, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, has launched Continue reading the story...

Organization calls for redesigning scope of work for people with vision disabilities

MUSCAT, OMAN: The Al Noor Association for the Blind has called for redesigning the scope of work for people with vision disabilities at workplaces and has stressed Continue reading the story...

People with hearing disabilities struggling to access services in Qatar

QATAR: Public and private services entities and organizations should provide sign language interpreters at their headquarters for the benefit of people of are deaf or hard Continue reading the story...

Israeli team develops innovative children’s wheelchair

ISRAEL: The Wheelchairs of Hope team has developed the one of its kind, children’s wheelchair and aims to allow access to education in less developed environments Continue reading the story...
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