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Apple launches the iPhone X: Accessibility features known so far

Americas, ICT, September 25 2017

iPhone X

Apple recently announced three new phones at its launch event in California: iPhone X (pronounced X), iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The most talked about ever since is of course the iPhone X. The screen of the X will cover the entire front of the phone eliminating the ‘Home… Continue Reading »

Hanoi builds accessibility information website for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 25 2017

HANOI: The building of the website aims to raise awareness about issues of persons with disabilities in the community and boost accessibility in tourism for them. The website will introduce tourist attractions and rate accessibility of sites for persons with disabilities and communications. The city People’s Committee also recommended concerned… Continue Reading »

Google Maps turns to it’s user base to gather information on accessibility features

Americas, ICT, September 21 2017

Google Map

Traveling without Google Maps seems like an impossible task in today’s world. Gone are the days when we would stop someone on the road and ask for directions. But more often than not it is difficult to know accessibility features of a place while traveling. Google now wants to make… Continue Reading »

Artificial intelligence thinks like people with autism, used to develop educational tools

Americas, ICT, September 11 2017

Kunda discusses the technology and shows it on screen.

There’s a computer on the third floor of Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall that scans geometric patterns, deciding which missing shapes would be most likely to fit in. It fills in those blanks about as well as a human 17-year-old would, and it’s only getting smarter, thanks to a study of the… Continue Reading »

MCIT and UNDP Launch ‘Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities’ Competition

Africa, ICT, September 8 2017

Bannner Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities

EGYPT: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Telecom Egypt (TE), supported by Microsoft Egypt and Yomken.com (crowd-solving partner) are launching an Innovation Competition titled “The Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities”. Competition deadline will be on September… Continue Reading »

Online assessment could improve maths marks of learners with hearing disabilities

Africa, ICT, September 6 2017

Online Mathematics Assessments

Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in South Africa. This is one of the key findings of a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “OMAs can help learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing  to understand difficult mathematical concepts and… Continue Reading »

Mobile app helps identify accessible spaces in Brisbane

Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 4 2017

Access 4000 app icon

AUSTRALIA: Carers Link, a Brisbane based disability support service in partnership with Disability Support Queensland has launched a smartphone application called Access 4000 with the aim of providing detailed information on available accessibility features across various venues in Brisbane. The application has been made keeping in mind not just people… Continue Reading »

Bangladesh wins prestigious WSIS award for work with people with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 1 2017

Bangladesh has again won one of the world’s most prestigious IT awards when it was awarded a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in June. Winning the award for Bangladesh this year was a project titled ‘DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Persons with… Continue Reading »

‘Dangal’ Adds Audio Description for Audiences with Vision Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, August 21 2017

audio-description-symbol

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Aamir Khan’s film ‘Dangal’ has become the first film to be aired on TV with an audio description for audiences who are blind or have low vision. The audio description of the film was completed by the NGO Saksham, which has been working in the field for… Continue Reading »

Zambia to improve ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities

Africa, ICT, July 26 2017

Person with vision disability using computer with braille display and a computer keyboard.

LUSAKA: Zambia’s information and technology regulator on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with an agency representing people with disabilities aimed at enhancing access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for people with disabilities. The deal will result in the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) working with the… Continue Reading »


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