Zero Project Conference

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, Events, ICT, News, March 14 2018

Group Photo of some Participants of the Zero Project.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for… Continue Reading »

Techbility Launches World’s First Mobile App for accessibility assessments of the built environment

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, March 9 2018

Access Inspector Screenshots

TOKYO, JAPAN: Access Inspector, available for iOS and Android devices, is a mobile App designed to assist anyone interested in accessibility of the built environment.  Launched by Techbility as the first mobile app for accessibility assessments of the built environment, Access Inspector is an easy to use checklist tool for assessing… Continue Reading »

New exhibition opportunities at the Australian Universal Design Conference 2018

Asia-Pacific, Events, ICT, News, Universal Design, February 26 2018


AUSTRALIA: Australia’s third Universal Design Conference will be held from 4-5 September 2018, in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and for the first time will officially have exhibition space to enable products and services to be showcased. On the eve of the call for papers closing – closes 28 February,… Continue Reading »

Making Video Content Accessible – ALCTS Forum Focuses on Captions and Transcripts

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, February 21 2018

Left to right: Violaine Iglesias, Danielle Whren Johnson, and Stefan Elnabli were speakers at the ALCTS Forum

USA: The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services presented a forum on “The Case for Making Video Content Accessible” on Monday at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Violaine Iglesias, director of business development for GVPi, a company in Arlington, Virginia, that provides hosting platforms for electronic publishers, opened… Continue Reading »

Distribution of Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjans and Senior Citizens

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, February 15 2018

On Stage Left to Right - Sh. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister SJ&E, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, CM of MP, Hon'ble President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind, Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor

NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Mega Distribution Camp for distribution of Aids & Assistive devices to the Divyangjans and Senior Citizens was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at Jiwaji University Ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh today, February 11th, 2018. In the august presence of the… Continue Reading »

Robot Carers Could Help with Japan’s Senior Caregiving

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, ICT, February 9 2018

Personal home robot waving and sitting at the foot of a bed on it's wooden frame at the foot of a

JAPAN: It is no secret that Japan’s population is aging with the number of Japanese 90 years and above reaching over 2 million (Internal Affairs Ministry). The 2017 government survey indicated that there are over 35 million elderly people (65 years and above) representing 27.7% of the population. A predicted… Continue Reading »

A Delicate Approach to Restoring Control

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, ICT, February 9 2018

i-boll is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions:

AUSTRALIA: An Australian startup program is aiming to tackle lifestyle problems caused by fine motor control issues, an ever-pervasive ailment that dramatically impacts quality-of-life. Their solution is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions: the i-boll. The i-boll, roughly the size of a junior soccer ball, links… Continue Reading »

HPM launched ‘Accessible Dictionary’ for all

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, February 7 2018

At the inauguration: Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Kabir Bin Anwar, Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, Md. Afzal Hossain Sarwar, Purabi Matin, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Vashkar Bhattacharjee were present among others.

BANGLADESH, INDIA: ‘Accessible Dictionary’ (http://accessibledictionary.gov.bd/) is Bangladesh’s first dictionary specially developed for the persons with visual, print and learning disability and information disadvantaged groups; yet, beneficial for over 5 million students with/out disabilities. On the 1st February, at this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina… Continue Reading »

ICT Accessibility and Digital Inclusion in Development Efforts Survey: International Development Stakeholder Feedback Needed

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, ICT, Middle East, News, January 26 2018

Hand completing checklist

INTERNATIONAL: Global growth of information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives creates unprecedented pathways for cities and countries to improve quality of life and plan for future challenges. Incorporation of ICT accessibility and digital inclusion into development efforts represents a shared opportunity to extend these benefits to all citizens, including people… Continue Reading »

SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 18 2018

ribbon cutting ceremony

SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations,… Continue Reading »

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