New App Uses Smart Tags to Give Better Information and Independence to People who are Blind

Americas, ICT, November 16 2017

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PLANO, TEXAS: Two architects with vision loss today launched WayAround, the smart assistant that gives on-demand details about everyday things for anyone with vision loss. The WayAround system uses custom smart tags plus an app for iOS or Android to provide audio information about items around the home and office.… Continue Reading »

Google to remove apps that use accessibility services not designed for users with disabilities

Americas, ICT, November 13 2017

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Google is cracking down on how developers employ their Accessibility services in their apps. Unless developers can describe how their app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users with disabilities, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off from the Google Play Store.… Continue Reading »

Website launched to provide information on autism

Asia-Pacific, ICT, November 8 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday launched the Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities’ (MIND) website which has been upgraded with comprehensive and detailed information on autism. In her speech, Rosmah, who is also PERMATA programme patron, said the upgrading of the website was a strategic collaboration… Continue Reading »

Uganda Sign Language App Launched

Africa, ICT, November 7 2017

The Uganda National association of the Deaf (UNAD) last week launched a mobile application to ease communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Shs400 million App – dubbed UGsign Mobile – was developed in partnership with SPIDER, a Swedish programme for ICT in developing regions, to… Continue Reading »

eSSENTIAL launches new android app for persons with disabilities

Americas, ICT, November 6 2017

TORONTO: eSSENTIAL Accessibility, a digital accessibility solutions provider, has launched an Android application that makes it easier for individuals with physical disabilities to navigate the digital world. Many people with disabilities have difficulty using their handheld devices. To address these limitations, eSSENTIAL Accessibility has developed an application for Android devices… Continue Reading »

New portable video based AUSLAN teaching resource

Asia-Pacific, ICT, November 2 2017

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The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a portable video-based Australian Sign Language (Auslan) teaching resource, specifically for mobile devices. It can help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and communicate with someone who is deaf. RIDBC Auslan Tutor is a multimedia tutorial which… Continue Reading »

Digital inclusion should become a priority of the new EU Disability Strategy

Europe, ICT, November 1 2017

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Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing. The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 should ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a fully digitalised world, a conference on “The future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020” heard… Continue Reading »

Swiss Broadcasting Corporation to increase accessible content

Europe, ICT, October 27 2017

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has decided to increase it’s accessible media content by 2022 to reach out to a wider audience. The SBC, which includes public radio, television and online services aims to subtitle 80% of it’s programmes. The Corporation also plans to provide 900 hours of audio described… Continue Reading »

SWD invites applications for IT schemes for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, October 25 2017

People with vision disabilities working in a call centre at Indian Association for the Blind in Madurai. (Photo:R. Ashok/The Hindu)

HONG KONG: The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has invited applications from eligible individuals and organisations for the Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Disability (25th Round) and the Central Fund for Personal Computers (37th Round). The objectives of the Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment… Continue Reading »

German cable operator starts innovation challenge for apps to help persons with disabilities

Europe, ICT, October 24 2017

German cable operator Unitymedia announced the Digital Imagination Challenge, to find new ideas to make it easier for persons with disabilities to use ICT. The project is part of a broader European initiative launched by Unitymedia’s parent company Liberty Global. According to Unitymedia, one in ten people in Germany have… Continue Reading »

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