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European Commission Provides 20 Cities with Funding for Innovative Projects on Inclusion 

Built Environment, Europe, ICT, Universal Design, August 12 2019

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The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will finance 20 urban projects with €82 million. These projects were put forward by cities under the 4th call for proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions which is implemented by French region Hauts-de-France. In particular, Piraeus (Greece), Tampere (Finland) and Turin (Italy) will receive grants for projects that will… Continue Reading »

India: Assistive Technology for All 2030 Conference Focuses in Infrastructure, Assistive Devices

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Transportation, Universal Design, August 9 2019

KARNATAKA, INDIA: Suggestions, including a university, for solutions such as assistive technologies and creating zones for the people with disabilities were made at the national conference on ‘Assistive Technology for All-2030’ which began here on Friday. At the inaugural event of a two-day conference by Mobility India to celebrate its… Continue Reading »

University Students Design Wheelchair Hand Warmer for Persons with Muscular Dystrophy

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, August 8 2019

Person on a wheelchair using a hand-warmer blanket

MANITOBA, CANADA: Aiming to enhance patients’ lives, a team of University of Manitoba biomedical students has produced autonomous designs — including a wheelchair hand warmer for those living with muscular dystrophy (MD). The overarching goal during the University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Design (BMED) Team’s first year was to give students experience in design, public speaking, and device building,… Continue Reading »

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 7 2019

MARYLAND, US: The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3929) in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa… Continue Reading »

The Barcelona Metro to be Completely Accessible by 2024

Europe, Transportation, August 7 2019

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BARCELONA, SPAIN: As 92 per cent of the Metro is already accessible, the target of 100 per cent accessibility by 2024 seems more than possible, but what more needs to change? The infrastructural developments at Jaume I, a station along the Barcelona Metro line, have been completed, and as a… Continue Reading »

Tactile Printer for Persons with Visual Impairment

Americas, Assistive Technology, Europe, August 7 2019

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Since it is printed by foaming of a special capsule paper using a thermal printing method, it is small, quiet, and achieves a very high-quality finish compared to the conventional embossed method which makes braille by piling up from the rear side of the paper by a needle. You don’t… Continue Reading »

Regional Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT 4 ALL

Europe, Events, August 6 2019

Regional Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT 4 ALL” that will take place in St. Julian’s, Malta from 4 to 6 December

The International Telecommunication Union is inviting you to participate in the Regional Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT 4 ALL” that will take place in St. Julian’s, Malta from 4 to 6 December (http://itu.int/go/Accessible-Europe-19). The initiative, organised jointly with the European Commission, is held within the framework of the… Continue Reading »

Smart Seats to be Developed for Car Passengers with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, Universal Design, August 5 2019

GOA, INDIA: Cars offer comfort but not as much for elderly and disabled persons who find it tough to board and alight four-wheelers independently. A team of four students from Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, has now created an option. A special seat created by the students can help elderly… Continue Reading »

Scotland Publishes New National Transport Strategy for Public Consultation

Europe, Transportation, August 1 2019

The Scottish Government has published a new National Transport Strategy for consultation, which it described as a step-change in the country’s approach to transport for the next 20 years. It said the strategy ‘aims to protect our climate and improves lives’ and details how the transport system ‘will deliver better outcomes for… Continue Reading »

Researcher Works to Make City Streets Safer for Persons with Visual Impairment

Americas, Transportation, July 29 2019

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A University of Minnesota researcher is trying to make streets safer for the visually impaired. Chen-Fu Liao, a researcher at the Center for Transportation Studies, is working to create an app that uses a Bluetooth system to help visually impaired pedestrians navigate city streets. Liao will be putting his work… Continue Reading »

New Entrepreneurship Program for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., July 25 2019

  Are you, or someone you know a person with a disability age 18-64, who lives in the tri-state area, is an innovative self-starter, has a great idea for a business/start-up, or simply has a deep desire to run their own business? If so, we have a new and exciting… Continue Reading »

Ability Foundation Invites Film-makers for Workshop on Audio Description

Asia-Pacific, Events, July 23 2019

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INDIA: Ability Foundation invites participation from film makers and aspiring film makers for a two-day landmark workshop on Audio Description, to be held on September 6 & 7, 2019. This is a first of its kind learning experience to be held in Chennai which will be conducted by an internationally known… Continue Reading »

Experience Virtual Reality and Exciting Innovations at the Second Edition of M-Enabling Forum Europe

Assistive Technology, Europe, Events, ICT, July 23 2019

M-Enabling Forum Europe 2019

The second M-Enabling Forum Europe will take place on September 19, 2019 parallel to REHACARE in the Congress Center of Messe Düsseldorf. EJ Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technology, are jointly organizing the international conference with accompanying exhibition.        … Continue Reading »

New Report: How Assistive Technology Can Support and Transform the Social Care Sector

Assistive Technology, Europe, July 22 2019

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Learning disability charity Hft has partnered with Tunstall Healthcare, a specialist in connected healthcare solutions, to release a new report on how assistive technology can support and transform the social care sector. The report looks at the untapped potential of assistive technology and how it can support disabled people, increase… Continue Reading »

United Nations Calls for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Climate Change Debate

Americas, News, July 19 2019

Person in a wheelchair seated near a cliff

 A line of elderly citizens unable to board a bus to evacuate a senior home. People with limited mobility sitting helpless by the side of the road. Wheelchairs buried in mud after a flood. Scenes and accounts like these became the norm in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of… Continue Reading »

Braille Books Get a Software Boost

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, July 19 2019

A new software developed by Bengaluru students will completely change the way visually challenged students access maps and images in Braille books. ‘Soft-Braille’ — a software developed by the faculty and students of information science and engineering department of MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) has made it easier to print images… Continue Reading »

New Legislation Aims to Promote Safe, Accessible Transportation

Americas, Transportation, July 19 2019

Bus on a city street

A new piece of legislation has been introduced into Congress that aims to promote safety and more accessible transportation routes in all 50 states.  The bill would require states to use a portion of their federal highway money to create a grant program to fund safer and more accessible projects. The Complete… Continue Reading »

Assistive Tech Accelerator Programme Open for Applications

Africa, Assistive Technology, Europe, July 19 2019

Last month, GDI Hub and Kenyan partners launched in Nairobi, Kenya the World’s First Innovation Ecosystem dedicated to supporting over 50 start-ups to develop new Assistive Technology products and services. The Accelerator will be part of the Innovate Now programme, a £1.5m investment in African businesses that will provide advanced business… Continue Reading »

Concordia University Launches Inclusive Innovation Guide 

Americas, July 18 2019

A person with motor disability and a woman standing next to him at an event

When Enable Montreal wrapped up in June 2018, organizers knew they had to find a way to pass on the invaluable lessons gleaned from the project. The Concordia-hosted initiative challenged designers to find solutions for a more accessible and inclusive city. The result is a new Inclusive Innovation Guide, an open event-planning resource developed… Continue Reading »

Greater Push for Social Impact and Accessibility in Israel

Events, July 18 2019

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ISRAEL: “If there is an idea in cyber, porn or crypto spaces, millions of dollars by investors are invested in it, but when we are dealing with people with disabilities, we are sent to philanthropy,” said Yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, last week at The Marker’s Social Innovation Conference in Jerusalem,… Continue Reading »