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Vodafone Foundation launches EU Smart Accessibility Awards to promote IT applications for disabled people

Europe, June 14 2011

Vodafone Foundation is launching a competition to promote IT applications designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities and elderly people. The programme, called the Smart Accessibility Awards, is supported and co-organised by AGE Platform Europe, the European network of around 160 organisations of and for people aged 50+, and the European… Continue Reading »

Assistive Technology devices help make home a safer place

Americas, June 13 2011

With greater emphasis on keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible, Assistive Technology (AT) can make home a safer place. Many seniors may need grab bars in the bathroom, wheelchair ramps or pill organizers as they age. But people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are… Continue Reading »

Sudbury city consults with disabled people to make facilities more accessible

Americas, June 10 2011

Sudbury, Canada: Citizens in Greater Sudbury are invited to attend a public consultation session June 16 to provide input into the city’s 2011-2012 Accessibility Plan. Under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001, the city is “required to prepare an annual accessibility plan to make it available to the public,” according… Continue Reading »

New York Transit Museum becomes accessible to disabled people

Americas, June 8 2011

The New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn unveiled a new entrance that provides access for visitors who cannot use stairs. Funding came from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and Friends of the New York Transit Museum. “This addition will bring more visitors both… Continue Reading »

USC researchers create robotic aids for blind people

Americas, June 7 2011

At the University of Southern California (USC) James Weiland, a vision researcher and biomedical engineer may have created robot vision for the blind. He and his colleague Gérard Medioni, a robotics professor at the university have come up with a tool that would help blind people negotiate potential obstacles much… Continue Reading »

UAE students invents virtual mouse to help disabled people

Middle East, June 6 2011

Dubai: People with certain disabilities may now be able to become fully functional on a personal computer or laptop due to an invention by computer engineering student Sultan Ahmad Sultan Al Sharif. Al Sharif has developed software called the Virtual Mouse: Human Eye based Mouse Control as part of his… Continue Reading »

Sochi 2014 to create Russian Accessibility Map

News, June 5 2011

In anticipation of the all-Russian celebration marking 1,000 days to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the launch of an innovative “Accessibility Map” project. The main objective is to help people with a disability to find easily accessible locations where they… Continue Reading »

New rules for disabled parking spaces In Ireland

Europe, June 3 2011

New regulations governing the use of disabled parking spaces come into force today. Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar signed new regulations to tackle fraudulent use of such spaces in April. The changes include altering the medical eligibility criteria required for a disabled person’s parking permit as well as new powers… Continue Reading »

SpeechTrans offers Mobile Translation App for Hearing Impaired People

Americas, June 2 2011

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. : SpeechTrans, a leader in app-based multi-language translation, announced today the launch of SpeechTrans Ultimate for Hearing Impaired People. The new app enables the hearing impaired to conduct real-time two-way conversations in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian and German and Mandarin Chinese without the need for… Continue Reading »

New Community Park to include disabled-friendly facilities in Malaysia

Asia-Pacific, June 1 2011

KUALA Lumpur residents can look forward to a new community park on a 15ha site in Setapak, Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said. Zulhasnan said the RM7.8mil park in Jalan Air Keroh, Air Panas Setapak, was initiated under the 10th Malaysia Plan and would take 32 weeks to complete.… Continue Reading »

Technology helps deaf and blind people experience Broadway Theater

Americas, May 31 2011

On June 8, you won’t necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can”on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf… Continue Reading »

Israel public transportation companies under fire for not making buses blind-friendly

Middle East, May 30 2011

The Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice has filed a criminal indictment against the bus companies “Egged” and “Kavim” for failing to make their buses accessible to blind people. The indictment against Eged was filed with the Haifa HaShalom Court… Continue Reading »

New train audio info welcomed by Blind Foundation in New Zealand

Asia-Pacific, May 28 2011

Auckland, New Zealand:  A new audio information system Auckland Transport is introducing on trains next week is expected to make a big difference for blind and vision impaired people. The automated announcements are part of on-going improvements to the quality of public transport information. They are also part of Auckland… Continue Reading »

Amusement Park for people with disabilities opens in Texas

Americas, May 25 2011

SAN ANTONIO –  The carousel has chariots for wheelchairs. Braille games decorate side panels on the jungle gym. And table-high sandboxes allow just about any kid to build a castle. Morgan’s Wonderland aims to offer everything a special-needs guest might enjoy at a theme park — while appealing to non-disabled… Continue Reading »

Mayor aims for London to be 'most disabled friendly in world' by 2012

Europe, May 24 2011

THE Deputy Mayor of London has promised a “true legacy” of accessibility for disabled people in the capital after next year’s Olympic Games. Richard Barnes pledged to “make sure London is inclusive and embracing to all communities” as he, along with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, opened a new play… Continue Reading »

UI professor creates crosswalk system that helps blind people

News, May 22 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho — A University of Idaho (UI) professor has developed a system being installed in cities around the country that helps visually impaired pedestrians safely cross intersections. Professor Richard Wall tells KLEW-TV that the Advanced Accessible Pedestrian System provides audible signals as well as raised arrows that tell visually… Continue Reading »

MBNA empowers consumers with disabilities with eSSENTIAL Accessibility

Americas, May 20 2011

MBNA Canada Bank (MBNA), Canada’s largest issuer of MasterCard credit cards, announced today a new alliance with eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ to feature assistive technology that extends the bank’s online services to Canadians with physical disabilities. It is part of a Disability Community Involvement initiative sponsored by March of Dimes Canada. eSSENTIAL… Continue Reading »

DPWH enforces barrier-free environment for people with disabilities in Philippines

Asia-Pacific, May 19 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte:  “A barrier-free environment will enable persons with disabilities to have access in any public buildings and establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa bilang 344,” said Architect Noel Baleña from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office-8 during the provincial forum for… Continue Reading »

Make infrastructure more disabled-friendly in Malaysia, urges Shahrizat

Asia-Pacific, May 17 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry wants all infrastructure, including public transport such as Light Rail Transit (LRT), bus, and taxi stations to be more disabled-friendly. Its minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the ministry would cooperate with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on… Continue Reading »

Ordnance Survey produces first maps for colour blind people

Europe, May 14 2011

UK: Colour blind people will soon be able to navigate the countryside with special maps created by Ordnance Survey. The maps, made with help from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, have one palette with shades that sufferers can see. Once drawn, they were put to the test by… Continue Reading »