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3D Printed Hands Are Giving Syrian Children a Second Chance

Assistive Technology, Middle East, July 6 2020

Picture of a child using a 3d printed hand

SYRIA: War is causing havoc and destruction in Syria. However, children remain innocent within this realm and their pursuits of playtime and fun are undiminished. Ten-year-old Loai was playing in his neighborhood in Aleppo with his friends when a shell was dropped on them. Loai lost his hand in the attack.… Continue Reading »

Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

Americas, Assistive Technology, July 6 2020

Image of a glove that A glove able to translate sign language to speech in real-time has been designed (Image: Getty/UCLA)

BIOENGINEERS have built a glove able to translate sign language to speech in real-time. The cutting-edge glove features thin, stretchable sensors running to the fingertips. These sensors can detect motions and finger placement through electrically conducting yarns. Those sensors are then connected to a tiny circuit board – approximately the… Continue Reading »

Implementing the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

Disaster, Global, July 3 2020

GLOBAL: For too long the risks faced by people with disabilities in crisis settings have been exacerbated by their exclusion from humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery. The new IASC Guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action provide an opportunity for humanitarian actors to deliver on their commitment… Continue Reading »

Statement by Minister Qualtrough on the Anniversary of the Accessible Canada Act

Americas, News, June 23 2020

CANADA: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, today issued the following statement: “On June 21, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act received Royal Assent. On this one-year anniversary, we celebrate the passage of this law as one of the most significant achievements for disability rights in Canada. Reaching this milestone… Continue Reading »

National Disability Research Partnership in Australia to Focus on Strengthening the Disability Research Sector

Asia-Pacific, News, June 22 2020

AUSTRALIA: The National Carer Network and Carers Australia welcomes today’s announcement of a National Disability Research Partnership. The approach, put forward by Ministers Roberts and Ruston, highlights a new approach that progresses a research agenda, research capability roadmap, and practical guides for disability-inclusive research to strengthen the disability research sector. Chief… Continue Reading »

European Parliament Calls for a New, Ambitious EU Disability Strategy

Europe, News, June 22 2020

Person on a wheelchair looking into the camera

EUROPE: As the current EU Disability Strategy comes to an end, Parliament is calling on the European Commission for an ambitious post-2020 strategy. Discover its priorities. What the Parliament wants in the new EU Disability Strategy The European Parliament wants an inclusive society in which the rights of people living… Continue Reading »

New Research Project to Explore Benefits of Assistive Tech for Older Persons

Assistive Technology, Europe, June 19 2020

Older woman opening the door

IRELAND: Carried out by researchers at Dublin City University, a new survey has been launched to explore and develop cost-effective assistive technology solutions to help elderly people to remain independent and safe in their own homes. Researchers at the Centre for e-Integrated Care (CeIC) and the Insight SFI Research Centre for… Continue Reading »

Training Initiative in Maritime Education Launched for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., June 16 2020

SINGAPORE: The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Singapore Branch (ICS-SG) has announced a new training initiative to provide maritime education to persons with disabilities. The training initiative is supported by SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. The course involves training the attendees on the basic understanding of shipping,… Continue Reading »

Proposal for a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria

Africa, News, June 15 2020

Person speaking from a podium.

NIGERIA: The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu who stated this when he paid a… Continue Reading »

Transport Transition Plans – Operator Guide for Assisting Passengers with Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, June 12 2020

SCOTLAND: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) has published guidance for transport operators to ensure that changes to public transport services during Covid-19 take into account disabled people’s needs. The guidance emphasises that the 2010 Equality Act continues to apply and so the impacts on disabled people of any… Continue Reading »

Regional Government in Spain Signs Agreement to Promote Universal Accessibility in Cultural Spaces

Built Environment, Europe, Universal Design, June 10 2020

Person signing a document on a table.

SPAIN: The Extremadura Regional Government has signed a new agreement with the CB Foundation , the Caja de Extremadura Foundation , the Extremadura Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Fempex) and the Association for the Care and Social Integration of People with Physical Disabilities in Extremadura (Apamex), with the aim of promoting universal accessibility in cultural… Continue Reading »

Greece to Ensure Accessibility in Tourism for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Tourism, June 9 2020

Person seated on a chair giving an interview.

GREECE: Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on Wednesday told parliament that the ministry had made accessibility for people with disabilities in tourism a priority issue. As he said, for the first time the tourism ministry will establish an accessible tourism committee, where the goal is to map out all any problems relating… Continue Reading »

New Coordinated Accessibility Strategy Guides University’s Commitment on Campus

Americas, Built Environment, June 8 2020

Group of students with one lady on a wheelchair.

CANADA: More than a quarter of first-year students at Carleton self-identify as having a disability, and about 11 per cent have registered with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. An additional six per cent of university staff report having some type of disability. Ensuring that all of our… Continue Reading »

ZERO PROJECT 2020-21: Call for Nominations on Employment and ICT

Assistive Technology, Global, ICT, June 2 2020

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate Innovative Practices and Policies concerning this year’s topic: Employment and ICT. Click here to submit your nomination This year, we are seeking for Innovative Practices and Policies from across the business, civil, technology, academic and public sectors and have… Continue Reading »

British Columbia Celebrates Third Annual AccessAbility Week; Grants for Local Accessibility Projects

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 1 2020

British Columbia kicks off its third annual AccessAbility Week with $500,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations for local accessibility projects. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000 depending on a project’s size and scope, will be distributed by Disability Alliance BC (DABC).“AccessAbility Week is an opportunity for everyone to… Continue Reading »

Researchers From University Develop Braille Ultrasonic Haptic Display for ATMs 

Assistive Technology, Europe, May 29 2020

Braille display device being used at an ATM

GERMANY: German engineers from the University of Bayreuth have developed an ultrasonic haptic display that allows them to display Braille numbers non-contact. The device can create several zones in the air at the same time, where the ultrasonic waves are focused and create a pressure that a person can distinguish. At the… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Updates from Brazil, Ecuador, Libya, Bangladesh, Mexico and Pakistan

Americas, Asia-Pacific, Global, Middle East, Universal Design, May 28 2020

Regina Cohen, Brazil – In 2019, a Brazilian architect, Regina Cohen has represented G3ict and its Smart Cities for All initiative (SC4A)  in the Smart City Expo Curitiba in Mexico and also participated in the Smart Cities and Disability Conference (SUDI) 2019. In 2020, Regina attended the 27th World Congress of Architects… Continue Reading »

Accessible Transportation Around the World – Updates from Access Exchange International

Global, Transportation, May 28 2020

South Africa tests access features in rough terrain Prototype bus would enhance mobility for school children, others with special needs Even prior to the current pandemic, more than half a million children with disabilities were estimated to be out of school in South Africa. Lack of transport to school is… Continue Reading »

Design Concept for Assistive Mobility Vehicle Embraces Universal Design 

Assistive Technology, Universal Design, May 19 2020

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You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”) – a purely electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle concept that grants you true omnidirectional maneuverability. To simplify it, think of it as a hoverboard with a seat but you don’t have to worry… Continue Reading »

Disability Survey Is Afghanistan’s First in 15 Years

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, May 19 2020

Two women seated on the ground during an interview

Afghanistan in context Afghanistan has endured decades of political instability and chaos. The country remains exceedingly fragile despite nearly 20 years of international support, and the most recent presidential election, of which long-time rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have both declared themselves the winner, has left the Afghan government… Continue Reading »