Assistive Technology

Smart Shoes with Embedded Sensors Enable Better Safety

Assistive Technology, Europe, Universal Design, May 18 2021

Persons with visual impairment walking on the street with their canes.

AUSTRIA: Shoes with sensors embedded in them have been created to alert blind and visually impaired people to obstacles in their path. Developed by Austria’s Tec-Innovation company in collaboration with the Graz University of Technology, the intelligent shoes can increase the safety of visually impaired and blind people in their everyday… Continue Reading »

Egypt: New Incubator for Enterprises in Assistive Technology 

Assistive Technology, Middle East, News, April 26 2021

UNDP logo

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Egypt’s National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD) launched in April an incubator for enterprises producing technologies for the disabled. Executive Director of NIGSD Sherifa El-Sherif stated that the Assistive Technology Incubation Program was launched by opening the door for licensed Egyptian… Continue Reading »

Intel and AI Developer Create Backpack That Helps Navigate Persons with Visual Impairment

Americas, Assistive Technology, April 22 2021

Front, side and back view of the ai enabled backpack with the front view showing the GPS unit placed on the top front of the backpack.

US: What differentiates an animal from a machine are its mirror neurons, a set of neurons in an organism’s brain that is fired to perform a task based on the performance of self or others. Discovered in 1991, the research on mirror neurons is still going on, and the Giacomo Rizzolatti research… Continue Reading »

US: Study Reveals 42% of Older Persons Have Unmet Need for Assistive Bathing and Toileting Devices

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, April 22 2021

42% of older adults have unmet need for assistive bathing, toileting devices.

US: “In an older population, the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions like home modification, occupational therapy and physical therapy is robust. They prevent falls, improve quality of life, and reduce hospitalization — with effects that are more meaningful than things like vitamin D or aspirin, even though that’s what we are typically… Continue Reading »

New Report by WIPO Presents Technology Trends for 2021

Assistive Technology, Global, March 24 2021

Innovations aimed at helping people overcome mobility, sight and other disabilities have exploded in recent years, and are becoming ever more integrated in regular consumer goods, the United Nations said on March 23. More than one billion people worldwide currently need technology-based assistance to overcome a disability – a figure expected to… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism: UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Socio-Cultural Impacts of COVID-19, Issue I Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Disaster, Global, Tourism, December 3 2020

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a ‘game changer’ for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic. A new set of  Inclusive Recovery Guides from the World Tourism Organization, produced in partnership with the European Network for Accessible… Continue Reading »

Event: WHO Online Master Training Workshop for Measuring Access to Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, Events, Global, November 10 2020

The WHO Online Master Training Workshop for Measuring Access to Assistive Technology will take place on 17-19 November 2020. The workshop is an integral part of the development of the WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT). The resolution on improving access to assistive technology (WHA71.8) mandates WHO to develop the global report in the context… Continue Reading »

Welsh Startup Launches New Range of Assistive Tech Products for Independent Living

Assistive Technology, Europe, September 30 2020

Image of tab like assistive tech product

Care Direct Technology has announced the commercial release of its suite of assistive technology products designed to make independent living more achievable for those who need extra help around the home. The release includes a set of IoT home sensors, a smartwatch, personal alarm, reactive cameras with a two-way microphone,… Continue Reading »

UK Priority Assistive Products List (APL) National Survey

Assistive Technology, Europe, September 22 2020

Logo of the British Assistive Technology Association Technology

The WHO has developed a Priority Assistive Products List (APL) to assist Member States in planning policies and programmes related to the provision of assistive products. The British Assistive Technology Association in collaboration WHO-GATE have launched this survey to identify the UK’s most essential Assistive Products List. This will help us define our own national priorities… Continue Reading »

Thai Universities Innovate to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 18 2020

Boy in a wheelchair in difference seating positions

THAILAND: National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), and Department of Older Persons (DOP) signed in an MoU to support the development of the innovations for empowering the older people and persons with disabilities. In the initial stage, there are a few inventions that… Continue Reading »


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