Europe

Maritime Agency Launches Passengers with Disabilities Satisfaction Survey

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published its 2019 Disabled Passenger Satisfaction Survey. The annual survey, now in its second year, has again been carried out to find out from those of reduced mobility about their personal journeys using ferry or cruise ship transport. The survey ran for a three-month period between 1st August… Continue Reading »

Professor Gerard Quinn Appointed as UN Disability Rights Rapporteur

Irish disability law expert Professor Gerard Quinn has been appointed as the UN rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. A qualified barrister and prominent legal academic, he is professor emeritus in law at NUI Galway, where he previously directed the world-leading Centre on International Disability Law & Policy. His appointment to succeed Costa Rican lawyer Catalina Devandas Aguilar has… Continue Reading »

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

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, and smart hub, which collect… Continue Reading »

New Measures to Ensure Motoring is Easier for Drivers with Disabilities

New measures designed to help the five percent of drivers with a disability include guides to motorway service areas with 360-degree images. Highways England plans to make it easier for disabled motorists to use UK motorways and A-roads. More than 100 service areas will be assessed on the accessibility of parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops… Continue Reading »

UK Priority Assistive Products List (APL) National Survey

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 for the assistive technology products… Continue Reading »

Zero Barreras App Measures the Accessibility of the Common Elements of a Building

SPAIN:  The Fundación Mutua de Propietarios presents ‘Zero Barreras’ , the first application for mobile devices that allows to easily measure the degree of accessibility of the common elements of a building, identifying the architectural barriers that a person with reduced mobility must face when accessing it. Thanks to the implementation of the latest technologies, such as artificial… Continue Reading »

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech Invites Startups 

Startups with solutions addressing barriers to digital inclusion faced by people with disabilities have been invited to apply for up to US$325,000 in grant funding from the latest GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, is looking for startups, small and medium enterprises… Continue Reading »

Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations: 2nd edition of the TUR4all Congress (Webinar series)

SPAIN: The Spanish Representative Platform for People with Physical Disabilities, PREDIF, and the Region of Valencia Tourist Board will once again be partnering to bring about the 2nd TUR4all Congress on the theme of “Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations”. From 9th to 30th November 2020, a total of 20 webinars will be held, highlighting the Autonomous… Continue Reading »

New LAV4ALL Design Seeks to Deliver Accessibility and Dignity

A new LAV4ALL design, developed by Austrian MRO provider FACC Aftermarket Services, seeks to make narrowbody lavatories accessible while occupying the same compact space as existing lavs. The design’s corner door, multiple handles, and clever use of space allows disabled passengers to enter the bathroom with their wheelchair and position themselves in and out of… Continue Reading »

County Council in U.K. Produces Interactive Guide to Assistive Technology

UNITED KINGDOM: Hertfordshire County Council has produced a visual guide to demonstrate how assistive technology can be used inside and outside the home to aid independent living. The interactive guide allows the user to click on different parts of a ‘technology house’ to view examples of devices and solutions that can be installed or worn. Examples include a flood… Continue Reading »