Middle East

Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

Sharjah Museums Department launches new initiative 'Sharjah Museums are Accessible for All'

Sharjah: As part of the Sharjah Museums Department’s ,the Community and Accessibility Services of the Department of Interpretation and Education has launched a new initiative, titled ‘Sharjah Museums are Available to All’ which aims to acquaint social care and special needs centers with its new educational programs for 2011-2012. The department organized a series of… Continue Reading »

Abu Dhabi Government website accessible for people with disabilities

Abu Dhabi: User experience consultancy User Vision has just completed a long term contract to make Abu Dhabi government websites more accessible for people with disabilities. The project, part of the Abu Dhabi Government Modernisation Initiative, was the first of its kind in the region and underlines the government’s active interest in web accessibility and… Continue Reading »

Abu Dhabi police urged motorists not to use parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The total number of traffic violations issued by the Abu Dhabi Police for the wrong parking such as in front of  the fire hoses and ambulance vehicles reached 2,302 violations in the the first half of this year. The Traffic and Patrol Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, called on motorists not to… Continue Reading »

Emirati man designed ‘iMouse’ software controls computer with facial movements

Dubai, UAE: An Emirati man has designed a computer mouse that uses facial recognition technology to allow disabled people to use computers. The iMouse software automatically detects and tracks eye, head and nose movements to control the mouse cursor. “Through our software, we can help people with disabilities to be integrated into society,” said Hashim… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities denied access to public places in Muscat city

Muscat, Oman:  “A country’s emphasis on disability access at public places is usually an accurate indicator of the progress the country has made, both economically and in terms of human development,” said Ahmed al Badi. The 41 year old disabled telephone operator at Al Nahda Hospital has witnessed the economic transformation of the sultanate from… Continue Reading »

Israeli researchers develop a "virtual cane" for blind people

JERUSALEM: A cane that works as a “virtual flashlight” to help blind people with spatial navigation was displayed at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. Developed by Amir Amedi of Medical Research Israel-Canada, and the Department of Medicine of Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) , the device uses sensors to detect objects in the users… Continue Reading »

Disabled voters fail to reach ballot boxes in absence of poor accessibility in Turkey

ISTANBUL: The Supreme Election Board (YSK) did not apply a decision it had already passed to place ballot boxes on the ground floors of buildings so as to enable easy access for disabled voters and those over 75 in all schools, where voting for the national elections took place on Sunday. The Prime Ministry Administration… Continue Reading »

UAE students invents virtual mouse to help disabled people

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 final year project at Khalifa… Continue Reading »

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

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 and the lawsuit against Kavim… Continue Reading »