Moscow plans better disability access by 2018

Moscow is determined to be more disabled-friendly by 2018 – but it is attracting tourists rather than helping residents that is driving plans forward. Russia’s capital has a bad reputation for accessibility issues, with public transport and homes coming under fire in recent weeks. But a meeting of city bosses on Wednesday focused more on… Continue Reading »

WIPO copyright body agreed on instrument for visually impaired persons

The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) copyright negotiating body agreed last week to move forward on an instrument that would facilitate access to copyrighted works by visually impaired persons and others with print or reading disabilities. A vast cross-regional coalition of members, including Argentina, Brazil, the EU, and the US, came forward in support of… Continue Reading »

Panasonic launched cordless telephone for people with hearing disabilities and low vision

Panasonic, the leading brand of cordless home telephones worldwide, introduced a new DECT 6.0 plus technology cordless telephone to enable consumers with hearing and visual disabilities The Talking Caller ID announces caller ID information between rings using text-to-speech technology. Any-key Answer allows any handset key to be pressed to answer a call, and the ergonomically… Continue Reading »

Wheelchair users face metro 'ban' in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia: Wheelchair users have been banned from the St. Petersburg metro – and the scandal is throwing more attention on to the state of Moscow’s accessibility. In the northern capital there was fury when a young woman was stopped at the turnstiles and the network’s managers praised staff for “improving their work”. While… Continue Reading »

Sochi 2014 to create Russian Accessibility Map

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 can engage in Paralympic sports.… Continue Reading »

UI professor creates crosswalk system that helps blind people

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 impaired walkers when and in… Continue Reading »

Zoom Reader for iPhone 4, an App for Low-Vision Users

The iPhone has been praised for its wide range of accessibility features, but the recent launch of theZoomReader app just firmly sealed the iPhone’s leadership for anyone requiring a little visual assistance. ZoomReader features a combination of live video magnification, OCR functionality and a naturally sounding text-to-speech solution, making iPhone the ultimate mobile communications and… Continue Reading »