Universal Design

Thammasat University Continuously Strives to Offer Excellent Support to Students with Disabilities

THAILAND: Thammasat University has the highest number of students with disabilities among closed-system universities in Thailand since 2003 when Thammasat decided to launch an admission program for students with disabilities. Piyaphong Iadpum, director of Disabled Student Services Thammasat University (DSS) said that Thammasat has learned and improved a lot in setting up the service center and there… Continue Reading »

USDOT Launches Challenge to Design Accessible AV Solutions

The Inclusive Design Challenge is seeking automated vehicle (AV) solutions that are designed to be more accessible to people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has opened Stage I of the Inclusive Design Challenge, a national prize competition seeking design solutions to make future automated vehicles (AVs) more accessible to people with disabilities. Stage… Continue Reading »

Innovative Masks to Help Persons with Visual Impairment

ISRAEL: For the hearing impaired, this is no easy task, as it adds an extra layer of difficulty to their ability to communicate, often times with various service providers such as doctors and nurses. As face masks have become an inseparable part of the lives of millions of Israelis there are those who may have more trouble with the… Continue Reading »

Professor Creates Face Mask with an Accessible Design

USA: On Friday, President Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people in the United States wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The additional public health measure is not a substitute for social distancing but is mainly to prevent those who have the virus… Continue Reading »

New Digital ‘Accessibilitas’ Portal to Promote Universal Design

Fundación ONCE and the Royal Board on Disability have just launched ‘Accessibilitas’, a digital platform designed to improve the universal design of spaces, goods and services and, therefore, aimed at people and institutions interested in making this goal a reality. The platform aims to promote the generation and dissemination of knowledge on universal accessibility and… Continue Reading »

New Gadget Provides Inclusive Experience for Rugby Fans with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM:  Blind sports fans have received a boost from a magnetic gadget to help them enjoy a match. The “touchy-feely” board helps visually-impaired supporters keep up with the action and never miss a goal, try, putt or basketball hoop. The kit is the first of its type in the UK and is being used at Scottish rugby matches… Continue Reading »

Japanese Firm’s Notebooks Focused on Universal Design

JAPAN: When a manufacturer here set out to create a notebook for developmentally disabled people, who are often bothered by pure white pages, decorative lines and date columns, they went right to the source. Ohguri Shikou, a notebook maker based in Ikuno Ward here, teamed with a patient support group to ask the opinions of about… Continue Reading »

Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to work together for the… Continue Reading »

Pilot Project Tests Tech to Help Pedestrians Use Crosswalks

CANADA: Municipalities on the northeast Avalon are testing new technology to increase the safety and ease of using crosswalks for people with disabilities including sight loss. The pilot project, called Key2Access, allows pedestrians to access crosswalk push buttons with a fob or through a mobile app that includes audio instructions. “An announcement like this means, absolutely, freedom,… Continue Reading »

The Design Council Spark: Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market

Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge  Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market  Dragons’ Den investor and entrepreneur Deborah Meaden to host 2019 Spark showcase event Ten bright UK entrepreneurs will be pitching for a share of up to £150,000 on 9 October… Continue Reading »