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University of Technology Sydney robots may help disabled people to lift

Asia-Pacific, November 10 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: At the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), research fellow Dr Jaime Valls Miro said their robotics research was using intelligent and intuitive robots to help disabled people. “We want to introduce robotic intelligence into everyday life, even if it is helping someone to open a tin of tomatoes,”… Continue Reading »

Blind students help improve access to national park

Europe, November 10 2011

A group of students with visual disabilities have helped to test a new pilot scheme to help provide people with disabilities with better access to the Yorkshire Dales. Two students from Henshaws College, in Harrogate, who are blind, and their teachers spent the day at Malham National Park Centre where… Continue Reading »

Japanese inventors create robot dog to help blind people

Asia-Pacific, November 9 2011

TOKYO, JAPAN: A Japanese company has invented ‘Robo Dog’ robot that would serve as a guide to people who are blind. The ‘Robo Dog’ robot was created by Japanese developer NSK, along with the University of Electro-Communications, and uses a Microsoft Kinect image and distance sensor to create a 3-D visualization of… Continue Reading »

New technology at Northeast auditorium will help hearing impaired people

Americas, November 9 2011

GOOSE LAKE: According to the Better Hearing Institute, many people with hearing disabilities are embarrassed because it makes them feel “different” or left out. Even if they wear hearing aids they struggle to understand what is said in an auditorium or even in church. According to surveys, three out of 10… Continue Reading »

City of Sarnia improving accessibility for people with disabilities

Americas, November 9 2011

SARNIA, ON, CANADA: It just makes sense to create a city that caters to disabled people, says Susan Weatherston. She was hired by the City of Sarnia two years ago to interpret a slew of new provincial legislation geared to making the public sector more accessible. “It’s a long haul,”… Continue Reading »

Inclusive Technology launches the Smooth Talker single switch communicator

Europe, November 8 2011

Assistive technology specialist, Inclusive Technology, has launched Smooth Talker, an easy to use and highly versatile single switch communicator for users with speech and movement disabilities.  Providing up to two minutes of high quality speech recording time, Smooth Talker comes complete with the option of single message, sequential and random… Continue Reading »

Android powered shoes ‘Le Chal’ for blind people

Asia-Pacific, November 8 2011

Anirudh Sharma, an IT Engineer from Rajasthan Technical University has developed a system that offers non-obtrusive navigation for blind people (Hat tip: Himanshu Khanna, Pixelonomics). Calling it Le Chal (Hindi for ‘Take me there’), Sharma conceptualized and demonstrated the system at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  Media Lab Design and Innovation… Continue Reading »

Focusing on Universal Access for People with Disabilities

Africa, November 7 2011

ITSOSENG, SOUTH AFRICA: Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said action was required to ensure that people with disabilities benefited from good concepts designed for them. Bogopane-Zulu said this at the launch of the Universal Access campaign in Itsoseng, outside Mafikeng, on Thursday, which marked the beginning of national disability month. “Our… Continue Reading »

Accessible Taxi for people with disabilities addressed by New Orleans City Council

Americas, November 7 2011

Taxicabs are an important component of New Orleans’ multibillion-dollar tourist industry, but the city for years has done little to ensure that visitors or residents – who use wheelchairs can find taxis capable of accommodating them. The City Council this week passed an ordinance designed to correct that. Charles Tubre, a longtime spokesman… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Committee develops 5 year plan

Americas, November 7 2011

Sault Ste. Marie’s joint accessibility committee has developed a five-year plan to remove barriers in Sault Ste. Marie. The new plan, to be presented to council Monday, serves as the committee’s first five year plan which is required by new government legislation effective 2013. The Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires… Continue Reading »

Woman with disabilities sues Chengdu Airlines for barring her from boarding

Asia-Pacific, November 7 2011

Woman with disabilities from Sichuan Province is suing Chengdu Airlines for refusing to let her board a plane earlier this month, in the latest case of discrimination against people with disabilities in domestic airlines. Zhu Lanying, 26, wheelchair user, was about to board a Chengdu Airlines flight at Kunming Airport… Continue Reading »

GO Malta and FITA to make ICT accessible for people with disabilities

Europe, November 6 2011

MALTA: GO Malta has once more teamed up with the Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) and pledged its full support for the Foundation’s ongoing drive to make information communications technology accessible for people with disabilities in the Maltese islands. As a result of GO’s support, the company said that… Continue Reading »

SkillSoft introduces new e-learning course to help organizations comply with accessibility law

Americas, November 5 2011

NASHUA, N.H.:  SkillSoft, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small-to-medium-sized businesses, today announced a new e-learning course for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). SkillSoft has partnered with Toronto-based Sherrard Kuzz, LLP, one of Canada’s leading employment and labor law firms, to… Continue Reading »

Kenya Re launched campaign to help people with disabilities

Africa, November 4 2011

Kenya Re has launched a campaign that is expected to help people with disabilities participate more actively in both the economic and social life. The Niko Fiti – Ability beyond Disability campaign will run for three years and is expected to sensitize the general public about people with disabilities, as well as ensure… Continue Reading »

Disability advocates stage 'Roll-In' protest against 'Taxi of Tomorrow'

Americas, November 4 2011

NY: Wearing yellow buttons stating “Separate is NOT equal,” a dozen advocates in wheelchairs rolled into the “Taxi of Tomorrow” exhibit near Madison Square Park Thursday to raise concerns about the lack of disability access in the city’s forthcoming fleet of cabs. The “Roll-In” protest against the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission… Continue Reading »

Inclusion London calls for more accessible transport for people with disabilities

Europe, November 4 2011

LONDON, UK: Inclusion London has called on the Mayor to provide funding to improve the transport system in London so it becomes ‘fully accessible, affordable and reliable’. The disability equality organisation has made recommendations in response to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy Accessibility Implementation Plan. Included in the recommendations, Inclusion London… Continue Reading »

Minister Fletcher addresses need for transportation accessibility at End Exclusion 2011

Americas, November 4 2011

OTTAWA, CANADA: The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), yesterday delivered a speech at End Exclusion 2011, an event hosted by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Canada Without Poverty and the Canadian Association for Community Living. The event focused on issues around poverty and disability, including the many challenges of… Continue Reading »

MVTM now accessible for wheelchair users

Americas, November 4 2011

ALMONTE, ON, CANADA: The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is now accessible for wheelchair users. Funding in the amount of $34,000 – obtained by way of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada – permitted the installation of a brand new washroom on the museum’s ground floor, as well as updates… Continue Reading »

People with disabilities still facing accessibility challenges: APD

Africa, November 4 2011

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: As National Disability Month begins, organisations representing disabled community said South Africa still had a long way to go before it can become fully accessible to people with disabilities. The Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) said public transport was still not easily accessible to people with… Continue Reading »

Tenth International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics in Italy

Europe, November 3 2011

The Tenth International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics (ICOST) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2012 in Artimino, Italy. Smart homes connect all the devices and appliances in your home so they can communicate with each other and with you.  Anything in your home that uses electricity can be… Continue Reading »