Blind Driver Challenge Project Wins Top Awards at Niweek
National Instruments awarded its 2010 Application of the Year award to the Virginia Tech Blind Driver Challenge, a project designed to one day allow blind people to independently drive automobiles. The project is a collaborative effort between the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), partnering with TORC Technologies.
From OptoIQ, August 17, 2010
Lawmakers Push to Make Web Devices More Accessible to Users with Disabilities
Blind or deaf consumers, who have fought to make home phones and television more accessible, say they are now being left behind on the Web and many mobile devices.
From Statesman.com, August 17, 2010
Digital Helpers for the Hearing Impaired
developers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg have come up with a digital solution. In the »Speech-Improved Telephony« project sponsored by the federal ministry for the economy and technology BMWi, they work on algorithms typically used for hearing aids that can at least partially compensate for the hearing loss.
From EurekAlert!, August 16, 2010
DAISY for All - Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) Wins the First Bangladeshi National e-Content and ICT for Development Award
Award giving ceremony of the Bangladeshi National e-Content and ICT for Development Award 2010 was held at the National Museum on August 9, 2010. Honorable Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith attended as the chief guest while State Minister for Science and ICT Architect Yeafesh Osman was the special guest.
From Daisy News, August 14, 2010
UN - Youth Empowerment Projects from Over 30 Countries Awarded UN Grants
A Sierra Leonean group providing vocational training for disabled youth and a Palestinian forum setting up youth councils to influence the local government are among the 51 projects awarded grants from the United Nations for their efforts to empower young people.
From ISRIA, August 12, 2010
India: Assistive Technology Comes to Aid the Specially-Abled
Tailor-made technology helps physically challenged to reconnect with the digital world.
From Business Standard, August 09, 2010
USA: TecAccess Making Technology Accessible To All
A couple of weeks ago, we met Megan Duckett, founder and CEO of Sew What?, a provider of fabric sets for stage productions. This week, we say hello to another female entrepreneur with a compelling story to tell: Debra Ruh, who heads up TecAccess, a 50-person operation in Rockville, Va.
From InformationWeek, August 09, 2010
Bangladesh: Noman Wins Magsaysay Award
AHM Noman Khan, founder and executive director of Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), has won Ramon Magsaysay Award 2010 for his relentless efforts for the rights of the challenged.
From Daily Star, August 03, 2010
UN Convention: Guidance on use of Human Rights Monitoring
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has produced a document entitled, Effective Use of International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms to Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From Disability Awareness in Action, August 01, 2010
Deaf, Blind Promised a Better Film Experience
New technology allows the deaf to read captions projected onto a reflecting device they can screw into a cup holder.
From Boston.com, July 30, 2010