Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub at UCL Awarded £10m to Widen Accessibility of Assistive Technology
The Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub-UCL has been awarded £10m from the Department for International Development to widen access to assistive technology for disabled people around the world.
From UCL News, July 25, 2018
Reprogrammable Braille Could Shrink Books to a Few Pages
Braille displays are accessible but not portable. Harvard researchers have now crafted reprogrammable braille that could eliminate the need for unique pages without the bulk of a display.
From Yahoo, July 24, 2018
Global Summit Shines a Spotlight on People with Disabilities
The Kenyan government and the International Disability Alliance hosts the first Global Disability Summit to ensure people with disabilities are included in both policy making and society as a whole.
From The Telegraph, July 24, 2018
The App Changing the Dating Scene for Persons with Disabilities in India
Inclov, an app is seeking to give people with disabilities in India more opportunities to socialise. Standing for inclusive love read more about this Indian dating and social app.
From BBC, July 20, 2018
United States: Starbucks to Open First U.S. Signing Store
Starbucks will open its first Signing Store in Washington, D.C., USA in an effort to promote an accessible retail experience for all customers and offer employment for persons with disabilities.
From Starbucks, July 19, 2018
Zambia: Disability Rights Activists Demand Election Braille Template
Disability Rights Watch has appealed to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to provide a braille template, for the coming Mayoral Elections, enabling the blind to participate in the election.
From ZNBC News, July 18, 2018
4 Areas Where AI Makes the World More Accessible
AI technology such as voice interaction, image recognition and real-time captioning is starting to break down barriers for people with sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities.
From Charity Digital News, July 17, 2018
Tech4Good 2018 Awardees Seek to Improve Accessibility
Apps that allow deaf people to call 999 and blind people to find volunteers to ‘be their eyes’, are two winners of the 2018 Tech4Good awards
From The Guardian, July 17, 2018
United Kingdom: The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 to Come Into Force on 23 Sept 2018
With an aim to make digital services more accessible to all, the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 have been presented before the UK Parliament, according to the new EU Directive that requires all public-sector organisations, including all councils will need to make sure that their digital services and online information are accessible for persons with disabilities.
From UK Legislation, July 16, 2018
Philippines: Department of Tourism (DOT) to Work Towards Barrier-free Tourism
The Philippines Department of Tourism is set to make a communication action plan countering challenges such as lack of assistive technology-friendly facilities and promote barrier-free tourism.
From Manila Bulletin, July 07, 2018