USA: University of Illinois Opens State-of-the-Art Dorm for Students with Disabilities
Facility marks new milestone for university, already a leader in disability services
From Chicago Tribune, August 18, 2010
Sierra Leone: UN-HABITAT Gives $ 20,000 Grant for Disability Project in Sierra Leone
A DISABLED YOUTH-led centre in Sierra Leone that almost had to close its doors is celebrating a new lease of life with the help of a UN-HABITAT grant from its Urban Youth Fund which awards grants worth in total close to USD one million annually.
From Standard Times Press News Sierra Leone, August 18, 2010
MobileASL: The First Mobile Phone for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
And it doesn't require users to wear a crazy looking glove. MobileASL incorporates compressed video signals, increased image quality around the face and hands, and motion detection to make it a better option than other mobile video conferencing services.
From Gizmodo, August 17, 2010
Tech Savvy Transportation Center Opens in Aiken
Federal officials marked the opening of a new transportation center in Aiken that will help hundreds of elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people get around.
From WJBF-TV, August 17, 2010
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