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Assistive Technology Firm Announces Accessible Kiosk Solution

September 05, 2019

American assistive technology provider Vispero has announced a new solution, the 'JAWS Kiosk' that aims to deliver better accessibility at digital kiosks for persons with visual impairment. Read More

Source: Access and Mobility Professional

Singapore: Almost 3 in 10 Persons with Disabilities of Working Age Employed: Ministry of Manpower Survey

September 02, 2019

Almost 3 in 10 persons with disabilities(PwD) of working age are employed said the Singapore Ministry for Manpower.The numbers are accrued to funding programs that help integrate PwDs at the workplace Read More

Source: Channel News Asia

China's Medical Emergency Hotline Introduces New Service for Beijing Residents with Hearing and Speech Impairments

September 01, 2019

An emergency response service for Beijing residents with hearing & speech impairments was launched on the Beijing Tong app where the response team stays in contact with the caller through text message Read More

Source: Sixth Tone

Hong Kong Blind Union (HKBU)'s Jockey Club E-Learning For All (ELFA) Project to Help Students with Visual Impairment

September 01, 2019

The Hong Kong Blind Union launched the Jockey Club E-Learning For All Project helping minimize the learning gap between students with visual impairment by making the best use of e-learning technology Read More

Source: Open Gov Asia

Canada: University of Alberta Students Develop Mind-Controlled Video Game

August 29, 2019

Students at the University of Alberta, Canada have developed a videogame called AlphaBlaster where players using a neurotechnology headband control actions in the game using their mind Read More

Source: Toronto Star

India’s First Assistive Technology Conclave 2019 Focused on Tech Start-ups for Persons with Disabilities Held

August 25, 2019

India’s first-ever Assistive Technology Conclave was launched by NGO Samarthanam. The conclave focused on Tech Startups for persons with disabilities Read More

Source: APN News

World Health Organisation Convenes Global Stakeholders to Improve Access to Assistive Technology

August 23, 2019

The World Health Organization held a global consultation on assistive technology to gauge global access demand and supply and ways to improve the availability of quality affordable assistive products. Read More

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

United Kingdom Agency Issues Revised Guidance on Assistive Technologies

August 22, 2019

The United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has revised its guidance on assistive technologies, products that support persons with disabilities Read More

Source: Regulatory Affairs Professional Society

Google Will Now Let Users with Visual Impairment Experience Live Edits in Google Docs

August 21, 2019

Google announced that live updates on Google Docs will now work with Assistive Technology, screen readers and braille displays making it easier for persons with visual impairments to use Live Edits Read More

Source: Gizmodo

Google Sign Language AI Turns Hand Gestures into Speech Using Smartphones

August 20, 2019

Google has developed software that could pave the way for smartphones to interpret sign language. Until now, this AI software has only worked on computers. Read More

Source: BBC

New Tool to Make Web Browsing Easier for Persons with Visual Impairments

August 19, 2019

Voice Exploration, Retrieval, and Search (VERSE) a new tool developed at the University of Waterloo allows persons with visual impairments to get web content from smart speakers and similar devices. Read More

Source: Tech Explorist

Australia: Research Hub to Develop Smart Home Technology for Persons with Disabilities

August 16, 2019

Government of Australia is investing $3 million to launch the Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living at Deakin University to develop personalized smart home technology for persons with disabilities Read More

Source: Innovation Aus