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Access to copyright works to be improved

Australians – especially those with disabilities – will be given greater access to a range of copyright material under proposed new laws. The legislation, introduced in parliament on Wednesday, also allows libraries and archives more flexibility around preserving copyright material in their collection. It also reduces red tape around the use of works and broadcasts […]

World Down Syndrome Day Observed

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: A walkathon was organised on the ocassion of the 12th World Down Syndrome Day in Kathmandu today. The program saw the participation of 50 people with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic disability caused by a trisomy of chromosome 21,that is the existence of a partial or complete third copy of chromosome […]

University of Montana Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete

MISSOULA: University of Montana researchers with the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, or RTC:Rural, show that the standardized disability questions used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identify two distinct groups of people with disabilities: those with permanent disability and those with temporary disability. Their findings were published […]

Sign language dictionary to release in India soon

NEW DELHI: The government is all set to come up with the country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary that aims to bring together various sign languages used by people with hearing disabilities. The Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, which is being developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), has so far compiled 6,032 Hindi […]

UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues. “We do urge you to ensure a strong gender basis is built in to your agenda this year, and we urge you to take […]

Makeathon to build technology for persons with disabilities

Nearly 100 innovators, makers, students and people with disabilities will gather at the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for a three-day technology-building marathon to create devices that help people with disabilities overcome everyday challenges. At the event, called TOM:Berkeley, which starts on March 17, teams will work in state-of-the-art workshops at both Jacobs […]

Microsoft’s Project Torino helps children with vision disabilities participate in coding classes

Microsoft’s Research division has introduced Project Torino, a unique physical programming language meant to help children with vision disabilities learn to code. The system is designed to make sure that kids who have vision disabilities can participate in coding classes along with all their classmates. But Cecily Morrison, one of the researchers working on the […]

Teen develops goggles to help locate objects to people with vision disabilities

ITANAGAR:  Anang Tadar, a high school student of New Galaxy Academy, Arunachal Pradesh has invented a brilliant gadget called Goggle For Blind (G4B) for people who are blind or have low vision. This gadget will help people who are blind to identify objects in their surrounding without any physical contact. This will be done by […]

Concern over access to library material for people with vision disabilities raised with Minister

LACA, the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, has contacted the Minister responsible for intellectual property, Jo Johnson MP, with concerns that proposed changes to the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe will hamper the ability of libraries to serve people with print disabilities and provide access to works. LACA has identified that proposed changes […]

Connected Glasses Guiding People with Vision Disabilities

A service launched by technology firm Aira and AT&T allows people who are blind or have low vision to be guided by a remote operator through the images relayed by a pair of connected glasses. Service users speak to the operators who can help with tasks such as directions, reading labels and menus. Source: The […]