In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities marked Friday, December 3, the KKL-JNF International Relations, Access Israel Organization, Start-Up Nation Central, and the Ministry of Regional Cooperation hosted a range of startups in the Israeli pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The startups, from both Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), presented the audience with their most advanced accessibility technologies.
The visitors were invited to perform an urban obstacle course
As part of the unique presentation created by Access Israel, the visitors were invited to perform an urban obstacle course that lets people without disabilities experience the type of access challenges that people who use wheelchairs or the blind experience every day.
This activity is part of an international collaboration supported by Google and Friends of Access Israel, Inc. (Friends of Access Israel, Inc. (FAISR)). The partnership seeks to create an knowledge exchange and accelerate the development of technologies empowering people with disabilities, who account for 15% of the world population, concurrently achieving one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The venture works to increase the awareness of the rights of people with disabilities, or People of Determination, as they are called in the UAE, to full equality. Visitors to the Expo will be able to experience for themselves what it’s like to live with disabilities and at the same time discover unique and practical technology solutions developed in Israel.
The visitors have experienced hearing impairments
The Israeli technologies on display at Dubai Expo include an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) device developed by Voiceitt; medical and innovative communication technologies produced by EyeControl; an AI-based motion control system that analyses wheelchair seating positions developed by ReSymmetry; and a panoramic, 3D photography system that identifies accessibility obstacles in a range of terrains, including urban environments.
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The visitors experimented and played blind football