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HIMS instrumental in launching UN Accessibility Center

2013-12-09 20:53
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HIMS products equip the United Nations new Accessibility Center

The United Nations launches center for the disabled on 4th December, 2013, the dayafter the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

*Read UN press release Ban inaugurates accessibility centre at UN Headquarters(External link) UN News Centre released on 4 December 2013

*Visit UN Accessibility Center official website(External link)

The United Nations Accessibility Center, located in the first basement level of the UN headquarters in New York City, is designed to provide people with impaired hearing, vision and other physical disabilities access to intergovernmental processes, allowing them to easily access U.N. documents and fully participate in meetings at the headquarters.

Since early this year, HIMS has been deeply involved in the project to open an accessibility center at the United Nations, providing the UN information on accessibility and assistive technology as well as donating most of the AT products for the visually impaired to be placed at the center.

The Accessibility Center was originally scheduled for inauguration in September, however, the opening was delayed due to an increased terror threat at that time. After overcoming a few more obstacles, preparations were completed and HIMS visited the center in October for pre-planning meetings and installation of and training on the donated assistive technology equipment.

Finally, on December 4, the United Nations Accessibility Center was inaugurated with the ribbon cutting by the Secretary General of the UN Mr. Ban Ki Mun. More than 200 attended the ceremony, includingspecial guests of HIMS representing NFB, ACB, AFB and others representing various aspects of the blindness assistive technology field.

Banner: HIMS products; LifeStyle HD730(Left), Braille Sense U2, Braille Sense U2 QWERTY, LifeStyle CANDY GRIP (right) are euipped in UN Accessibility Center

Now, visually impaired persons visiting the UN can utilize cutting-edge assistive technology products from HIMS, including our Braille Sense U2 notetaker, BookSense XT DAISY book player, LifeStyle CANDY GRIP handheld HD magnifier and LifeStyle HD730 desktop video magnifier to assist them in information gathering or participation in UN meetings or events.Visitors from countries where assistive technology is not yet widely utilized can learn about the types of AT products available and can discover how they might better support ther disabled populations through the use of assistive devices.

Since its founding 15 years ago, HIMS has been devoted to improving the outlook for the visually impaired through the development of assistive technology products for the blind and low vision as well as the donation of AT products and awarding of scholarships to blind students. HIMS is exceptionally proud to extend this contribution to other fields and other populations around the world.

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