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Airlines agree to increase availability of accessible airport kiosks and mobile websites

Americas, Transportation, November 20 2017

self check-in kiosks in airport

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation has reached agreements with Alaska Airlines/Virgin America and Spirit Airlines to expand the availability of airport kiosks that will be accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to a DOT press release.  DOT also reached an agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to make the… Continue Reading »

Program helps make arts more accessible in the community

Asia-Pacific, Events, November 20 2017

Participant experiencing a tactile touch tour

The University of Western Australia will this month launch Inclusive Arts Week – a new program that aims to promote accessibility and inclusion in the arts for everyone in the community. Running between Tuesday 28 November and Saturday 2 December, Inclusive Arts Week packs in an exciting program of free… Continue Reading »

Ghanaians with Disabilities Assured of Accessibility to Courts

Africa, Built Environment, November 20 2017


GHANA: The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has assured persons with disabilities that all efforts are put in place under her leadership to ensure that  all the courts in the country are accessible to  them  to access justice. The Chief Justice gave the assurance when she paid a two-day working visit… Continue Reading »

More efforts urged for inclusion of persons with disabilities in Africa

Africa, Events, November 20 2017

Policymakers and experts attending an international meeting on persons with disabilities on Tuesday called for more efforts to include persons with disabilities in Africa’s major development agendas. Participants at the conference, organized by the Rehabilitation International (RI) organization at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, will evaluate opportunities, challenges and… Continue Reading »

Braille versions of Nguyen Nhat Anh’s books to be published

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 19 2017


HANOI, VIETNAM: Veteran writer Nguyen Nhat Anh’s books in Braille versions will be printed and released soon by Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in Ha Noi to serve its students. Writer Nguyen Nhat Anh, best-selling children’s books, Vietnam economy, Vietnamnet bridge, English news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, news… Continue Reading »

Jordan Prince Mired urges integration of persons with disabilities into labour market

Middle East, Misc., November 18 2017

AMMAN: HH Prince Mired, president of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, on Wednesday highlighted the importance of cooperation with the council to facilitate integrating persons with disabilities into the labour market. In a dialogue session co-organised by the council and the Amman Chamber of Industry,… Continue Reading »

Toyota Mobility Foundation launches $4 million challenge to expand mobility for people with lower-limb paralysis

Americas, Assistive Technology, November 17 2017

Woman in wheelchair on subway platform

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:  The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020. The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is seeking teams around… Continue Reading »

Assam to provide free textbooks to students with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 17 2017

Assam Government would provide free textbooks to students with vision disabilities of the state, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Tuesday. The chief minister made the announcement while releasing a guidebook for students with vision disabilities for competitive examinations. Sonowal said his government has taken up various programmes aimed at… Continue Reading »

New App Uses Smart Tags to Give Better Information and Independence to People who are Blind

Americas, ICT, November 16 2017

Shirt with Phone overlay

PLANO, TEXAS: Two architects with vision loss today launched WayAround, the smart assistant that gives on-demand details about everyday things for anyone with vision loss. The WayAround system uses custom smart tags plus an app for iOS or Android to provide audio information about items around the home and office.… Continue Reading »

EU assists employment of persons with disabilities in Mostar

Europe, Misc., November 16 2017

The presentation of VedriMo social enterprise employing three persons with disabilities was held on 6 November in Mostar within EU funded project “O.P.T.I.O.N.” (Overcoming the Prejudice and promoting new Tools for professional Integration Of people with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro). Within the Project aimed at integration and… Continue Reading »

Collaboration in Preparation for the World Urban Forum

Americas, DIAUD Network, November 15 2017

World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On November 1, 2017, the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting in preparation for the 9th  World Urban Forum (WUF9), which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next February.  Members provided information about their planned representation and contributions at the Forum and were also able to collaborate in planning… Continue Reading »

University to Host State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Americas, Events, November 15 2017

The ninth annual State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities runs Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center and the Schine Student Center. Including a first-time parallel Student Leadership Conference, the event will draw more… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities are being denied equal opportunities for a quality education across the world, including in the UK

Europe, Misc., November 15 2017

Researchers from the Faculty of Education have produced a new report on the current state of education for children with disabilities in both England and India. Here, Dr Nidhi Singal, one of the report’s authors, outlines some of the key statistics, and argues that teachers need better training and more… Continue Reading »

High Court seeks details on steps for education of children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 14 2017

Boy sitting in wheelchair in school against volumes of books on bookshelf in library.

JAIPUR, INDIA: The Rajasthan High Court has asked the State government about steps taken for education and skill development of children with disabilities as well as the action for promoting avenues for their self-employment after completion of education. The court drew the government’s attention to legal provisions for “inclusive education”.… Continue Reading »

Google to remove apps that use accessibility services not designed for users with disabilities

Americas, ICT, November 13 2017

Google Oreo

Google is cracking down on how developers employ their Accessibility services in their apps. Unless developers can describe how their app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users with disabilities, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off from the Google Play Store.… Continue Reading »

Iranian parliament discussing bill on rights of persons with disabilities

Middle East, Misc., November 13 2017

wheelchair user

TEHRAN: Iranian parliament, Majlis, is hammering out a bill on rights of persons with disabilities, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday. The bill is being discussed and will soon become a law before the International Day of People with Disability on December 3, said an official with Iran’s Welfare Organization.… Continue Reading »

Cathay Express Transportation Services Announces Taxis for Wheelchair Users in NYC

Americas, Transportation, November 13 2017

Accessible Taxis

REGO PARK, NY: Finding reliable transportation in the city can be stressful. Finding wheelchair accessible transportation can be even harder. Between unpredictable wait times and inadequate accommodations, travel can be a nuisance. Yet, with the right assistance, finding wheelchair accessible transportation doesn’t have to be difficult. Cathay Express Transportation Services… Continue Reading »

Conference on Autonomous Vehicles and the Disability Community

Americas, Events, November 13 2017

BALTIMORE: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) hosted a conference titled “The Promise: Autonomous Vehicles and the Disability Community” on October 25. The event was hosted at NFB’s Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The event brought together representatives from government, the… Continue Reading »

Live Virtual Conference: ‘Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference’

Americas, Events, November 12 2017

The 20th annual Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference, a live, web-based conference focused on accessible media, web and technology, presented by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD), will be held Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 15-17, and the virtual conference will be hosted in two locations on the University campus. Registration is free; please register… Continue Reading »

Gatwick Airport Hosts Accessibility Day

Europe, Transportation, November 11 2017

celebrating Autism Awareness Day

Gatwick Airport says staff from across the airport came together on Sunday November 5 for an event designed to give over 30 local families with a disabled family member – and their carers – an overview of airport processes before they travel. Travelling through an airport can be a challenge… Continue Reading »