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Apple launches the iPhone X: Accessibility features known so far

Americas, ICT, September 25 2017

iPhone X

Apple recently announced three new phones at its launch event in California: iPhone X (pronounced X), iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The most talked about ever since is of course the iPhone X. The screen of the X will cover the entire front of the phone eliminating the ‘Home… Continue Reading »

44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 25 2017

wheelchair user

TOKYO, JAPAN: The 44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2017 will be held on September 27-29 at Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan. Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Asia, which brings together home care and rehabilitation equipment… Continue Reading »

Disability and engineering communities pair up for assistive technology hackathon

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 25 2017

engineers and designers worked with people with disabilities to create functional prototypes wheelchair

CALGARY, ALBERTA:  TOM: Alberta, a subsidiary of Kadima Dynamics, just concluded their third annual makeathon event. Local engineers and designers worked with people living with disabilities to create open-source solutions for everyday challenges. 15 multidisciplinary teams from Calgary worked together for a continuous 72 hours from August 24-27 to produce… Continue Reading »

Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion

Africa, Disaster, September 25 2017

Disability sign in place of enter key

PROVIDENCE, RI: The recent natural disasters of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have refocused the discussion on the need for universal web accessibility, particularly for those with a disability. Persons with disabilities need to have access to inclusive online apps and resources that not only keep them informed of weather conditions,… Continue Reading »

Hanoi builds accessibility information website for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 25 2017

HANOI: The building of the website aims to raise awareness about issues of persons with disabilities in the community and boost accessibility in tourism for them. The website will introduce tourist attractions and rate accessibility of sites for persons with disabilities and communications. The city People’s Committee also recommended concerned… Continue Reading »

South Africa should prioritize implementing inclusive education for children with disabilities

Africa, Misc., September 24 2017

The Human Rights Watch urge the South Africa authorities to take action to fulfil all commitments on recommendations received during its third UPR cycle, including prevention of xenophobia or other forms of intolerance and violence against women. The government should finalize the national action plan to combat racism, racial discrimination,… Continue Reading »

Google Maps turns to it’s user base to gather information on accessibility features

Americas, ICT, September 21 2017

Google Map

Traveling without Google Maps seems like an impossible task in today’s world. Gone are the days when we would stop someone on the road and ask for directions. But more often than not it is difficult to know accessibility features of a place while traveling. Google now wants to make… Continue Reading »

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Asia-Pacific, Events, September 20 2017

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The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. This annual conference is open to people with all types of disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, employers and educators. The… Continue Reading »

Leaving no one behind – achieving disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Americas, Disaster, September 19 2017

Natural hazard events can occur in any country, at any time. At present, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are dealing with the aftermath of some of the worst monsoon flooding in years, which has left more than 1,200 people dead and millions homeless. At the same time, North America and the… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan: Commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities positive but further steps needed – UN expert

Asia-Pacific, Misc., September 18 2017

ASTANA:  Kazakhstan has shown a strong commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas said in a statement at the end of her official visit to the country. “The positive steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system… Continue Reading »

Google Glass app helps children with disabilities with social interactions

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 16 2017

Google Glass

A prototype Google Glass app can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. A new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI finds that the wearable technology can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. Moreover,… Continue Reading »

New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

Americas, Misc., September 15 2017

Discover Ability Network website Screenshot

TORONTO: The Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements. The portal is a… Continue Reading »

U.S. DOT Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards

Americas, Transportation, September 14 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts, totaling $6.185 million* for a period of performance through FY 2019, under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities. ATTRI is a multimodal departmental effort that has been… Continue Reading »

Connecting Communities and Mapping Accessible Places

DIAUD Network, Europe, September 13 2017


On September 6 2017 the DIAUD Network held the next in a series of virtual meetings, to discuss the opportunity to collaborate in preparation for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018.  Representatives from the PWD-PCG and the GAP participating in the High Level Meeting… Continue Reading »

Grant creates postdoc fellowships for nursing researchers with disabilities

Americas, Misc., September 13 2017

SPOKANE, WASH.: Research scientists with disabilities are underrepresented in the health sciences, yet such scholars bring needed perspective to understanding and improving health policies and services for people with disabilities. A new federal grant will help WSU hire three post-doctoral students with disabilities to become academic researchers, with the goal… Continue Reading »

Ensuring Accessibility: Lessons from the BRT in Mexico

Americas, Transportation, September 12 2017

Accessible Bus

The reliance on public transportation for the 81.2 million inhabitants concentrated in Mexico’s urban centers is estimated at approximately eighty-percent of their urban transit needs. Although the majority of urban inhabitants are dependent on public transportation, many of the features of these transport systems have been described as non-inclusive and… Continue Reading »

Metro to launch Abilities-Ride paratransit service to encourage accessible taxi use as alternative to MetroAccess

Americas, Transportation, September 11 2017


MetroAccess customers will have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride program on Monday, September 18. The new program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi services–without sharing a ride–at a discounted rate. The Abilities-Ride… Continue Reading »

Artificial intelligence thinks like people with autism, used to develop educational tools

Americas, ICT, September 11 2017

Kunda discusses the technology and shows it on screen.

There’s a computer on the third floor of Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall that scans geometric patterns, deciding which missing shapes would be most likely to fit in. It fills in those blanks about as well as a human 17-year-old would, and it’s only getting smarter, thanks to a study of the… Continue Reading »

Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 11 2017

Wheelchair ramp symbol

CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. Until now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on… Continue Reading »

INMED Launches Aquaponics Program for Children with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., September 11 2017

Rosie with kids

Students who attend Laerskool Kempton Park had surprisingly clean hands after planting seedlings in their new aquaponics garden, which was launched by INMED Partnerships for Children, INMED South Africa and Air Products. That’s because there’s no dirt! “INMED has pioneered the use of school-based aquaponics to improve the nutrition and… Continue Reading »