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UNIC Lagos Launches World’s First Complete Braille of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Africa, Misc., December 14 2017

LAGOS, NIGERIA: The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos Nigeria, on Monday 11 December 2017 launched the first complete braille version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to mark the 2017 International Human Rights Day and the beginning of the year-long campaign to commemorate the 70th anniversary of… Continue Reading »

How yoocanfind.com is changing the world for people with disabilities and their families

Americas, Misc., December 14 2017

How It All Began: Born With A Rare Disease (GCN & NCM) In July 2008, a young boy named Erez Gaon entered the world. Erez was born with a rare disease and complex cognitive and physical disabilities. No one knew exactly what Erez had. Not his family and not the… Continue Reading »

Researchers study how to improve tornado warnings for people with disabilities

Americas, Disaster, December 13 2017

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.: The University of Alabama’s Drs. Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin have been awarded a grant of $251,850 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities. The… Continue Reading »

DEPwD organizes Workshop on Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace with FICCI

Asia-Pacific, Events, December 13 2017

NEW DELHI: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India on Friday organizes Sensitization Workshop on ‘Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’ in collaboration with FICCI at Federation House, New Delhi. The objective of the… Continue Reading »

Tommy Hilfiger launches clothing line for people with disabilities

Americas, Misc., December 12 2017

Man with arm braces wearing the Tommy Adaptive Adaptive Clothing Line

Tommy Hilfiger has recently launched a new line of clothes for a segment of people that often gets ignored by the fashion industry – people with disabilities. The collection uses magnets and velcro to make it easier for people to get dressed. The line which currently has 37 styles for… Continue Reading »

Open Call for Participation: 21st ASEF Summer University

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 12 2017


The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) will take place on 27 January – 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand) exploring the topic of Youth with Disabilities. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is now looking for youth participants to take part in the project. The ASEF Summer University… Continue Reading »

Making digital technologies more accessible to Canadians with disabilities

Americas, Assistive Technology, December 11 2017

Man with disabilities uses Assistive Technology (Photo credit: RPI)

OTTAWA: As a result of a new $22.3-million program, more Canadians with disabilities will have access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and get access to the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today… Continue Reading »

H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new partnership to support children with disabilities

Europe, Misc., December 11 2017

Happy kid with disability

STOCKHOLM: H&M Foundation and UNICEF announced a new partnership to support young children with disabilities. The foundation has pledged USD 3.7 million and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities, and their family members, with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years.… Continue Reading »

Teaching sign language in Vietnam

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 11 2017

The Vietnam Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach Project developed professional human resources for preschool education for people who are deaf. It trained adults with hearing disabilities to become mentors to children, while also training about 200 hearing teachers in the use of sign language, and over 50 communication facilitators and sign-language interpreters. A video below… Continue Reading »

Disability-inclusive Education in Africa Trust Fund

Africa, Misc., December 9 2017

With fewer than 10 percent of children with disabilities in Africa attending school, the World Bank and USAID have created a new $3 million Disability-Inclusive Education in Africa Program Trust Fund to increase access for these children to primary school and to design and implement inclusive education programs across the region. According to the… Continue Reading »

Schools, communities welcoming students with disabilities in Moldova

Europe, Misc., December 8 2017

Moldova’s Education Code calls for developing inclusive education and the World Bank’s Integration of Children with Disabilities into Mainstream Schools project is helping local districts develop and implement the strategic plan for this. School principals, teachers, and local communities are undergoing inclusive education training.  These training activities, along with school… Continue Reading »

World Urban Forum 9 Side Event Submissions

Americas, DIAUD Network, December 8 2017

On November 29, 2017 the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting to coordinate efforts for the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Network members discussed their planned contributions to the forum and presented opportunities for collaboration.  The meeting featured presentations by Federico Batista Poitier of GAATES, and… Continue Reading »

Ghana government urged to speed up implementation of Disability Act

Africa, Misc., December 7 2017

Disability symbols

ACCRA: Non-Governmental Organisations in the health sector have appealed to the Government to outline an action plan to speed up the implementation of the 2006 Disability Act. The organisations have urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to collaborate with the Attorney General’s Department to put in place… Continue Reading »

‘Learning for All’ Must Include Children with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., December 7 2017

Five year old disabled boy studying in wheelchair

While the developing world has made strong progress towards universal primary education, education is still largely an unfulfilled dream for millions of children with disabilities. Leroy Philips, a youth leader and radio broadcaster from Guyana, recalls what it was like growing up blind. “When I was six or seven, my uncle… Continue Reading »

Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the UNCRPD

Americas, Misc., December 6 2017

OTTAWA: The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of… Continue Reading »

Children with Disabilities in South Africa Cannot Wait

Africa, Misc., December 6 2017

JOHANNESBURG: A group of courageous moms of children with disabilities in Johannesburg has seized the run-up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 to launch a petition that calls upon South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to remove school fees for children with disabilities. Their goal is… Continue Reading »

2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Announced

Americas, Misc., December 6 2017

2017 Award Recipients group photo

NEW YORK, NY: The Viscardi Center — an Albertson-based non-profit organization providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities — announced nine recipients of the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held on December 4 at the Mutual of America building in… Continue Reading »

Remove physical, cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’: UN

Americas, Misc., December 5 2017

Wheelchair User

Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to ‘leave no one behind’ all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide… Continue Reading »

W3C releases new video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

Americas, ICT, December 5 2017

Video Youtube Screenshot

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards. The four-minute video highlights why accessibility is the right thing to do, how it is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. It was published as part of an accessibility project the Internet Society (ISOC) is… Continue Reading »

A Global Collaboration for Accessibility

Americas, DIAUD Network, December 5 2017


On November 15, 2017, the DIAUD Network hosted another productive meeting coordinating efforts for participation in the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Members from UN Habitat’s General Assembly of Partners (GAP) updated the network on the changing structure of the WUF, and offered suggestions for increasing… Continue Reading »