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Persons with disabilities around B.C. to benefit from new accessibility programs

Americas, Built Environment, October 23 2017

Accessibility Assessor during an assessment - checking the weight of doors.

Accessible, inclusive communities for people with disabilities are the main goals behind two provincially funded programs designed to improve universal access in British Columbia. Through $9 million in provincial funding, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) has launched  two new programs to improve accessibility for British Columbians. “When we remove the… Continue Reading »

Selhurst Park Accessibility Improvements for Fans with Disabilities

Built Environment, Europe, October 23 2017

Wheelchair Space

Crystal Palace FC is committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. Major works were completed throughout the 2017 summer following consultation with the club’s Disabled Supporters Association, the Premier League and independent experts.… Continue Reading »

New IT Accessibility Policy evaluates accessibility standards of technology purchased by the University

Americas, ICT, October 23 2017

Disability sign in place of enter key

A new policy at Ohio University is one of several recent steps in making OHIO’s online presence more accessible, ensuring an equal opportunity for all students to access technology and online tools related to their educational experience. In addition, the policy will enable the University to establish an information technology infrastructure that… Continue Reading »

Youth with hearing disabilities shapes own destiny with art in Vietnam

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 23 2017

A 23-year-old Vietnamese with hearing disability has been setting an example of what people with disabilities can achieve. Despite suffering from the defect at birth, Tran Quoc Dat has shown great talent with a brush in his hand. Currently living in Dong Thap Province, located in southern Vietnam, Dat has… Continue Reading »

Mental Health Bill Undermines Disability Rights in Mexico

Americas, Misc., October 21 2017

Mexico’s Congressional Mental Health and Drug Commission is considering a national mental health bill that proposes to improve mental health services for all in Mexico but would seriously jeopardize the rights of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter sent on October 16, 2017, to the Commission on Health… Continue Reading »

High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the AP Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

Asia-Pacific, Events, October 21 2017

BEIJING: ESCAP, in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), is organizing the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December 2017. Objectives of the Meeting are: To undertake a midpoint… Continue Reading »

UB, NFTA working to make public transportation more accessible

Americas, Transportation, October 20 2017

Man in Wheelchair

For many people who have a disability, taking public transportation is a necessity. But it can also be a nightmare. The barriers abound. It can be extremely difficult to get up and down the stairs on the bus. Riders who use a wheelchair often feel undue attention drawn upon them… Continue Reading »

Disability Rights Advocates Calling for Emergency Preparedness Training at Key Airports

Americas, Disaster, October 20 2017

passengers boarding flight at airport

DENVER, CO: Nationally recognized airport security expert, Capt. LaPonda Fitchpatrick, and Associate Director of the Center for Disability and Health Policy, June Kailes, are joining airport workers in Denver to call for a whole community approach to emergency preparedness, including ensuring that passenger service workers are fully trained and paid liveable… Continue Reading »

Disability Rights Scholarship Program

Americas, Misc., October 20 2017

NEW YORK: The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides yearlong awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).… Continue Reading »

UCIC Launches Hardware Agnostic Alexa Voice Service Client

Americas, ICT, October 20 2017

TORONTO: The Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) announces the release of its new hardware agnostic voice control client & AI integration manager; Ubi Kit. “The platform has been designed to enable companies the quickest time to market, at the lowest cost, and most flexible supply chain,” said Leor Grebler, CEO of… Continue Reading »

New developments enabling people with vision disabilities to see again

Europe, Misc., October 19 2017

person wearing Vibrotactile wearable Device

New developments enabling people with vision disabilities to see againEnabling people who are blind or have low vision to see again is the dream of many neuroscientists. We still have a long way to go to make this happen, but we have also made a lot of progress over the… Continue Reading »

Curtin’s new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2017-2020

Americas, Universal Design, October 18 2017

Curtin student at the Counselling and Disability Services building, on the Bentley Campus. Photo: Curtin University

Curtin has a new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) with a focus on Universal Design and a vision to create an accessible and inclusive environment for everyone in our diverse community. Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and… Continue Reading »

COD Hosts Disability Inclusion and Career Success Workshop

Americas, Events, October 18 2017

diversity and inclusion poster

The College of DuPage Center for Access and Accommodations and Career Services office will host a Disability Inclusion and Career Success event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Funded through the Carl D. Perkins… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities battle to find schools in South Africa

Africa, Misc., October 18 2017

According to government figures there are more than 2,000 children with disabilities waiting for schools in the Eastern Cape. GroundUp spoke to two families in Mdantsane near East London. Boniswa Ntshota, 73, has been caring for her grandson, Hlomla Ntshota, since his mother died in 2008. She says she has… Continue Reading »

US State Department Funds One Year Project to Assist Refugees with Disabilities in Lebanon

Americas, Misc., October 18 2017

NEW YORK, NY: The World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) and the United States Department of State are pleased to announce a Cooperative Agreement to assist refugees with disabilities and their peers in the host communities of Lebanon. The agreement between the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and… Continue Reading »

Household Technology Can Aid the Learning of Children with ADHD

Americas, Assistive Technology, October 18 2017

Around 5% of people worldwide have ADHD, although there may be many more undiagnosed individuals. As a result, many children struggle with increased stress and anxiety, which limits their academic performance. Technology such as smartwatches and apps can improve organizational skills of youngsters, but what other technology is available to help? Here… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities guaranteed right to political participation

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 17 2017

KATHMANDU: The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has guaranteed the right to political participation to persons with disabilities. “Persons with disabilities shall have the right to announce their candidacy and exercise their voting rights with or without the help of any person or… Continue Reading »

New UNICEF study shows children with disabilities often face stigma and discrimination

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 16 2017

coverpage Childhood Disability in Malaysia: a Study of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices

KUALA LUMPUR: Six in ten people surveyed do not have enough information about children with disabilities, UNICEF said in a study released. This is the first nationwide research to shed light on the perceptions, attitudes and practices towards childhood disability in Malaysia. Findings from the research reveal that knowledge about… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Designed Program creates inclusive living spaces for persons with disabilities

Americas, Universal Design, October 16 2017

Rosemarie Rossetti shows off her new kitchen, which includes three staggered levels of countertops, a lower microwave and oven, and a roll-up stovetop. Her new home is called the Universal Design Living Laboratory. (Photo credit: Courtney Hergesheimer, Columbus Dispatch)

TORONTO: The Daniels Corporation announced a new program offering condominium suites designed specifically for purchasers who use mobility devices. Called ‘Accessibility Designed Program’ (ADP), suites within this innovative program will exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements by including features such as roll-out/low-threshold balconies with a swing door and large roll-in… Continue Reading »

New app to help people with vision disabilities navigate spaces, buildings

Africa, ICT, October 16 2017

a person with vision disability uses the app

World Sight Day 2017 takes place this year on Thursday, October 12, a day which highlights issues affecting people who are blind and have low vision across the globe. Three South African men are making an impact in an effort to improve the support of people with vision disabilities in… Continue Reading »