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Goa Carnival 2019 promises to be wheelchair accessible

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, January 18 2019

Parade performer in full festival costume

India: The famous annual Carnival of Goa is round the corner and this year it promises to be super special. For the first time, the carnival beginning on 2 March, will be a wheelchair accessible festival with inclusive fun for everyone. The carnival is a four-day-long festival that starts from… Continue Reading »

University of Chittagong Inaugurated the First Accessible E-learning Center in Bangladesh

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, January 12 2019

Attending VIPs touring the Accessible E-Learning Centre

Bangladesh: Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of University of Chittagong, inaugurated a state of the art “Accessible E-learning Center” for the visually impaired students studying at the University. A.K. Khan Foundation, a2i programme of Bangladesh Government and YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) jointly established the Accessible E-learning Center… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Helps Braille Literacy Canada Establish a Permanent Endowment Fund

Americas, News, January 8 2019

Close Up Hand Reading Braille

Crawford Technologies Helps Braille Literacy Canada Establish a Permanent Endowment Fund for the Edie Mourre Scholarship Program January 8, 2019, Toronto, ON – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced it is supporting Braille Literacy Canada’s drive to make its Edie Mourre… Continue Reading »

UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis – Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible

Built Environment, Europe, Universal Design, January 7 2019

Directional sign for step-free route

ENGLAND: Controversy rang out in November 2018 when the Home Builders Federation objected to councils across England wanting to increase the number of homes with universal home designed centered around accessibility. Organizations such as Age UK and the Centre for Ageing Better and Disability Rights UK released reports stating that… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network conduct “Disability Supportive Work Environments” Workshop for Accor Hotels Group

Events, Middle East, News, January 4 2019

participants at Qaderoon workshop

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network conducted “Disability Supportive Work Environments” workshop on Thursday, 13 December 2018, which is a voluntary system launched by the Ministry of Labor for companies aiming to improve their work environments to become more supportive for persons with disabilities and increase their participation in the labor market. The… Continue Reading »

Central Americans with Disabilities in Tijuana (Mexico)

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, Events, News, Transportation, January 4 2019

gray concrete brick wall

MEXICO: Carlos Ríos Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate with the Disability Rights Division of Human Rights Watch published an article on December 20th, 2018 called ‘Life With a Disability in the Migrant Caravan‘ With the agreement between the United States and Mexico governments, known as “Remain in Mexico,” asylum seekers are placed… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Participates in the First ‘Jazan Forum for Empowering People with Disabilities’

Events, Middle East, News, January 3 2019

woman standing in front of the sign for the forum

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon network participated in “Jazan Forum for Empowering People with Disabilities” on Monday, December 24, 2018, which aims to highlight the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their role in society. “Qaderoon” presented a paper on the importance of the employment of people with disabilities and the role of… Continue Reading »

Savola Group Celebrates with its Employees the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Events, Middle East, News, January 3 2019

Savola Group celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

SAUDI ARABIA: In recognition of Savola Group’s commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities and their role in the development of their society and country, Savola Group hosted an awareness lecture on Wednesday 12 December 2018 presented by Qaderoon Network. The awareness session covered the most critical steps that companies… Continue Reading »

Improving Women’s Mobility: It’s Not Just About the Quality of Buses

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Transportation, January 2 2019

Accessible Bus

The global transport conversation increasingly recognizes that men and women have different mobility patterns, and that this reality should be reflected into the design of transport projects. In general, women engage in more non-work-related travel such as to run household errands and are more likely to travel with children and elders. Therefore, but… Continue Reading »

WHO Issues Guidelines on Housing and Health

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Europe, Middle East, News, January 1 2019

Computer drawn sample of an accessible ramp with railing, leading to a look-out point over a forest, with a city in the back ground and a bright, blue sky

INTERNATIONAL: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on housing and human health, outlining minimum requirements for space, lighting, air quality, water quality, noise, accessibility and other aspects. The guidelines highlight the potential contribution of improved housing to achieving SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 11 (sustainable… Continue Reading »

DESA Releases Information on September 2019 SDG Summit

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, News, January 1 2019

pictured are various hands holding electronic devices

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has provided information on the September 2019 meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), also known as the “SDG Summit,” in a Question and Answers document on the HLPF webpage. The HLPF will convene on the afternoon of… Continue Reading »

AAATE 2019 Conference and Call for Papers & Contributions

Assistive Technology, Europe, Events, News, December 31 2018


“Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – Discuss with the international expert community in the ambience of the world’s oldest university Bologna, Italy: From 27-30 August 2019, the University of Bologna (Italy) and the independent AT service provider AIAS, will host AAATE’s 15th international conference themed “Global Challenges in Assistive Technology”. The… Continue Reading »

Things You Should Know Before Getting A Service Dog

Americas, December 31 2018

girl kneeling while holding sitting dog's paw

USA: In the United States there are around 500,000 service dogs that assist people for various reasons, from vision impairments and seizures to diabetes and disabilities. People are dependent on their service dogs and their lives wouldn’t be the same without them, but for people who are about to get a service dog it… Continue Reading »

Workshop on Barriers in Recruitment Faced by Disabled People

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, December 28 2018

Participants of the workshop.

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA: Financial independence of people with disabilities enables them to lead a better life and also become part of the mainstream. The employment opportunities for disabled people can be increased by their skill development. However, only skill development is not enough, people with disabilities have to face a lot… Continue Reading »

Chennai’s Largest Disabled-Friendly Children’s Park is Open to the Public

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, December 27 2018

Painted tiles on a street in Chennai

CHENNAI, INDIA: From therapeutic walkways with different textures to a raised sand pit for wheelchair users, Chennai’s largest inclusive park has much to offer. The Infinity Park, built by the Greater Chennai Municipal Corporation under the Smart Cities project, was opened to the public on Monday to a rapturous reaction. The park is located… Continue Reading »

Plans to Make Alleppy South India’s First Disabled Friendly Beach

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, December 27 2018

beach during the day

ALLEPEY, INDIA: Alleppey, a small town located in Kerala is all set to become South India’s first disabled-friendly and accessible beach. Popularly known as Venice of the East, Alleppey is surrounded by plush greens and serene backwaters. Alleppey also boasts of many beaches in and around the town. On the opening day,… Continue Reading »

Sophie Morgan is the Face of the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on Inclusive Education in Zambia for Leonard Cheshire

Africa, Events, News, December 26 2018

Sophie Morgan

ZAMBIA, AFRICA: Sophie Morgan will be the face of Leonard Cheshire’s Inclusive Education in Zambia campaign on BBC Radio 4. A month of activity will raise awareness and funds for Leonard Cheshire’s work in Zambia, where the charity supports hundreds of children with disabilities to get a mainstream school place. … Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Experiences its Strongest Year of Sales and Growth

Americas, News, December 26 2018

Ernie Crawford headshot

TORONTO, ON, CANADA:  Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces it overachieved its revenue target in 2018 with another record year of sales and growth. Achieving 32 percent year-over-year growth in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 makes this the strongest financial year… Continue Reading »

Women Enabled International (WEI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Release New Publication

Americas, Events, News, December 24 2018

Women Enabled International logo

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: On November 28, 2018, Women Enabled International (WEI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a new publication that provides practical and concrete guidance on the provision of inclusive and accessible services related to gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for… Continue Reading »

Microsoft’s New Xbox Adaptive Controller, Softwheel and Yoocan Technologies Presented at the Alyn Hospital Inspired Innovation 2018 Event

Middle East, News, December 24 2018

From left to right: Robert Felgar (CEO at RAZ Mobility), Moshe Gaon (CEO at Yoocan Technologies), Captain Ziv Shilon, Danna Hochstein Mann (Director at ALYNnovation), Yaron Galitzky (General Manager of Devices & Accessories at Microsoft), Zvi Ginosar (Chairman of the Board at ALYN Hospital) & Mark Sherman

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: ALYNnovation’s Inspired Innovation 2018 event was held for the first time last week in Israel. This premier event was hosted by ALYN Hospital, which is a rehabilitation center for physically challenged and children with disabilities, adolescents, and young adults. The event was held in the hospital’s innovation… Continue Reading »