Month: November 2014

Disability inclusion in post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategies

GENEVA: The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) met for its second session from 17 to 18 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, to negotiate a zero draft of the post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategy (HFA2). The Disability Risk Reduction Network that has worked to ensure a disability-inclusive post-2015… Continue Reading »

GAATES is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading International not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and implementation of accessibility of the built, social and virtual environments, so that people with disabilities and older persons are able to fully participate and contribute to society. GAATES has worked for the last year to… Continue Reading »

Mrs. Thea Kurdi welcomed as GAATES assistant

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is very pleased to have welcomed our new staff person Mrs. Thea Kurdi, as assistant to the Executive Officer. Thea has started assisting the GAATES staff as of mid-November 2014. Thea will be assisting the Executive Officer with administrative duties related to on-going GAATES daily activities.… Continue Reading »

GAATES Participating at UN Events on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities

GAATES is excited to be participating in UN sponsored events at the UN Headquarters in NYC, New York for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December 2014. GAATES’ Founder and Past President Betty Dion will be a panelist presenting on the topic of “Creating enabling work environments” on 2 December, 3 to… Continue Reading »

Campaign for a barrier-free India for people with disabilities

KOCHI, INDIA: Prathyasha Foundation, a charitable organisation working for the welfare of people with disabilities, will take their campaign, Barrier-Free India, to the national level with a mega cultural event on World Disabled Day on December 3 at Durbar Hall Ground. Over 200 artistes from various part of the country will perform during the event.… Continue Reading »

Samsung introduces eye-tracking mouse for people with disabilities

Samsung Electronics introduced EYECAN+, the company’s second-generation eye-tracking mouse that allows people with disabilities to compose and edit documents as well as browse the web through simple eye movement. EYECAN+ is the first of its kind, as it does not require users to wear any device, such as glasses. Instead, EYECAN+ is a single-unit, portable… Continue Reading »

ICT can help government empower persons with disabilities and lead to inclusion: Minister

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, at the UNESCO’s International Conference said, “Government is focusing on a seven point agenda relating to the disability sector.” Gehlot further said, it includes enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill to fulfil our international obligation post ratification of the UNCRPD; using technology to… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities call for accessible ICT equipment

RWANDA: The National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) will soon embark on an advocacy campaign to agitate for the welfare of persons with disabilities through increased access to technology based services. The remarks were made by the Executive Secretary of NCPD, Emmanuel Ndayisaba, at the launch of the Disability Week, ahead of the International… Continue Reading »

CBSE queries schools on facilities for children with disabilities

NEW DELHI: For ensuring a barrier-free environment for students with disabilities, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all schools to submit information on facilities available for such children on their premises as well as time-frame for creating such infrastructure where it doesn’t exist. In a circular uploaded on its website, the board… Continue Reading »

Improving system for persons with disabilities good for all

On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically disability today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.” In an interview with UN Radio, Mr. Harkin, who is the… Continue Reading »