Month: February 2015

GAATES Presents Award of Recognition to the Zero Project

GAATES is pleased to announce that the Zero Project is this year’s recipient of the GAATES Award of Recognition, with special recognition given to Mr. Martin Essl, Mr. Jacob Von Uexkull and Mr. Michael Fembek. This award recognizes their leadership in providing the platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices in independent living… Continue Reading »

Lack of accessibility a key barrier to the full participation of people with disabilities

NADI, FIJI: Accessing quality education and proper employment opportunities is still a challenge for youths with disabilities in the Pacific. While the protection and promotion of disability rights and interest for persons with disabilities in the Pacific is progressing, there is still more that needs to be done to ensure that youths with disabilities in… Continue Reading »

University of Montana to Host MonTECH Assistive Technology Open House

MISSOULA: The University of Montana will host MonTECH’s Assistive Technology Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the Curry Health Services Building Room 042. The event is free and open to the public, and targets people who wish to learn more about the latest assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

EC urged to make voting accessible for people with vision disabilities

GHANA: Participants at a District Level Election (DLE) Focus Group Workshop have suggested to the Electoral Commission (EC) to make special Braille ballot papers for people who are blind in the March 3 elections and subsequent elections. They said this would help them to cast their ballots easily without relying on anybody for assistance to… Continue Reading »

Mongolian leaders visit US to advance new disability rights legislation

Seven Mongolian leaders, including the Minister of Population Development and Social Protection, members of Parliament, and leaders of disability rights organizations, will spend two weeks in the United States exploring the legal and regulatory framework that supports the rights of persons with disabilities. This two-way Professional Fellows On-Demand exchange program will allow the delegation to… Continue Reading »

Rights of persons with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

“One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework. The call came as… Continue Reading »

Canadian government improves accessibility for people with disabilities in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO: The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, and Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced $50,000 in funding to improve accessibility for those attending Beth Tzedec, a Jewish faith community… Continue Reading »

GAATES Participating at the Zero Project Conference 2015

The Zero Project Report 2014 revealed “dispiriting results on emergency issues.” In recognition of this fact, The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) in collaboration with the Zero Project Conference will be hosting at session on Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR). The vision of the Zero Project is to… Continue Reading »

Software to help people with vision disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Reading Punjabi literature or subject books in Punjabi will no more be a hindrance to people with vision disabilities. The Punjabi Espeak reading software would be introduced in the city by National Association for the Blind (NAB). This software is already available in English, Hindi and some other languages. The software is designed… Continue Reading »

GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director

GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to provide strategic management of GAATES for its operations, international development work, and information roles. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Canadian based International Non-governmental Organization (INGO). A strong commitment to and experience in the work of universal design and accessibility, the human rights of persons… Continue Reading »