Month: December 2015

UN-Habitat launches publication on "The right to adequate housing for persons with disabilities living in cities"

Earlier this month, on 3 December, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with this year’s theme “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. On this occasion, the UN Housing Rights Programme launched its publication on  “The right to adequate housing for persons with disabilities living in cities”. Building on… Continue Reading »

New Turkish sign language dictionary launched

TURKEY: The Family and Social Policies Ministry has introduced Turkey’s first sign language grammar book and dictionary. Previously, there was no official scientific resource on Turkish sign language. To rectify this, the ministry undertook the project in 2014 in 26 cities to prepare the dictionary. The book features almost 800,000 words illustrated with sign language… Continue Reading »

Independent Voting for People with Vision Disabilities in Bedford County, Pennsylvania

BEDFORD, Pa.: When Jill Gordon’s father lost his sight, he lost some of his independence. Now, Jill, the new Director of Elections for Bedford County, is helping her father and others who are blind or have low vision regain their independence and privacy in the voting booth. Jill Gordon was inspired to teach her county’s… Continue Reading »

Disability Action Plan and Disability Strategy being updated

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today released the updated Disability Action Plan 2014 – 2018 and announced the first steps in the revision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy. “The Disability Action Plan brings together multiple government agencies to act on disability issues and is jointly governed with Disabled People’s Organisations. It was… Continue Reading »

Dhaka call for inclusion in DRR

DHAKA: There was a resounding call for greater inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in disaster risk management worldwide if the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to deliver on its promise of being people-centred. Participants at the Dhaka Conference on Disability and Disaster Risk Management in Bangladesh, adopted a strong declaration calling for inclusion… Continue Reading »

Ministry of Education launches program for students with disabilities

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched a program for  students with disabilities to highlight their talents and creativity in various fields. “This educational program is the first of its kind that has been launched in the regions and governorates in the Kingdom,” said Mohammed Al-Mirshid, director general of the Department of Education in… Continue Reading »

Less than 50% government buildings in city accessible: Survey

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: If you are a person with disability, the chances are that there will be no ramps or lifts tailored to your needs at government buildings. What makes matters worse is that despite the provisions of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, very few government officials are aware… Continue Reading »

SwiftKey launches communication app for people who are non-verbal

SwiftKey, the predictive smartphone keyboard company, wants to help people who are non-verbal communicate with others. The company launched a new “assistive” symbol-based communication app called ‘SwiftKey Symbols’, which it says can be used to build sentences using pictures. SwiftKey staff who have family members with autism came up with the idea of developing an… Continue Reading »

Indian government frames accessibility guidelines for buildings

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated guidelines to make all government and private buildings, including malls, restaurants and public dealing offices, accessible to persons with disabilities and older people. The Union urban development ministry, after a year’s spadework, has prepared “harmonised guidelines and space standards for barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities”. The 100-page document… Continue Reading »

United Spinal Calls Uber's New D.C. Wheelchair Taxi Initiative "Inadequate and Unsustainable"

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association, denounced Uber’s new Washington, D.C. TAXI ‘WHEELCHAIR’ option that enables riders to request a wheelchair accessible taxi on-demand as “inadequate and unsustainable.” “There are two reasons why this is not an adequate solution; current demand for accessible taxi service in the District far exceeds supply and Uber is actively weakening… Continue Reading »