Month: December 2015

Accessible India: Draft building code exempts 14 places from having toilets for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: It will be mandatory for all airports and railway stations to have toilets accessible to persons with disabilities. However, this is not mandatory for 14 other kinds of public places including office buildings, cinemas, convention halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries, museums, hotels, restaurants, schools and educational institutions. Bizarre as this might sound, that’s… Continue Reading »

UK implores Nigeria to pass disability bill

The British High Commission has implored Nigeria to pass into law the Nigerian Disability Bill with a view to addressing the plight of those with special needs. In a statement from the High commissioner, Paul Arkwright, to commemorate the Human Rights Day, he urged that the country should work to make persons with disabilities, who… Continue Reading »

University organizes workshop about rights of persons with disabilities

KHARTOUM, SUDAN: The Faculty of Law at Khartoum University, in collaboration with the Open Community Initiative of East Africa and the Sudanese Human Rights Watchdog organized, Wednesday, at Sharija Hall, a workshop about the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with wide participation from media and specialists. The Dean of Faculty of Law at Khartoum University,… Continue Reading »

Promoting rights of persons with disabilities in ASEAN

It is a historic coincidence that the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec. 3, marks a decade of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), while the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will officially become a single community of nations politically, economically and… Continue Reading »

JOIN the GAATES Universal Design and Accessibility Consultant Database

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility and Universal Design, is expanding our database of professional consultants who are actively working in the field of Universal Design and Accessibility of the built environment, information technologies (IT/ICT), education, transportation, inclusive disaster risk reduction and… Continue Reading »

17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries

For the upcoming 17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries, we are currently soliciting presentations and reports relevant to accessible fixed-route, paratransit, and pedestrian modes for seniors and persons with disabilities in developing regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Kindly contact Tom Rickert of Access Exchange International (AEI) at if… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities demand political reservation

MANDYA, INDIA: Persons with disabilities have demanded that political reservation be provided to them in both Houses of the State Legislature. On Wednesday, they staged a protest demonstration outside the Taluk Office in Maddur, in the district, against the State Government for not reserving seats for persons with disabilities in the forthcoming MLC elections. They… Continue Reading »

Bracelet to help people with vision disabilities navigate

BOSTON, MA: Sunu, a startup focused on assistive wearable technology, announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign designed to raise at least $50,000 to help bring a new generation of its product to market. The award-winning technology powers a sonar smart-bracelet called the Sunu Band, providing enhanced mobility and independence for people who are blind… Continue Reading »

Screen reading applications bring light to people with vision disabilities

CHINA: The only way for Cao Jun to find a place to eat is by smell – if he senses spice, it’s likely to be a Sichuan restaurant. The 41-year-old has been blind since birth. For a decade, he stumbled through life working as a blind massage therapist, fearing things normal people take for granted.… Continue Reading »

American Sign Language typeface added to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies collections

Peter A. Blacksberg’s passion for a project involving American Sign Language (ASL) culminated this year using digital font creation and management tools, 42 years after he began it using traditional pen and ink design techniques. The 1975 alumnus from the School of Photography has created a modern typeface for American Sign Language, officially named “ASL… Continue Reading »