Month: December 2015

Public transport operators required to provide accessible services in Taiwan

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: The Legislative Yuan passed a law amendment Tuesday that requires public transport operators to provide services accessible to persons with disabilities. The requirement applies to all operators of rail, road, rapid transit, air and water transport, according to the amendment to the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act. An operator can gain an… Continue Reading »

Canadians see massive gaps in accessibility for persons with disabilities

Canadians see massive gaps in accessibility within their own communities and believe Canada should be a leader in removing barriers, according to a new national survey that highlights the problems facing persons with disabilities. Released on the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the survey shows respondents strongly agree that accessibility is a… Continue Reading »

ASU center releases new style guide on disabilities

The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University has released a one-of-a-kind style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people with disabilities. The guide offers information and advice on nearly 70 commonly used words or terms — from “able-bodied” to “confined to a wheelchair.” It is being… Continue Reading »

HTML Accessibility API Mappings Updated Working Draft

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group and the Web Platform Working Group have published an Updated Working Draft of HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 (HTML-AAM). This describes how user agents should expose semantics of HTML to accessibility APIs, and describes how WAI-ARIA impacts this. This document was previously published by the Protocols and Formats… Continue Reading »

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UN urges inclusion, access for people of all abilities

The United Nations is marking this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities today with the theme “inclusion matters” to raise awareness and mobilize support for some one billion people living with disabilities who remain one of the most marginalized groups in the world. “Building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement… Continue Reading »

People Worldwide are Part of a Movement for More Accessibility

BERLIN: December 3 marks the start of the worldwide campaign “MapMyDay” to raise awareness for everyday barriers. The German NGO Sozialhelden and the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling upon people everywhere to rate places in their neighborhoods according to their wheelchair accessibility, using the online map The occasion for this worldwide event is… Continue Reading »

European Commission Publishes the European Accessibility Act

BRUSSELS:  The European Commission published the European Accessibility Act. EDF welcomes this long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the centre of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years. Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act has… Continue Reading »

Activists seek inclusive development for persons with disabilities

INDIA: 68 years after Independence, 20 years after the passage of the Disability Act and eight years after the ratification of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) the talent, skills and potential of people with disabilities remains mostly untapped, under-utilised and under-developed. “The education and employment rate of persons with disabilities… Continue Reading »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3, 2015

Inclusive and accessible cities is one of the themes that will be celebrated at the UN‘s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd. GAATES is proud to be working with the UN Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of UNDESA/DSPD to co-sponsor the day’s events, including the main… Continue Reading »

Nepal urged to promote accessible tourism

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Tourism experts have urged Nepal to tap its immense potential by promoting “accessible tourism”- the fastest growing business opportunity in the tourism industry to ensure tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. Nepal has little knowledge and many misconceptions about this market… Continue Reading »