Month: July 2016

Habitat III – UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – will take place  in Ecuador, 17 Oct 2016 – 20 Oct 2016, to design a transformative and inclusive “New Urban Agenda” for the world cities, in the next two decades. Habitat III would provide an important opportunity for the world’s urban policy-makers and practitioners,… Continue Reading »

Careem launches service for travelers with disabilities in Saudi Arabia

Careem, the region’s leading car booking service and home-grown app, announced this week the launch of ‘Careem One’ in Saudi Arabia, which caters to passengers with disabilities. ‘Careem One’ is the first app service in the region that offers transportation solutions to people with disabilities and the elderly. The announcement by Careem on Tuesday is… Continue Reading »

Making Thiruvananthapuram accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The Union Government initiates  an audit in the city to check whether the guidelines formulated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities functioning under the Union Ministry of Social Justice as part of Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) is being adhered to. The Trivandrum International Airport (TIA) is the first… Continue Reading »

New BCA rules for building owners to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE: Owners of existing commercial and institutional buildings must include “barrier-free” accessibility upgrades when they undergo additions and alterations works, under new rules by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) that will kick in next year. These are for buildings visited frequently by the public, and are meant to accommodate wheelchair users and others with… Continue Reading »

Bank Muscat launches sign language training for staff

Bank Muscat in step with its dynamic ‘Let’s Do More’ vision and commitment to innovative customer service, announced a initiative in the banking sector in Oman to train employees in sign language to serve customers with hearing disabilities. Joining hands with the Omani Society for the Hearing Impaired, the program is aimed at enhancing banking… Continue Reading »

Seminar on inclusive education in Delhi

NEW DELHI: CBSE will be organizing a mega seminar on inclusive education on August 23 and 24 in New Delhi. It is likely to see a lot of participation from affiliated schools. The National Conference on Examination Reforms for Inclusive Education aims to bring together wider forum of principals, practitioners and experts who can bring… Continue Reading »

Disability Rights Florida Launches “Access The Vote” Campaign

TALLAHASSEE: Disability Rights Florida has launched its “Access The Vote” campaign to encourage Floridians with disabilities to vote in upcoming elections. The campaign includes a new accessible website ( detailing the voting rights and responsibilities for all Floridians. The website is divided into two sections: “Not Yet Registered to Vote” and “Registered Voters,” providing customized… Continue Reading »

Students with vision disabilities struggle to get scribes to write in regional languages

BENGALURU, INDIA: Students with vision disabilities in the city find it difficult to find scribes when they have to write examinations in languages other than English. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), who generally arrange for these scribes, say that while it is relatively easier to find volunteers to write answer papers in English, not many come forward… Continue Reading »

Barclays achieves highest ever score in Business Disability Forum's Disability Standard

LONDON: Leading UK bank Barclays has achieved 98% in Business Disability Forum’s world-renown Disability Standard – the highest ever score awarded to any organisation since the introduction of the Disability Standard in 2004. Barclays join only a handful of other organisations that have achieved Gold status on BDF’s Roll of Honour for achieving a score… Continue Reading »

Final Working Draft of WAI-ARIA 1.1

A Working Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 is available for review. This is intended to be the last Working Draft before the specification becomes a Candidate Recommendation. Comments are requested by 26 August 2016.