Month: August 2016

Uruguay, UNICEF Launch First Inclusive Education Program for Teachers

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayan education authorities, UNICEF and the Latin American Social Sciences School, or FLACSO, on Wednesday launched the first one-year training course for traveling teacher’s assistants, focusing on academic inclusion to promote equal opportunities for children. Some 250 education professionals have enrolled in the Mandela Network, a program of inclusive schools and kindergartens working to… Continue Reading »

Indian government launches ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ an online library for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The department of empowerment of persons with disabilities, (DEPwD) on Wednesday launched ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ – an online library for persons with print disabilities as part of the Accessible India Campaign. The online library has been created in collaboration with National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH), member organizations of Daisy Forum of India (DFI),… Continue Reading »

US Paralympic cyclist aided by 3D printed device

Titan Robotics is known for our industrial large-format 3D printers, but another arm of the business is helping others through 3D printing. 3D printing prosthetics for children and stability devices for athletes has proven to be revolutionary for people with a physical disability, especially athletes. Titan’s own Allison Jones, a mechanical engineer and Paralympic athlete,… Continue Reading »

How accessibility is driving innovation in Canada

WHITBY, ONTARIO: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, visited the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario, and hosted a panel with three young Canadian innovators to discuss how accessibility drives innovation. The Minister toured the centre, noting the accessibility measures in place there, which serve as an example for other communities… Continue Reading »

Justice Department sues Georgia over segregation of students with disabilities

The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District… Continue Reading »

Government urged to come up with strategy on rights of persons with disabilities

GHANA: The convention is an international agreement between the United Nations (UN) and signatory countries with the intention of protecting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Countries that have signed the agreement, including Ghana, are required to promote, protect and ensure that persons with disabilities enjoyed their rights as human beings and also… Continue Reading »

India’s first accessibility audit fails to find a single accessible building

NEW DELHI: India’s first accessibility audit of buildings and public places has not found a single completely accessible building for persons with disabilities, exposing terrible plight of persons with disabilities in the country. The first phase of audit, launched across 31 cities as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet initiative Accessible India, threw up… Continue Reading »

Australia to adopt new standard for ICT accessibility in procurement

Australia will adopt an internationally aligned standard for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility in procurement, Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced. This means greater accessibility for the more than four million Australians with disabilities. The Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services establishes a minimum standard to ensure that websites,… Continue Reading »

UMMS works to improve web text for people with cognitive disabilities

UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is conducting research to determine if simplifying text for people with cognitive disabilities improves their understanding of what they read online. “We want to prove that their comprehension increases after they read simplified text,” said John Rochford, MS, director of the Shriver Center’s INDEX program and instructor of… Continue Reading »

Italy’s record on rights of persons with disabilities faces review by UN Committee

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will review Italy on 24 and 25 August in sessions that will be webcast live. Italy is one of the 166 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and so is required to submit regular reports to… Continue Reading »