Month: August 2016

Ethiopia’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 Ethiopia on 16 and 17 August in sessions that will be webcast live.   Ethiopia 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 »

Steven Winter Associates Announces Launch of Accessible Product Guide

NORWALK, CT: Steven Winter Associates, Inc. has launched the Accessible Product Guide, an innovative online tool to help architects, builders, developers, and homeowners find products that enhance the accessibility and usability of spaces. The guide contains products for commercial, residential, and retail projects, and features a wide range of categories, including door hardware, drinking fountains,… Continue Reading »

Disability organizations develop standard protocols

ACCRA, GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) has developed national standards for determining disabilities in the country to ensure services provided by agencies sufficiently guarantee inclusion of persons with disabilities. The protocols are expected to go through exhaustive stages of consultation, validation and user testing, culminating in a final set of standards being… Continue Reading »

New Book Released: Tapping Into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities

G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies announced the publication of a new book authored by Debra Ruh, G3ict’s EmployAbility Program Chair. Hidden Human Potential cover In this book, Tapping into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities,” Debra Ruh presents a new,… Continue Reading »

New USU Assistive Technology Lab Opens in Roosevelt

Utah State University’s Assistive Technology Lab, which helps people with disabilities by providing tailor-made devices and technology, has expanded its footprint to one of the school’s regional campuses in Roosevelt. USU made the announcement in a news release this week, pointing to a nearly $74,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as an… Continue Reading »

Virtual schools need to serve children with disabilities: US Education officials

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to states to ensure students with disabilities attending public virtual schools are getting the special education and supports that they deserve and is their right. The guidance focuses on specific requirements in… Continue Reading »

DocOrigin Improves PDF/UA for Production Document Design and Generation

CAPE CORAL, FLA.: Eclipse Corporation announced the release of DocOrigin version 3.1, with enhanced design and creation features for Universally Accessible PDFs (PDF/UA), meeting ISO 14289-1 and WCAG 2.0 standards for PDF documents, into its flagship document generation software. As the “Baby Boomer” generation continues to age, the number of people requiring the use of… Continue Reading »

Communicating with individuals with autism requires knowledge, patience, and flexibility

RANDOLPH, MASS.: Most of us who encounter a child or adult engaging in challenging behavior in public can, and often do, choose to just ignore them. But what if that person is someone on the autism spectrum who is having difficulty communicating? What if your job requires that you interact with people who are exhibiting… Continue Reading »

Ghana reaffirms its commitment of protecting persons with disabilities

It is obvious that, Persons with a Disabilities often faces inequalities in the society as a result of inadequate support and services . In order to ensure the full protection and promotion of the rights of Persons with Disability, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has taken a judicious step by launching a… Continue Reading »

Chief Commissioner reviews implementation of disability act

INDIA: Karnataka needs to start monitoring the usage of funds disbursed to various organisations, address grievances betters, assess the working of the State executive committee, apart from setting up an equal opportunity cell and disability department in colleges, said Kamalesh Kumar Pande, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities. He is in the city to review… Continue Reading »