Month: September 2016

Thailand to host World Tourism Day 2016 on accessible tourism

Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok will host World Tourism Day 2016, which has the theme of “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility”, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). This year’s theme aims to raise people’s awareness on the importance of tourism, and its impacts on social, cultural, political and economic affairs, said… Continue Reading »

FCC Seeks Comment on the Commissions Compliance with Section 504 Accessibility Requirements – Deadline October 3

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require that every three years it performs a review of its policies and practices under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of 1973. Federal agencies are required to make their programs and activities accessible to persons with disabilities in order to comply with the requirements of Section 504 of the… Continue Reading »

Course Cluster Challenges Thinking on Disability

The Georgetown University Disabilities Studies Course Cluster is thriving in its second year, with seven classes offered this fall. It’s a broad and important field, but it isn’t exactly in the academic mainstream yet. So, what is disability studies, and how did this course cluster come to fruition? Disability studies is an emerging field that… Continue Reading »

Canada launches call for proposals to support the social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

GATINEAU, QUEBEC:  The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. To this end, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities invited national not-for-profit organizations with a focus on disability to apply for funding through the 2016 Social Development… Continue Reading »

Access Board Approves Rules on ICT Refresh and Medical Diagnostic Equipment

The Access Board approved updated requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) and new standards for medical diagnostic equipment at its meeting on September 14. The Board will proceed to submit both final rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance. The ICT rule updates standards issued under Section 508… Continue Reading »

Seminar on learning disabilities and inclusive education

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: A seminar on learning disability and inclusive education was organized for government school teachers of Chandigarh administration and St. John’s High School with an aim to promote inclusive education. An overview of inclusive education was provided and other issues including various facilities provided by the government for students with disabilities was discussed. Teachers… Continue Reading »

NCPD develops Standard on Accessibility Designs

GHANA: The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) has developed the draft Ghana Standard on Accessibility Designs (GSAD) to guide developers, designers and other persons involved in the built environment process. Addressing the media in Accra, yesterday, Mr Kwamena Dadzie-Dennis, Executive Secretary, NCPD, said GSAD, if gazetted into law by the Ghana Standards Authority… Continue Reading »

BioTalent Canada to Assist Ontario Biotech Companies with Accessibility-Compliance Reporting

OTTAWA: OntarioBioTalent Canada announced the launch of an employer-awareness campaign. In support of the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program, BioTalent Canada’s EnAbling Change campaign aims to educate and prepare biotechnology companies in Ontario for the province’s 2017 accessibility-compliance reporting deadline. Funded in part by the Government of Ontario, the EnAbling Change Program aims to… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

MADRID: Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take… Continue Reading »

Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

PALO ALTO, CA: Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced that over 10 million accessible ebooks have been downloaded through its Bookshare initiative. Bookshare is the world’s largest online library for people who are blind, have low vision or have a physical disability that interferes with reading,… Continue Reading »