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Indian government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Government has notified the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which provides for raising reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark Continue reading the story...

London transport unveils badge program for persons with invisible disabilities

LONDON: Badges reading “Please offer me a seat” are to be introduced for passengers with invisible impairments who may find it difficult or impossible to ask Continue reading the story...

Accessible travel gets funding boost

LONDON: More than 30 Tube stations will be boosted by step-free access after Mayor Sadiq Khan outlined plans for additional funds to be invested over the Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities more likely to be employed in states

LAWRENCE: Individuals with disabilities are significantly more likely to be employed if they live in a state that has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Continue reading the story...

Project Smile to help 35,000 children with learning disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has identified 35,000 children with learning disabilities and would be provided appropriate learning support under its new Project Smile. According to a Continue reading the story...

Inclusive sports festival for children with disabilities in Jakarta

Following similar festivals held in Pasuruan, Bone and Subang, an inclusive sports festival for children was held for the first time in Jakarta on Dec. 18. Located Continue reading the story...

Access Board Updates ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans

The Access Board has issued a final rule updating sections of its accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Continue reading the story...

IIMB hosted a roundtable on Digital Accessibility

BANGALORE:  Has demonetization dealt yet another blow to persons with disability? In emerging Digital India, do policy makers and service providers consider persons with disability an Continue reading the story...

India’s parliament passes Disabilities Bill, making accessibility a mandatory requirement

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed by voice vote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, which makes accessibility a mandatory requirement. The bill, Continue reading the story...

Durham Council passes 2016 Accessibility Report

WHITBY, ON: Durham Regional Council has passed The Regional Municipality of Durham’s 2016 Accessibility Report, a document that outlines completed initiatives that will help to further Continue reading the story...

Election Commission to make polling stations accessible

GHANA: The Child Rights International (CRI) has tasked Ghana’s Electoral Management Body to improve on conditions at polling stations for the vulnerable in society to participate Continue reading the story...

ICT accessibility policy in the East African Community countries

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Regional Office for Africa in partnership with the East Africa Community (EAC) has developed a Draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Continue reading the story...

Work on Disabilities Codes and Regulations to Begin January

Work is expected to begin in January 2017 on the codes and regulations for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD). Minister of Labour and Social Continue reading the story...

Transforming lives with technology

Pioneering technologies of the future, designed to transform the lives of older people and those living with a disability, were showcased in Sheffield last week at Continue reading the story...

UN expert calls for concerted action to guarantee rights for persons with disabilities

Following the recent global commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations human rights expert today Continue reading the story...

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014 Passed By Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 is likely to make a larger number of people eligible for rights and entitlements by Continue reading the story...

Demand for accessibility courses in India

PUNE: Experts and people with disabilities have called for inclusion of accessibility as a subject in civil engineering and architecture curricula. EKansh, an NGO, has announced a Continue reading the story...

UNISDR – Invitation to CSOs/DPOs to participate in Global Platform

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) invites civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to attend the 2017 Global Platform Continue reading the story...

Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee GAATES’ 2nd Vice President

GAATES is pleased to share that Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee GAATES’ 2nd Vice President, was recently presented with an award by the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Continue reading the story...

ILO releases new guide to promote diversity and inclusion at the workplace

GENEVA: On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (marked annually on 3 December), the International Labour Organization (ILO) is releasing a new publication Continue reading the story...

ASEAN Task Force on the rights of persons with disabilities

BANGKOK: The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community successfully convened its first meeting on 5 to Continue reading the story...

New supersmart phone makes communication easier for people with vision disabilities

A few years ago, Richard Chan’s mother had a stroke and became physically disabled. She was living in England, while he was in Norway. After the Continue reading the story...

US DOT Improving Accessibility of Aircraft Lavatories and In-Flight Entertainment for Passengers with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that its negotiated rulemaking committee, the ACCESS Advisory Committee, has reached an important agreement to improve the accessibility Continue reading the story...

Hundred Dollar Wheelchair Brings Hope to Children with Disabilities

ISRAEL: Too many children with disabilities go without a wheelchair and some cannot even attend school because of their lack of mobility. An Israeli innovator seeks Continue reading the story...

Disability Bill still stuck in Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI, INDIA: If one looks at the functioning of the Parliament, or the lack of it, in the last few days, it is no surprise Continue reading the story...

More Schooling for Children with Disabilities in Cambodia

Education Ministry officials said yesterday that there will be greater participation by children with disabilities in schools, announcing a plan that would allow disabled youngsters to Continue reading the story...

UAE hospital opens new cochlear implant facility

Dubai-based Prime Hospital said it has launched a new facility to perform cochlear implant surgery. As a special gesture, the hospital has announced plans to waive off Continue reading the story...

Government publishes landmark disability legislation

The Gibraltar Government has published landmark disability bill, new legislation that is modelled on the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and shall Continue reading the story...

CAA Issues Airport Guidelines for Passengers with Disabilities

The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued new guidelines with the aim of improving the airport experience of passengers with intellectual disabilities, autism and Continue reading the story...

Picture book could help people with learning disabilities

UK: A severe lack of understanding and research into the needs of people with learning disabilities and epilepsy is placing them at risk say experts from Continue reading the story...

Tehran to become more accessible for persons with disabilities

TEHRAN: Tehran Municipality has allotted some 103 billion rials (nearly $3 million) to ensure improved accessibility for persons with disabilities living in the metropolis. Making life easier Continue reading the story...

Educational campaign on disabilities launched in Malta

GOZO, MALTA: The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Ageing Dr Justyne Caruana has inaugurated the #nikbruflimkien campaign in Gozo – An Continue reading the story...

Canadians have their say on an Accessible Canada in Vancouver and Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: In the past two weeks, the Government of Canada held public sessions in Vancouver and Ottawa, as part of the consultation process to inform Continue reading the story...

Hong Kong SWD to invite applications for 15th batch of Support Program for Employees with Disabilities

HONG KONG: The Social Welfare Department (SWD) will invite employers of persons with disabilities to submit applications for the 15th batch of Support Program for Employees Continue reading the story...

Guyana to host regional training center for persons with disabilities

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA: Guyana will host a regional training center for young persons with disabilities according to an agreement signed here between Cuba and the Caribbean Community Continue reading the story...

Vodafone launches caller tunes for people with hearing disabilities

Vodafone India announced launch of special caller tunes for people with hearing disabilities that can be availed lifelong for free on the occasion of the International Continue reading the story...

QFC starts program for people with hearing disabilities

DOHA: The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, in association with Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), have launched a special program to offer high school graduates Continue reading the story...

DEWA organizes 1st Annual Conference for Persons with Disabilities

DUBAI: Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD amp; CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), inaugurated on Tuesday the 1st Annual Conference for People with Disabilities, Continue reading the story...

FDA takes steps to improve hearing aid accessibility

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced important steps to better support consumer access to hearing aids. The agency issued a guidance document explaining that it Continue reading the story...

Numerous Employment Barriers for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries

SILVER SPRING, MD: Decent, salaried jobs in developing countries are rarely an option for people with disabilities, according to a new white paper, Situation of wage Continue reading the story...
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