• Month: December 2016

    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 Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, made the disclosure at the national church service for Disabilities Awareness Week held recently at the Grace Baptist Church in May Pen, Clarendon. She… Continue Reading »

    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 the UK’s leading assistive technology research conference. More than 100 leading health care professionals, academic researchers and businesses gathered at the Technology for Independence (T4I) Conference, hosted by the… Continue Reading »

    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 issued a warning that some of the most basic components of the convention have yet to be realized and that urgent steps are necessary to level inequalities. According to… Continue Reading »

    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 reason of their disability. Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed The Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 with amendments. The bill will now go back to Lok Sabha and… Continue Reading »

    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 project design competition on the theme What would you do to make Sarasbaug barrier-free. “There is no mention of accessibility in the syllabus of civil engineering course. Even… Continue Reading »

    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 for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held from 22-26 May 2017 in Cancún, México. Applications for Ignite Stage and Market Place booths are now open, as well as for… Continue Reading »

    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 of Bangladesh. This award is in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of disability and development, for his work in the field of developing disability inclusive ICTs… Continue Reading »

    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 to provide step by step guidance on how and when to provide workplace adjustments – also called accommodations – for workers with specific needs. Promoting diversity and inclusion through… Continue Reading »

    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 6 December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Task Force was led by Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the AICHR with the support from the Government of… Continue Reading »