• Month: March 2017

    Rights of people with disabilities in Europe: a new strategy based on ability rather than disability

    STRASBOURG: There are 80 million persons in Europe who live with a disability and many of them continue to be victims of discrimination or abuse. In response, the Council of Europe will be launching its new Disability Strategy 2017-2023 at a conference in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 27 and 28 March. “Our focus must be on… Continue Reading »

    Ohio University Southern to host disability awareness conference

    Ohio University Southern will host Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities, on March 24, at the Ironton campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the Tri-State region to increase awareness and understanding of trends in addressing the needs of students with disabilities. The keynote speaker is Dr. J.… Continue Reading »

    Call to develop assistive devices for persons with disabilities

    TIRUCHI, INDIA: Institutes of higher learning should focus on developing low cost assistive devices for persons with disabilities, said G.Tagore, Research Officer, National Institute of Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Chennai, on Monday. Speaking at a training program for students with vision disabilities, “Activating Human Potential,” at the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi, organised… Continue Reading »

    Access to copyright works to be improved

    Australians – especially those with disabilities – will be given greater access to a range of copyright material under proposed new laws. The legislation, introduced in parliament on Wednesday, also allows libraries and archives more flexibility around preserving copyright material in their collection. It also reduces red tape around the use of works and broadcasts… Continue Reading »

    World Down Syndrome Day Observed

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL: A walkathon was organised on the ocassion of the 12th World Down Syndrome Day in Kathmandu today. The program saw the participation of 50 people with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic disability caused by a trisomy of chromosome 21,that is the existence of a partial or complete third copy of chromosome… Continue Reading »

    University of Montana Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete

    MISSOULA: University of Montana researchers with the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, or RTC:Rural, show that the standardized disability questions used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identify two distinct groups of people with disabilities: those with permanent disability and those with temporary disability. Their findings were published… Continue Reading »

    Sign language dictionary to release in India soon

    NEW DELHI: The government is all set to come up with the country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary that aims to bring together various sign languages used by people with hearing disabilities. The Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, which is being developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), has so far compiled 6,032 Hindi… Continue Reading »

    UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

    The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues. “We do urge you to ensure a strong gender basis is built in to your agenda this year, and we urge you to take… Continue Reading »

    Makeathon to build technology for persons with disabilities

    Nearly 100 innovators, makers, students and people with disabilities will gather at the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for a three-day technology-building marathon to create devices that help people with disabilities overcome everyday challenges. At the event, called TOM:Berkeley, which starts on March 17, teams will work in state-of-the-art workshops at both Jacobs… Continue Reading »