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Canada’s new accessibility laws should include rules for inclusive buildings and transport

GATINEAU, QC: Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for persons with disabilities have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some Continue reading the story...

Wheelchairs Made for All-Terrain

Developing countries often remain so due to underdeveloped transportation systems, which limit people’s ability to access food, products, and services. Coupled with disabilities, it can be Continue reading the story...

Succeeding with Cerebral Palsy

In the last week the story of Ding Ding, a 29-year-old man with cerebral palsy who has had to overcome hardship to become a student of Continue reading the story...

Microsoft hosts Accessibility Summit in India

HYDERABAD: Microsoft India hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit here aiming to enhance technology access for people with disabilities. The summit aimed at demonstrating the business value of Continue reading the story...

EU Supports Access to Education for Palestinian Children with Disabilities in Lebanon

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at Deir Qassi School in Saida to recognize Continue reading the story...

Employers urged to give jobs to people with vision disabilities in Myanmar

MYANMAR: People with vision disabilities in Myanmar are finding it difficult to gain employment, according to the Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities (MFPD). MFPD chairman U Continue reading the story...

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for users with mobility disabilities

SINGAPORE: Wheelchair accessible weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms. These are Continue reading the story...

Booklet on climate change in braille

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Braille version of a booklet — Climate Action: We Must Not Delay — dedicated to environmental issues such as carbon footprint, groundwater Continue reading the story...

Vodafone Ghana launches ‘Supercare’ for people with hearing disabilities

Vodafone Ghana has launched another industry first, ‘Supercare’, a dedicated customer service line for people with hearing disabilities in the country. The initiative forms part of the Continue reading the story...

Charter of Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Action in Iraq

In 2016, different humanitarian actors came together prior to the World Humanitarian Summit to develop the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Continue reading the story...

Tourism department to make its facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With a declared policy to initiate barrier-free tourism in the state, the tourism department will make all its facilities, including parks and hotels and other Continue reading the story...

Making Theater More Accessible for Kids with Autism

A mother says that she and her autistic seven-year-old son were kicked out of a performance of the musical Aladdin in Chicago Wednesday night. According to Continue reading the story...

Dubai Customs launch sign language program

DUBAI:  Airline and cruise ship passengers who are deaf and hard of hearing will be able to communicate with Dubai Customs staff when they arrive in Continue reading the story...

China to offer braille test papers after student lawsuit

BEIJING: Braille test papers will be provided to students with vision disabilities for the first time as part of this summer’s College English Test 4 in Continue reading the story...

MS student McCarthy enhances campus accessibility through new web app

The University of Illinois has long been a leader in accessibility for persons with disabilities. This tradition continues with a new web app called “Access Illinois” Continue reading the story...

Workshop to study new law for persons with disabilities held

BENGALURU: A workshop held to study the new law for persons with disabilities has urged organisations working among these people to form a network for better Continue reading the story...

Accessible homes for children with disabilities may become a reality

NEW DELHI: Union minister Maneka Gandhi wants accessible homes to be set up for children with disabilities, saying child care institutions are “unable to provide” sustained and Continue reading the story...

Workshop held on open source technology

JAKARTA: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) — with the support from Australian government – has collaborated with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Indonesia and Continue reading the story...

Students With Reading Disabilities Sue Berkeley Unified School District for Failing to Educate Them

DREDF, with co–counsel, filed a complaint in federal court against Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for systemically failing to educate students with reading disorders, and students Continue reading the story...

States told to implement disabilities act

NEW DELHI: Inaugurating the 15th National Review Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot urged states Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities are struggling with new currency notes in India

MUMBAI: People with vision disabilities are finding the new currency notes `unfriendly’, because they are difficult to recognise by touch. Lack of adequate embossing or engraving on Continue reading the story...

FCTA to make public buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

NIGERIA: The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said the Federal Capital Territory Administration is working to regulate all future public buildings plans to provide access Continue reading the story...

UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

CANCUN: The fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place 22-26 May, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Continue reading the story...

UT Administration begins work to make buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: The Chandigarh Administration has started the work to make all government buildings accessible to persons with disabilities. Sources said the Engineering Department had finalised a Continue reading the story...

Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 Continue reading the story...

EU rules to make more books available for people with vision disabilities

New rules to make more books available in formats designed for people who are blind or have low vision were informally agreed by Parliament and Council Continue reading the story...

Seminar on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Management

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) will conduct the 19th online International Disability Awareness Seminar in association with the Directorate of Social Continue reading the story...

Seeing AI app describes the world to users with vision disabilities

Many millennials spent many an afternoon watching the educational science program, Bill Nye The Science Guy. In light of policy changes in scientific research in the Continue reading the story...

New Touchable Tablet Helps Guide People with Vision Disabilities

Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tablet to help people with a vision disability find their way around unfamiliar places. The Continue reading the story...

Environmental and personal factors still create barriers for persons with disabilities, despite assistive technolgy

WASHINGTON: Assistive products and technologies – such as wheelchairs, upper-limb prostheses, and hearing and speech devices – hold promise for partially or fully mitigating the effects Continue reading the story...

Workshop held on Strategies and Best Practices for Creating Accessible Work Environments

DOHA: Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada) hosted a workshop during its partnership with the recently held Accessible Qatar Conference at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. The workshop Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to get Universal Identity Cards soon: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The government of India will soon issue universal identity cards to persons with disabilities to help them avail various government welfare schemes, Union Minister Continue reading the story...

State governments slow in Accessible India drive

NEW DELHI: Eighteen months after Narendra Modi government initiated Accessible India campaign to make public places and transport accessible to all, the state governments have refused Continue reading the story...

To enhance economic growth, help persons with disabilities get back to work

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a 10-member state international body that is home to an estimated 625 million people. 17,102,139 people or 2.7% Continue reading the story...

Kwara Assembly passes Persons with Disabilities Bill

NIGERIA: The Kwara House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the People with Disabilities Bill. The bill, which was passed after the House considered its features at the Continue reading the story...

Minister Qualtrough announces National AccessAbility Week: Promoting accessibility every day, everywhere in Canada

CANADA: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement: “As Canada’s first Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I Continue reading the story...

Summit called to demand inclusive education for every child

NEW ZEALAND: A lack of government funding and support for children with disabilities or additional learning needs has prompted educators, people with disabilities and their families Continue reading the story...

World Cup 2022 venues to be made accessible for persons with disabilities

World Cup 2022 venues will be accessible for persons with disabilities making the sporting event an inclusive tournament, according to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Continue reading the story...

New sign language curriculum for students with hearing disabilities in Oman soon

MUSCAT: Students with hearing disabilities in Oman will soon receive a new curriculum that conforms to international standards, thanks to the Oman Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Continue reading the story...

Jamaica to assess private schools for children with disabilities

JAMAICA: The Ministry of Education will be examining private schools catering to children with disabilities. This is to ensure that students are, among other things, being Continue reading the story...
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