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    Month: September 2017

    44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo

    TOKYO, JAPAN: The 44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2017 will be held on September 27-29 at Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan. Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Asia, which brings together home care and rehabilitation equipment from all over the world.… Continue Reading »

    Disability and engineering communities pair up for assistive technology hackathon

    CALGARY, ALBERTA:  TOM: Alberta, a subsidiary of Kadima Dynamics, just concluded their third annual makeathon event. Local engineers and designers worked with people living with disabilities to create open-source solutions for everyday challenges. 15 multidisciplinary teams from Calgary worked together for a continuous 72 hours from August 24-27 to produce functional prototypes. The teams had… Continue Reading »

    Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion

    PROVIDENCE, RI: The recent natural disasters of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have refocused the discussion on the need for universal web accessibility, particularly for those with a disability. Persons with disabilities need to have access to inclusive online apps and resources that not only keep them informed of weather conditions, but also offer them a… Continue Reading »

    Hanoi builds accessibility information website for persons with disabilities

    HANOI: The building of the website aims to raise awareness about issues of persons with disabilities in the community and boost accessibility in tourism for them. The website will introduce tourist attractions and rate accessibility of sites for persons with disabilities and communications. The city People’s Committee also recommended concerned units like restaurant owners, hotels… Continue Reading »

    South Africa should prioritize implementing inclusive education for children with disabilities

    The Human Rights Watch urge the South Africa authorities to take action to fulfil all commitments on recommendations received during its third UPR cycle, including prevention of xenophobia or other forms of intolerance and violence against women. The government should finalize the national action plan to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and… Continue Reading »

    Google Maps turns to it’s user base to gather information on accessibility features

    Traveling without Google Maps seems like an impossible task in today’s world. Gone are the days when we would stop someone on the road and ask for directions. But more often than not it is difficult to know accessibility features of a place while traveling. Google now wants to make it easier for people with… Continue Reading »

    Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

    The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. This annual conference is open to people with all types of disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, employers and educators. The theme for the 33rd Pacific… Continue Reading »

    Leaving no one behind – achieving disability-inclusive disaster risk management

    Natural hazard events can occur in any country, at any time. At present, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are dealing with the aftermath of some of the worst monsoon flooding in years, which has left more than 1,200 people dead and millions homeless. At the same time, North America and the Caribbean region are responding to… Continue Reading »

    Kazakhstan: Commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities positive but further steps needed – UN expert

    ASTANA:  Kazakhstan has shown a strong commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas said in a statement at the end of her official visit to the country. “The positive steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system and provide universal health coverage… Continue Reading »