• Month: September 2017

    80% of New Zealanders support minimum standards for disability access

    NEW ZEALAND: A national poll conducted by UMR commissioned and released today by the Access Alliance shows the vast majority of New Zealanders want action on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. “It show’s Kiwi’s want the government to pass legislation breaking down the barriers that stop everyone having access all parts of society” Spokesperson… Continue Reading »

    Australia’s First Autism Employment Forum to Be Held in Sydney

    SYDNEY: DXC Technology announced it will host the Autism@Work Forum, which aims to highlight the benefits of workforce neurodiversity to both employers and employees. DXC is among several prominent organisations in Australia and worldwide increasingly investing in a more neurodiverse workforce. The forum will deliver best practices for better engaging the skills and interests of… Continue Reading »

    Mobile app helps identify accessible spaces in Brisbane

    AUSTRALIA: Carers Link, a Brisbane based disability support service in partnership with Disability Support Queensland has launched a smartphone application called Access 4000 with the aim of providing detailed information on available accessibility features across various venues in Brisbane. The application has been made keeping in mind not just people with disabilities, but also older… Continue Reading »

    VisitLanarkshire develops accessible guides

    VisitLanarkshire is on target to provide accessibility guides for all the region’s attractions and accommodation providers by 2020. The area’s official tourism body which now offers accessibility information for 62% of all attractions, has set the 100% goal as part of the Lanarkshire’s Area Tourism Strategy. Accessibility guides or statements cater for a range of… Continue Reading »

    Abilities Expo Emergency Preparedness Workshop to Provide Vital Disaster Strategies for Boston’s Disability Community

    BOSTON: People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on September 8-10, 2017 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center are eagerly anticipating the “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” workshop on September 8 at 2:30pm, as well as the opportunity to discover the latest products, education and fun for all ages. “It’s not… Continue Reading »

    UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities to visit Kazakhstan

    GENEVA: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas will undertake an official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan from 4 to 12 September 2017 to assess the human rights situation of persons with disabilities and the Government’s efforts in this respect. The Special Rapporteur will conduct her visit to… Continue Reading »

    Canada Supports Greater Accessibility in Public Consultation Forums for People with Speech and Language Disabilities

    GATINEAU, QUEBEC: Communications Disabilities Access Canada, a national not-for-profit organization, will make public consultation forums more accessible to Canadians who have speech and language disabilities. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced the launch of this initiative, funded through the disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program. A more… Continue Reading »

    Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 and Public Spaces

    On August 23, 2017 the DIAUD Network continued its work in utilizing the network to influence global policies, and featured another highly-informative presentation by an urban development professional, Ms. Luisa Bravo. The DIAUD Network’s tasks for this meeting included asking network members to complete a survey on the upcoming World Urban Forum, as well as… Continue Reading »

    Bangladesh wins prestigious WSIS award for work with people with vision disabilities

    Bangladesh has again won one of the world’s most prestigious IT awards when it was awarded a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in June. Winning the award for Bangladesh this year was a project titled ‘DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Persons with Visual Disabilities’, which was headed by… Continue Reading »