• Month: October 2017

    Lancaster hosts accessibility awareness activities

    October is officially “Accessibility Awareness Month” in the town of Lancaster. This year’s activities will feature a reenactment performance of Helen Keller’s life by actor Sheryl Faye, to be held at Thayer Memorial Library Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Thayer Memorial Library will also host accessibility-related displays and books during October. October Accessibility Awareness… Continue Reading »

    Sasol invites World Tourism Day visitors to understand accessibility

    DOHA: Supporting an agenda for inclusive tourism, Sasol, the South African energy giant, unveiled its ‘Understand Accessibility’ program in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) with the inclusion of 9-dimensional virtual reality (9-D VR) chairs at the official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations hosted in Doha recently. Organised by the UNWTO and QTA, WTD brought… Continue Reading »

    ‘Click and Go Maps’ & wayfinding mobility for all

    On September 20th, the DIAUD Network hosted their next biweekly network meeting to continue discussion on possible collaborations towards accessible urban development. In an effort to improve visibility and outcomes of our Persons with Disabilities – Partner Constituent Group (PWD-PCG), which is under the auspices of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), the DIAUD Network… Continue Reading »

    Tokyo 2020: Accessible Toilets For All

    Three years from now, Tokyo will see an influx of visitors for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In preparation for an expected 40 million guests, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvement campaign. Tokyo’s Narita airport is the first to be renovated for the Olympics with it’s “total toilet makeover drive.” Earlier this month,… Continue Reading »

    Hovertravel Launches ‘Hovercare’ Program to Make Travelling More Accessible

    Hovertravel is announcing a major new initiative aiming at improving accessibility. Called HoverCare, this initiative starts with the world’s first accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft. Hovertravel staff will undergo training from the Barclays Accessibility Team, which will include the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have mobility, vision and hearing disabilities… Continue Reading »

    NHS England launches practical guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

    Practical guides to help people with disabilities to access GP online services have been published by NHS England.  Aimed at supporting people with vision, hearing, autism or learning disabilities, a series of new guides have been developed to help patients use GP services online such as book appointments, repeat their prescriptions and view medical records. Bespoke… Continue Reading »

    France: UN rights expert to assess the situation of persons with disabilities

    GENEVA: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct her first official visit to France from 3 to 13 October 2017 to assess the situation of people with disabilities in the country. “This is my first visit to France and I am eager to learn about… Continue Reading »

    Texas Tech Hosts Disability Awareness Week

    LUBBOCK, TX: Student Disability Services will host events during Disability Awareness Week(Oct. 2-6) to raise awareness and show support for members of the community that identify with a disability. The week begins with a kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 2) in the North Plaza of the Student Union Building (SUB).… Continue Reading »

    Strong family ties improve employment opportunities for people with childhood-onset disabilities

    CORVALLIS, ORE.:  Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found. “Having a disability from childhood has wide-ranging impacts on early childhood development, schooling, socialization and more,” said David Baldridge, an associate professor of management in the… Continue Reading »