• Month: November 2017

    3D printed “magic shoes” make life easier for children with disabilities

    SYNNEY, AUSTRALIA: At 17, Melissa Fuller left her Western Sydney high school with no idea about what she wanted to do. Twelve years later, she is co-founder of AbilityMate, an entrepreneurial group of designers, engineers and allied health professionals who use 3D printing to manufacture customised posture and mobility equipment for children with disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

    UNGA adopted a new resolution on the implementation of CRPD

    The Third Committee of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution A/C.3/72/L.18/Rev.1, with amendments from the co-facilitators(PP9 and OP14(a)) and African Group (OP18), by a recorded vote of 176 to 0, with 0 abstentions at its 53rd meeting on 21 November 2017. The draft resolution A/C.3/72/L.18/Rev.1 entitled “Implementation of the… Continue Reading »

    Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW: Enabling Local Community Resilience Through Collaboration

    AUSTRALIA: Local Disability Inclusive Disaster and Emergency Management Guidelines, have been developed as part of the preparedness for communities and individuals to utilise. These guidelines are for local emergency managers and disability support providers to understand Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) principles and suggest practical activities to engage the community in building resilience. The… Continue Reading »

    Employment for People with Disabilities

    The Australian Government is committed to ensuring people with disability receive opportunities to reach their potential through participating in the community and the workforce. There are two types of specialist agencies to help people with disability find and maintain work: Australian Disability Enterprises Australian Disability Enterprises provide real and meaningful employment for people with disability.… Continue Reading »

    Seminar on SDGs and Inclusive Society in Tokyo

    TOKYO, JAPAN: The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) will organize a seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Inclusive Society with focus on dyslexia. The seminar will invite speakers from the government, academia, and civil society organizations to share knowledge, best practices, and challenges in pursuing inclusive society while ensuring… Continue Reading »

    ‘Leave no one behind,’ UNDP aims to champion the rights of people with vision disabilities

    Indonesia has the second highest rate of people with vision disabilities in the world. This and other eye-opening facts were discussed during a recent UNDP workshop in Jakarta which aims to champion the rights of people who are blind, low vision, or print disabled. Most importantly the workshop discussed ways to implement an international treaty… Continue Reading »

    Call for inputs: Accessibility Survey

    Accessibility Survey is being conducted by the United Nations Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility (IDTFA). This survey seeks to collect information about barriers in terms of accessibility you have encountered, or if you have witnessed/heard others experience any accessibility barriers to full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in activities at the United Nations… Continue Reading »

    International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in the development of the first… Continue Reading »

    2017 IDPD on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

    Under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, the observance of the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) at United Nations Headquarters in New York City will be organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) on 1 December 2017 in Conference Room 4, in collaboration… Continue Reading »