Year: 2017

Emerging technology aims to improve life for persons with disabilities

LAS VEGAS: Emerging technology is giving new hope for persons with disabilities, and harnessing brainwaves for people with mobilityh disabilities and helping people who are blind with “artificial vision” are just the start. Many systems showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are aimed at improving quality of life for persons with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

Putting fundamental rights of persons with disabilities on the map

Ten years ago this month, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—a landmark human rights treaty among countries around the world to protect the fundamental rights of all persons with disabilities. With more than 1 billion people worldwide — 15 percent of the global population — living with… Continue Reading »

Lack of accessible toilets restrict access to public places for women with disabilities in India

INDIA: “I don’t eat a full meal for dinner. We don’t have a toilet at home and I can’t see at night to go out in the open to relieve myself if needed. I control myself till around 8 or 9 am when it becomes light enough for me to see at least a foot… Continue Reading »

New Florida Guidebook Highlights Wheelchair-Accessible State Parks

RIPON, CA: If a trip to Florida is on your travel calendar, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; Favorite Florida State Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, ($7.95, C&C Creative Concepts) and prepare to be wowed by the natural beauty and accessibility of some of the Sunshine State’s popular state parks. Penned by… Continue Reading »

Disability Advocates Used Digtal to Become Visible

American University School of Communication professor Fillipo Trevisan at American University recently published his first book, Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice Empowerment and Global Connectivity. Before joining the faculty of AU, Trevisan received his PhD in political communication and public policy at University of Glasgow. While in the UK, Trevisan witnessed much of the transformation… Continue Reading »

USAID Support to ISTEP Program Gets People with Disabilities into the Workplace

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA:  Over the past three years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) Association to help hundreds of people with disabilities to prepare for and enter the workforce. The Inclusive Training and Employment Program for and by persons with disabilities, also known as… Continue Reading »

Guwahati’s first Braille library opens

GUWAHATI, INDIA: The city gets its first braille library for students who are blind or have low vision at the Guwahati Blind High School here on Wednesday. The library will offer braille versions of a variety of books and journals ranging from academic books, fiction, self-help, general knowledge for the benefit of students who are… Continue Reading »

Turkey’s new regulations remove barriers for persons with disabilities in shopping malls

Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies has launched a new project designed to enhance the social life of persons with disabilities by redesigning movie theaters and stores at shopping malls around Turkey. The enhancement project will make shopping and enjoying movies easier for persons with disabilities. However, the program will not only be limited… Continue Reading »

UAE celebrates International Day of Braille

DUBAI: The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development celebrated the International Day of Braille by holding a series of events to raise awareness about the rights of people with vision disabilities and ways to communicate with them. One of the aims was to propagate the use of the Braille writing system to help impart education… Continue Reading »

GAATES Program Manager – Job Posting

The Global Alliance On Accessible Technologies And Environments (GAATES) is seeking a Program Manager to be based in Ottawa, CANADA The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of Universal Design and accessibility of the built and virtual environments. Based in Canada, GAATES was incorporated… Continue Reading »