• Month: February 2018

    Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report that present 13 case studies… Continue Reading »

    Tips to Build a Fully Accessible Driveway

    CANADA & UNITED STATES: Accessibility focused design should not just be in your home, but out on the street as well. The driveway is a particularly important place to consider the needs of the disabled, but you may be wondering exactly how to go about designing a space which is usable by everyone. With an estimated global… Continue Reading »

    Award for Blind Cricket World Cup and Announcement of Five National Sports Centres

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot felicitated the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team and presented them with a cash award of Rs.34 Lakhs at a function in New Delhi today, February 21st, 2018. The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Ramdas… Continue Reading »

    Making Video Content Accessible – ALCTS Forum Focuses on Captions and Transcripts

    USA: The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services presented a forum on “The Case for Making Video Content Accessible” on Monday at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Violaine Iglesias, director of business development for GVPi, a company in Arlington, Virginia, that provides hosting platforms for electronic publishers, opened by saying that “Accessibility is… Continue Reading »

    yoocan CEO to discuss global collaboration 2020 vision at the GAATES Annual Meeting Feb. 21st

    yoocan believes that shared experiences and knowledge, by and for people with disabilities from around the world, can inspire and change lives so no one feels alone. Thousands of yoocan community members are making daily connections, finding new friendships and relevant solutions – join the online community today & watch the video here. If you… Continue Reading »

    Distribution of Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjans and Senior Citizens

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Mega Distribution Camp for distribution of Aids & Assistive devices to the Divyangjans and Senior Citizens was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at Jiwaji University Ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh today, February 11th, 2018. In the august presence of the President of India Shri Ramnath… Continue Reading »

    Robot Carers Could Help with Japan’s Senior Caregiving

    JAPAN: It is no secret that Japan’s population is aging with the number of Japanese 90 years and above reaching over 2 million (Internal Affairs Ministry). The 2017 government survey indicated that there are over 35 million elderly people (65 years and above) representing 27.7% of the population. A predicted shortfall of round 370,000 caregivers… Continue Reading »

    A Delicate Approach to Restoring Control

    AUSTRALIA: An Australian startup program is aiming to tackle lifestyle problems caused by fine motor control issues, an ever-pervasive ailment that dramatically impacts quality-of-life. Their solution is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions: the i-boll. The i-boll, roughly the size of a junior soccer ball, links to a smart phone app… Continue Reading »

    HPM launched ‘Accessible Dictionary’ for all

    BANGLADESH, INDIA: ‘Accessible Dictionary’ (http://accessibledictionary.gov.bd/) is Bangladesh’s first dictionary specially developed for the persons with visual, print and learning disability and information disadvantaged groups; yet, beneficial for over 5 million students with/out disabilities. On the 1st February, at this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a2i’s newly developed ‘Accessible… Continue Reading »