• Month: November 2018

    The Transformative Power of Literacy for Children with Visual Disabilities

    PHILIPPINES: In a first grade classroom in the Philippines, Ma’am Jen, a teacher to students who are blind or low vision, sets a newly printed braille book she created in front of nine-year-old student Alexa. Prior to 2015, these braille books were hard to come by, leaving Ma’am Jen with only slates and a stylus… Continue Reading »

    Neural Technologies at TM Forum: “Digital Integration of assets is key for digital transformation success”

    SINGAPORE: This was the message from Neural Technologies’ VP of Marketing  Claus Nielsen on the second day of TM Forum Digital Transformation Asia, as he delivered a seminar speech on the importance of ‘Standardizing Event Data Collection and Management’ on 14 November. Nielsen said, “It is imperative that in order to make digital transformation journeys possible, that initially, Digital Integration is given the highest priority. Standardising Event Data collection and management of such… Continue Reading »

    Amplifying the Voices of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities in East Africa

    KAMPALA, UGANDA: In efforts to amplify the voices of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the East Africa region for them to advocate within a human rights framework in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first ever technical workshop in Eastern African was kicked off… Continue Reading »

    Second Committee Addresses Migration, Technology, International Collaboration

    NEW YORK, USA: With the numbers of migrants increasing faster than the global population, UN Member States emphasized the increased interdependence between countries, and called for the recognition of migrants’ qualifications and role in development, as well as for the protection of their rights and the combatting of illegal trafficking. The Second Committee (Economic and… Continue Reading »

    UNWTO Report Enables Inclusive Tourism, Destinations’ Contribution to SDGs

    NEW YORK, USA: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UNWTO affiliate member globaldit launched a report on UN Day 2018. The report presents a model for inclusive tourism destinations, focusing on the capacity of tourism to integrate disadvantaged groups and benefit from its activity. Titled, ‘Global Report on Inclusive Tourism Destinations Model and Success Stories,’… Continue Reading »

    DESA’s World’s Cities Data Finds Cities “Highly Exposed” to Disasters

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released a data booklet titled, ‘The World’s Cities in 2018.’ The publication finds that nearly three in five cities with populations greater than 500,000 people are at high risk of a natural disaster. According to the publication’s findings, 679 of 1,146 cities inhabited… Continue Reading »

    Canada, Ghana to Lead Consultations on FfD High-level Dialogue

    NEW YORK, USA: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) appointed the permanent representatives of Canada and Ghana as co-facilitators for the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, and Marc-Andre Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada, will consult with Member States on “the substantive work, including… Continue Reading »

    15th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

    TAIPEI, TAIWAN: 15th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons Date:November 12-15, 2018 Venue:Taipei Interactional Convention Center (TICC) Address:1 Hsin-Yi Road,Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan ROC MRT Station:Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station Website:http://http://www.ticc.com.tw Theme: Mobility for all: Connecting the World with Accessible Transportation. Topics of interest for submission includes: Topic A:… Continue Reading »

    A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities. In June 2018, the federal government tabled the Accessible Canada Act, a means to ensure equality, inclusion, and full participation in society for… Continue Reading »