• Month: May 2019

    [OPEN] Call for Submissions for Accessible Tourism Destination 2019 Edition

    Accessible Tourism Destination, 2019 Edition The creation of the international “Accessible Tourism Destination” distinction arises from the joint commitment of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the ONCE Foundation, to recognize and promote accessible tourist destinations. These aims are served by the recognition and dissemination of tourist destinations that make an important effort so that their destination can… Continue Reading »

    Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

    An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year. The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility – for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of… Continue Reading »

    Turkey’s First Mayor with Disability Aims to Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

    In 2005, the ruling Justice and Development Party adopted Turkey’s first Disability Law as a part of its European Union accession process. In 2007, Turkey signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, which it ratified in 2009. Yet due to poor implementation and enforcement and a lingering social stigma,… Continue Reading »

    Stakeholders Find Weaknesses in ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill

    PAKISTAN: Stakeholders have identified weaknesses in the ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill before a parliamentary committee on human rights considers it next week, and have urged the committee to seek insight from people living with disabilities. At a press conference on Thursday, stakeholders also demanded representation for people living with disabilities in the local… Continue Reading »

    Opinion: India’s General Elections 2019 Focused on Inclusion

    April 11 was voting day in Noida. It was Phase 1 of the festival of democracy, the biggest elections in the world. I was excited, curious and a little apprehensive. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had promised an inclusive election. The theme for this massive operation was “leave no one behind”. Advertisements on radio,… Continue Reading »

    Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’: How Sports is Making SDGs a Reality

    UNITED NATIONS: The power of sport can help make global sustainable development a reality, and such power transcends cultural, linguistic and even physical barriers. In recent years, disabled athletes have gained greater visibility—an essential step in recognising their talent, abilities, and importance. In December, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognised the power of sport as… Continue Reading »

    The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes “Accessibility is Beautiful” Initiative

    The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launched a new initiative on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) called Accessibility is Beautiful, generously supported by CHUBB. This innovative accessibility initiative includes a YouTube video miniseries and Universal Design “Look Book” will feature the homes of disability advocates Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen, Karen Braitmayer, Leslie Haynes and Randy Earle, designed by architects Carol Sundstrom of Rom Architecture Studio,… Continue Reading »

    Chinese President Lauds Role Models with Disabilities and their Supporters

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16 met in Beijing with representatives attending a ceremony commending role models with disabilities and people who have made outstanding contributions to helping the disabled. President Xi congratulated the representatives on their commendations and encouraged them to make continued efforts to achieve new accomplishments in supporting China’s disabled. He… Continue Reading »

    Sightsavers’ Approach to Making Health Services Inclusive for Everyone

    Sightsavers, an international charity working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change, has a new film that sets out their work to make health care services accessible and inclusive for everyone. The film focuses on their programmes in Bhopal, India and Nampula, Mozambique. It highlights how they work… Continue Reading »