• Month: December 2019

    EAEU Countries Recommended to Make Transport More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

    MOSCOW: The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved a package of recommendations for the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union concerning the provision of services to people with disabilities, BelTA learned from the EEC’s press service. “The document defines the recommended approaches to transport infrastructure and public passenger transport means (buses, trolleybuses, trams,… Continue Reading »

    Toyota Motor Europe Launches the Toyota Startup Awards to Find Most Innovative Solutions to Improve Mobility for All

    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Business school ISDI, through ISDI Accelerator, have created the Toyota Startup Awards. This competition targets inclusive mobility companies that offer innovative solutions empowering people with a physical impairment to move around more freely and facilitating their daily life. Eight startups will be invited to attend 4YFN in Barcelona from 24 to 26 February 2020… Continue Reading »

    TransLink Installs Tactile and Braille Signage Bus Stops

    CANADA: Beginning in 2020, TransLink will install tactile and braille signage at every bus stop and tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) at stations and bus exchanges. “We are committed to making our transit system accessible for as many people as possible,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We know that a lot of our customers with vision… Continue Reading »

    Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific

    Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific — Strategic Approaches to Achieving Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development. An estimated 690 million persons with disabilities live in Asia and the Pacific. As this figure is expected to grow over the coming decades, the need for enhanced accessibility will increase greatly. Despite many… Continue Reading »

    New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

    NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. “Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said. The report added, “A barrier-free environment is an environment in which… Continue Reading »

    Barbados Likely To Implement National Accessibility Standard for Tourist Accommodations

    BARBADOS: Hotels, guest houses and villas may soon be required to ensure their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds hinted on Wednesday. He said changes could be coming to the “tremendous amount” of concessions being granted to the tourism industry. He made the suggestion while addressing the opening of… Continue Reading »

    Doha Declaration to Promote Rights of 1.5 Billion Persons with Disabilities Worldwide

    QATAR: Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) launched the ‘Doha Declaration’ at the closing ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) yesterday. The two-day conference, which has attracted over 1,500 policy-makers and practitioners, took place at the Qatar National Convention Center under the theme: “Leaving No One Behind”. The Doha Declaration on… Continue Reading »

    Seychelles: Persons with Hearing Impairment Get First Sign Language Dictionary

    SEYCHELLES: The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time. The dictionary was launched last Saturday after 10 years of work in a ceremony held at the Citizenship Engagement Platform (CEPS) in Victoria, the capital. When presenting the dictionary, Annie Risler from the University of Lille, said that “it is… Continue Reading »

    New 3D Printing Campaign Launched for Children with Visual Impairment

    SOUTH AFRICA: For visually impaired people educational resources don’t come by easy. Learning to read braille is essential but costly and not always effective (it may take up to three times as long as other students to read a text), while assistive technology, such as closed-circuit TV, screen-magnification or screen-reading software, could help them to read… Continue Reading »