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Google Maps turns to it’s user base to gather information on accessibility features

Americas, ICT, September 21 2017

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Traveling without Google Maps seems like an impossible task in today’s world. Gone are the days when we would stop someone on the road and ask for directions. But more often than not it is difficult to know accessibility features of a place while traveling. Google now wants to make… Continue Reading »

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Asia-Pacific, Events, September 20 2017

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The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. This annual conference is open to people with all types of disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, employers and educators. The… Continue Reading »

Leaving no one behind – achieving disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Americas, Disaster, September 19 2017

Natural hazard events can occur in any country, at any time. At present, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are dealing with the aftermath of some of the worst monsoon flooding in years, which has left more than 1,200 people dead and millions homeless. At the same time, North America and the… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan: Commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities positive but further steps needed – UN expert

Asia-Pacific, Misc., September 18 2017

ASTANA:  Kazakhstan has shown a strong commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas said in a statement at the end of her official visit to the country. “The positive steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system… Continue Reading »

Google Glass app helps children with disabilities with social interactions

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 16 2017

Google Glass

A prototype Google Glass app can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. A new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI finds that the wearable technology can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. Moreover,… Continue Reading »

New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

Americas, Misc., September 15 2017

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TORONTO: The Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements. The portal is a… Continue Reading »

U.S. DOT Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards

Americas, Transportation, September 14 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts, totaling $6.185 million* for a period of performance through FY 2019, under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities. ATTRI is a multimodal departmental effort that has been… Continue Reading »

Connecting Communities and Mapping Accessible Places

DIAUD Network, Europe, September 13 2017


On September 6 2017 the DIAUD Network held the next in a series of virtual meetings, to discuss the opportunity to collaborate in preparation for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018.  Representatives from the PWD-PCG and the GAP participating in the High Level Meeting… Continue Reading »

Grant creates postdoc fellowships for nursing researchers with disabilities

Americas, Misc., September 13 2017

SPOKANE, WASH.: Research scientists with disabilities are underrepresented in the health sciences, yet such scholars bring needed perspective to understanding and improving health policies and services for people with disabilities. A new federal grant will help WSU hire three post-doctoral students with disabilities to become academic researchers, with the goal… Continue Reading »

Ensuring Accessibility: Lessons from the BRT in Mexico

Americas, Transportation, September 12 2017

Accessible Bus

The reliance on public transportation for the 81.2 million inhabitants concentrated in Mexico’s urban centers is estimated at approximately eighty-percent of their urban transit needs. Although the majority of urban inhabitants are dependent on public transportation, many of the features of these transport systems have been described as non-inclusive and… Continue Reading »

Metro to launch Abilities-Ride paratransit service to encourage accessible taxi use as alternative to MetroAccess

Americas, Transportation, September 11 2017


MetroAccess customers will have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride program on Monday, September 18. The new program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi services–without sharing a ride–at a discounted rate. The Abilities-Ride… Continue Reading »

Artificial intelligence thinks like people with autism, used to develop educational tools

Americas, ICT, September 11 2017

Kunda discusses the technology and shows it on screen.

There’s a computer on the third floor of Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall that scans geometric patterns, deciding which missing shapes would be most likely to fit in. It fills in those blanks about as well as a human 17-year-old would, and it’s only getting smarter, thanks to a study of the… Continue Reading »

Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 11 2017

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CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. Until now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on… Continue Reading »

INMED Launches Aquaponics Program for Children with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., September 11 2017

Rosie with kids

Students who attend Laerskool Kempton Park had surprisingly clean hands after planting seedlings in their new aquaponics garden, which was launched by INMED Partnerships for Children, INMED South Africa and Air Products. That’s because there’s no dirt! “INMED has pioneered the use of school-based aquaponics to improve the nutrition and… Continue Reading »

UTSA to develop language assessment for children with autism

Americas, Misc., September 11 2017

The TEAM Autism Research Center, an organized research unit in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development, recently received an Innovative Treatment Model grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop a language assessment for children with autism. Stimulus Control Ratio… Continue Reading »

MIT to host workshop on accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in library systems

Americas, Events, September 9 2017

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MIT has received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to convene a workshop that will advance the design of information systems that better address needs for accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. Co-organized by MIT Libraries Director Chris Bourg and Director of Research Micah Altman,… Continue Reading »

MCIT and UNDP Launch ‘Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities’ Competition

Africa, ICT, September 8 2017

Bannner Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities

EGYPT: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Telecom Egypt (TE), supported by Microsoft Egypt and (crowd-solving partner) are launching an Innovation Competition titled “The Internet of Things for Persons with Disabilities”. Competition deadline will be on September… Continue Reading »

University of Montana to Help Implement Inclusive Education in Kenya

Americas, Misc., September 8 2017

Student with disability smiling at camera in classroom at the elementary school

MISSOULA: A University of Montana faculty member was selected as one of four U.S. experts to support the development of international disability-related projects this fall. Through the Americans with Disabilities Act International Fellowship Program, Martin Blair, executive director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at UM, will travel to… Continue Reading »

Students develop ‘smart eye’ for people with vision disabilities

Assistive Technology, Middle East, September 8 2017

Group photo of UAEU students

UAE: A pocket-sized smart reading device created by innovative United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) students is aiming to give people with vision disabilities the technology that will allow them to read whatever they want, whenever they want, and wherever they are. Braille Eye – a startup currently being incubated at… Continue Reading »

New Zealanders with disabilities twice as likely to be unemployed: statistics

Asia-Pacific, Misc., September 8 2017

WELLINGTON: People with disabilities were more likely to be unemployed, and their average weekly incomes were just over half those of non-disabled people in the June 2017 quarter, New Zealand’s statistics department said on Thursday. People with disabilities average weekly incomes from self-employment and wages and salary were lower than… Continue Reading »