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Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, News, Universal Design, February 23 2018

Signs for washroom facilities for women, men, wheelchair accessible and changing tables

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… Continue Reading »

Tips to Build a Fully Accessible Driveway

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, February 22 2018

Accessible paved driveway leading up to a home. Surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers

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… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Europe, Events, News, February 20 2018


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… Continue Reading »

Distribution of Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjans and Senior Citizens

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, February 15 2018

On Stage Left to Right - Sh. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister SJ&E, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, CM of MP, Hon'ble President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind, Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor

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… Continue Reading »

Robot Carers Could Help with Japan’s Senior Caregiving

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, ICT, February 9 2018

Personal home robot waving and sitting at the foot of a bed on it's wooden frame at the foot of a

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… Continue Reading »

A Delicate Approach to Restoring Control

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, ICT, February 9 2018

i-boll is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions:

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… Continue Reading »

HPM launched ‘Accessible Dictionary’ for all

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, February 7 2018

At the inauguration: Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Kabir Bin Anwar, Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, Md. Afzal Hossain Sarwar, Purabi Matin, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Vashkar Bhattacharjee were present among others.

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… Continue Reading »

UCLG Meets 2018

Europe, Events, Misc., News, Universal Design, February 2 2018

UCLG Meets 2018 logo

BARCELONA, SPAIN:  The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) held the fourth edition of their Annual Retreat and Campus, in Barcelona, from the 22nd to the 26th of January 2018. The retreat was focused on the UCLG Network’s collaborations and achievements, and how to increase the impact of their work towards the… Continue Reading »

Be My Eyes and Moovit join forces to make public transit more accessible

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, February 2 2018

People waiting for a train at San Jose Diridon Station Track #3 (San Francisco)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA: Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that  they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be.… Continue Reading »

Blackboard and Readspeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, January 31 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve the accessibility of course content for their students. Currently, ReadSpeaker is Blackboard’s exclusive text-to-speech provider that is fully integrated within Blackboard’s learning management systems, supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Now, as part of this extended collaboration, ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech… Continue Reading »

Zibrio Receives $25K Commercialization Award from Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, January 31 2018

Person balanced in yoga pose

HOUSTON, TEXAS: The Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) announces funding for Zibrio, for a novel method to measure human balance and assess patients’ fall risk. Zibrio was awarded $25,000 and up to 100 hours of in-kind support. “Current physical check-ups don’t have an objective measure for… Continue Reading »

ICT Accessibility and Digital Inclusion in Development Efforts Survey: International Development Stakeholder Feedback Needed

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, ICT, Middle East, News, January 26 2018

Hand completing checklist

INTERNATIONAL: Global growth of information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives creates unprecedented pathways for cities and countries to improve quality of life and plan for future challenges. Incorporation of ICT accessibility and digital inclusion into development efforts represents a shared opportunity to extend these benefits to all citizens, including people… Continue Reading »

Commercialization of research results: PolyU turns novel myopia control contact lens to product

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, January 25 2018

The novel myopia control contact lens developed by Professor To Chi-ho (centre), Head of the School of Optometry, PolyU, and the research team is licensed to Vision Science and Technology Co. Ltd. (VST). On the left is Mr Jackson Leung Tse-man, Founder and Director of VST; on the right is Mr Raymond Chu, Assistant Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU.

HONG KONG:  Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a major cause of ocular morbidity for school children, especially among ethnic Chinese. The optometry research team led by Professor To Chi-ho, Head of the School of Optometry at PolyU, and Professor Carly Lam from the same School, developed the novel DISC lens for this… Continue Reading »

The Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Hamilton, and London, Ontario

Americas, Built Environment, News, January 24 2018

Wheelchair user waiting

HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA: Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.… Continue Reading »

Callous state, concerned courts

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, January 23 2018

Drawing of a person made from bricks sitting with head down and shoulder breaking open to reveal people inside

DELHI, INDIA: 15 December 2017 was the most unusual day for the visually impaired persons in the recent times. This day, at around 11 a.m., the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished a hostel, Louis Welfare Progressive Association of the Blind in Janakpuri’s Virender Nagar, which had been home to many… Continue Reading »

Building Awarded Second Place in the Saudi Award of Excellence in Services for Person’s with Disabilities (PWD)

Americas, Built Environment, Middle East, January 22 2018

View of the front of General Administration of Passports Department building, located in Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA: Under the supervision and guidance of AlModon Urban Consultancy on Universal Design & Accessibility and architect Mr. Mukhtar Alshibani, past-president of the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES); Ms. Fatin Al Yafi, GAATES Country Rep for the KSA and the team at the Fatin… Continue Reading »

Not Registered yet for WUF9? Online registration will reopen 23 & 24 January

Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, Events, News, January 22 2018

World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Due to many requests, the WUF9 online registration portal will reopen on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 00:00 until Wednesday 24 January, 23:55 Nairobi time(UTC+3). Participants who have not registered yet can use this period to register online for WUF9. Each participant at the World Urban Forum must be registered individually to attend the conference,… Continue Reading »

100 Accessible Websites of Various State Governments/UTs Under Accessible India Campaign Launched – Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 22 2018

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot addressing at the inauguration of the 'National Conference on Improving Accessibility', organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), in New Delhi on January 19, 2018. The Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla and Shri Krishan Pal are also pictured.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a path breaking initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ here today (January 19th,… Continue Reading »

Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 20 2018

Photo of wheelchair sign with instructions to deploy the ramp

CANADA: While the UK, USA and Australia have had national accessibility legislation in place for many years, it has taken until 2018 for the Canadian government to follow suit. The governing Liberals held consultations which led to the proposal that all federally governed buildings must be accessible to all. Not even all… Continue Reading »

SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 18 2018

ribbon cutting ceremony

SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations,… Continue Reading »