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Video game improves balance in youth with autism

Americas, Misc., November 23 2017

Playing a video game that rewards participants for holding various “ninja” poses could help children and youth with autism  improve their balance, according to a recent study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Balance challenges are more common among people… Continue Reading »

Making schools more inclusive to support all students

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 22 2017

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

AUSTRALIA: Schools across Victoria will get a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities. Minister for Education James Merlino yesterday visited Mandama Primary School in Grovedale to announce that another 14 schools will receive funding under the $20 million… Continue Reading »

New Competition Launched to Ensure Children who are Deaf Achieve Literacy

Europe, Misc., November 21 2017

Sign On For Literacy logo

BUDAPEST: All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) has announced the launch of Sign On For Literacy, a new global competition to invest in innovations that increase access to local sign languages and advance language and literacy outcomes for deaf children. The competition was announced at the… Continue Reading »

Young school students painted to create awareness about accessibility

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 21 2017


NEW DELHI: More than 1200 Students of different schools of Delhi participated together to paint on the theme of Accessibility to raise awareness for a cause which although of ‘Universal’ importance escapes the public consciousness. It is with this thought that the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities organized… Continue Reading »

Importance of Empowering Persons with Disabilities Highlighted from the View of Film-makers, Creativity for Accessibility

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 21 2017

group photo

NEW DELHI: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) organized an award function of Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran in association with Directoriate of Film Festival (DFF) on Thursday. Total 10 awards were given in three categories of Documentaries, Short Films and TV Spots. The Chief Guest… Continue Reading »

Telangana government announces facilities for barrier-free travel of people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, November 21 2017

HYDERABAD, INDIA: The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) Limited, which is likely to begin its first phase in the next few weeks says it’s going to be accessible for all, even as the Telangana Department for Disabled Welfare is in the process of making public transport facilities accessible for persons with… Continue Reading »

Airlines agree to increase availability of accessible airport kiosks

Americas, Transportation, November 20 2017

self check-in kiosks in airport

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation has reached agreements with Alaska Airlines/Virgin America and Spirit Airlines to expand the availability of airport kiosks that will be accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to a DOT press release.  DOT also reached an agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to make the… Continue Reading »

Program helps make arts more accessible in the community

Asia-Pacific, Events, November 20 2017

Participant experiencing a tactile touch tour

The University of Western Australia will this month launch Inclusive Arts Week – a new program that aims to promote accessibility and inclusion in the arts for everyone in the community. Running between Tuesday 28 November and Saturday 2 December, Inclusive Arts Week packs in an exciting program of free… Continue Reading »

Ghanaians with Disabilities Assured of Accessibility to Courts

Africa, Built Environment, November 20 2017


GHANA: The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has assured persons with disabilities that all efforts are put in place under her leadership to ensure that  all the courts in the country are accessible to  them  to access justice. The Chief Justice gave the assurance when she paid a two-day working visit… Continue Reading »

More efforts urged for inclusion of persons with disabilities in Africa

Africa, Events, November 20 2017

Policymakers and experts attending an international meeting on persons with disabilities on Tuesday called for more efforts to include persons with disabilities in Africa’s major development agendas. Participants at the conference, organized by the Rehabilitation International (RI) organization at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, will evaluate opportunities, challenges and… Continue Reading »

Braille versions of Nguyen Nhat Anh’s books to be published

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 19 2017


HANOI, VIETNAM: Veteran writer Nguyen Nhat Anh’s books in Braille versions will be printed and released soon by Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in Ha Noi to serve its students. Writer Nguyen Nhat Anh, best-selling children’s books, Vietnam economy, Vietnamnet bridge, English news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, news… Continue Reading »

Jordan Prince Mired urges integration of persons with disabilities into labour market

Middle East, Misc., November 18 2017

AMMAN: HH Prince Mired, president of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, on Wednesday highlighted the importance of cooperation with the council to facilitate integrating persons with disabilities into the labour market. In a dialogue session co-organised by the council and the Amman Chamber of Industry,… Continue Reading »

Toyota Mobility Foundation launches $4 million challenge to expand mobility for people with lower-limb paralysis

Americas, Assistive Technology, November 17 2017

Woman in wheelchair on subway platform

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:  The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020. The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is seeking teams around… Continue Reading »

Assam to provide free textbooks to students with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 17 2017

Assam Government would provide free textbooks to students with vision disabilities of the state, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Tuesday. The chief minister made the announcement while releasing a guidebook for students with vision disabilities for competitive examinations. Sonowal said his government has taken up various programmes aimed at… Continue Reading »

New App Uses Smart Tags to Give Better Information and Independence to People who are Blind

Americas, ICT, November 16 2017

Shirt with Phone overlay

PLANO, TEXAS: Two architects with vision loss today launched WayAround, the smart assistant that gives on-demand details about everyday things for anyone with vision loss. The WayAround system uses custom smart tags plus an app for iOS or Android to provide audio information about items around the home and office.… Continue Reading »

EU assists employment of persons with disabilities in Mostar

Europe, Misc., November 16 2017

The presentation of VedriMo social enterprise employing three persons with disabilities was held on 6 November in Mostar within EU funded project “O.P.T.I.O.N.” (Overcoming the Prejudice and promoting new Tools for professional Integration Of people with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro). Within the Project aimed at integration and… Continue Reading »

Collaboration in Preparation for the World Urban Forum

Americas, DIAUD Network, November 15 2017

World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On November 1, 2017, the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting in preparation for the 9th  World Urban Forum (WUF9), which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next February.  Members provided information about their planned representation and contributions at the Forum and were also able to collaborate in planning… Continue Reading »

University to Host State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Americas, Events, November 15 2017

The ninth annual State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities runs Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center and the Schine Student Center. Including a first-time parallel Student Leadership Conference, the event will draw more… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities are being denied equal opportunities for a quality education across the world, including in the UK

Europe, Misc., November 15 2017

Researchers from the Faculty of Education have produced a new report on the current state of education for children with disabilities in both England and India. Here, Dr Nidhi Singal, one of the report’s authors, outlines some of the key statistics, and argues that teachers need better training and more… Continue Reading »

High Court seeks details on steps for education of children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 14 2017

Boy sitting in wheelchair in school against volumes of books on bookshelf in library.

JAIPUR, INDIA: The Rajasthan High Court has asked the State government about steps taken for education and skill development of children with disabilities as well as the action for promoting avenues for their self-employment after completion of education. The court drew the government’s attention to legal provisions for “inclusive education”.… Continue Reading »