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Supermarket introduces electric shopping carts for people with disabilities

NAIROBI, KENYA: The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has announced plans to embark on a national crackdown against property developers flouting the accessibility code Continue reading the story...

Supporting Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities

VANCOUVER, BC: The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating systemic barriers and delivering equal opportunities to all Canadians with disabilities. The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Continue reading the story...

CIBC introduces new initiative to support employment for Canadians with Disabilities

TORONTO: Committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals living with a disability, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) announced it is partnering with Magnet, an online Continue reading the story...

Students developing gesture control technologies to help persons with disabilities

DUBAI: Technology that can help persons with disabilities by using body movements to control artificial limbs and other devices is being developed at UAE University. Smart Gesture Continue reading the story...

Namibia promotes inclusive education

On a cloudy morning, students dispatch from an assembly point to their classrooms. This is at Westmont High School located in Otjomuise residential area in Namibian Continue reading the story...

Canada improves accessibility for persons with disabilities within their workplaces and communities

SURREY, BC: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, visited the Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland to announce the Continue reading the story...

Starbucks UK Baristas Raise Awareness of Deaf Culture Through We Sign Cafe

LONDON: It’s not uncommon for customers visiting London’s Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf Starbucks to sign “good morning” and “thank you” as they place their orders. It’s Continue reading the story...

Rajasthan government plans college for students with hearing disabilities

JAIPUR, INDIA: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that the state government is in discussion with an organization to open a college for students with hearing Continue reading the story...

Scholarships to Advance Inclusive Higher Education for Youth with Disabilities

TORONTO:  The University of Gondar and Canada’s Queen’s University announced a 10-year, USD$24.2 million partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Fest to celebrate disability, diversity

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: In a bid to sensitize people to problems arising from mobility disabilities, We Care a travelling festival will showcase films on the theme from Continue reading the story...

Premier League clubs may face sanctions over disability access

Premier League clubs could face heavy fines and even the prospect of points deductions if they fail to meet an August deadline to become compliant with Continue reading the story...

Universal design should leave nobody out

SINGAPORE: Senior architectural designer Richard Kuppusamy cuts an unusual sight in busy construction sites when he navigates expertly past enormous cranes and trucks, manoeuvres around floors Continue reading the story...

Supreme Court hears case on children with disabilities and public schools

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a significant case about the level of education support children with disabilities must receive in the public school system. Back Continue reading the story...

Call for separate wing for persons with disabilities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kamlesh Kumar Pandey has said that the State government should start Continue reading the story...

UN World Data Forum in South Africa

CAPE TOWN: The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Continue reading the story...

Free Braille Maps to 300 Schools in India

INDIA: The government has decided to provide India’s only Braille atlas free to at least 300 schools that cater to the needs of students with vision Continue reading the story...

Training to Improve Access to Air Travel for Persons with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a series of new disability-related training materials for airlines and passengers with disabilities on the four areas where Continue reading the story...

Bristol Airport Opens Changing Places Facility as Part of Focus on Accessibility

BRISTOL: A new Changing Places facility was recently opened in the landside area of the main terminal at Bristol Airport by Andy Wright, Managing Director of Continue reading the story...

Robotic Prosthetics, Exoskeletons and Assistive Rehabilitation Technologies Market Outlook Upto 2019

Disabilities and amputations occur routinely due to accidents and diseases. One of the foremost causes for BKA or Below Knee Amputations is diabetes. CDC estimates suggest Continue reading the story...

Dubai Culture supports ‘We Are With You’ forum for persons with disabilities

DUBAI, UAE: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced its support of the ‘We Are Continue reading the story...

Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment held

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) on Continue reading the story...

Wearable sensor device helps people with vision disabilities to sense their environment

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a wearable assistive device for people who are blind or have low vision, which enables them to sense Continue reading the story...

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The Access Board has released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 Continue reading the story...

Lecturer’s device provides dignified care for youngsters with disabilities

Children with disabilities are being provided with much more dignified care thanks to a device created by a University of Salford academic. Occupational Therapy senior lecturer Jo-Anne Continue reading the story...

Scientists develop new bionic stairclimbing wheelchair

MUNICH: Wheelchair users are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life – even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a Continue reading the story...

HCD working to improve services for people with hearing disabilities in Jordan

AMMAN: The Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities’ (HCD) southern region director, Manar Madanat, said on Saturday that the council is cooperating with Continue reading the story...

British Blind Sport launches new archery and shooting project to increase participation in target sports

British Blind Sport (BBS) has launched a new project aimed at increasing participation in target sports, specifically archery and shooting, in 2016. Acoustic Shooting with Cheadle Rifle. Continue reading the story...

U.S. Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

The Access Board has issued new accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) under section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The standards provide design criteria for Continue reading the story...

Emerging technology aims to improve life for persons with disabilities

LAS VEGAS: Emerging technology is giving new hope for persons with disabilities, and harnessing brainwaves for people with mobilityh disabilities and helping people who are blind Continue reading the story...

Putting fundamental rights of persons with disabilities on the map

Ten years ago this month, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—a landmark human rights treaty among countries around Continue reading the story...

Lack of accessible toilets restrict access to public places for women with disabilities in India

INDIA: “I don’t eat a full meal for dinner. We don’t have a toilet at home and I can’t see at night to go out in Continue reading the story...

New Florida Guidebook Highlights Wheelchair-Accessible State Parks

RIPON, CA: If a trip to Florida is on your travel calendar, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; Favorite Florida State Parks for Wheelers Continue reading the story...

Disability Advocates Used Digtal to Become Visible

American University School of Communication professor Fillipo Trevisan at American University recently published his first book, Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice Empowerment and Global Connectivity. Before joining Continue reading the story...

USAID Support to ISTEP Program Gets People with Disabilities into the Workplace

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA:  Over the past three years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) Association Continue reading the story...

Guwahati’s first Braille library opens

GUWAHATI, INDIA: The city gets its first braille library for students who are blind or have low vision at the Guwahati Blind High School here on Continue reading the story...

Turkey’s new regulations remove barriers for persons with disabilities in shopping malls

Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies has launched a new project designed to enhance the social life of persons with disabilities by redesigning movie theaters Continue reading the story...

UAE celebrates International Day of Braille

DUBAI: The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development celebrated the International Day of Braille by holding a series of events to raise awareness about the rights Continue reading the story...

GAATES Program Manager – Job Posting

The Global Alliance On Accessible Technologies And Environments (GAATES) is seeking a Program Manager to be based in Ottawa, CANADA The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Continue reading the story...

Prof. Alireza Darvishy recipient of the Individual Award of the 2016 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

GAATES is very pleased to express our sincere congratulations to our GAATES Country Representative to Switzerland, Prof. Alireza Darvishy, who was recently named the Individual Award Continue reading the story...

Project to make State accessible for persons with disabilities

KERALA, INDIA: The government will launch a comprehensive project — Anuyatra — for the management of disabilities in the State. The project adopts a rights-based life Continue reading the story...
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