Blackboard Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Series of Informative Webinars

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WASHINGTON, USA: 2nd annual Blackboard webinar series will convene experts from around the globe to share insights on creating inclusive learning experiences for all.

In recognition of the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Blackboard will host a series of no cost, informative webinars covering hot topics related to digital access in education. The virtual events, taking place on May 17, will feature presentations from the company’s accessibility experts and leading academics on a “follow the sun” schedule beginning in Queensland, Australia, and continuing throughout the day in multiple locations including London, United Kingdom; Santiago, Chile; Cincinnati, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Long Beach, California.

The purpose of GAAD is to encourage the design, development, usability, and related communities to think, talk and learn about access and inclusion for all learners. On this important day, Blackboard will share proven approaches and programs that educational institutions are using to improve digital accessibility, and how they are working to remove barriers in their online learning environments.

“At Blackboard, we believe that accessibility is an imperative,” said Blackboard Chairman, CEO and President Bill Ballhaus. “We are proud to host a series of global events where educators and accessibility experts will have the opportunity to come together to share best practices, and engage in a rich dialogue on how to make online education more inclusive for all learners.”

Webinar topics will include:

  • Creating an inclusive and accessible learning experience for all
  • Accessibility standards in the European Union (EU)
  • Proper etiquette for interacting with persons with disabilities
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • The current landscape of regulations and ADA requirements
  • Accessible online course design

The webinars will feature closed captioning and recordings will be made available following each presentation. For a complete list of presenters and to register, please visit the webinar homepage at

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EDF Webinar: Preparation to the HLPF for European Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

INTERNATIONAL: The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce its new webinar on Thursday, 24th May on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, 24th May 2018

3:30pm – 4:30pm  (Belgium time)

Everyone is encouraged to register!


As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national level. These national reviews are then presented at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July.

This year, 14 European countries decide to present their Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the HLPF. The countries are: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.

The national reviews leading to the presentation of the VNRs must be state-led and involve multiple stakeholders, including persons with disabilities.


EDF invites European organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs/OPDs) as well as other stakeholders interesting by the topic to join us. Representative of DPOs/OPDs from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland are particularly encouraged to participate.

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Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor at International Disability Alliance, will be the speaker. Orsolya will provide an overview of the HLPF. She will talk about how to contribute to the national review in your country, especially in preparation to the HLPF.


The webinar will provide International Sign interpretation and real-time captioning. The webinar will be recorded and shared later for those who cannot join.


Click here to register. If you have any questions, please email Alexandre Bloxs, EDF SDGs policy assistant:

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Register Now for May 10th Webinar: Financing for Development and Persons with Disabilities

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INTERNATIONAL: As announced in a previous article, the HLPF team has launched a series of webinars about the SDGs 

The first HLPF 2018 Webinar on Disability Data and the SDGs that took place on April 19th, 2018 was very well received with over 300 people who registered to the webinar!  They have made the recording accessible to the public for those who were unable to attend.

Click here to access the recording of the webinar.

Registration is now open for the second webinar in this series called:

‘Financing for Development and persons with disabilities’

from 10am – 11am EDT on 10 May 2018.

Everyone is encouraged to register!

The next webinar will focus on financing for development (FfD) and persons with disabilities. There will be an introduction on the UN processes and the 2018 FfD Forum. They will discuss key points gathered from the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities and related FfD position papers. Also, an update will be provided on the OECD DAC Marker and FfD debates and linkages with persons with disabilities (e.g. the global tax body, debt crisis, pros and cons of public-private partnerships, and blended finance). There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

We encourage all of you to join!

The webinar will be held  from 10-11am EDT on 10 May, 2018.  Click here to register The webinar will provide International Sign interpretation and real-time captioning. The webinar will be recorded and shared later for those who cannot join.

If you have any questions, please email:

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TTI Researchers Conduct Transit Accessibility Workshops and Webinars

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 19 percent, or 56.7 million of the U.S. population, lives with some type of disability. For some of these people, basic tasks such as finding reliable means of transportation may prove difficult.

attri logoThe Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) recently designed a series of workshops and webinars aimed at gaining input on mobility and transportation technology preferences and needs from people with disabilities. The project was sponsored by the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative, a U.S. Department of Transportation multimodal multi-agency research and development effort.

“The overall goal of this project was to ultimately enhance mobility of travelers with disabilities by providing the capability to reliably, safely and independently plan and execute their travel,” said TTI Associate Research Scientist Suzie Edrington. “So it was important to gather input from those who would benefit the most.”

The methodology developed walked participants through a hypothetical typical trip using the following five trip segments: 1) trip planning, 2) departure, 3) en-route, 4) arrival and 5) return.  These trip segments were used to show existing or emerging technologies and to help participants visualize technologies that could remove barriers to achieve reliable, safe and independent travel.

“During the hypothetical trip planning exercise, the participants provided feedback on user needs and barriers for each trip segment respective to the target population, and recommended technologies and solutions that could facilitate their travel experience with minimal/reduced disruption,” explained Edrington.

The outcome was the development of a comprehensive representation of user needs and possible technology solutions that remove barriers to transportation according to four functional disabilities: visual, hearing, cognitive and mobility.

“The importance of providing safe, reliable mobility for persons with disabilities is of critical importance as it provides them with independence and greatly enhances their quality of life,” said Edrington. “Our research provides agencies with the tools necessary to better serve those in need.”

Webinars on ADA Regulations for Transportation Providers

The Federal Transit Administration is hosting a series of six webinars to help transportation providers understand Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for accessible transportation.

These hour-long webinars will include useful information on relevant ADA topics, tips and suggestions for compliance and accessible service, and opportunities to ask questions.

Upcoming webinars include sessions about demand responsive service requirements on March 2, 2016, transportation facilities on March 16, 2016 and motor vehicles on March 30, 2016.

For more information, visit

Webinar: Social Media, Accessibility and Disability Inclusion

The final session of the 2015 Accessible Technology Webinar Series will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Central Standard Time).

The webinar is being hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Pacific ADA Center.

Learn how to use social media to engage persons with disabilities and ensure you’re communicating in an accessible way.

To register for the webinar, go to:

World Bank conducts webinar on developing disability data

The World Bank under its Social Inclusion Webinar Series conducted a webinar on “Disability and Data – What can we count on?” on 19 October, 2015

The webinar was conducted by Daniel Mont, an international expert on disability measurement and inclusive development who discussed
(1) What are known data gaps on disability, and how they can be filled?
(2) What are existing sources of data on disability?
(3) What datasets could be analyzed from disability perspective? and
(4) How can we build and use evidence for more inclusive policy and development decisions?.

For more informartion, visit

Webinar on Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) made significant changes to the workforce programs administered by the Employment & Training Administration as well as the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program that have the potential to assist people with disabilities to become and remain employed.

Join this webinar on September 29, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time to learn about these changes and how the WIOA will help expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

For more information call 603-862-0165 or email

Free Webinars: Accessibility and Mobility: the Human Scale of Urban Interventions

ACCEPLAN is hosting a group of three free webinars  under the common heading ACCESIBILIDAD Y MOVILIDAD: LA ESCALA HUMANA DE LAS INTERVENCIONES URBANAS (Accessibility and mobility: the human scale of urban interventions).

For those wishing to participate, please note: they will be presented only in Spanish.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Espacio urbano a escala humana: morfología y diseño. October 15th
  • Envejecimiento en casa: implicaciones en la vida urbana. October 22nd
  • Ciudad y movilidad: infraestructuras accesibles para todos. October 29th
  • All workshops will take place at 19h CET time and last for around 1,5h.

More information is available in our webpage and blog

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FEMA Webinar to Discuss Updates to Response and Recovery FIOP – August 31

FEMA is coordinating the update of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs) that describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. As part of the update process, FEMA has hosted a series of 60-90 minute engagement webinars.  This is an announcement for an additional webinar scheduled on Monday, August 31, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, EDT on the Response and Recovery FIOP.

All webinars are open to the whole community, which encompasses individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government.

Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.  To register,  visit