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Increased access to ICT for persons with vision disabilities

MALTA: The Hon. Minister Evarist Bartolo visited the FITA-ADVICE centre and viewed first hand a number of technology solutions that help increase the independence of persons Continue reading the story...

DMV Unveils New Disability Parking Placards

RALEIGH: Beginning Monday, May 23, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will unveil new disability parking placards for use by drivers with disabilities. The redesigned placards Continue reading the story...

IT contest for youth with disabilities in India

CHENNAI: This year the Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities will be held during 21st – 25th November, 2016 in Yagzhou, Jiangsu, China. The Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities at Risk in Conflict, Disaster

NEW YORK: Persons with disabilities face added risks of abandonment, neglect, and do not enjoy equal access to food, health care, and other assistance during conflict, Continue reading the story...

New app launched to help people with hearing disabilities in India

MUMBAI: A Pune-based startup has launched an app that uses mobile technology to enable people with hearing disabilities customize their listening experience by using results of Continue reading the story...

Concerns over accessibility issues for voters with disabilities

CYPRUS: Difficulties faced by voters with disabilities when trying to vote may deter them from casting their ballot in elections, Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou said on Wednesday. In Continue reading the story...

Officer learns sign language to help teen with hearing disability

SINGAPORE: Twice a week, for three hours, Madam Artini Hamzah, 43, would go for lessons in sign language. The senior community service officer did so for Continue reading the story...

GAATES Call to Action – Urban Dialogue on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environment (GAATES) along with many other leading global civil society organizations, such as WorldEnabled, the Zero Project, Secretaría Técnica Continue reading the story...

Habitat III – UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – will take place  in Ecuador, 17 Oct 2016 – 20 Oct 2016, to design a Continue reading the story...

Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction at Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and DRR

HANOI: Between the 16th and 18th of May, the Regional Asia-Pacific Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. On the second Continue reading the story...

U.S. Education Department Awards $13.4 Million in Grants to Improve Services, Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced more than $13.4 million in grants to higher education institutions to fund quality personnel preparation programs to help improve services Continue reading the story...

“Let’s not miss the chance to include disability in all humanitarian action”: UN rights expert

Speaking ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul next week (23-24 May), the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Continue reading the story...

Beijing launches new free app to guide people with vision disabilities

CHINA: Beijing launched a new smartphone app to connect millions of people with vision disabilities with volunteers. The free app, ‘see4me.org’, has two channels – one for Continue reading the story...

Khalifa University students develop navigation device for people with vision disabilities

ABU DHABI: Students from Khalifa University have developed a device that can help people with vision disabilities navigate their surroundings, with the device being showcased as Continue reading the story...

Fiji’s Education Ministry ensures inclusive education for students with disabilities

FIJI: Ministry of Education will try and strengthen the capacity of teachers to be able to identify and support disabled students in schools around Fiji. This was Continue reading the story...

Disability certificates issued by state to be valid across India soon

NEW DELHI: Disability certificates issued by state authorities may soon be valid across the country, according to the draft of Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, Continue reading the story...

Financial status affects success of students with learning disabilities

College students who receive special accommodations because of a learning disability say they have less difficulty completing assignments and more contact with faculty outside of class Continue reading the story...

Braille Books Bring More Accessibility to Higher Education in India

PUNE, INDIA: Students from Pimpri Chinchwad have started translating textbooks of graduation courses into the script to encourage academic efforts. The long and difficult road that students Continue reading the story...

Manual to measure progress of children with disabilities

FIJI: A Pacific Indicators for Disability-Inclusive Education (Pacific-INDIE) manual was launched in Suva yesterday by the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in partnership with the Australian Department Continue reading the story...

ECLAC – Institutional and legal frameworks of disability in Ecuador

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) announces the publication of a study on persons with disabilities in the region. The publication: “Institucionalidad y Continue reading the story...

New service to help people with hearing disabilities report crimes online

UK: Greater Manchester Police has launched a new service that enables people to use British Sign Language (BSL) to report a crime online. Previously, people who use Continue reading the story...

Polling booths remain inaccessible: Disability activists

CHENNAI, INDIA: From ramps that are tough to use to obstacles in pathways, persons with disabilities might may face quite a few problems in this election Continue reading the story...

Global Leaders Urged to Support Dementia Friendly Communities

BUDAPEST: Alzheimer’s Disease International has called on global leaders to help create societies where the inclusion of people living with dementia becomes part of everyday life. ‘Dementia Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities not aware of government schemes: expert

INDIA: The State Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations has urged authorities to give more publicity to government schemes aimed at the welfare of persons with disabilities. Continue reading the story...

E-learning course on human rights-based approach to disability

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with the support of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention (IASG), developed and launched the Continue reading the story...

Court orders India’s SpiceJet to compensate rights activist with cerebral palsy

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Hailing the Supreme Court’s verdict on the SpiceJet, cerebral palsy patient Jeeja Ghosh on Thursday said it was the victory of the disabled Continue reading the story...

Open Call for Nominations: Civil Society Representative at the Opening Session of the COSP

The Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN CRPD will be held from 14 – 16 June 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Continue reading the story...

CSA Group Announces Harmonization of Accessibility Standard with Canadian National Building Code

TORONTO: CSA Group announces that its key accessibility standard has been referenced in the National Building Code (NBC), an important step toward the harmonization of accessible Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues Mobile Destination For Disability Discrimination

HOUSTON: Mobile Destination, Inc., a mobile phone retailer which operates 30 Verizon Wireless stores in Texas, unlawfully revoked a worker’s job offer because of his disability, Continue reading the story...

Stakeholders plan to promote inclusion at World Humanitarian Summit

ISTANBUL: An informal coalition of Member States, UN agencies, as part of the Inter-Agency Support Group for the CRPD (IASG), and civil society organizations are collaborating Continue reading the story...

TetraGear – innovative safety lights for people who use mobility devices

The TetraGear Lights are a special situation where a project created for one individual – in this case, a person with a disability – has been Continue reading the story...

New software gives people with vision disabilities access to the internet in Laos

LAOS: The ministry of posts and telecommunications has partnered with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTC) to develop Continue reading the story...

Minister welcomes New Zealand Sign Language Week

NEW ZEALAND: Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner encourages all New Zealanders to take part in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week to celebrate one of the Continue reading the story...

Mini-Camera Mounted on Glasses Helps People with Vision Disabilities Read

SACRAMENTO, CALIF: A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, Continue reading the story...

Amazon expands VoiceView accessibility tool for users with vision disabilities

Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the Continue reading the story...

HSBC rolls-out talking ATMs

MALTA: HSBC has announced that it will be speeding up the roll out of ATMs equipped with voice technology, thus making automated banking more accessible for Continue reading the story...

W3C and IDPF Explore Plans to Combine

CHICAGO, IL: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced  mutual interest in combining their respective organizations to more quickly Continue reading the story...

Google Grant to Create Smartphone Access Device for People Who Can Not Use Their Hands

BURNABY, BC:  The Neil Squire Society has been awarded an $800,000 USD grant from Google.org through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. How would you use a touch Continue reading the story...

UK announces taskforce to look at improving accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities

UK: A new taskforce announced on May 9 will help more people with learning disabilities to access apprenticeships. The taskforce comes as part of the government’s Continue reading the story...

San Diego Hosts 6th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today

SAN DIEGO, CA: ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) announces its 6th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families 5k/10k Run/Walk & Family Festival will Continue reading the story...
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