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Myopia Control Lens Awarded the Championship in Geneva’s Invention Expo

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, April 18 2018

Winning Project: Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens for Myopia Control Principal Investigators: Prof. Carly SY LAM (left) and Prof. Chi Ho TO, School of Optometry Credit: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

HONG KONG, CHINA: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has brought glory to Hong Kong by winning 9 prizes, namely the Grand Prize (overall championship), one Grand Award, three Special Gold Medals, and four Gold Medals, at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Covering a wide range of application areas,… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Launches e-Commerce Site for Making Accessible PDFs

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, April 17 2018

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces the launch of AccessibilityNow.com, a new e-commerce site that makes it possible to quickly and cost-effectively convert PDFs into accessible documents. AccessibilityNow.com offers fast turnaround times and the lowest cost options… Continue Reading »

Beach Boys Drummer Beats M.S. with Hands-Free Jamboxx MIDI Instrument

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 13 2018

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TEMECULA, CALIF. / ALBANY, N.Y. (USA):  A noted percussionist with multiple sclerosis is the new ambassador for Jamboxx, a hands-free breath powered instrument for all musicians including those with any form of disability. “As a long-time touring and recording percussionist, I was diagnosed with MS, which eventually hindered my expression… Continue Reading »

Utah Education Network Selects Blackboard Ally to Make Digital Course Content More Accessible

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 13 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Utah Education Network (UEN) has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to give hundreds of thousands of students access to a more inclusive learning environment. As part of the collaboration, UEN will implement Blackboard Ally, a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible, at 9 universities across the state. Blackboard Ally integrates with… Continue Reading »

Yoocan, Access Israel and TOM at Upcoming 6th Annual Access Israel International Convention

Events, ICT, Middle East, April 12 2018

Left: Yuval Wagner, Founder & President of Access Israel Right: Moshe Gaon, Founder & CEO of Yoocan Technologies Moshe & Yuval at the M-Enabling Summit 2017 in Washington.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: Yoocan, Access Israel and TOM to conduct an innovation showcase and startups competition in the upcoming 6th annual Access Israel international convention. The convention will be held April 26-29th in Tel Aviv focusing on innovation and the future of accessibility. Participants will discuss global trends, regulation and… Continue Reading »

Detecting Inequalities from Space

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, April 9 2018

Aerial view of Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico

MEXICO: Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our… Continue Reading »

Sustainable Cities – Gateways for People on the Move

Built Environment, News, Transportation, Universal Design, April 5 2018

Aerial view of New York City

INTERNATIONAL: The world is on the move, and today an estimated 258 million international migrants are living outside their country of birth. While global population movements grab headlines, a quiet revolution tiptoes in the background, dramatically changing our world – the great migration of humanity into cities. From just 746 million… Continue Reading »

Access Israel 6th International Convention on April 29, 2018

Events, Middle East, News, April 5 2018

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ISRAEL: Access Israel works to promote accessibility and integration into society for people with disabilities and the elderly, in order to improve their quality of life as well as their families’. One of the organization’s key events is the Access Israel’s Annual International Conference.  This year, the conference will take place on Sunday April… Continue Reading »

Why Financial Institutions Should Strive to Meet the Needs of PWDs

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 4 2018

Photo of cash and calculator from www.morguefile.com

UNITED STATES: There are over 56 million people living with disabilities in the United States, which makes them the biggest minority group in the nation. With the latest technological innovations, one would think that financial accessibility for the disabled would be a resolved matter in this day and age; however, that… Continue Reading »

Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction Invites Experts and Organizations to JOIN!

Disaster, ICT, News, Webinar, April 3 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, is launching the establishment of a NEW Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This thematic group will support the engagement of persons with disabilities, their representative organizations and other relevant stakeholders to contribute to the monitoring of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction… Continue Reading »

5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, April 2 2018

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BANGKOK, THAILAND:  The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 28-30 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Forum is the Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will be held at… Continue Reading »

WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Disaster, Europe, News, April 2 2018

Photo by Romel Velasco on Unsplash

INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN… Continue Reading »

M-Enabling Forum come to Europe

Europe, Events, March 28 2018

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DUSSELDORF, GERMANY: The first M-Enabling Forum Europe will take place September 27, 2018, parallel to REHACARE in Düsseldorf, Germany. E.J.Krause & Associates (EJK) and the G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT, established with the support of the United Nations) organize this conference and showcase to advance awareness of new milestones for accessible technologies… Continue Reading »

ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018 Focused on Building Communities

Assistive Technology, Events, Middle East, March 28 2018

Moshe Gaon presented yoocan at ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: Moshe Gaon spoke at the ISCL Summit 2018 in Tel Aviv where he passionately explained yoocan’s vision that “by the year 2020, no one with a disability will feel alone. yoocan wants to provide solutions and empowerment to every person with a disability around the globe.” There… Continue Reading »

2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism – Destinations for All 2018

Europe, Events, Tourism, March 27 2018

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The second edition of the World Summit Destinations for All will take place in Brussels, October 1-2, 2018, under the auspices of Kéroul and CAWaB. The aim of the event is to give concrete expression to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Recommendations on Accessible Tourism. For more information: https://www.destinationsforall2018.eu/ The… Continue Reading »

First Indian Sign language Dictionary of 3000 Words Launched

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, Universal Design, March 27 2018

The Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal; Shri Ramdas Athawale and the Secretary, DEPwD, Smt. Shakuntala Doley Gamlin are also seen.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: “First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 words” was launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment at a function here today. The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o… Continue Reading »

Early Bird Ticket Now Available for World Congress 2018

Europe, Events, News, March 26 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: There’s less than a week to register for the 17th World Congress 2018 through Inclusion International at the discount price.  From 1st April prices will go up. Be a part of the conversation with thought leaders at the World Congress to learn from and inspire each other.  Together we can lead the way in driving change to make inclusion for… Continue Reading »

ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Built Environment, Disaster, News, March 26 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO… Continue Reading »

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, March 25 2018


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: More than 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts came together for the 2018 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum from March 19th- 23rd to explore the role of ICTs in advancing the SDGs, particularly those related to health (SDG 3), hunger (SDG 2), education and… Continue Reading »

UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, News, March 23 2018


INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others. The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing… Continue Reading »