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Building Awarded Second Place in the Saudi Award of Excellence in Services for Person’s with Disabilities (PWD)

Americas, Built Environment, Middle East, January 22 2018

View of the front of General Administration of Passports Department building, located in Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA: Under the supervision and guidance of AlModon Urban Consultancy on Universal Design & Accessibility and architect Mr. Mukhtar Alshibani, past-president of the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES); Ms. Fatin Al Yafi, GAATES Country Rep for the KSA and the team at the Fatin… Continue Reading »

Not Registered yet for WUF9? Online registration will reopen 23 & 24 January

Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, Events, News, January 22 2018

World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Due to many requests, the WUF9 online registration portal will reopen on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 00:00 until Wednesday 24 January, 23:55 Nairobi time(UTC+3). Participants who have not registered yet can use this period to register online for WUF9. Each participant at the World Urban Forum must be registered individually to attend the conference,… Continue Reading »

100 Accessible Websites of Various State Governments/UTs Under Accessible India Campaign Launched – Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 22 2018

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot addressing at the inauguration of the 'National Conference on Improving Accessibility', organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), in New Delhi on January 19, 2018. The Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla and Shri Krishan Pal are also pictured.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a path breaking initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ here today (January 19th,… Continue Reading »

Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 20 2018

Photo of wheelchair sign with instructions to deploy the ramp

CANADA: While the UK, USA and Australia have had national accessibility legislation in place for many years, it has taken until 2018 for the Canadian government to follow suit. The governing Liberals held consultations which led to the proposal that all federally governed buildings must be accessible to all. Not even all… Continue Reading »

SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 18 2018

ribbon cutting ceremony

SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations,… Continue Reading »

Municipality preparing for a new code

Built Environment, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 17 2018

Two people seated in wheelchairs overlooking a view of the city of Dubai

DUBAI UAE: Dubai Municipality is working on developing laws, regulations and policies in line with the new code that will ensure all buildings and public facilities are accessible for special needs by 2020. The International Dubai Code for Accessibility, expected to come into effect next month, will make it compulsory… Continue Reading »

Universal Design Conference and Higher Education in Transformation Conference joining forces for 2018

Europe, Events, Universal Design, January 17 2018

UDHEIT logo

IRELAND: Happy New Year! from the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress. The teams behind the Universal Design Conferences (UD 2012 Oslo, UD 2014 Lund and UD 2016 York) and the Higher Education in Transformation Conferences (HEIT 2015 Dublin, HEIT 2016 Oshawa) are joining forces in 2018 to host… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Tele-Radiology – The Future Of Health Diagnostics

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 17 2018

A man wearing a neck brace looks at an X-Ray with his doctor

JAMAICA: Health technology can be applied to almost every aspect of healthcare to improve efficiency and access. Radiology, though not frequently mentioned, is an important component to full healthcare digitization and tele-medicine. Through this digitization, access to qualified and talented healthcare professionals can be significantly increased, thus solving staff shortage… Continue Reading »

Technology Improving Global Accessibility

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Middle East, January 9 2018

Computer wires & connectors

2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword… Continue Reading »

Council’s ageing and disability services on hand to Assist

Asia-Pacific, News, January 4 2018

Midcoast Assist logo

MIDCOAST, AUSTRALIA: MidCoast Council’s Ageing and Disability Services team has started the new year by unveiling a new identity, MidCoast Assist, along with a commitment to the same friendly faces and personalized services they’re well known for in the local area. The ageing and disability services function of MidCoast Council has… Continue Reading »

Disability rights get a judicial boost

Asia-Pacific, Misc., January 3 2018

Artwork Credit - Nachiketa Mittal

INDIA: The disability rights movement received momentous judicial support on December 15. The Supreme Court pronounced two major judgments concerning the higher education and accessibility rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). These judgments have also come at a strategic time; India has completed 10 years of ratifying the United Nations… Continue Reading »

Joyce Cook receives CBE for services to Sport and Accessibility

Built Environment, Europe, Tourism, Universal Design, January 3 2018

LONDON, UK: As midnight struck in London on 30 December 2017, the latest names to be recognized in the traditional Queen’s New Year Honours List were revealed: a mix of politicians, stars of music, culture and sport, and community champions. Among the list was the citation: Joyce Evelyn, Mrs. COOK,… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Telemedicine Bonus – Opportunity To Broaden Access To Healthcare For The Disabled

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 3 2018

Headshot of Doug Halsall

JAMAICA: Universal access to health has been the buzz phrase for a few years now. When we think of this concept, we tend to think mostly of financial access, but it is much more than that. Our system is currently skewed to providing financial access to health, which, in itself,… Continue Reading »

Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like?

Americas, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, January 3 2018

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like? For full article visit the source: The Canadian Press http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/603260/long-sought-new-accessibility-law-coming-2018-what-will-it-look Linked with permission.

Disdain for disability

Asia-Pacific, Misc., January 3 2018

Head shot of Dr. Rakhshinda Parveen

PAKISTAN: It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit… Continue Reading »

Memphis Airport uses Aira smart glasses to simplify airport experience for blind and low vision travelers

Americas, Assistive Technology, Tourism, January 2 2018

Person shown demonstrating use of Aira technology and app

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (USA):  Memphis International Airport (MEM) has announced a partnership with technology company Aira that will help to simplify the airport experience for blind and low vision travelers. Through the new program, passengers at MEM can access the Aira Airport network powered by its Site Access technology and connect… Continue Reading »

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

Europe, News, January 2 2018

Disabled sign on the sidewalk, just before a crosswalk

England, UK: Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal. According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said in 2014 that they had attempted to take their own lives.… Continue Reading »

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

Americas, Misc., December 29 2017

Guide dogs Memphis and Donna meet during the NRC-sponsored Combined Federal Campaign Charity Fair during which federal workers learn about community charities. Pictured (left to right) NRC staff member Trish Gallalee and Memphis, her guide dog, and Dave Gill, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and Donna, his training service dog. Looking on in the background are NRC CFC campaign manager Reinaldo Picón-Colón, Leigh Trocine and Deirdre W. Spaulding-Yeoman

USA: Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society — something that will be under… Continue Reading »

HI: Addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities in Africa

Africa, Misc., December 29 2017

The Making It Work Gender and Disability Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has just finalized its selection of 9 good practices implemented by 7 DPOs and 2 Women’s Organizations in 6 countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda. The good practices include successful community-based prevention of violence, national advocacy, increased… Continue Reading »

Gender and disability popular topics among list of Trinity Equality Fund initiatives

Built Environment, Europe, December 29 2017

Trinity College, Dublin

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Gender and disability-related projects dominate in the list of initiatives awarded funding by the Trinity Equality Fund (TEF) this year. Of the 15 initiatives granted funding by the college body, six relate exclusively to gender while a further three are centered around disability-related issues. Of the remaining six… Continue Reading »