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Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 Continue reading the story...

Program for Assistive Technology Conference Announced

RESNA’s 2017 Conference, AT Innovations Across the Lifespan, will offer over 50 workshop presentations on best practices in assistive technology over three days, June 28, 29, and 30. Workshop topics Continue reading the story...

New QualityRights guidance and training tools

The WHO QualityRights initiative has published guidance and training tools to align services and practices with the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of Persons Continue reading the story...

Make public buildings more accessible to persons with disabilities: ECLAC

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD:  There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience Continue reading the story...

Family making tiny wheelchairs for children with disabilities

A couple’s love for their niece inspired them to design and build tiny wheelchairs that can help children with disabilities. Watch the video below:

UN Women Factsheet on Leaving No One Behind

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality produced a Factsheet building on its seven-year experience working with civil society supporting the transformation of marginalized groups into agents Continue reading the story...

Montana State University and Moscow partnership improves transportation accessibility

BOZEMAN: The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University and Moscow State University for Transport Engineering (MIIT) in Russia have completed a unique, year-long collaboration designed to Continue reading the story...

People with autism join new online genetic study

Autism has a strong genetic component. To date, approximately 50 genes have been identified that almost certainly play a role in autism, and researchers estimate that Continue reading the story...

Report on Mental Health and Human Rights

The report on Mental Health and Human Rights identifies some of the major challenges faced by users of mental health services, persons with mental health conditions Continue reading the story...

Rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities must be priority in new global action plan – UN experts

Accessible social and health services, with dedicated human and financial resources must be addressed and made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework Continue reading the story...

New guide addresses transporting children with disabilities to school in developing countries

The Access Exchange International has published a guide to promote affordable, safe, accessible transportation to get children with disabilities to school in developing countries. ““Bridging the Gap: Continue reading the story...

10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

  NEW YORK: The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Continue reading the story...

Makeathon to develop prototypes for persons with disabilities

A makeathon to develop affordable assistive technology for people with disabilities will be held April 21-23 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s New Lab. The event is being presented Continue reading the story...

New technology allows man with quadriplegia to move just by thinking

Bill Kochevar grabbed a mug of water, drew it to his lips and drank through the straw.His motions were slow and deliberate, but then Kochevar hadn’t Continue reading the story...

Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make Continue reading the story...

MIT graduates develop tactile caliper for students with vision disabilities

Two MIT graduate students have developed a device, called tactile caliper, that provides better access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) materials for students who are Continue reading the story...

EC Central Police Services to Host Disability Awareness Training for 911 Operators and Dispatchers

The Erie County Department of Central Police Services (“CPS”) will host a training program for 911 Operators and Dispatchers designed to help these professionals appropriately and Continue reading the story...

UN calls for recognizing the rights of people with autism to make their own decisions

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations on March 31 called for recognizing the rights of people with the spectrum neurological condition, which is Continue reading the story...

ACE Supports Bill to Promote Equal Access to Education for Students with Disabilities

ACE sent a letter to Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) in support of their bill to establish an independent commission to develop voluntary accessibility Continue reading the story...

Guidance on the International Symbol of Accessibility Released

The Access Board has released guidance on the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) to address questions that have arisen on the use of alternative symbols. Some cities and Continue reading the story...

2017 Lime Connect Fellowship Program for Students with Disabilities Announced

NEW YORK: Lime Connect (Lime) and its corporate partners IBM, Google, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase & Co., PwC, Unilever and Microsoft are pleased to announce Continue reading the story...

Free Accessible Air Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities Published

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association today announced the publication of an Accessible Air Travel Guide for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities, designed to provide a hassle-free Continue reading the story...

Seeing Pictures with Touch and Sound

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: Purdue University researchers are developing software in a “haptic device” that could give people with vision disabilities the ability to identify scientific images Continue reading the story...

Ohio University Southern to host disability awareness conference

Ohio University Southern will host Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities, on March 24, at the Ironton campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton. The conference provides an Continue reading the story...

University of Montana Study Finds Longstanding Interpretation of Disability Data Incomplete

MISSOULA: University of Montana researchers with the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, or RTC:Rural, show that the standardized disability questions used by Continue reading the story...

UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay Continue reading the story...

Makeathon to build technology for persons with disabilities

Nearly 100 innovators, makers, students and people with disabilities will gather at the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for a three-day technology-building marathon to Continue reading the story...

Microsoft’s Project Torino helps children with vision disabilities participate in coding classes

Microsoft’s Research division has introduced Project Torino, a unique physical programming language meant to help children with vision disabilities learn to code. From left, Lexy Ryan, 13, Continue reading the story...

Connected Glasses Guiding People with Vision Disabilities

A service launched by technology firm Aira and AT&T allows people who are blind or have low vision to be guided by a remote operator through Continue reading the story...

Disney on Ice offers tour to students with vision disabilities

Students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind received a special sensory tour Friday compliments of Mickey Mouse and friends as Disney On Ice presents Continue reading the story...

Accessibility Standards Get a Much-Needed Refresh

The last time the federal government updated its accessibility standards for electronic and information technology “Shrek” was dominating the U.S. box office and the Supreme Court Continue reading the story...

Helping Innovators Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

TORONTO: Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is thrilled to announce that applications for the third annual Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) and the Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition Continue reading the story...

92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Accessibility Standards

A new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) says 92 percent of the U.S. federal government’s most popular websites do not meet basic Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disabilities Attend International Conference in Cuba

HAVANA: Delegates from 20 nations will attend as of tomorrow the 6th Conference of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and Continue reading the story...

Minister Qualtrough reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to accessibility

GATINEAU, QUEBEC: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, joined world leaders at the 2017 International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) Conference Continue reading the story...

BrailleSense Polaris – Virtual Braille Tablet Launched

AUSTIN, TEXAS: HIMS Inc. has just announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first Virtual Braille Tablet for people who are blind or have low vision.  Continue reading the story...

Researchers seek ways to assist drivers with autism

The University of Virginia Health System is teaming with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to study novice drivers with autism to determine if they would benefit Continue reading the story...

New Robotics Technology Brings Standing and Mobility to Wheelchair Users

BRENTWOOD, TENN.:  Numotion, the nation’s leading provider of complex rehab technology (CRT), has announced the availability of Tek RMD (“robotic mobilization device”) by Matia Robotics in Continue reading the story...

Universal Design approach aims to benefit all students

Faculty, educators and staff from various Wichita State entities participated in a Universal Design of Instruction (UDI) workshop, hosted by the Wichita State University College of Continue reading the story...

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 First Public Working Draft Published

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 has been published as a First Public Working Draft. This will be the first update to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Continue reading the story...
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