Americas

Making Theater More Accessible for Kids with Autism

A mother says that she and her autistic seven-year-old son were kicked out of a performance of the musical Aladdin in Chicago Wednesday night. According to Continue reading the story...

MS student McCarthy enhances campus accessibility through new web app

The University of Illinois has long been a leader in accessibility for persons with disabilities. This tradition continues with a new web app called “Access Illinois” Continue reading the story...

Students With Reading Disabilities Sue Berkeley Unified School District for Failing to Educate Them

DREDF, with co–counsel, filed a complaint in federal court against Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for systemically failing to educate students with reading disorders, and students Continue reading the story...

UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

CANCUN: The fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place 22-26 May, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Continue reading the story...

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...

Seeing AI app describes the world to users with vision disabilities

Many millennials spent many an afternoon watching the educational science program, Bill Nye The Science Guy. In light of policy changes in scientific research in the Continue reading the story...

Environmental and personal factors still create barriers for persons with disabilities, despite assistive technolgy

WASHINGTON: Assistive products and technologies – such as wheelchairs, upper-limb prostheses, and hearing and speech devices – hold promise for partially or fully mitigating the effects Continue reading the story...

Minister Qualtrough announces National AccessAbility Week: Promoting accessibility every day, everywhere in Canada

CANADA: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement: “As Canada’s first Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I Continue reading the story...

Jamaica to assess private schools for children with disabilities

JAMAICA: The Ministry of Education will be examining private schools catering to children with disabilities. This is to ensure that students are, among other things, being Continue reading the story...

Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability

Muted colors and matte finishes create a soothing environment for children with autism. A slate-gray cooking surface on a cream porcelain countertop provides contrast for those Continue reading the story...

TAJ’s facilities more accessible to persons with disabilities

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), as part of its National Compliance Plan, is working to make its facilities more accessible to persons with disabilities. Communications Officer at the Continue reading the story...

Dignity and independence for persons with disabilities in emergencies

Approximately one billion people in the world are living with a disability, 80% of which are living in developing countries. 1 in 10 are children and Continue reading the story...

Adults with Disabilities Remain Outside the Economic Mainstream

The National Disability Institute (NDI) released a new report titled Banking Status and Financial Behaviors of Adults with Disabilities: Findings from the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Continue reading the story...

MS Society urges Members of Parliament to act to improve #LifeWithMS

TORONTO, ON: From May 1-3, 2017 representatives from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and members of the MS community will meet with parliamentarians in Ottawa Continue reading the story...

Improving Social Skills in children with Autism

Waving goodbye and blowing kisses — no parent wants to miss out on those special moments. Among the 1 percent of the population of the United Continue reading the story...

Accessibility Act to Make Province More Accessible

Nova Scotia has set a goal to be accessible by 2030 under the Accessibility Act, passed today, April 27. Nova Scotia is only the third province Continue reading the story...

New Stanford course tackles designing for people with disabilities

Students in a new undergraduate course have this question to ponder: How would it feel to be a bright person with big goals and ideas, but Continue reading the story...

University opens new AccessAbility Center for students with disabilities

The opening of Princeton’s AccessAbility Center on April 13 marked a significant step in the University’s efforts to ensure equal access to its curricular and co-curricular 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...
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