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Improving Access to Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Ontario is improving access to services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families by finding better ways to connect them to supports available in their Continue reading the story...

New Access Guide Highlights Central California National Parks

RIPON, CA: If you’ve always wanted to explore Yosemite, Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, but thought the trip was out of reach because you use Continue reading the story...

Managed care programs must have digital information comply with modern accessibility standards

PROVIDENCE, RI: New regulations are soon coming into effect that will further impact website accessibility for health care organizations. Beginning July 1, 2017, all managed care Continue reading the story...

Vision for Accessible Transportation in Canada

GATINEAU, QC: Scott Streiner, the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, today shared his vision of a national transportation system that is the most Continue reading the story...

URI students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

KINGSTON, R.I.: Who doesn’t remember the simple joy of zipping around the yard in a toy car? Every kid should have that experience, and thanks to Continue reading the story...

UAE emphasises No One is Left Behind motto at COSP

NEW YORK:  The United Arab Emirates has organised two panel discussions at the United Nations during its participation in the 10th Conference of State Parties to Continue reading the story...

Azusa Pacific University Hosts Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

“A vision of a place where everyone is welcome, everyone believes, and everyone belongs.” These words capture the vision of Erik Carter, Ph.D., vice chair of the Collaborative Continue reading the story...

New Scorecard Shows Where Pennsylvania Needs Improvement to Serve Older Adults and People with Disabilities

HARRISBURG, PA.: Pennsylvania ranks 36th among all states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, according to Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities invited to apply for scholarship

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is now inviting applications for its Margaret Moody Scholarship for persons with disabilities. Applicants must be fully registered with Continue reading the story...

Canada endorses the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

MONTREAL: The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, made the announcement at the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to Continue reading the story...

Experts urge support for most marginalized persons with disabilities, as UN forum begins

NEW YORK: As the largest and most diverse international disability meeting in the world kicks off at the United Nations in New York, leading experts in Continue reading the story...

More Access for Persons with Disabilities

The Government of Jamaica is seeking to increase access and coverage for persons with disabilities, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This was noted by Continue reading the story...

Vietnam prioritizes protecting rights of persons with disabilities

NEW YORK: The promotion and protection of rights of persons with disabilities is always high on Vietnam’s agenda, said Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, permanent representative of Continue reading the story...

‘Unprecedented’ conference on rights of persons with disabilities gets under way at UN

NEW YORK: A major intergovernmental meeting got underway at the United Nations today, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of Continue reading the story...

Girl born without hand receives 3-D-printed prosthesis to play violin

A 10-year-old girl’s musical dreams have come true, thanks to university students and cutting-edge technology. Isabella Cabrera of Virginia was born without a left hand. She received a Continue reading the story...

Ontario Transforming Autism Services for Children and Their Families

The province is transforming the way that children and youth with autism, and their families, receive services and supports through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Continue reading the story...

User Research with Bentley University Helps EBSCO Understand the Needs of Users with Vision Disabilities

There are days when you show up for work at the library and the daily grind wears on you— complaints about the noise or temperature, dealing Continue reading the story...

Cuba to Host International Workshop on Inclusive Education

HAVANA: Cuba will host the First International High School Workshop that will be held in this capital from June 19-23, with the participation of experts from Continue reading the story...

Ontario releases employment strategy for persons with disabilities

TORONTO: Ontario businesses with at least 20 employees should do their part to tackle unemployment rates among persons with disabilities by committing to hire at least Continue reading the story...

Gallaudet University Offers Three New American Sign Language Class Series

A set of three new American Sign Language class series will be starting in June 2017: A completely NEW series, a lunch time brown bag ASL class Continue reading the story...

Creative dance can increase social skills in children with autism

Researchers at the University of Utah have found the use of creative dance helps increase social play skills in children with autism. “Research has demonstrated that play Continue reading the story...

San Francisco State University students showcase clothes for persons with disabilities

Gene Chelberg can’t ever use an umbrella. He’s blind and uses a seeing eye dog to get around, and umbrellas make it difficult for trained dogs Continue reading the story...

Making downtown Salem sidewalk more accessible for persons with disabilities

SALEM–Improved accessibility — that’s the goal of a proposed downtown sidewalk rehabilitation project and may be the top selling point for the project’s funding application. Ohio Mid-Eastern Continue reading the story...

Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

PITTSBURGH, PA: National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Kessler Foundation and Poses Family Foundation, assembled corporate leaders and community providers at the Duquesne Club in 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...

Canadian Transportation Agency issues What We Heard Summary Report on accessible transportation

GATINEAU, QC: As part of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, the Canadian Transportation Agency has issued a What We Heard Summary Report for its first phase of consultations on accessible Continue reading the story...

New toy car designs offer children with disabilities more options

CORVALLIS, ORE.: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed two new modified toy car designs for children with disabilities in an effort to encourage them to Continue reading the story...

New Report Offers Fresh Perspective on Making Accessibility Accommodations for People with Disabilities

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF.: While doors are opening to people with disabilities, traditional approaches to accommodations can fall short when it comes to creating true engagement. That’s Continue reading the story...

Wearable system helps users with vision disabilities navigate

Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid people with vision disabilities, but it’s been difficult to come up with anything Continue reading the story...

Canada’s new accessibility laws should include rules for inclusive buildings and transport

GATINEAU, QC: Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for persons with disabilities have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some Continue reading the story...

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...
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