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More Accessibility Grants Available to Improve Accessibility Barriers in Workplaces and Community Spaces

CANADA: Once again small businesses in the Quinte area will be able to take advantage of grants to help them become more accessible. Grants up to $10,000 are available to improve accessibility barriers within the workplace or community space. The grants can be used for small scale construction, renovation or retrofit projects or the provision of… Continue Reading »

Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

BIOENGINEERS have built a glove able to translate sign language to speech in real-time. The cutting-edge glove features thin, stretchable sensors running to the fingertips. These sensors can detect motions and finger placement through electrically conducting yarns. Those sensors are then connected to a tiny circuit board – approximately the size of a coin worn… Continue Reading »

Statement by Minister Qualtrough on the Anniversary of the Accessible Canada Act

CANADA: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, today issued the following statement: “On June 21, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act received Royal Assent. On this one-year anniversary, we celebrate the passage of this law as one of the most significant achievements for disability rights in Canada. Reaching this milestone demonstrates our commitment to creating… Continue Reading »

New Coordinated Accessibility Strategy Guides University’s Commitment on Campus

CANADA: More than a quarter of first-year students at Carleton self-identify as having a disability, and about 11 per cent have registered with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. An additional six per cent of university staff report having some type of disability. Ensuring that all of our students, staff, and faculty fully… Continue Reading »

British Columbia Celebrates Third Annual AccessAbility Week; Grants for Local Accessibility Projects

British Columbia kicks off its third annual AccessAbility Week with $500,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations for local accessibility projects. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000 depending on a project’s size and scope, will be distributed by Disability Alliance BC (DABC).“AccessAbility Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate diversity and inclusion, and… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Updates from Brazil, Ecuador, Libya, Bangladesh, Mexico and Pakistan

Regina Cohen, Brazil – In 2019, a Brazilian architect, Regina Cohen has represented G3ict and its Smart Cities for All initiative (SC4A)  in the Smart City Expo Curitiba in Mexico and also participated in the Smart Cities and Disability Conference (SUDI) 2019. In 2020, Regina attended the 27th World Congress of Architects UIA 2020 and presented the… Continue Reading »

COVID-19 Highlights Existing Barriers for Canadians with Communication Disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing barriers preventing Canadians with communication disabilities from fully accessing the health-care system, according to advocates across the country who are calling for governments to address the issue. Organizations and individuals point to recent cases in which disabled patients were denied access to crucial communication supports while in hospital, leaving… Continue Reading »

HuskyADAPT Develops Toy Adaptation for All Children

When Molly Mollica, a third-year bioengineering Ph.D. student, realized that there was no community for adaptive toys in Washington state, she and a group of students decided to establish a multidisciplinary design group that strives to develop inclusive toys for children with disabilities. As a result, HuskyADAPT was founded in 2017 and the organization has… Continue Reading »

USDOT Launches Challenge to Design Accessible AV Solutions

The Inclusive Design Challenge is seeking automated vehicle (AV) solutions that are designed to be more accessible to people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has opened Stage I of the Inclusive Design Challenge, a national prize competition seeking design solutions to make future automated vehicles (AVs) more accessible to people with disabilities. Stage… Continue Reading »

Professor Creates Face Mask with an Accessible Design

USA: On Friday, President Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people in the United States wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The additional public health measure is not a substitute for social distancing but is mainly to prevent those who have the virus… Continue Reading »