• Americas

    Trinidad and Tobago: Digicel Foundation Supports Persons with Hearing Impairment

    TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Deaf and Hearing Impaired students who live in remote areas can now access academic studies through Information and Communication Technology.  In its continued effort for the advancement of persons with special needs the Digicel Foundation partnered recently with Deaf Pioneers Life Centre to introduce IT support for the group’s Deaf/Hearing Impaired Project. The life changing initiative was… Continue Reading »

    2Gether-International is Creating an Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

    UNITED STATES: For 2Gether-International founder Diego Mariscal, disabilities and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. “From the moment we wake up, we have to figure out how to get dressed, how to get from one place to the next, how to communicate, and that’s inherently an entrepreneurship skill,” Mariscal said. He’s seen the proof in his organization, such as one entrepreneur who… Continue Reading »

    Hawaii Nonprofits Engaging in Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

    HAWAII: Hawaii nonprofits are distributing water jugs to seniors and homebound individuals across the state as part of efforts to ramp up emergency preparedness. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worked with county agencies to provide the 2 1/2 gallon collapsible jugs to vulnerable residents. The effort is funded by a $30,000 federal grant that aims to ensure… Continue Reading »

    Report: Canadians with Disabilities Could Boost Economy by $50 Billion

    CANADA: Canadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and the general population could provide… Continue Reading »

    LIFT Announces RFQ on Social Inclusion and Employment Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities

    CANADA: LIFT is thrilled to announce our Request for Qualifications for a new initiative that will provide invaluable support to social purpose organizations (SPOs) that support social inclusion and employment outcomes for persons living with disabilities. This initiative is aimed at helping organizations who are removing barriers for persons living with disabilities, scaling innovative programs… Continue Reading »

    St. Kitts and Nevis Sign and Accede to the United Nations’ (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

    SAINT KITTS and NEVIS: The historic move by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to sign and accede to the United Nations’ (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been praised by Joseph Bergan, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SKNAPD). The Convention was signed by… Continue Reading »

    Province to Provide $1.4 Billion to Make Schools More Accessible

    CANADA: Ontario is making its education system more inclusive to help all students in York Region reach their full potential in an accessible and supportive learning environment. When the education system is not accessible, students are left out, impacting their participation  in the school experience. That is why Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and… Continue Reading »

    Mattel Releases a Braille Version of Popular Game UNO

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: One of your favorite card games just got a little more accessible. On Tuesday, Mattel unveiled UNO Braille with cards and instructions that make the popular game completely accessible to Braille-literate players who are blind or have low vision. UNO Braille features Braille numbers or letters in two corners of each card in… Continue Reading »

    Barbados Government Exploring Solutions for Enhanced Mobility for Persons with Disabilities

    BARBADOS: Government may be looking outside the Transport Board to provide optional transportation, possibly in the range of motorised scooters and wheelchairs along with other specially adapted vehicles for persons with disabilities. Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn today hinted that in light of the Transport Board’s resources challenges the current administration could be… Continue Reading »