• Americas

    Four Industry Leaders Announce Shared Commitment to Accessible Customer Service

    Four household names in technology, consumer goods, and banking are partnering with Be My Eyes to ensure the accessibility of their products. “Can you describe the issue?” says the customer service agent. Whether it’s software or shampoo, this is not always the easiest question to answer – particularly if you are one of the 253 million… Continue Reading »

    SUDI 2019 – Sustainability and Disability Conference

    Event details: Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 25 -26, 2019 Currently more than one billion people (15% of the global population) live with some form of disability. Aging, chronic health issues, and mental health disorders are major factors contributing to disability around the globe. These individuals are disproportionately disadvantaged globally in economic and employment opportunities. Thus, it is… Continue Reading »

    Jean Vanier, Canadian Champion for Persons with disabilities Passes Away

    Jean Vanier, a Canadian religious figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half-century, has died at 90. A charity he founded, L’Arche, said Vanier died Tuesday in Paris after suffering from thyroid cancer. Pope Francis was informed of Vanier’s death and is praying for him and the… Continue Reading »

    India’s First Inclusive Railway Station for Persons with Visual Impairment

    After collaborating with the Indian Railways to make Mysuru the first blind-friendly railway station in India, Anuprayaas, a Bengaluru-based social enterprise, is working towards making public transport in the country both inclusive and accessible. https://yourstory.com/socialstory/2019/05/india-first-railway-station-blind-disabledAll of us have the desire to travel, explore unknown destinations, and embark on expeditions. However, a large section of the… Continue Reading »

    Tactile Model Makes a Stadium Accessible to Persons with Visual Impairment

    The Tower and the 1976 Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, a symbol of the city of Montreal in Québec, Canada, can now be explored with the fingertips. They have been reproduced as a tactile model for people with visual disabilities, thanks to a collaboration between the Olympic Park, Kéroul and Tactile Studio. This first project of… Continue Reading »

    The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Seeks Subject Matter Experts

    The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is seeking Subject Matter Experts to form Speaker’s Bureau Are you an accessibility subject matter expert?  Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise?  The IAAP is conducting a survey to assess interest in forming a Subject Matter Expert Speaker’s Bureau.  The purpose of the Speaker’s Bureau is to… Continue Reading »

    Autonomous Vehicle Design Should Benefit Broader Group of Potential Drivers

    At a time when major automakers are planning to deploy greater numbers of autonomous vehicles (AVs), they have a unique opportunity to ensure people with disabilities have access to this transformational technology. That is one of the conclusions of Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities, released today by… Continue Reading »

    Nova Scotia Sets Up Committees to Develop the First Provincial Accessibility Standards

     Advocates say there is still enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track. As Nova Scotia strikes two committees to develop the first provincial accessibility standards, some advocates say there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track toward its goal of becoming… Continue Reading »

    Adaptive Sports Equipment Enables Outdoor Recreation for All

    Stephen was 14 when he lost all use of his legs and the full mobility of his arms in a traffic accident. Three years after the crash, the Braddock youth, who asked that his last name not be used, said he sorely missed getting outside with family and friends. “Hanging out in the park, fishing… Continue Reading »