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    University of Montana to Help Implement Inclusive Education in Kenya

    MISSOULA: A University of Montana faculty member was selected as one of four U.S. experts to support the development of international disability-related projects this fall. Through the Americans with Disabilities Act International Fellowship Program, Martin Blair, executive director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at UM, will travel to Kenya to help implement early… Continue Reading »

    Abilities Expo Emergency Preparedness Workshop to Provide Vital Disaster Strategies for Boston’s Disability Community

    BOSTON: People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on September 8-10, 2017 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center are eagerly anticipating the “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” workshop on September 8 at 2:30pm, as well as the opportunity to discover the latest products, education and fun for all ages. “It’s not… Continue Reading »

    Canada Supports Greater Accessibility in Public Consultation Forums for People with Speech and Language Disabilities

    GATINEAU, QUEBEC: Communications Disabilities Access Canada, a national not-for-profit organization, will make public consultation forums more accessible to Canadians who have speech and language disabilities. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced the launch of this initiative, funded through the disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program. A more… Continue Reading »

    Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 and Public Spaces

    On August 23, 2017 the DIAUD Network continued its work in utilizing the network to influence global policies, and featured another highly-informative presentation by an urban development professional, Ms. Luisa Bravo. The DIAUD Network’s tasks for this meeting included asking network members to complete a survey on the upcoming World Urban Forum, as well as… Continue Reading »

    Accessibility Innovation Showcase Coming to Toronto

    The Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science is hosting an Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) in Toronto, from September 25-26, 2017. Now in its third year, the showcase provides an opportunity for Ontario-based companies and entrepreneurs to profile innovations and advances in accessibility technologies, and increase awareness for this emerging sector. This high-profile event will… Continue Reading »

    The 2017 Disability Equality Index names the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are proud to release the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) – the third year measured by the Index, revealing the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. 110 companies participated in the 2017 DEI, with results indicating where companies are excelling in their commitment to inclusive environmental,… Continue Reading »

    Google introduces new accessibility features with the release of Android 9.0 Oreo

    Marshmallow, Nougat and now finally the Oreo. Google recently unveiled its latest software update in line with its dessert naming tradition for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. The Android 8.0 Oreo comes with some exciting new features and improvements over the Android Nougat. Over the last few versions, Android has produced a decent… Continue Reading »

    GAATES paving the way for an accessible Dubai

    In 2016 the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) was selected as the world’s leading experts in accessibility of the built environment and transportation by the Emirate of Dubai. GAATES, a Canadian based NGO, assembled an international team of over 25 accessibility experts to implement a universally designed city in preparation for the… Continue Reading »

    Researchers develop technology for self-driving electric wheelchairs

    TORONTO: A team of Canadian researchers and robotics experts say they’ve developed cost-effective technology that would allow electric wheelchairs to drive themselves. Its creators, from Cyberworks Robotics Inc, the University of Toronto and Université de Sherbrooke, say it will be a gamechanger for people with severe disabilities, giving them greater mobility and independence. The technology… Continue Reading »