• Americas

    Researchers study how to improve tornado warnings for people with disabilities

    TUSCALOOSA, ALA.: The University of Alabama’s Drs. Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin have been awarded a grant of $251,850 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities. The grant will enable this team… Continue Reading »

    Tommy Hilfiger launches clothing line for people with disabilities

    Tommy Hilfiger has recently launched a new line of clothes for a segment of people that often gets ignored by the fashion industry – people with disabilities. The collection uses magnets and velcro to make it easier for people to get dressed. The line which currently has 37 styles for men and 34 for women… Continue Reading »

    Making digital technologies more accessible to Canadians with disabilities

    OTTAWA: As a result of a new $22.3-million program, more Canadians with disabilities will have access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and get access to the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today launched the Accessible Technology Program, a… Continue Reading »

    World Urban Forum 9 Side Event Submissions

    On November 29, 2017 the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting to coordinate efforts for the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Network members discussed their planned contributions to the forum and presented opportunities for collaboration.  The meeting featured presentations by Federico Batista Poitier of GAATES, and Kathy Kline from GAP’s Older… Continue Reading »

    ‘Learning for All’ Must Include Children with Disabilities

    While the developing world has made strong progress towards universal primary education, education is still largely an unfulfilled dream for millions of children with disabilities. Leroy Philips, a youth leader and radio broadcaster from Guyana, recalls what it was like growing up blind. “When I was six or seven, my uncle used to teach the young… Continue Reading »

    Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the UNCRPD

    OTTAWA: The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is proud to… Continue Reading »

    2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Announced

    NEW YORK, NY: The Viscardi Center — an Albertson-based non-profit organization providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities — announced nine recipients of the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held on December 4 at the Mutual of America building in New York City. First bestowed… Continue Reading »

    Remove physical, cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’: UN

    Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to ‘leave no one behind’ all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere,… Continue Reading »

    W3C releases new video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

    The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards. The four-minute video highlights why accessibility is the right thing to do, how it is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. It was published as part of an accessibility project the Internet Society (ISOC) is working on to realize their… Continue Reading »