• Americas

    Weighted Blankets and Better Sleep for Children on the Autistic Spectrum

    AMERICAS: As many as 90% of children with autism also have sensory challenges, according to Spectrum News. Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble processing the information being sent by the senses. SPD can cause a person to often feel either over or under stimulated and constantly crave sensory… Continue Reading »

    Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the support of all provinces and territories, Canada has acceded to… Continue Reading »

    UN Report Finds Inclusion Gaps for People with Disabilities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN released its first-ever report on persons with disabilities and the SDGs, finding persons with disabilities continue to face numerous barriers to their full inclusion and participation in the life of their communities. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the report during the commemoration of the International Day of Persons… Continue Reading »

    UN Promotes Technological Developments for SDGs

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution asking key UN bodies for updated findings on the impact of key technological changes vis-a-vis the 2030 Agenda, for discussion at the fourth annual UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). The UN also recently announced that over half the world is using… Continue Reading »

    PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA: People with disabilities are the largest minority worldwide, and in today’s digital age it’s more important than ever that people with disabilities are able to use technology, from websites to mobile phones to emerging smart devices. Today, leading tech companies agree that building and buying products that everyone can use is an… Continue Reading »

    UN Universal Health Coverage Day – December 12, 2018

    INTERNATIONAL: Please join AARP, HelpAge International, UN DESA, and WHO for the launch of Global AgeWatch Insights: The right to health for older people, the right to be counted The Global AgeWatch Insights report is a joint initiative of HelpAge and AARP. Launches of the Global AgeWatch Insights report and of the 12 country profiles… Continue Reading »

    United Nations – Request for Inputs to 10th session of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

    NEW YORK, USA: The Chair of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing, Ambassador Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, invites non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC Status and previously accredited organizations to the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, to provide: Substantive inputs on the two focus areas of the… Continue Reading »

    2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Announced

    NEW YORK, USA: The Viscardi Center — an Albertson-based non-profit organization providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities — announced ten recipients of the 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards at a ceremony held on December 4 at the Mutual of America building in New York City. First bestowed in… Continue Reading »

    First Report on Persons with Disabilities and the SDGs

    INTERNATIONAL: “Societies will never achieve the SDGs without the full participation of everyone, including people with disabilities. We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this year. Yet, in many countries, essential services for persons with disabilities are unavailable, or of poor quality. Data… Continue Reading »