• Americas

    RAZ Mobility Releases 3G mobile Phone for Persons with Disabilities

    Vienna, Va.-based RAZ Mobility recently released the Lucia phone, an unlocked 3G mobile phone designed to assist people who are blind, have low vision or are hard of hearing. Launched in 2015, the startup provides mobile assistive tech for people with disabilities. RAZ Mobility said in a news release that someone who is completely blind can fully and effectively… Continue Reading »

    Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

    An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year. The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility – for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of… Continue Reading »

    The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes “Accessibility is Beautiful” Initiative

    The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launched a new initiative on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) called Accessibility is Beautiful, generously supported by CHUBB. This innovative accessibility initiative includes a YouTube video miniseries and Universal Design “Look Book” will feature the homes of disability advocates Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen, Karen Braitmayer, Leslie Haynes and Randy Earle, designed by architects Carol Sundstrom of Rom Architecture Studio,… Continue Reading »

    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 »