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    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 »

    Accessible Water Park Opens in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO, TX: San Antonio’s array of attractions and historic sites, partnered with its dedication to accessibility, is making the destination one of the leading options for vacationers with disabilities. While attractions like Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park, are a big draw for vacationers seeking accessible options, visitors also will find that… Continue Reading »

    Three Day Event to Help Calgarians with Disabilities

    CALGARY, ALBERTA: The Tikkun Olam Makers:Calgary run by Kadima Dynamics, is excited to announce their third makeathon event where local engineers and designers, termed ‘Makers’, work with people with a disability, or ‘Need-Knowers’, to create solutions for their everyday challenges. 15 teams of 4-6 individuals each, from communities across Alberta will work together for a continuous… Continue Reading »

    HEART assists persons with intellectual disabilities

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Some 152 young persons with intellectual disabilities are being assisted with personal and professional development skills, through the Empowerment Programme of the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA. The programme, which started in 2014, is a seven-month initiative consisting of a three week non-residential camp, followed by six months of supported work… Continue Reading »

    Mobilizing Global Commitments to Accessibility, Perspectives from Governments

    August 9th, 2017 marked the third meeting of the Disability Inclusive and Accessibility in Urban Development (DIAUD) Network.  This meeting focused upon the expansion of the DIAUD Network and the use of its member base to influence change in the urban development realm, and featured a presentation by the former Ambassador to the United Nations… Continue Reading »

    NASA paves a way for people who are blind to experience a Total Solar Eclipse

    On August 21, 2017, just a few days away, the United States of America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Said to be an unforgettable experience, many people plan to descend upon this path of totality and view complete darkness. But what about those who will not be able to “see”… Continue Reading »

    New hearing aid dispensing initiative at UNM

    This month The University of New Mexico Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) is launching a new campaign to help get hearing aids to those who need them. Michael Flores, audiologist and clinical instructor at SHS, is heading up the new initiative. It’s an extension of an already existing program which provides students, staff,… Continue Reading »

    10 million persons with disabilities being forcibly displaced in 2016: UN

    The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday that among the over 65 million persons being forcibly displaced in 2016, almost 10 million were persons with disabilities. In a statement issued Monday, the UNHCR said that in situations of forced displacement, persons with disabilities “continued to be left behind”, and continued to face compounded… Continue Reading »

    UKPD Receives Police Autism Community Training

    LEXINGTON, KY.: The University of Kentucky Police Departmentreceived Police Autism Community Training (PACT) yesterday by Abbey Love, an educational psychology doctoral student at UK and creator of PACT.  The two-hour session included classroom instruction, scenario-based simulations and visual materials focused on improving miscommunication among law enforcement officials and individuals with autism. Love taught a classroom of 30 UKPD… Continue Reading »