Americas

Canada: Launch of Draft Strategy for Building Inclusive Workplaces

Advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in Canadian workplaces have released a new draft pan-Canadian strategy for building an inclusive workforce.   The draft strategy is designed to promote and guide efforts across the country to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Working together, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, the Canadian Council… Continue Reading »

Barbados Tourism Minister Looking to Improve Island’s Accessibility for Tourists with Disabilities, Locals

Kerrie D. Symmonds, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport, told TravelPulse on Thursday that the island is looking into several initiatives to make disabled tourists more comfortable on vacations, while also improving the quality of life for its disabled locals. As part of Caribbean Week New York, which was organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO),… Continue Reading »

The Portland Art & Learning Studio Encourages Diverse Projects by Artists with Disabilities

The Portland Art & Learning Studio is a 10,000 sqft maker-space for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nearly 200 artists attend our program to work on their creative endeavors with freedom and support. Several of the artists were recently featured in an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum and Ricky Bearghost, who attends the… Continue Reading »

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 »