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    UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for voters with disabilities

    The UK Government has launched a call for evidence asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself. Responses to the Call for Evidence will: enhance the government’s understanding of the experiences of people with disabilities in registering to vote and casting their vote help identify if current mechanisms… Continue Reading »

    VisitLanarkshire develops accessible guides

    VisitLanarkshire is on target to provide accessibility guides for all the region’s attractions and accommodation providers by 2020. The area’s official tourism body which now offers accessibility information for 62% of all attractions, has set the 100% goal as part of the Lanarkshire’s Area Tourism Strategy. Accessibility guides or statements cater for a range of… Continue Reading »

    UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities to visit Kazakhstan

    GENEVA: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas will undertake an official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan from 4 to 12 September 2017 to assess the human rights situation of persons with disabilities and the Government’s efforts in this respect. The Special Rapporteur will conduct her visit to… Continue Reading »

    Numerous Barriers to Education and Jobs for Persons with Disabilities in Armenia

    According to the Agency of Medical and Social Expertise of RA, at the beginning of this year 210 000 persons with disabilities were registered in Armenia, while at the moment the number is below 200 000, Panorama reports. Where did those 10 000 people disappear, the head of the “Unison” NGO Armen Alaverdyan asked today… Continue Reading »

    Team Wins Award for Armenian Sign Language App

    YEREVAN: Students from the Vahan Tekeyan School in the Karbi village of Aragatsotn Province were selected as finalists of the 2017 Technovation Challenge, an all-girls international competition, winning the People’s Choice Award for an app to help people learn Armenian Sign Language. The competition was held from August 7 to 11 in Silicon Valley. The… Continue Reading »

    Hungarian government to support NGOs serving persons with disabilities

    The government is supporting NGOs that help people living with disabilities and their families by a total of 171.5 million forints (EUR 560,000) available through tender, the human resources ministry state secretary for social affairs and inclusion said on Monday, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported. The tenders are open until Wednesday to organisations that… Continue Reading »

    Committee on the Rights of persons with disabilities opens eighteenth session in Geneva

    GENEVA: The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its eighteenth session, during which it will review measures taken by Panama, Morocco, Montenegro, Latvia, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Committee listened to an address by Orest Nowosad, Chief,… Continue Reading »

    UK aviation encouraging more persons with disabilities to fly but four airports told they must improve

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a report that assesses the top 30 UK airports on the quality of assistance they provide to passengers with disabilities.  It shows that the number of persons with disabilities requesting extra help when travelling by air continues to grow significantly and has now reached over three million… Continue Reading »

    UN disability rights committee to review Panama, Morocco, Montenegro, Latvia, Luxembourg, and the UK

    GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 14 to 31 August 2017 to review the following countries: Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Panama, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. During the meetings in Geneva, Committee members will hold dialogues with the respective State… Continue Reading »