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    Children with disabilities are being denied equal opportunities for a quality education across the world, including in the UK

    Researchers from the Faculty of Education have produced a new report on the current state of education for children with disabilities in both England and India. Here, Dr Nidhi Singal, one of the report’s authors, outlines some of the key statistics, and argues that teachers need better training and more support “underpinned by principles of inclusion”.… Continue Reading »

    Gatwick Airport Hosts Accessibility Day

    Gatwick Airport says staff from across the airport came together on Sunday November 5 for an event designed to give over 30 local families with a disabled family member – and their carers – an overview of airport processes before they travel. Travelling through an airport can be a challenge for people with restricted mobility… Continue Reading »

    Turkish Airlines to Provide Braille Boarding Passes to Customers with Vision Disabilities

    The Turkish Airlines (THY) has announced that it will provide boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet to its customerswho are blind or have low vision travelling from the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. The boarding passes will be printed by special check-in counters, which have been placed around the airport’s international terminals. THY CEO Bilal… Continue Reading »

    Digital inclusion should become a priority of the new EU Disability Strategy

    Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing. The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 should ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a fully digitalised world, a conference on “The future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020” heard this month at the European Economic… Continue Reading »

    3rd International Conference of the WFD in Budapest

    The 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 9 to 11 November 2017. This follows a successful bid to host the WFD Conference being lodged by the Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It is expected that 1,500 people, including both… Continue Reading »

    VisitEngland and VisitScotland Launch Accessibility Guides

    With more than half of people with access requirements avoiding going to new places if they can’t find information about accessibility, VisitEngland and VisitScotland have formed a unique partnership to help businesses tap into the lucrative Accessible Tourism market. The national tourism organisations have launched a new, free to use website for the easy production… Continue Reading »

    Swiss Broadcasting Corporation to increase accessible content

    The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has decided to increase it’s accessible media content by 2022 to reach out to a wider audience. The SBC, which includes public radio, television and online services aims to subtitle 80% of it’s programmes. The Corporation also plans to provide 900 hours of audio described content and 1000 hours of… Continue Reading »

    German cable operator starts innovation challenge for apps to help persons with disabilities

    German cable operator Unitymedia announced the Digital Imagination Challenge, to find new ideas to make it easier for persons with disabilities to use ICT. The project is part of a broader European initiative launched by Unitymedia’s parent company Liberty Global. According to Unitymedia, one in ten people in Germany have a disability. The company is… Continue Reading »

    Selhurst Park Accessibility Improvements for Fans with Disabilities

    Crystal Palace FC is committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. Major works were completed throughout the 2017 summer following consultation with the club’s Disabled Supporters Association, the Premier League and independent experts. Improvements include: Wheelchair capacity has… Continue Reading »