• Europe

    TCD student engineers develop app to help people with an intellectual disability

    IRELAND: Graduate research engineers at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new smartwatch and smartphone based platform to help people with an intellectual disability to get from place to place by themselves more easily. waytoB gives users simple step-by-step instructions that are inputted by a carer who is then able to monitor their progress on… Continue Reading »

    H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new partnership to support children with disabilities

    STOCKHOLM: H&M Foundation and UNICEF announced a new partnership to support young children with disabilities. The foundation has pledged USD 3.7 million and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities, and their family members, with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years. During the earliest years of… Continue Reading »

    Schools, communities welcoming students with disabilities in Moldova

    Moldova’s Education Code calls for developing inclusive education and the World Bank’s Integration of Children with Disabilities into Mainstream Schools project is helping local districts develop and implement the strategic plan for this. School principals, teachers, and local communities are undergoing inclusive education training.  These training activities, along with school infrastructure rehabilitiation, were carried out… Continue Reading »

    Turkey promises more jobs for persons with disabilities

    Turkey’s disabled community, which comprises about 7 percent of the population, marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 amid problems of social inclusion, accessibility and employment. Addressing an event on the occasion, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said they would employ at least 5,000 persons with disabilities next year in public sector jobs.… Continue Reading »

    Seminar: Leave no one behind in Oslo

    OSLO, NORWAY: The Atlas-Alliance, the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and Plan International Norway invites to a one-day seminar on inclusive development – December 6. “Leaving no one behind” is a human rights principle, embedded in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable… Continue Reading »

    UK to host its first ever Global Disability Summit

    LONDON: In her first speech as International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt today announced she will bring together global leaders and technology companies next year to tackle the barriers that prevent people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries from reaching their full potential. During a speech at Microsoft’s head office in London, Ms Mordaunt will… Continue Reading »

    International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in the development of the first… Continue Reading »

    Turkish Airlines introduces Braille boarding passes

    ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines has introduced boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet for passengers who are blind or have low vision. The boarding passes are now being provided at special check-in counters at Istanbul Ataturk Airport International departures. The global carrier launched this new service from a special check-in desk located at the Istanbul Ataturk… Continue Reading »

    New Competition Launched to Ensure Children who are Deaf Achieve Literacy

    BUDAPEST: All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) has announced the launch of Sign On For Literacy, a new global competition to invest in innovations that increase access to local sign languages and advance language and literacy outcomes for deaf children. The competition was announced at the third International Conference of the… Continue Reading »