• Misc.

    Scheme Helps Over 29,000 Persons with Disabilities Establish Startups

    United Kingdom: A funding initiative aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs to launch their own company by providing a cash injection of up to £25,000 has helped more than 29,000 disabled people establish their own start-ups. Launched in May 2013, the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) is a scheme to help the long-term unemployed become their own boss… Continue Reading »

    Report: Canadians with Disabilities Could Boost Economy by $50 Billion

    CANADA: Canadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and the general population could provide… Continue Reading »

    New Entrepreneurship Program for Persons with Disabilities

      Are you, or someone you know a person with a disability age 18-64, who lives in the tri-state area, is an innovative self-starter, has a great idea for a business/start-up, or simply has a deep desire to run their own business? If so, we have a new and exciting program that provides extraordinary tools… 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 »

    Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’: How Sports is Making SDGs a Reality

    UNITED NATIONS: The power of sport can help make global sustainable development a reality, and such power transcends cultural, linguistic and even physical barriers. In recent years, disabled athletes have gained greater visibility—an essential step in recognising their talent, abilities, and importance. In December, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognised the power of sport as… Continue Reading »

    Hawaii Progresses Towards Creating Better Opportunities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

    Whether Matthew Sakamoto would be able to hold a job after high school was always a big question mark. Sakamoto was born with a cognitive developmental delay. At 19, the Roosevelt High School student reads at a level akin to an elementary school student. But he also has a friendly, unreserved personality and a vigor to learn.… Continue Reading »

    UCLG Meets 2018

    BARCELONA, SPAIN:  The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) held the fourth edition of their Annual Retreat and Campus, in Barcelona, from the 22nd to the 26th of January 2018. The retreat was focused on the UCLG Network’s collaborations and achievements, and how to increase the impact of their work towards the implementation of the New Urban… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights get a judicial boost

    INDIA: The disability rights movement received momentous judicial support on December 15. The Supreme Court pronounced two major judgments concerning the higher education and accessibility rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). These judgments have also come at a strategic time; India has completed 10 years of ratifying the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

    Disdain for disability

    PAKISTAN: It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit and abilities that disabled people… Continue Reading »