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    UN Security Council Calls for Protection of Persons with Disabilities in War Zones

    The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts. The appeal follows moving testimony in April from Nujeen Mustafa, a young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee. She urged the council to… Continue Reading »

    UN Launches New Disability Inclusion Strategy

    Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday. “When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to… Continue Reading »

    [OPEN] Call for Submissions for Accessible Tourism Destination 2019 Edition

    Accessible Tourism Destination, 2019 Edition The creation of the international “Accessible Tourism Destination” distinction arises from the joint commitment of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the ONCE Foundation, to recognize and promote accessible tourist destinations. These aims are served by the recognition and dissemination of tourist destinations that make an important effort so that their destination can… Continue Reading »

    Turkey’s First Mayor with Disability Aims to Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

    In 2005, the ruling Justice and Development Party adopted Turkey’s first Disability Law as a part of its European Union accession process. In 2007, Turkey signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, which it ratified in 2009. Yet due to poor implementation and enforcement and a lingering social stigma,… 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 »

    Chinese President Lauds Role Models with Disabilities and their Supporters

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16 met in Beijing with representatives attending a ceremony commending role models with disabilities and people who have made outstanding contributions to helping the disabled. President Xi congratulated the representatives on their commendations and encouraged them to make continued efforts to achieve new accomplishments in supporting China’s disabled. He… 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 »

    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 »

    Qatar Opens Disabilities Rehab Center in Gaza

    Hamad Hospital, named after the former emir of Qatar, has 100 beds and helps people who lost their limbs in conflict. Qatar opened the first prosthetic hospital and a disability rehab centre in the Gaza Strip on Monday, overcoming obstacles that delayed the much-needed project in the besieged Palestinian enclave. Rafat Lubad, the local director of… Continue Reading »