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    Funding Available for Accessibility

    CANADA: Funding is available to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace A new funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) has been announced. Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace for current or future employees… Continue Reading »

    Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Welcomes Amazon as Charter Member

    INTERNATIONAL: The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) today announced that Amazon has become its newest charter member, joining other industry leaders Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Nominet and Adaptrum. Amazon’s membership follows its commissioning and publishing of a report which found that greater digital adoption in rural areas could add more than £12 billion annually in gross value –… Continue Reading »

    Actiview and Pixar Animation Studios Collaborate, Giving Access for the Blind and Hard of Hearing to Experience “Incredibles 2” In Theaters

    Berkeley, CA, USA: Actiview, a Bay Area based technology company, is collaborating with Pixar Animation Studios to provide support for all Blind/Low Vision and Hard of Hearing attendees of the new Disney•Pixar feature film “Incredibles 2,” opening in theaters nationwide June 15th. Moviegoers will be able to download Audio Description and Amplified Audio tracks to their mobile phone… Continue Reading »

    How Can You Help Persons with Disabilities Assert Their Rights?

    NEW YORK, USA: More than one billion people, or 15 per cent of the world’s entire population, live with some kind of disability. Despite forming such a large part of our societies, people with disabilities continue to face discrimination, barriers to inclusion and even denial of their basic human rights. In 2006, the world’s countries… Continue Reading »

    UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – Call for Comments by Sunday July 1st, 2018

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold a Day of General Discussion (DGD): “Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders”, on September 28, 2018.   To input substantive conversations, the Committee is calling for written contributions by those interested, in line with the specific objectives of the DGD and the Guiding questions… Continue Reading »

    TIA Announces 2018 Global Sustainability Awards

    Arlington, VA, USA: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced on the 14th of June its 2018 Annual Global Sustainability Awards, recognizing performance and innovation in corporate sustainability. This year’s winners were selected across four different pathways: Nokia won the 2018 Global Sustainability Award for excellence in Network Equipment.… Continue Reading »

    Blackboard Launches New Website Accessibility Solution

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  USA: Building on its longstanding commitment to accessibility, Blackboard Inc. announced on May 17th the launch of Blackboard Ally for Web, leveraging the company’s groundbreaking technology to support institutions and organizations looking to improve the accessibility of their public-facing websites. Currently being implemented by hundreds of institutions, Blackboard Ally first launched last year as a… Continue Reading »

    Results of CRPD Committee Elections at the 11th CoSP

    NEW YORK, USA: On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, the elections for 9 seats for the CRPD Committee took place on the first day of the 11th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD.   IDA congratulates the re-elected and newly elected candidates, whose term will term will begin in 2019: Ms Rosemary Kayess (Australia) Ms Gertrude… Continue Reading »

    Equity and Inclusion in Education for Children with Disabilities

    NEW YORK, USA: Right to education is one of the most important rights for persons with disabilities since it directly impacts the enjoyment of all other rights which the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) protects. Article 24 of the CRPD safeguards the right of children with disabilities to equitable quality education, highlighting… Continue Reading »