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Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum Set to Launch this Month

UNITED KINGDOM: The Disability Unit has established a new Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum to strengthen its engagement with disabled people. In a world where coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect usual ways of working, the Disability Unit is holding the first virtual Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum this month, chaired by the Minister for Disabled People,… Continue Reading »

New Study Shows Way Ahead for Business as Disability Importance Grows

A new study of 120 global brands shows how over 90% of businesses are recognising the importance of disability in business with employees and customers. The study is the first to consider how businesses are serving the needs of disabled people at a global and local level and how to share best practice. Named ‘Towards… Continue Reading »

Statement by Minister Qualtrough on the Anniversary of the Accessible Canada Act

CANADA: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, today issued the following statement: “On June 21, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act received Royal Assent. On this one-year anniversary, we celebrate the passage of this law as one of the most significant achievements for disability rights in Canada. Reaching this milestone demonstrates our commitment to creating… Continue Reading »

National Disability Research Partnership in Australia to Focus on Strengthening the Disability Research Sector

AUSTRALIA: The National Carer Network and Carers Australia welcomes today’s announcement of a National Disability Research Partnership. The approach, put forward by Ministers Roberts and Ruston, highlights a new approach that progresses a research agenda, research capability roadmap, and practical guides for disability-inclusive research to strengthen the disability research sector. Chief Executive Officer of Carers Australia,… Continue Reading »

European Parliament Calls for a New, Ambitious EU Disability Strategy

EUROPE: As the current EU Disability Strategy comes to an end, Parliament is calling on the European Commission for an ambitious post-2020 strategy. Discover its priorities. What the Parliament wants in the new EU Disability Strategy The European Parliament wants an inclusive society in which the rights of people living with disabilities are protected and… Continue Reading »

Proposal for a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA: The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu who stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister,… Continue Reading »

British Columbia Celebrates Third Annual AccessAbility Week; Grants for Local Accessibility Projects

British Columbia kicks off its third annual AccessAbility Week with $500,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations for local accessibility projects. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000 depending on a project’s size and scope, will be distributed by Disability Alliance BC (DABC).“AccessAbility Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate diversity and inclusion, and… Continue Reading »

Persons with Disabilities Exempt from Brussels LEZ

People with a disability are exempt from the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Brussels, the regional government has recently decided. Since the LEZ’ introduction, almost 15,000 fines have been issued, although the number of violations has decreased a lot recently. In December 2019, about 75% of violations were recorded compared to January that year. As most people are… Continue Reading »

Greece: City of Athens Launches Project to Improve Accessibility 

City Hall on Monday unveiled a 24-million-euro project to repair and maintain sidewalks across Athens with the aim of making the capital safer and more accessible for pedestrians. According to City Hall’s statement, the project aims to fix and maintain 200,000 square meters of sidewalks over the next three years, using so-called “cool materials” which reflect… Continue Reading »

Disability Groups Call for Action on “Hidden Crisis”

UN Urged to Lead Action to End Discrimination Against People with Disabilities in the Response to COVID-19  New campaign by disability rights groups calls for more leadership from the United Nations to ensure COVID-19 measures include people with disabilities. Lack of concerted action from governments and health authorities is putting the lives of people with… Continue Reading »