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    U.S. House Committee Leaders Call for More Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

    U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and National Air Carriers Association president… Continue Reading »

    Trinidad and Tobago: Digicel Foundation Supports Persons with Hearing Impairment

    TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Deaf and Hearing Impaired students who live in remote areas can now access academic studies through Information and Communication Technology.  In its continued effort for the advancement of persons with special needs the Digicel Foundation partnered recently with Deaf Pioneers Life Centre to introduce IT support for the group’s Deaf/Hearing Impaired Project. The life changing initiative was… Continue Reading »

    Dushanbe Forum Unites Against Disability Inequalities in Tajikistan

    The Dushanbe forum in Tajikistan has marked the adoption of a new and powerful declaration on disability issues and the first step to the follow-up of Tajikistan’s National Program on the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities for 2017–2020. The Dushanbe Declaration on Disability Issues will also contribute to defining the priorities for Tajikistan’s disability sector… Continue Reading »

    2Gether-International is Creating an Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

    UNITED STATES: For 2Gether-International founder Diego Mariscal, disabilities and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. “From the moment we wake up, we have to figure out how to get dressed, how to get from one place to the next, how to communicate, and that’s inherently an entrepreneurship skill,” Mariscal said. He’s seen the proof in his organization, such as one entrepreneur who… Continue Reading »

    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 »

    IIT Madras Launches Unique Wheelchair at Affordable Price

    INDIA: A new affordable ‘standing wheelchair’ that enables persons with disabilities to shift between standing and sitting positions independently, has been indigenously designed by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems. It was launched here on Tuesday. Wheelchair users usually require assistance to stand, after being seated in their wheelchairs.… Continue Reading »

    China Aims to Better Serve the Poor with Disabilities

    BEIJING – Better care services will be offered to poor people with severe disabilities in China as the country strives to win the battle against poverty. A list of caring needs for severely disabled poor people will be made on a county-level basis to help various agencies work out targeted measures for better services, said… Continue Reading »

    Egypt Launches Initiative to Employ Persons with Disabilities

    EGYPT: The Ministry of Social Solidarity on Sunday has launched an initiative to employ people with disabilities, in cooperation with a private company. The initiative, dubbed “Hayah”, comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through providing them with job opportunities.… Continue Reading »

    St. Kitts and Nevis Sign and Accede to the United Nations’ (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

    SAINT KITTS and NEVIS: The historic move by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to sign and accede to the United Nations’ (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been praised by Joseph Bergan, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SKNAPD). The Convention was signed by… Continue Reading »