International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications… Continue Reading »

Texas A&M University provides resources for families and children with disabilities

The Family Support Network at Texas A&M University provides information, training, and resources for families with children who have disabilities. For families raising a child with a developmental delay or disability, information and emotional support are critical. In addition to the emotions and concerns regarding their child’s future, parents also have to face the challenging… Continue Reading »

Kyrgyzstan to ratify UNCRPD in 2012

Kyrgyzstan will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2012. The member of the interdepartmental working group, Mirbek Asangariyev, reports. According to him, a package of measures to implement the document based on the Strategy for Population Social Protection for 2012-2014 is being developed at present. “The working group… Continue Reading »

Call for applications to join WFD expert working groups

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) seeks expressions of interest from individuals desiring to serve as WFD experts together with other specialists in different fields of expertise. A co-ordinator will be appointed to each of the expert groups to lead the group’s work, guided by Terms of Reference based on the WFD Congress. Resolutions… Continue Reading »

U.S. and Russia work together to assist Russians with disabilities find employment

Lori Golden and the U.S. Business Leadership Network have shown impressive leadership on this issue through programs that help people with disabilities find meaningful employment. USAID has also done a fantastic job in partnership with the Russian NGO Perspektiva to bring Russian society and business together to identify creative solutions to this pressing problem. Since… Continue Reading »

GAATES Announces Slate of Country Representatives

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Country Representatives. The GAATES Country Representatives will be working in their country to support the GAATES mission of promoting accessibility of the built, social and virtual environments, so that people with disabilities and older persons are able… Continue Reading »

Glove translates sign language into text

Not everyone can understand sign language that makes it difficult for people with hearing disabilities to communicate with people. At a recent Google developers’ event in Tel-Aviv, Israel, a concept glove that could change the way people with hearing disabilities communicate was demonstrated. Three developers, Saron Paz, Oleg Imanilov, Zvika Markfeld, and Tomer Daniel have developed a… Continue Reading »

Russian with disabilities ask for separate online social network

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Organizations for people with disabilities in Moscow have asked the authorities to launch an online social network for disabled people, the Izvestia daily said on Monday. “The social security department will announce a tender for the portal in March 2012. The project will cost 1.05 million rubles [$32,000],” the paper said. Valery Shkolnikov,… Continue Reading »

Panasonic introduces Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid, connects to mobile phones, TVs

Panasonic launches a new Bluetooth hearing aid for people with hearing disabilities. Panasonic’s Healthcare Group introduces the R1-W Series of hearing aid device that feature Bluetooth connectivity. The new open fit, R1-W Series, receiver-in-canal digital hearing aid allows users to connect smartphones, landlines and TVs via an add-on called the Hearing Hub. The Hearing Hub… Continue Reading »

iBlink Radio app for people with visual disabilities

The free iBlink Radio application from Serotek Corporation offers radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to people with visual disabilities; as well as their friends, family, caregivers and those wanting to know what life is like without eye sight.   The app was designed for the Apple iOS devices but is now… Continue Reading »