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New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. “Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said. The report added, “A barrier-free environment is an environment in which… Continue Reading »

Doha Declaration to Promote Rights of 1.5 Billion Persons with Disabilities Worldwide

QATAR: Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) launched the ‘Doha Declaration’ at the closing ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) yesterday. The two-day conference, which has attracted over 1,500 policy-makers and practitioners, took place at the Qatar National Convention Center under the theme: “Leaving No One Behind”. The Doha Declaration on… Continue Reading »

Seychelles: Persons with Hearing Impairment Get First Sign Language Dictionary

SEYCHELLES: The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time. The dictionary was launched last Saturday after 10 years of work in a ceremony held at the Citizenship Engagement Platform (CEPS) in Victoria, the capital. When presenting the dictionary, Annie Risler from the University of Lille, said that “it is… Continue Reading »

Iran: Funds to Help Make Cities More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

IRAN: On the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons observed annually on Dec. 3, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that 10 trillion rials ($76.9 million) have been allocated to take measures in support of disabled people nationwide. Many of the plans will focus on modifying urban infrastructures to facilitate their movement and social… Continue Reading »

Linux-Based Tablet Developed for Persian-speaking Persons with Visual Impairment

IRAN: The CEO of the company says “Barjasteh Negar” (literally raised-graph) is a smart tablet for the blind that comes with a braille keyboard and the output will be Persian audio and braille script. He pointed out that the mobile smart tablet has a Linux operating system and allows blind people to read texts in audio… Continue Reading »

G3ict Seeks Principal Investigator, International Inquiry on Brain-Computer Interfaces for Persons with Disabilities

An International Inquiry on the current state of advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable persons with disabilities and older persons to better interact with their environment led by G3ict with the support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. Background G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies, was founded in 2006 at… Continue Reading »

Disability Apps, Cards in Japan to Replace Paper Certificates for Ease of Use

JAPAN: The process of acquiring and using disability certificates has long been cumbersome and impractical, but with plastic cards and smartphone apps gaining ground, things could get much simpler. The government has started allowing plastic cards to replace the paper certificates, which tear easily and can be difficult to pull out when needed. Though the welfare… Continue Reading »

Ability Foundation Announces EmployABILITY 2019 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities

INDIA: Ability Foundation has announced EmployABILITY 2019, the pioneering job fair for qualified persons with disabilities, to be held in Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY, the trend-setting job opportunities fair for persons with disabilities will be held at Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY is jointly organised by Ability Foundation and Lions Club of Padi… Continue Reading »

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 »