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    ‘Leave no one behind,’ UNDP aims to champion the rights of people with vision disabilities

    Indonesia has the second highest rate of people with vision disabilities in the world. This and other eye-opening facts were discussed during a recent UNDP workshop in Jakarta which aims to champion the rights of people who are blind, low vision, or print disabled. Most importantly the workshop discussed ways to implement an international treaty… Continue Reading »

    Call for inputs: Accessibility Survey

    Accessibility Survey is being conducted by the United Nations Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility (IDTFA). This survey seeks to collect information about barriers in terms of accessibility you have encountered, or if you have witnessed/heard others experience any accessibility barriers to full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in activities at the United Nations… Continue Reading »

    International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

    The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in the development of the first… Continue Reading »

    2017 IDPD on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

    Under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, the observance of the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) at United Nations Headquarters in New York City will be organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) on 1 December 2017 in Conference Room 4, in collaboration… Continue Reading »

    Turkish Airlines introduces Braille boarding passes

    ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines has introduced boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet for passengers who are blind or have low vision. The boarding passes are now being provided at special check-in counters at Istanbul Ataturk Airport International departures. The global carrier launched this new service from a special check-in desk located at the Istanbul Ataturk… Continue Reading »

    AccorHotels introduces new initiatives to promote accessibility

    Group employees are taking action to map the accessibility of their hotels and local businesses on the “Jaccede” app. The challenge takes the form of an international competition pitting seven teams against one another in the main regions around the world where the Group operates, in order to strengthen a sense of collaboration and promote… Continue Reading »

    Google’s Chrome OS to soon get dictation as an accessibility feature

    Google’s Chrome OS will soon get support for dictation as an accessibility feature. Currently the only way you can enable this is through extensions. Google Docs supports this feature on all platforms including Chrome OS. On Chromebooks with Google Play Store support, there could be some Android apps as well. However, with this new feature,… Continue Reading »

    Audio-described movies a boon to people with vision disabilities

    PANAJI, INDIA: It meant a lot to people who are blind or have low vision to be able to participate in the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), even though that there were only two audio-described films in the Accessible India Film Section. Secret Superstar and Hindi Medium, were screened on Wednesday and Thursday. Students… Continue Reading »

    Voya Financial Partners with Special Olympics to Advance Inclusion for People with Disabilities

    NEW YORK: Voya Financial, Inc. has announced the launch of Invest in Something Special, the newest component of the company’s broader effort to support persons with disabilities. The weeklong Invest in Something Special effort runs through Nov. 19, and will share the near-term goals and lifetime aspirations of Special Olympics athletes to raise awareness of… Continue Reading »