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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 »

Province to Provide $1.4 Billion to Make Schools More Accessible

CANADA: Ontario is making its education system more inclusive to help all students in York Region reach their full potential in an accessible and supportive learning environment. When the education system is not accessible, students are left out, impacting their participation  in the school experience. That is why Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and… Continue Reading »

Scottish EHRC Warns Transport Operators Over Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

SCOTLAND: The Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has sent a warning out to transport operators over problems with disabled access. The organisation says the new project will support individuals who have experienced discrimination while using, or attempting to use, public transport. The scheme will use all available routes to assist in resolving complaints, including… Continue Reading »

Request for the United Nations to Create World Universal Accessibility Day

SPAIN: The Alliance for World Universal Accessibility Day, formed by FC Barcelona, the Barça Foundation, the ‘la Caixa’ Bank Foundation, Barcelona City Council and Mapp4all Universal Accessibility have put together a request that will be sent to the United Nations to ask the international organisation to declare 30 September as World Universal Accessibility Day. During… Continue Reading »