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    Mongolian leaders visit US to advance new disability rights legislation

    Seven Mongolian leaders, including the Minister of Population Development and Social Protection, members of Parliament, and leaders of disability rights organizations, will spend two weeks in the United States exploring the legal and regulatory framework that supports the rights of persons with disabilities. This two-way Professional Fellows On-Demand exchange program will allow the delegation to… Continue Reading »

    Rights of persons with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

    “One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework. The call came as… Continue Reading »

    Canadian government improves accessibility for people with disabilities in Toronto

    TORONTO, ONTARIO: The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, and Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced $50,000 in funding to improve accessibility for those attending Beth Tzedec, a Jewish faith community… Continue Reading »

    GAATES Participating at the Zero Project Conference 2015

    The Zero Project Report 2014 revealed “dispiriting results on emergency issues.” In recognition of this fact, The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) in collaboration with the Zero Project Conference will be hosting at session on Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR). The vision of the Zero Project is to… Continue Reading »

    Software to help people with vision disabilities

    CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Reading Punjabi literature or subject books in Punjabi will no more be a hindrance to people with vision disabilities. The Punjabi Espeak reading software would be introduced in the city by National Association for the Blind (NAB). This software is already available in English, Hindi and some other languages. The software is designed… Continue Reading »

    GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director

    GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to provide strategic management of GAATES for its operations, international development work, and information roles. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Canadian based International Non-governmental Organization (INGO). A strong commitment to and experience in the work of universal design and accessibility, the human rights of persons… Continue Reading »

    Istanbul Municipality starts building new accessible ferries

    TURKEY: The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has begun the construction of 10 accessible, high-technology ferries, which it hopes to unveil before the general elections in June. The new generation ferries developed by local engineers aim to boost to the municipality’s public sea transportation subsidy, the City Lines Ferries, which have recently reported a huge loss due… Continue Reading »

    Australia to introduce tactile banknotes

    The Governor, Glenn Stevens has announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people who are blind or have low vision. As previously announced, existing features to help people with vision disabilities tell the difference between different denominations of Australian banknotes will be maintained on the new series.… Continue Reading »

    US Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements

    The Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “The Board’s proposal is responsive to… Continue Reading »