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    Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority launches consultation on draft accessibility code

    MALTA: The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) launched a consultation process on a draft standard it has developed entitled “Accessibility for all in the Built Environment”. The draft standard is based on the existing “Access for All Design Guidelines” (AADG) which Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità (KNPD) published for the first time in 2000.… Continue Reading »

    UN General Assembly adopts resolution on disability

    The 69th session of the General Assembly negotiated and adopted a resolution on disability on 18 December (A/RES/69/142). The resolution entitled: “Realizing the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond”, had 112 co-sponsoring Governments, and would work to promote the mainstreaming of disability in development,… Continue Reading »

    Prince Hussein launches initiative to help children with hearing disabilities

    JORDAN: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, on Saturday, launched an initiative to help children with hearing disabilities to regain their hearing sense. The initiative, dubbed “hearing without limitations” aims to offer children with hearing disabilities free of charge cochlear implants in collaboration with the Royal Medical Services, the ministry of health and the King Abdullah the… Continue Reading »

    LASODA urges persons with disabilities to register

    LAGOS, NIGERIA: The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) on Friday urged persons with disabilities to register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency. General Manager of LASODA, Dr Tunde Awelenje, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Awelenje said the registration would enable them to enjoy… Continue Reading »

    Act against those not implementing disability quota: Parliamentary panel

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: A parliamentary committee has recommended appropriate action against “erring authorities” who are not implementing the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act, which mandates three per cent reservation for persons with disabilities. In its second report submitted in Parliament last week, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Social Justice and… Continue Reading »

    Device helps people with vision disabilities to see objects

    A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life. These tools could be based on a device called the Enactive Torch, which looks like a combination… Continue Reading »

    Inclusive Education for Girls with Disabilities

    NEW DELHI: Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), States and UT’s are assisted to enrol children with disabilities in schools, through early identification, assessment camps, distribution of aids & appliances, appropriate teaching learning equipments, training of teachers in inclusive strategies, barrier free school infrastructure as well as home based learning methods. As per Unified District Information… Continue Reading »

    New accessibility standard for self-service kiosks in air, ferry and train terminals

    OTTAWA, ON: Starting December 31, 2016, any newly installed automated self-service kiosks used for such things as check in, printing of boarding passes and baggage tags at Canadian air, ferry and train terminals should be accessible to travellers with disabilities, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that 25 percent of kiosks are accessible by December 31,… Continue Reading »

    Alliance formed to improve access to digital services

    The UK government has announced that a new alliance has been created to form solutions for issues that people with disabilities and older people face in accessing digital services such as those used in online banking, on public transport and digital TV. The Digital Accessibility Alliance will bring together government departments, regulators, local government, business… Continue Reading »