• Americas

    Beach Boys Drummer Beats M.S. with Hands-Free Jamboxx MIDI Instrument

    TEMECULA, CALIF. / ALBANY, N.Y. (USA):  A noted percussionist with multiple sclerosis is the new ambassador for Jamboxx, a hands-free breath powered instrument for all musicians including those with any form of disability. “As a long-time touring and recording percussionist, I was diagnosed with MS, which eventually hindered my expression as a performer,” said Jackie… Continue Reading »

    Utah Education Network Selects Blackboard Ally to Make Digital Course Content More Accessible

    WASHINGTON, D.C. The Utah Education Network (UEN) has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to give hundreds of thousands of students access to a more inclusive learning environment. As part of the collaboration, UEN will implement Blackboard Ally, a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible, at 9 universities across the state. Blackboard Ally integrates with an institution’s existing learning management… Continue Reading »

    Detecting Inequalities from Space

    MEXICO: Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our world. During the recent meeting… Continue Reading »

    Why Financial Institutions Should Strive to Meet the Needs of PWDs

    UNITED STATES: There are over 56 million people living with disabilities in the United States, which makes them the biggest minority group in the nation. With the latest technological innovations, one would think that financial accessibility for the disabled would be a resolved matter in this day and age; however, that is not the case.  As… Continue Reading »

    WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

    INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… Continue Reading »

    UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

    INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others. The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing technical assistance aiming to promote… Continue Reading »

    Crawford Technologies Hosts Pre-Conference Workshop on Implementing Accessible Documents

    TORONTO, ON, CANADA: Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced March 21st, 2018 that it will be hosting a complementary pre-conference workshop at Xploration® 18, the worldwide electronic document systems association’s annual conference, on the importance of providing accessible documents on: Monday, April 16 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. With upcoming Section… Continue Reading »

    UC Berkeley Furthers Commitment to Accessibility with New Blackboard Partnership

    WASHINGTON, D.C. USA :  The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley) on March 21st, 2018, announced a new partnership with Blackboard Inc. that will enable students to have an even more inclusive learning environment through Blackboard Ally, an innovative new solution that helps make online course content more accessible for all learners.  The partnership furthers Berkeley’s longstanding commitment to equal… Continue Reading »

    Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

    INTERNATIONAL: The Global SDG Awards, the first international, private-sector focused sustainability competition based on the SDGs, were launched at the GLOBE Forum 2018 from March 14th-16th in Vancouver, Canada. The competition will be open to companies and social enterprises with sustainability programs and business models geared towards realizing the SDGs. David A. Klar, Global SDG Awards… Continue Reading »