Europe

Georgia to develop national mechanism to protect persons with disabilities rights

December 3 is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. In connection with the day, the Government of Georgia presented its first report to the United Continue reading the story...

Seminar on accessibility for persons with disabilities

A seminar organised by the Gozo Federation Persons with Disability on `Accessibility in Our Localities,’ took place on Thursday at the Centre of the Gozo Association Continue reading the story...

Government to Introduce Disability Act and Building Rules

The Government of Gibraltar will shortly introduce new disabilities legislation in the form of the Disability Act, modelled on the UN Convention on the Rights of Continue reading the story...

Dutch government to support companies hiring persons with disabilities

Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment has announced that there will be more support available to companies that hire people with a mobility or Continue reading the story...

More than 6000 people with vision disabilities live in Armenia

YEREVAN: More than 6000 people with vision disabilities are living in Armenia, 500 of whom are children, director of the #14 special school for children with Continue reading the story...

Guide Dogs Association aims to help people with vision disabilities in Turkey

Guide dogs, commonly used by people with vision disabilities around the world, making their lives easier, are now set to help out people with disabilities in Continue reading the story...

Enable Ireland and Disability Federation Ireland Launch Discussion Paper on the Future of Assistive Technology

Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) launched a discussion paper on Assistive Technology (AT) for People with Disabilities and Older People. Ireland has Continue reading the story...

Moscow museum holding arts exhibition for people with vision disabilities

MOSCOW: An exhibition for people with vision disabilities titled ‘To Visualize the Invisible’ that presents tactile replicas of six masterpieces of West-European painting opened on Saturday Continue reading the story...

New project to improve museum experience for people with vision disabilities

A new joint project between the Oxford e-Research Centre and Oxford University Museums will develop multisensory tools to help enable people who are blind or have Continue reading the story...

RIAI launches UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards

The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) recently launched the UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards. The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards are being Continue reading the story...

Ericsson, EBU and BBC demonstrate new standard for creating live captioning

Ericsson announced it is to support the creation of live captions using the new EBU Timed Text (EBU-TT) Live standard, which facilitates live subtitling and also Continue reading the story...

Partnership Drives Social Inclusion Through Sport

A unique partnership between UK employment charity Shaw Trust and international sports technology business Ottobock, is calling for greater access to sport and assistive technology to Continue reading the story...

Free online course enabling improved digital accessibility

Academics from the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group within Electronics and Computer Science are lead educators on a new, free online course that aims Continue reading the story...

Half of world’s children with disabilities are kept out of schools: Report

LONDON: At least half of the world’s 65 million school-age children with disabilities are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted Continue reading the story...

Blappy, a new Bluetooth chat app for people with sensory disabilities

Blappy is a Smartphone application that enables fluid communication between people with visual and/or auditory disabilities. Voice messages can be changed into text and vice versa; Continue reading the story...

Online course of Public Procurement of accessible ICT

The ITU will conduct an eLearning training that provides participants with knowledge, understanding and skills required to support ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities in their Continue reading the story...

World’s first implanted bionic arm on test in global competition

A few years ago, a patient was implanted with a bionic arm for the first time in the world using control technology developed at Chalmers University Continue reading the story...

Petitions Committee calls on EU countries to ratify the Marrakesh treaty

The Council and EU member states need to accelerate the ratification of the Marrakesh treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, Continue reading the story...

WIPO Marrakesh Treaty enters into force

GENEVA: WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the entry into force of the Marrakesh Treaty which can now begin boosting the number of specially adapted texts Continue reading the story...

ICT courses for people with autism to be organized in Armenia

First-ever ICT courses for people with autism will be organized in Armenia, Vice President and Deputy CEO of Technology & Science Dynamics (TSD) Levon Galstyan told Continue reading the story...

Olympics-Style Competition to Showcase Use of Advanced Assistive Devices

While most of the world’s attention this summer has been on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a small team from Cleveland, Ohio, has Continue reading the story...

W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web

LISBON, PORTUGAL: More than 550 experts in Web technologies gathered in Lisbon, Portugal this week to address challenges and new opportunities for the future of the Continue reading the story...

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

MADRID: Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of Continue reading the story...

2016 Social Forum to focus on disability and CRPD

GENEVA: The 2016 Social Forum will take place from 3 to 5 October 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Social Forum is an Continue reading the story...

Study provides insight into levels of activism undertaken by athletes with disabilities

New research has found that while most elite athletes with disabilities are active in seeking positive change within their sport, relatively few are active in openly Continue reading the story...

Zero Project: Call for Innovative Conference Technologies

The Zero Prpject conference has become a popular international gathering and a platform of exchange for new ideas concerning the lives of people with disabilities. This Continue reading the story...

PAVE 2.0: A New Generation of the Web Tool for PDF Accessibility

The ICT-Accessibility Lab of the ZHAW, in collaboration with the Swiss Blind and Visually Impaired Association (SBV), has developed a web tool called PAVE which quickly Continue reading the story...

OHCHR – 16th session of the CRPD Committee

During its 16th session held in Geneva from 15 August to 6 September, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities considered the initial reports Continue reading the story...

Brussels launches ‘Brussels for All’ guide for persons with disabilities

Authorities in Brussels have published a new trilingual guide for persons with disabilities to the city, with details of accessibility at key tourist spots across the Continue reading the story...

New disability definition model to be introduced in Armenia

YEREVAN: Persons with disabilities are full members of the society, and the works with them must be continuous, Armen Soghoyan, head of the Medical and Social Continue reading the story...

New research finds demand for more disability sport news

With a week to go before the Rio Paralympics, new research from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has shown the public’s desire to see Continue reading the story...

Women with disabilities need empowerment, not pity: UN rights experts

GENEVA: States too often fail to uphold their obligations with regard to women and girls with disabilities, treating them or allowing them to be treated as Continue reading the story...

Italy’s record on rights of persons with disabilities faces review by UN Committee

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will review Italy on 24 and 25 August in sessions that will be webcast Continue reading the story...

Only 13% of night-tube route is accessible, warns disability charity

UK: Transport for London (TfL) is set to launch the first phase of the night-tube this weekend, on the Central and Victoria lines. Ahead of the Continue reading the story...

Ethiopia’s record on rights of persons with disabilities faces review by UN Committee

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will review Ethiopia on 16 and 17 August in sessions that will be webcast Continue reading the story...

3rd International Universal Design Conference

The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will Continue reading the story...

New app makes it easier for persons with disabilities to plan trips

UK: A smartphone app to help persons with disabilities plan trips has launched in Cardiff on August 1. See Around Britain app guides users around the UK Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities urged to share their stories ahead of enquiry on adult social care

UK: A leading disability charity is urging persons with disabilities to share their experiences of adult social care ahead of a government enquiry. Recent research by Leonard Continue reading the story...

KNPD to carry out accessibility audit in 170 pharmacies in Malta

MALTA: Next year the National Commission for Persons with Disability (KNPD) will be carrying out audits on 170 pharmacies in Malta and Gozo to inspect how Continue reading the story...

New bill to give persons with disabilities greater access

IRELAND: A new copyright bill will give people with a disability greater access to copyrighted works. The bill was announced by Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It Continue reading the story...
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