• Universal Design

    The World Federation of the Deafblind has Launched the Initial Global Report on the Situation and Rights of Persons with Deaf-blindness.

    INTERNATIONAL: Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deaf-blindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deaf-blindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both… Continue Reading »

    UN Secretary-General Releases Strategy for Financing 2030 Agenda

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Secretary-General has released a four-year strategy for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategy underscores the UN’s critical role in supporting and accelerating the mobilization of finance and focuses on three objectives to accelerate progress from global to local levels, linked to areas where the Secretary-General’s leadership can… Continue Reading »

    Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

    INTERNATIONAL: Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a… Continue Reading »

    OHSXtra Leads the Way for Digital Accessibility Compliance for the NHS in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index

    LONDON – The Occupational Health and Safety Extra (OHSxtra) website took first place in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index. The benchmark review, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS, is the first of its kind and takes a view of digital accessibility compliance across the NHS. The review covers almost 600 NHS websites and scores and ranks… Continue Reading »

    How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

    INTERNATIONAL: The latest statistics show that people are living longer in virtually every country in the world, with the over 60 age group growing faster than any other cohort. The aging global population is altering many aspects of society, none more so than housing.  When quizzed about their preferred living arrangements, the overwhelming majority of over 60’s… Continue Reading »

    OECD, UNEP and World Bank Preview Report, Discuss Financing Climate Futures

    NEW YORK, USA: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and the World Bank Group hosted a discussion on the joint initiative, ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.’ The event, convened during Global Goals Week, previewed a synthesis report on ways in which countries can deliver on the… Continue Reading »

    New York Becomes the First City in the Nation to Offer ASL Direct to Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Yorkers

    NEW YORK, USA: On March 2nd, 2018, the de Blasio administration announced that New Yorkers who primarily communicate via American Sign Language can now obtain City services faster and more efficiently through the use of ASL Direct, becoming the first city in the nation to offer the service. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has worked… Continue Reading »

    How Art Can Be Made More Accessible For Partially Sighted People

    ONTARIO, CANADA: Ontario alone has over 100 art galleries, and they’re by far some of the best in the world. With the National Gallery and the National Arts Centre located right here in Ottawa, meanwhile, people from all across Canada flock here to see amazing art. But as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind reports, Ontario… Continue Reading »

    Qaderoon Network Contributes to the Launch of “Guide for Business on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” Globally

    SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network issued the Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”, which was developed jointly by the UN Global Compact and the ILO. The “Guide for business on the rights of persons with disabilities – How business can respect and support the rights of persons with disabilities and benefit from… Continue Reading »