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New App to Provide Critical Information and Empowerment to People with Cerebral Palsy

Americas, ICT, October 6 2017

CP Channel app screenshot

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) is releasing a new app, the CP Channel on Friday, October 6th, World CP Day. The app contains nearly 100 videos created in collaboration with the world’s leading experts on CP and developmental disability, as well as key disability advocates, including the three past presidents of the American Academy… Continue Reading »

New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality

Americas, Assistive Technology, October 6 2017


BINGHAMTON, NY: Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a new technology that allows users to interact in a virtual reality environment using only mouth gestures. The proliferation of affordable virtual reality head-mounted displays provides users with realistic immersive visual experiences. However, head-mounted displays occlude the… Continue Reading »

Persons with Disabilities Raise Concerns Over Accessibility of 2018 Election in Zimbabwe

Africa, Built Environment, October 5 2017

Sochi Polling stations for people with disabilities

HARARE: Persons with disabilities want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to put specific registration measures that would allow their constituencies to participate in next year’s crucial elections —starting with the biometric voter registration exercise which got underway last week. Senator representing people with disabilities, Nyamayabo Mashavakure, said the importance of… Continue Reading »

UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Americas, Misc., October 5 2017

UN Women’s new Strategic Plan will contribute to women with disabilities reaching decision-making positions; gender responsive national and local plans, strategies, policies and budgets, including support to disability programming; and more and better quality and disaggregated data and statistics, including for those in vulnerable situations. UN-Women will continue to strengthen… Continue Reading »

EU one step closer to Accessibility Act

Europe, ICT, October 5 2017

The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament on September 14. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law. A European Accessibility Act that would make it easier for senior citizens and people… Continue Reading »

India to host International Conference on Inclusive Education

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 4 2017

Boy sitting in wheelchair in school against volumes of books on bookshelf in library.

The Centre for Disability Studies and Action (CDSA), School of Social Work of Tata Insitute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, and Brotherhood, Delhi are organizing jointly an International Conference on Inclusive Education from 22nd to 24th January 2018 at TISS, Mumbai. The conference will provide an opportunity to share and… Continue Reading »

NDEAM Showcases How Persons with Disabilities Power the Workplace

Americas, Misc., October 4 2017

Inclusion drives innovation Poster

Inclusion drives innovation, This year’s theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month is borne out by the more than 114,000 people with disabilities making up the SourceAmerica network of nonprofits. Each October, SourceAmerica shines a spotlight on the strengths and contributions of this segment of the population with so much… Continue Reading »

Vietnam to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 4 2017

The National Committee on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has agreed to support funding for the building and improvement of provincial service centers for people with disabilities in 77 provinces, to provide them with thorough access to government welfare. The life improvement for people with disabilities, according to the Government… Continue Reading »

Stakeholders call for more inclusion of persons with disabilities

Africa, Misc., October 4 2017

RWANDA: There are still a number of persons with disabilities that are not benefiting from the vision 2020 Umurenge programme (VUP). This was noted during a one-day workshop on Wednesday last week in Kigali where findings from a qualitative study on inclusion of persons with disabilities in the vision 2020… Continue Reading »

W3C Invites Comments on Core Accessibility API Markings 1.1

Americas, ICT, October 4 2017

Core Accessibility API Mappings (Core-AAM) 1.1 has been published by Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group as a Candidate Recommendation and is now undergoing implementation finalization and testing. Core-AAM describes how roles, states, and properties in Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 should be exposed to accessibility APIs. Implementation of this specification makes it… Continue Reading »

Lancaster hosts accessibility awareness activities

Americas, Events, October 3 2017

Sheryl Faye as Helen Keller. Photo: Lancaster Commission on Disability

October is officially “Accessibility Awareness Month” in the town of Lancaster. This year’s activities will feature a reenactment performance of Helen Keller’s life by actor Sheryl Faye, to be held at Thayer Memorial Library Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Thayer Memorial Library will also host accessibility-related displays and books… Continue Reading »

Sasol invites World Tourism Day visitors to understand accessibility

Middle East, Tourism, October 3 2017

DOHA: Supporting an agenda for inclusive tourism, Sasol, the South African energy giant, unveiled its ‘Understand Accessibility’ program in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) with the inclusion of 9-dimensional virtual reality (9-D VR) chairs at the official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations hosted in Doha recently. Organised by the… Continue Reading »

‘Click and Go Maps’ & wayfinding mobility for all

Americas, DIAUD Network, October 2 2017

Click and Go Maps

On September 20th, the DIAUD Network hosted their next biweekly network meeting to continue discussion on possible collaborations towards accessible urban development. In an effort to improve visibility and outcomes of our Persons with Disabilities – Partner Constituent Group (PWD-PCG), which is under the auspices of the General Assembly of… Continue Reading »

Tokyo 2020: Accessible Toilets For All

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, October 2 2017

Accessible Toilet

Three years from now, Tokyo will see an influx of visitors for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In preparation for an expected 40 million guests, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvement campaign. Tokyo’s Narita airport is the first to be renovated for the Olympics with it’s “total toilet… Continue Reading »

Hovertravel Launches ‘Hovercare’ Program to Make Travelling More Accessible

Europe, Transportation, October 2 2017

HoverCare initiative starts with accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft.

Hovertravel is announcing a major new initiative aiming at improving accessibility. Called HoverCare, this initiative starts with the world’s first accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft. Hovertravel staff will undergo training from the Barclays Accessibility Team, which will include the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have… Continue Reading »

NHS England launches practical guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

Europe, Misc., October 2 2017

Practical guides to help people with disabilities to access GP online services have been published by NHS England.  Aimed at supporting people with vision, hearing, autism or learning disabilities, a series of new guides have been developed to help patients use GP services online such as book appointments, repeat their prescriptions… Continue Reading »

France: UN rights expert to assess the situation of persons with disabilities

Europe, Misc., October 2 2017

GENEVA: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct her first official visit to France from 3 to 13 October 2017 to assess the situation of people with disabilities in the country. “This is my first visit to France and I… Continue Reading »

Texas Tech Hosts Disability Awareness Week

Americas, Events, October 2 2017

Disability Awareness Week Poster

LUBBOCK, TX: Student Disability Services will host events during Disability Awareness Week(Oct. 2-6) to raise awareness and show support for members of the community that identify with a disability. The week begins with a kickoff event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 2) in the North Plaza of… Continue Reading »

Strong family ties improve employment opportunities for people with childhood-onset disabilities

Americas, Misc., October 1 2017

CORVALLIS, ORE.:  Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found. “Having a disability from childhood has wide-ranging impacts on early childhood development, schooling, socialization and more,” said David Baldridge, an associate… Continue Reading »

High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the AP Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

Asia-Pacific, Events, September 30 2017

BEIJING: ESCAP, in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), is organizing the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December 2017. Objectives of the Meeting are: To undertake a midpoint… Continue Reading »