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17th World Congress themed Learn, Inspire, Lead UK

Europe, Events, December 28 2017

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The 17th World Congress will take place in Birmingham, UK, on 30 May – 1 June 2018. The 17th World Congress is organised by Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe, and is proudly sponsored by Mencap. The event brings together self-advocates, families, and professionals to: learnand share experiences from around the world about… Continue Reading »

Survey to Improve Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Built Environment, December 27 2017

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The Boston city’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities is inviting everyone, whether you’re a Bostonian or not, to take a survey to provide opinions about existing barriers and accessibility needs in Boston. The city will use the findings of the Accessibility Priority Survey to shape strategic planning to better serve… Continue Reading »

Lime Connect Partners on Ground-breaking Corporate Disability Study

Americas, ICT, Misc., December 26 2017

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NEW YORK: Lime Connect (Lime) and Bloomberg, PwC and Unilever – three of the organization’s corporate partners – are lead sponsors of a first-of-its-kind study published by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) that finds that far more people than expected have a disability: 30 percent of college-educated employees working full-time… Continue Reading »

2018 Winners – Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards & AABC Conservation Awards

Africa, Americas, Built Environment, Europe, Events, December 26 2017

2018 Civic Trust Awards logo

MANCHESTER, UK: Civic Trust Awards (CTA) is delighted to reveal the list of winning projects for the 2018 Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards, AABC Conservation Awards and Selwyn Goldsmith Awards, which features 60 projects from a wide range of National and International entries. All schemes featured will receive either an… Continue Reading »

New Sign Language App Launched

Asia-Pacific, ICT, December 26 2017

Eddy app icon

Digi has launched a new app – called Eddy – to teach people Malaysian Sign Language or Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM). The goal is to be able to teach BIM to a wider audience, and not only people who are deaf and their families. The core of Eddy is centered… Continue Reading »

US launches digital hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria

Africa, ICT, December 25 2017

LAGOS: The United States of America (U.S.A.) has unveiled  a  digital hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The facility was hosted at the Lagos Office of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD). A Nigerian civic organisation, Project Enable, set up the digital hub with the support… Continue Reading »

Fair ‘n Square: advancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities

Africa, ICT, December 23 2017

The latest version of the Fair ‘n Square website, which was first launched in 2015 by Handicap International (HI) in conjunction with UNICEF, looks at the ways in which children and adults with disabilities in Mozambique are discriminated against on a daily basis. Some people are unable to visit health centres because… Continue Reading »

Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health – Launch of Quality Rights Guidance and Training Tools

Assistive Technology, Europe, December 22 2017

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Geneva: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted an event with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Brazil and Portugal, and officially launched the WHO Quality Rights capacity building and guidance tools “Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health”. The event… Continue Reading »

Global SDG 7 Conference to take place from 21-23 February 2018

Asia-Pacific, Events, December 22 2017

Global SDG7 Conference, 21-23 February 2018, United Nations Conference Centre, Bankok

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has devoted Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to energy – the first-ever universal goal on energy, with five targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation. SDG7 is inextricably interlinked… Continue Reading »

CTA Foundation Announces Accessibility Award Winners, Exhibitors, Programming at CES 2018

Americas, Events, December 22 2017

CES Exhibition

ARLINGTON, VA: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, a national organization with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives, announced today accessibility-related programming and exhibits at CES 2018. Owned and produced by CTA, CES is the global stage for innovation and will take… Continue Reading »

BCC Crafts Draft Disability Policy

Africa, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, December 22 2017

Morgan Tsvangirai addresses party supporters at the home of Budiriro Member Coster Machingauta of parliament

ZIMBABWE: The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has crafted a draft disability policy to cater for people living with disabilities (PWD), Southern Eye has learnt. In the draft policy, BCC said in order to ensure that the impact of all policy decisions addresses the specific interests and needs of PWDs, inasmuch… Continue Reading »

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Europe, December 21 2017

2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee with colleagues at the IGF conference

Geneva, Switzerland: The 2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee attended the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), representing the Global Alliance of Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Young Power in Social Action, a2i, and also as one of the Internet Society (ISoc) Ambassadors 2017. As… Continue Reading »

TRAI releases Consultation Paper on Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, December 21 2017

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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on “Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities” Over the last two decades, telecommunication and broadcasting services  have become ubiquitous and now reach out to the most remote and underserved  areas empowering millions of people. Telecommunication… Continue Reading »

Government asked to fulfill pledge on disability friendly infrastructure

Africa, Universal Design, December 21 2017

Photo of Simeon Munde

MALAWI: Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has asked government to fulfill its pledge on considering people with disability when constructing buildings in the country. Munde said it is very unfortunate that some of the structures that government has been constructing are not disability friendly. He added that it is… Continue Reading »

Heathrow airport enhances service for passengers with disabilities

Europe, Transportation, December 20 2017

Special Assistance service at Heathrow airport

Heathrow has announced a multi-million pound package of investments and tools to improve the travel experience of passengers with disabilities and mobility restrictions at the airport. The number of passengers requesting special assistance at Heathrow is rising at approximately 8% annually, with over one million requests in 2017 alone –… Continue Reading »

SDG goals must be achieved in order to mainstream persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 20 2017

KATHMANDU: Stakeholders have said that support of government and the private sector was necessary to achieve Sustainable Development Goals related to the rights of persons with disabilities. The two-day national conference on ‘Disabilities and Sustainable Development Goals’ was organised by Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, National Federation of… Continue Reading »

TCD student engineers develop app to help people with an intellectual disability

Assistive Technology, Europe, December 19 2017

Hand holding cell phone showing the new app

IRELAND: Graduate research engineers at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new smartwatch and smartphone based platform to help people with an intellectual disability to get from place to place by themselves more easily. waytoB gives users simple step-by-step instructions that are inputted by a carer who is then able… Continue Reading »

115 Hearing Impaired Children Shall Listen to the Sound of Life through Cochlear Implant Surgeries

Asia-Pacific, Events, December 19 2017

Pictured on stage from Left to Right are Dolly Chakrabarty; Prabodh Seth; Dr. Thawarchand Gehlot; Shakuntala D Gamlin; Guruprasad Mohapatra; Dr. Sarin

NEW DELHI – INDIA : Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated the “CSR Summit for Pioneering Cochlear Implant Surgery under CSR initiative of Airport Authority of India (AAI) through Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO)” here today. Smt. Shakuntla Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD, M/o Social… Continue Reading »

Making the Internet more Accessible for Canadian Seniors

Americas, Assistive Technology, December 19 2017

Picture of hands typing on a laptop

Making the Internet more Accessible for Canadian Seniors Cosmin Muntaneaufrom the University of Toronto aims to help Canada’s senior citizens feel more confident and safer when using the internet. Seniors are terrified of falling victim to scams which prevent them from accessing the variety of enhanced services from trusted providers including banks… Continue Reading »

IT dept, Austrian academy join hands to develop assistive technology

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, December 19 2017

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: In its effort to provide assistive technology to people with motor disabilities, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an organization under state IT department, will collaborate with AsTeRICS Academy in Austria. The European academy will support ICFOSS in developing its capabilities in a range of… Continue Reading »