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Crawford Technologies Hosts Pre-Conference Workshop on Implementing Accessible Documents

Americas, Events, ICT, News, March 22 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

UC Berkeley Furthers Commitment to Accessibility with New Blackboard Partnership

Americas, ICT, News, March 22 2018

Screen Reader logo

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… Continue Reading »

WFD and WASLI Release a Statement on the use of Signing Avatars

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, March 21 2018

WFD and WASLI Logos

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have jointly developed a statement to express their concern about the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content… Continue Reading »

What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 21 2018

Photo of the subway stairs with signs indicating the way out, buses and carpark

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less… Continue Reading »

Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, March 19 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, March 18 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ford Foundation have issued a report titled, ‘Migration and Inclusive Cities: A Guide for Arab City Leaders,’ which aims to stimulate innovative approaches to address opportunities and challenges posed by migration to Arab cities. Part of the UN-Habitat City Leaders Guide… Continue Reading »

Zero Project Conference

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, Events, ICT, News, March 14 2018

Group Photo of some Participants of the Zero Project.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for… Continue Reading »

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 14 2018

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival New York. Left: Maria Bournias, Middle: Moshe Gaon, Right: Peter Gagliardo

NEW YORK, USA: “We should make our collaborative storytelling competition global next year!” yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival:… Continue Reading »

IAAP: Leading the Way in Advancing the Accessibility Profession

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 12 2018

CPACC exam taker using screen reader is receiving instructions from a proctor.

GEORGIA, USA: Through its inception in 2014, becoming a division of G3ict in 2016, to today, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) has been committed to promoting and supporting accessibility professionals around the world.  IAAP is a member-based, non-profit organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are… Continue Reading »

Techbility Launches World’s First Mobile App for accessibility assessments of the built environment

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, March 9 2018

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TOKYO, JAPAN: Access Inspector, available for iOS and Android devices, is a mobile App designed to assist anyone interested in accessibility of the built environment.  Launched by Techbility as the first mobile app for accessibility assessments of the built environment, Access Inspector is an easy to use checklist tool for assessing… Continue Reading »

Deadline Extended to Monday, March 12th – Consultant for Safe and Accessible Mobility Study

Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 7 2018

Humanity & Inclusion logo

INTERNATIONAL: As some of you may already know, Humanity & Inclusion is now preparing a study project on safe mobility as a tool for our advocacy strategy on road safety, which will be launched at the 2018 High Level Political Forum. The study will focus on access to transportation systems… Continue Reading »

World Urban Forum 9, Kuala Lumpur

Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, News, March 7 2018

Photo of the word Cities for All, the international sign of accessibility, sign for love in American Sign Language, and inclusion spelt in Braille. These were splet by over 500 participants in Merdeka square in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, MALASIA: From February 7th until the 13th, representatives of civil society, government (national, sub-national, and regional), private sector and academia from around the world met in Kuala Lumpur for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). The WUF9 mobilized these stakeholders in urban development to discuss their… Continue Reading »

GlassOuse Assistive Device Announces Next Generation – Version 1.2

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, March 6 2018

GlassOuse Press Release with photo of the assistive glasses

SHENZHEN  CITY, GUANGDONG, CHINA : Award winner successful Indiegogo campaign concept, GlassOuse Assistive Device announces its next generation version V1.2 February 28th, 2018. Genuinely designed for individuals who has limited moving abilities or who are unable to use their hands, GlassOuse has been fondly loved by many during its two years… Continue Reading »

International Conference on Accessible Adventure

Asia-Pacific, Events, Tourism, March 5 2018

ICCA poster

POKHARA, NEPAL: The upcoming 3-day International Conference on Accessible Adventure (ICAA 2018) to be held on March 29‐31, 2018 at the Shangri‐La Village Resort in Pokhara, Nepal. The conference will focus on international best practices in inclusive tourism for “slow‐walker” seniors and travelers with disabilities relative leading to improved tourism… Continue Reading »

New exhibition opportunities at the Australian Universal Design Conference 2018

Asia-Pacific, Events, ICT, News, Universal Design, February 26 2018

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AUSTRALIA: Australia’s third Universal Design Conference will be held from 4-5 September 2018, in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and for the first time will officially have exhibition space to enable products and services to be showcased. On the eve of the call for papers closing – closes 28 February,… Continue Reading »

Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, News, Universal Design, February 23 2018

Signs for washroom facilities for women, men, wheelchair accessible and changing tables

INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report… Continue Reading »

Tips to Build a Fully Accessible Driveway

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, February 22 2018

Accessible paved driveway leading up to a home. Surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers

CANADA & UNITED STATES: Accessibility focused design should not just be in your home, but out on the street as well. The driveway is a particularly important place to consider the needs of the disabled, but you may be wondering exactly how to go about designing a space which is usable… Continue Reading »

Award for Blind Cricket World Cup and Announcement of Five National Sports Centres

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, February 21 2018

The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot poses on stage with the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot felicitated the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team and presented them with a cash award of Rs.34 Lakhs at a function in New Delhi today, February 21st, 2018. The Minister of State for Social… Continue Reading »

Making Video Content Accessible – ALCTS Forum Focuses on Captions and Transcripts

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, February 21 2018

Left to right: Violaine Iglesias, Danielle Whren Johnson, and Stefan Elnabli were speakers at the ALCTS Forum

USA: The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services presented a forum on “The Case for Making Video Content Accessible” on Monday at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Violaine Iglesias, director of business development for GVPi, a company in Arlington, Virginia, that provides hosting platforms for electronic publishers, opened… Continue Reading »

yoocan CEO to discuss global collaboration 2020 vision at the GAATES Annual Meeting Feb. 21st

Americas, Europe, Events, News, February 20 2018

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yoocan believes that shared experiences and knowledge, by and for people with disabilities from around the world, can inspire and change lives so no one feels alone. Thousands of yoocan community members are making daily connections, finding new friendships and relevant solutions – join the online community today & watch… Continue Reading »