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Blackboard’s Accessibility Solution Continues Strong Momentum, Impacting 3 Million Learners Worldwide

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, November 1 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA:  Blackboard announced on October 31st, 2018 that the Blackboard Ally accessibility solution continues to experience strong growth, having expanded into 16 countries over the last 12 months and added support for 20 languages. Currently, a total of approximately 3 million students at 464 institutions worldwide have access to… Continue Reading »

Multiple Perspectives 2019: Call & Save the Date: April 8 & 9 – SDS Preconference April 7

Americas, Events, News, November 1 2018

Call For Presentations – Save The Date The Nineteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:  The Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice Where: On The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus When: April 8 & 9, 2019   Society For Disability Studies Pre-conference including an SDS Dance/DISCO Ball on April 7,… Continue Reading »

Introducing the Online Guide to the World Development Indicators: A New Way to Discover Data on Development

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, News, Universal Design, October 31 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national, regional, and global estimates, the WDI provides access to almost 1,600 indicators for 217 economies, with some time series extending back more than 50… Continue Reading »

ECLAC, OECD Development Centre Examine Approach for Leaving No One Behind in Transitions

Americas, Europe, Events, News, October 31 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: A joint report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre outlines the need for a comprehensive approach to international development cooperation that aligns with domestic policymaking, and supports the movement of… Continue Reading »

Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology’s Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Disaster, Universal Design, October 30 2018

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BALI, INDONESIA: The heads of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international institutions gathered for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF 2018) to consider the role of technology plays in shaping infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and resilient. They also committed to enhancing support for capacity building for infrastructure public-private partnerships… Continue Reading »

DRR Platform Adopts Declarations to Reduce Disaster Risk in Africa and Arab Regions

Africa, Disaster, Middle East, October 30 2018

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TUNISIA: Participants at the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) focused on the theme, ‘Towards Disaster Risk Informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development,’ and adopted two declarations. The meeting provided input to the Global Platform for DRR which will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2019. The meeting, which took place… Continue Reading »

Leonard Cheshire Launches New Report About Disability Data Collection and the Washington Group Questions

Americas, News, October 29 2018

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USA: Leonard Cheshire and Humanity & Inclusion have launched at new report “Disability Data Collection:  A summary review of the use of the Washington Group Questions by development and humanitarian actors” at the World Data Forum in Dubai. The report which examines the use of the Washington Group Questions, a disability data collection methodology originally designed for… Continue Reading »

New App Launched to Help Visually Impaired People to Read Unicode Doc Files called “Accessible Doc Reader”

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, October 29 2018

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DHAKA, BANGLADESH: The application launched on 29th September 2018 at jatiya press club in Dhaka. Innovation Garage Limited has developed an important innovation for persons with visual disability The Accessible Doc Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with… Continue Reading »

IFES Launches New Tool to Promote Disability-Inclusive Election Observation

Americas, ICT, News, October 26 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: According to the World Health Organization, one out of every seven people in the world has a disability, yet citizens with disabilities remain underrepresented in political life as voters, election observers, candidates and election officials. Mainstream observer groups often do not hire people with disabilities to serve as observers… Continue Reading »

In Africa, Technology and Human Capital Go Hand in Hand

Africa, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, October 25 2018

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AFRICA: Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-four years ago, the country was torn apart by civil war and one of the worst genocides human history has known; one in which… Continue Reading »

New IDDC/EDF Webinar: 29 October 2018

Built Environment, News, Webinar, October 25 2018

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Invitation to join the upcoming webinar: “Upholding the rights of persons with disabilities: Linkages between Financing for Development and the EU Budget for the implementation of the SDGs” Monday, 29th October, 2018 15:00 – 16:00 Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability… Continue Reading »

Rick Hansen Foundation & GAATES Partner to Advocate for Accessibility Globally

Americas, News, October 24 2018

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VANCOUVER – The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) have announced a new partnership that will break down barriers for people with disabilities by advocating for a more accessible world.   The RHF, an organization that raises awareness, changes attitudes, and removes… Continue Reading »

Register Now! HLPF 2019 : Data Webinar

News, Webinar, October 23 2018

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Data Webinar ‘An overview of recent global advocacy efforts’  Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2018 Time: 10:00am – 11:00am, EST (New York time) Speakers: Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of IDA and focal point of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities – on the data commitments made during the Global Disability Summit & the… Continue Reading »

EDF Webinar Four: Sustainable Development Goals: How to Engage in the Regional Fora in the African and Arabic Regions

Africa, Webinar, October 23 2018

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Webinar Four: Sustainable Development Goals: How to Engage in the Regional Fora in the African and Arabic Regions Wednesday, 24th October 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce the fourth installment in its webinar series on Wednesday, 24th October… Continue Reading »

World Bank Announces $1bn Assistance for Indonesia Natural Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, October 19 2018

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NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA: The World Bank has announced funding of up to $1 billion for the Government of Indonesia to supplement relief and reconstruction efforts in the disaster-affected areas of Lombok and Sulawesi, and to bolster long-term resilience. The funding will be available on request by the Government. It… Continue Reading »

Respect, Rights, and Health for Women and Girls with Disabilities: A Discussion with the Special Rapporteur

Americas, Events, October 19 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: Women and girls with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing gender- and disability-sensitive health services. Join us for a discussion featuring Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The panel will also include experts from the United Nations Population Fund and Women… Continue Reading »

Jobs of the Future Require More Investment in People

Asia-Pacific, News, October 18 2018

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BALI, Greater investments in people’s health and education are urgent in a rapidly evolving labor market increasingly shaped by technology, according to the World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work.   “The nature of work is not only changing – it’s changing rapidly,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim… Continue Reading »

Aged Care Royal Commission Misses Mark for People with Disability Suffering Violence, Abuse and Neglect

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 17 2018

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AUSTRALIA: The Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care proves that the new PM fully understands that there are significant issues with violence, abuse and neglect being perpetrated on many older vulnerable Australians within these facilities and in home settings. “AFDO and our colleagues in the disability… Continue Reading »

UNISDR Tool Promotes City-to-City Peer Review for DRR

Americas, Disaster, News, October 17 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a city-to-city disaster risk reduction (DRR) peer review. The ‘USCORE’ tool is expected to help cities implement the Sendai Framework for DRR and build the resilience of cities. The tool arose out of a need identified by… Continue Reading »

WIPO Illustrates How Innovation, Intellectual Property Can Support SDGs

Built Environment, Europe, News, Universal Design, October 16 2018

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has highlighted how diffusion of innovative technologies can play a critical role in achieving many of the SDGs. The publication describes the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and the SDGs, and showcases examples of WIPO’s contributions to the SDGs. SDG 9 (industry,… Continue Reading »