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UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for voters with disabilities

Europe, Misc., September 6 2017

wheelchair user

The UK Government has launched a call for evidence asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself. Responses to the Call for Evidence will: enhance the government’s understanding of the experiences of people with disabilities in registering to vote and casting their vote… Continue Reading »

Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel ready to go

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 6 2017

NEW ZEALAND: Hutt City Council’s call for qualified and capable people to represent the disability community on city issues has attracted some valuable talent. The seven Lower Hutt people, recently chosen to serve on Hutt City Council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel, bring with them an impressive depth and breadth of… Continue Reading »

Online assessment could improve maths marks of learners with hearing disabilities

Africa, ICT, September 6 2017

Online Mathematics Assessments

Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in South Africa. This is one of the key findings of a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “OMAs can help learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing  to understand difficult mathematical concepts and… Continue Reading »

80% of New Zealanders support minimum standards for disability access

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 5 2017

NEW ZEALAND: A national poll conducted by UMR commissioned and released today by the Access Alliance shows the vast majority of New Zealanders want action on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. “It show’s Kiwi’s want the government to pass legislation breaking down the barriers that stop everyone having access… Continue Reading »

Australia’s First Autism Employment Forum to Be Held in Sydney

Asia-Pacific, Events, September 5 2017

SYDNEY: DXC Technology announced it will host the Autism@Work Forum, which aims to highlight the benefits of workforce neurodiversity to both employers and employees. DXC is among several prominent organisations in Australia and worldwide increasingly investing in a more neurodiverse workforce. The forum will deliver best practices for better engaging… Continue Reading »

Mobile app helps identify accessible spaces in Brisbane

Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 4 2017

Access 4000 app icon

AUSTRALIA: Carers Link, a Brisbane based disability support service in partnership with Disability Support Queensland has launched a smartphone application called Access 4000 with the aim of providing detailed information on available accessibility features across various venues in Brisbane. The application has been made keeping in mind not just people… Continue Reading »

VisitLanarkshire develops accessible guides

Europe, Tourism, September 4 2017

Wheelchair access onto beach

VisitLanarkshire is on target to provide accessibility guides for all the region’s attractions and accommodation providers by 2020. The area’s official tourism body which now offers accessibility information for 62% of all attractions, has set the 100% goal as part of the Lanarkshire’s Area Tourism Strategy. Accessibility guides or statements… Continue Reading »

Abilities Expo Emergency Preparedness Workshop to Provide Vital Disaster Strategies for Boston’s Disability Community

Americas, Events, September 4 2017

Emergency Checklist and hand with ballpoint pen

BOSTON: People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on September 8-10, 2017 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center are eagerly anticipating the “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” workshop on September 8 at 2:30pm, as well as the opportunity to discover the latest products, education and fun… Continue Reading »

UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities to visit Kazakhstan

Europe, Misc., September 4 2017

GENEVA: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas will undertake an official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan from 4 to 12 September 2017 to assess the human rights situation of persons with disabilities and the Government’s efforts in this respect. The Special Rapporteur… Continue Reading »

Canada Supports Greater Accessibility in Public Consultation Forums for People with Speech and Language Disabilities

Americas, Misc., September 3 2017

GATINEAU, QUEBEC: Communications Disabilities Access Canada, a national not-for-profit organization, will make public consultation forums more accessible to Canadians who have speech and language disabilities. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced the launch of this initiative, funded through the disability component of the Social… Continue Reading »

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 and Public Spaces

Americas, DIAUD Network, September 1 2017


On August 23, 2017 the DIAUD Network continued its work in utilizing the network to influence global policies, and featured another highly-informative presentation by an urban development professional, Ms. Luisa Bravo. The DIAUD Network’s tasks for this meeting included asking network members to complete a survey on the upcoming World… Continue Reading »

Bangladesh wins prestigious WSIS award for work with people with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 1 2017

Bangladesh has again won one of the world’s most prestigious IT awards when it was awarded a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in June. Winning the award for Bangladesh this year was a project titled ‘DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Persons with… Continue Reading »

Archaeological sites inaccessible for persons with disabilities in Jordan

Built Environment, Middle East, August 31 2017

in jerash jordan the antique archeological site classical heritage

AMMAN: Most archaeological sites in Jordan are inaccessible for people with disabilities and facilitating the access to those locations is a “persistent demand” from their part, activists said. Hala Abu Mahfouz, a student with physical disability, said that she is an independent person who has the right to enter archaeological and… Continue Reading »

NISH invites applications for diploma in ISL and interpretation course

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 29 2017

National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has invited applications from students with plus two qualifications for a one-year Diploma in Indian sign language (ISL) and interpretation course. The aspirants can fill the applications online through on or before September 2. There are a total number of 15 seats in this… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Innovation Showcase Coming to Toronto

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 28 2017


The Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science is hosting an Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) in Toronto, from September 25-26, 2017. Now in its third year, the showcase provides an opportunity for Ontario-based companies and entrepreneurs to profile innovations and advances in accessibility technologies, and increase awareness for this emerging… Continue Reading »

Seoul to make tourism accessible for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, August 28 2017

tactile paving for people with vision disabilities in Seoul

The Seoul Metropolitan Government vowed Tuesday to make tourism resources in the capital equally accessible to people with physical disabilities. During a press conference, the city announced it will spend 15.2 billion won ($13.3 million) over the next five years starting from next year to improve infrastructure and communication and… Continue Reading »

Egypt gets its first magazine in Braille

Middle East, Misc., August 28 2017

person reading Braille

CAIRO: In a long-awaited achievement, Egypt now has its first magazine in Arabic Braille, offering people with vision disabilities an opportunity to work in journalism. Akhbar Braille is published by Akhbar El-Youm, a semi-official daily newspaper in Arabic, and has columns on culture, art, sports, technology and politics. The Braille… Continue Reading »

Kotak Wheelchair Marathon 2017 – September 3

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 28 2017

wheelchair racing

CHENNEI, INDIA: Kotak Wheelchair Marathon 2017 is set to be held in Chennai on September 3 and the organisers are hoping to create positive social impact through this event. The main aim is to create awareness regarding the necessity of the wheelchair for people with disabilities and to focus on… Continue Reading »

Red Cross rescues children with disabilities in Chikwawa

Africa, Misc., August 28 2017

MALAWI: Over 300 children with various forms of disabilities in Chikwawa, can breathe a sigh of relief after the Malawi Red Cross Society this week, came to their aid with different interventions. The Malawi Red Cross in Chikwawa is implementing a 4-year resilient project with the support from Danish, Finish, Islandic… Continue Reading »

HC orders exclusive Delhi University entrance test for people with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 27 2017

NEW DELHI: The case of Vaibhav Shukla who could not board a train from Unnao to Delhi to appear for MPhil exams at Delhi University again came up before the Delhi High Court on August 17. The High Court asked the University to conduct a separate entrance test exclusively for… Continue Reading »