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Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, DIAUD Network, Events, News, February 2 2018

Logo from promotion of the World Urban Forum 9.

The DIAUD Network meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, focused on final preparations for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9), scheduled for February 7th-13th at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  The meeting was led by Dr Victor Pineda, President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) and… Continue Reading »

UCLG Meets 2018

Europe, Events, Misc., News, Universal Design, February 2 2018

UCLG Meets 2018 logo

BARCELONA, SPAIN:  The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) held the fourth edition of their Annual Retreat and Campus, in Barcelona, from the 22nd to the 26th of January 2018. The retreat was focused on the UCLG Network’s collaborations and achievements, and how to increase the impact of their work towards the… Continue Reading »

Be My Eyes and Moovit join forces to make public transit more accessible

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, February 2 2018

People waiting for a train at San Jose Diridon Station Track #3 (San Francisco)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA: Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that  they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be.… Continue Reading »

Blackboard and Readspeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, January 31 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve the accessibility of course content for their students. Currently, ReadSpeaker is Blackboard’s exclusive text-to-speech provider that is fully integrated within Blackboard’s learning management systems, supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Now, as part of this extended collaboration, ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech… Continue Reading »

Zibrio Receives $25K Commercialization Award from Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, January 31 2018

Person balanced in yoga pose

HOUSTON, TEXAS: The Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) announces funding for Zibrio, for a novel method to measure human balance and assess patients’ fall risk. Zibrio was awarded $25,000 and up to 100 hours of in-kind support. “Current physical check-ups don’t have an objective measure for… Continue Reading »

ICT Accessibility and Digital Inclusion in Development Efforts Survey: International Development Stakeholder Feedback Needed

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, ICT, Middle East, News, January 26 2018

Hand completing checklist

INTERNATIONAL: Global growth of information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives creates unprecedented pathways for cities and countries to improve quality of life and plan for future challenges. Incorporation of ICT accessibility and digital inclusion into development efforts represents a shared opportunity to extend these benefits to all citizens, including people… Continue Reading »

Commercialization of research results: PolyU turns novel myopia control contact lens to product

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, January 25 2018

The novel myopia control contact lens developed by Professor To Chi-ho (centre), Head of the School of Optometry, PolyU, and the research team is licensed to Vision Science and Technology Co. Ltd. (VST). On the left is Mr Jackson Leung Tse-man, Founder and Director of VST; on the right is Mr Raymond Chu, Assistant Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU.

HONG KONG:  Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a major cause of ocular morbidity for school children, especially among ethnic Chinese. The optometry research team led by Professor To Chi-ho, Head of the School of Optometry at PolyU, and Professor Carly Lam from the same School, developed the novel DISC lens for this… Continue Reading »

The Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Hamilton, and London, Ontario

Americas, Built Environment, News, January 24 2018

Wheelchair user waiting

HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA: Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.… Continue Reading »

Callous state, concerned courts

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, January 23 2018

Drawing of a person made from bricks sitting with head down and shoulder breaking open to reveal people inside

DELHI, INDIA: 15 December 2017 was the most unusual day for the visually impaired persons in the recent times. This day, at around 11 a.m., the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished a hostel, Louis Welfare Progressive Association of the Blind in Janakpuri’s Virender Nagar, which had been home to many… Continue Reading »

Building Awarded Second Place in the Saudi Award of Excellence in Services for Person’s with Disabilities (PWD)

Americas, Built Environment, Middle East, January 22 2018

View of the front of General Administration of Passports Department building, located in Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA: Under the supervision and guidance of AlModon Urban Consultancy on Universal Design & Accessibility and architect Mr. Mukhtar Alshibani, past-president of the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES); Ms. Fatin Al Yafi, GAATES Country Rep for the KSA and the team at the Fatin… Continue Reading »

Not Registered yet for WUF9? Online registration will reopen 23 & 24 January

Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, Events, News, January 22 2018

World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Due to many requests, the WUF9 online registration portal will reopen on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 00:00 until Wednesday 24 January, 23:55 Nairobi time(UTC+3). Participants who have not registered yet can use this period to register online for WUF9. Each participant at the World Urban Forum must be registered individually to attend the conference,… Continue Reading »

100 Accessible Websites of Various State Governments/UTs Under Accessible India Campaign Launched – Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 22 2018

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot addressing at the inauguration of the 'National Conference on Improving Accessibility', organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), in New Delhi on January 19, 2018. The Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla and Shri Krishan Pal are also pictured.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a path breaking initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ here today (January 19th,… Continue Reading »

Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 20 2018

Photo of wheelchair sign with instructions to deploy the ramp

CANADA: While the UK, USA and Australia have had national accessibility legislation in place for many years, it has taken until 2018 for the Canadian government to follow suit. The governing Liberals held consultations which led to the proposal that all federally governed buildings must be accessible to all. Not even all… Continue Reading »

Mainstreaming Inclusivity and Diversity

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, DIAUD Network, Events, January 19 2018


On January 17, the DIAUD Network hosted the first meeting of 2018. The meeting began with a summary of the latest progress made in preparation for the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Members from UN Habitat’s General Assembly of Partners (GAP) and the Partner Constituent Groups… Continue Reading »

SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 18 2018

ribbon cutting ceremony

SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations,… Continue Reading »

Municipality preparing for a new code

Built Environment, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 17 2018

Two people seated in wheelchairs overlooking a view of the city of Dubai

DUBAI UAE: Dubai Municipality is working on developing laws, regulations and policies in line with the new code that will ensure all buildings and public facilities are accessible for special needs by 2020. The International Dubai Code for Accessibility, expected to come into effect next month, will make it compulsory… Continue Reading »

Universal Design Conference and Higher Education in Transformation Conference joining forces for 2018

Europe, Events, Universal Design, January 17 2018


IRELAND: Happy New Year! from the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress. The teams behind the Universal Design Conferences (UD 2012 Oslo, UD 2014 Lund and UD 2016 York) and the Higher Education in Transformation Conferences (HEIT 2015 Dublin, HEIT 2016 Oshawa) are joining forces in 2018 to host… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Tele-Radiology – The Future Of Health Diagnostics

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 17 2018

A man wearing a neck brace looks at an X-Ray with his doctor

JAMAICA: Health technology can be applied to almost every aspect of healthcare to improve efficiency and access. Radiology, though not frequently mentioned, is an important component to full healthcare digitization and tele-medicine. Through this digitization, access to qualified and talented healthcare professionals can be significantly increased, thus solving staff shortage… Continue Reading »

Technology Improving Global Accessibility

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Middle East, January 9 2018

Computer wires & connectors

2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword… Continue Reading »

Council’s ageing and disability services on hand to Assist

Asia-Pacific, News, January 4 2018

Midcoast Assist logo

MIDCOAST, AUSTRALIA: MidCoast Council’s Ageing and Disability Services team has started the new year by unveiling a new identity, MidCoast Assist, along with a commitment to the same friendly faces and personalized services they’re well known for in the local area. The ageing and disability services function of MidCoast Council has… Continue Reading »