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Universal standards to make playgrounds inclusive

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, November 9 2017

Father in a wheelchair playing with his child in a playground

AUSTRALIA: Playgrounds in New South Wales will soon need to meet new design standards that cater for people of all abilities. The NSW Government is developing a set of playground and park design guidelines for councils and developers to provide facilities for kids with disability, their parents, the elderly and… Continue Reading »

Legislation to Improve Educational Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., November 9 2017

WASHINGTON: Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.)  on November 7 introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that studnets with vision and hearing disabilities receive the best possible education. The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act… Continue Reading »

Myanmar ready for accessible tourism

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, November 8 2017

Wheelchair User on the Beach

Myanmar is now open for travel by travelers with disabilities and senior travelers, claimed Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center (MATC) which is pioneering barrier free travel in the country. MATC recently conducted a sponsored tour program in major destinations in Myanmar in collaboration with a French wheelchair blogger, I Wheel Travel.… Continue Reading »

RIT/NTID investigating ways to enhance learning for students with hearing disabilities beyond notetaking

Americas, Misc., November 8 2017

As a student with hearing disability majoring in psychology, Joshua Mora looks for ways to enhance his learning in scientific environments that are traditionally composed of hearing peers and faculty. In order to fulfill his and other students’ needs for diverse methods of information dissemination and a greater understanding of… Continue Reading »

Website launched to provide information on autism

Asia-Pacific, ICT, November 8 2017

MIND website Screenshot

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday launched the Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities’ (MIND) website which has been upgraded with comprehensive and detailed information on autism. In her speech, Rosmah, who is also PERMATA programme patron, said the upgrading of the website was a strategic collaboration… Continue Reading »

Uganda Sign Language App Launched

Africa, ICT, November 7 2017

The Uganda National association of the Deaf (UNAD) last week launched a mobile application to ease communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Shs400 million App – dubbed UGsign Mobile – was developed in partnership with SPIDER, a Swedish programme for ICT in developing regions, to… Continue Reading »

Bhutan launches KAP study on children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 7 2017

The Education Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF Bhutan launched the first-ever Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) study on children with disabilities in Thimphu, on Saturday. The study provides an insight into attitudes of Bhutanese people towards children with disabilities. According to education officials, the survey was carried out in nine… Continue Reading »

Christchurch to be more accessible

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 6 2017

wheelchair user

Christchurch organisations have made significant progress in advocating for those with disabilities by establishing the Accessibility Charter, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. “It is important that public buildings and outdoor spaces are genuinely barrier free to ensure to ensure accessibility for our disabled community,” Ms Wagner says. “The… Continue Reading »

Uber launches accessible services in Bengaluru

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, November 6 2017

Accessible taxi (Photo credit: Municipalidad de San Borja)

Global cab company Uber on Tuesday launched two new products UberASSIST and UberACCESS in Bengaluru, India with the support of Mphasis, a leading cloud and cognitive services provider as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (CSR). Riders in Bengaluru can now request UberASSIST, an option designed to provide additional assistance to… Continue Reading »

Turkish Airlines to Provide Braille Boarding Passes to Customers with Vision Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, November 6 2017

Boarding Pass in Braille

The Turkish Airlines (THY) has announced that it will provide boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet to its customerswho are blind or have low vision travelling from the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. The boarding passes will be printed by special check-in counters, which have been placed around the airport’s… Continue Reading »

eSSENTIAL launches new android app for persons with disabilities

Americas, ICT, November 6 2017

TORONTO: eSSENTIAL Accessibility, a digital accessibility solutions provider, has launched an Android application that makes it easier for individuals with physical disabilities to navigate the digital world. Many people with disabilities have difficulty using their handheld devices. To address these limitations, eSSENTIAL Accessibility has developed an application for Android devices… Continue Reading »

Job Numbers Reflect Increasing Inclusion of Americans with Disabilities in the Workforce

Americas, Misc., November 6 2017


EAST HANOOVER, NJ:  The major economic indicators continue to reflect increasing inclusion of Americans with disabilities in the workforce, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Results from a new national survey show that many… Continue Reading »

Program helps people with disabilities find work that sustains them and the environment

Americas, Misc., November 5 2017

PARKERSBURG, W.VA.: A West Virginia nonprofit organization is making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities while benefitting the environment at the same time. Jackson County Developmental Center (JCDC) employees in Parkersburg, West Virginia work to remove zippers and other metal parts from protective garments so that the… Continue Reading »

People with vision disabilities are struggling with new Rs 50 note in India

Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 4 2017

Rs 50 note

NEW DELHI: The newly issued Rs 50 currency notes cannot be differentiated from others by people with vision disabilities, a PIL claimed in the Delhi High Court which sought the RBI and the Centre’s stand on the issue. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari… Continue Reading »

World’s largest accessible digital library to expand to UAE

Middle East, Misc., November 3 2017

People with vision disabilities could soon have access to the world’s largest digital library which would also allow them to download and print braille. Benetech, a Silicon Valley company has recently begun working with Dubai Police and individual members to join its Bookshare library to give people with vision disabilities access… Continue Reading »

New portable video based AUSLAN teaching resource

Asia-Pacific, ICT, November 2 2017

RIDBC app Icon

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a portable video-based Australian Sign Language (Auslan) teaching resource, specifically for mobile devices. It can help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and communicate with someone who is deaf. RIDBC Auslan Tutor is a multimedia tutorial which… Continue Reading »

Digital inclusion should become a priority of the new EU Disability Strategy

Europe, ICT, November 1 2017

Accessibility icon in place of keyboard key

Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing. The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 should ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a fully digitalised world, a conference on “The future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020” heard… Continue Reading »

3rd International Conference of the WFD in Budapest

Europe, Events, November 1 2017

The 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 9 to 11 November 2017. This follows a successful bid to host the WFD Conference being lodged by the Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It is expected… Continue Reading »

Polling stations lack accessibility for persons with disabilities in Pakistan

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, October 31 2017

A person with disabilities climbing the first of at least three flights of stairs to access the polling station at José Martí Technical High School in St Catherine Eastern. (Photo credit: Tyrone Reid/jamaica-gleaner.com)

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Out of the total 269 polling stations set up for the NA-4 by-polls, 95 per cent lack essential accessibility criteria for persons with disabilities, elders and sick people, an audit report revealed. The survey, conducted by sister foundation of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, the Pakistan Alliance… Continue Reading »

ANZ introduces accessibility features to more than 3 million Visa debit cards

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 30 2017

ANZ logo

ANZ has announced the rollout of its specially designed accessibility features to all retail and commercial Visa debit cards to make everyday banking easier for customers with disabilities. All ANZ’s 3.4 million Visa debit cards will now have tactile indicators, larger fonts and high visibility leading edges to help customers… Continue Reading »