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International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility

Events, Middle East, December 18 2017

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MUSCAT, OMAN: In association with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the Islamic Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Research Laboratory of Technologies of Information & Communication & Electrical Engineering (LaTICE) at the University of Tunis, and the Tunisian Association E-access, Sultan Qaboos University will host the 6th  International… Continue Reading »

Make government buildings easier to access for persons with disabilities: SC

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, December 18 2017


NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that accessibility to buildings of the central and state governments should be made easier for persons with disabilities. A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan issued 11 directions requiring both the Centre and state governments to provide accessibility… Continue Reading »

Intels Offers Scholarship to Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., December 18 2017

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NIGERIA: The Management of oil and gas logistics giant, Intels Nigeria Limited has taken its community support a notch higher by offering full scholarships to no fewer than 66 persons with disabilities. The scholarship scheme, which was set up in 2003 to assist persons with mobility disabilities, covers primary, secondary… Continue Reading »

Vietnam focuses on education for children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 17 2017

VIETNAM: More than 60 percent of children with disabilities attended school in the 2016-2017 academic year, and the country has developed 14 rehabilitation centres and 97 gifted schools nationwide to cater to children with disabilities, said Nguyen Thi Nghia, Deputy Minister of Education and Training. She was speaking at the… Continue Reading »

Canada launches renewed program to support the social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

Americas, Misc., December 16 2017

GATINEAU, QUEBEC: The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today launched a call for expressions of interest under the renewed 2017 Social Development Partnership Program… Continue Reading »

Limited opportunities for people with hearing disabilities in India: Survey

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 15 2017

MUMBAI: People with hearing disabilities pose challenges to both workers with disabilities and their employers. Though HR professionals, supervisors and co-workers may have concerns about being able to communicate with employees with hearing disabilities, such employees feel their plea for a better working environment is never heard. To highlight the… Continue Reading »

Canada’s aging population signals need for more inclusive, accessible transportation system

Americas, Transportation, December 15 2017

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As the number of Canadians aged 65 and older continues to grow faster than any other age group, so too does the need for a more inclusive and accessible transportation system, underscores a group of experts in a new report releasedby the Council of Canadian Academies. Older Canadians on the Move addresses… Continue Reading »

UNIC Lagos Launches World’s First Complete Braille of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Africa, Misc., December 14 2017

LAGOS, NIGERIA: The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos Nigeria, on Monday 11 December 2017 launched the first complete braille version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to mark the 2017 International Human Rights Day and the beginning of the year-long campaign to commemorate the 70th anniversary of… Continue Reading »

How yoocanfind.com is changing the world for people with disabilities and their families

Americas, Misc., December 14 2017

Erez Gaon wearing the Limited Edition yoocan do anything t-shirt

How It All Began: Born With A Rare Disease (GCN & NCM) In July 2008, a young boy named Erez Gaon entered the world. Erez was born with a rare disease and complex cognitive and physical disabilities. No one knew exactly what Erez had. Not his family and not the… Continue Reading »

Researchers study how to improve tornado warnings for people with disabilities

Americas, Disaster, December 13 2017

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.: The University of Alabama’s Drs. Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin have been awarded a grant of $251,850 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities. The… Continue Reading »

DEPwD organizes Workshop on Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace with FICCI

Asia-Pacific, Events, December 13 2017

NEW DELHI: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India on Friday organizes Sensitization Workshop on ‘Accessibility & Inclusion at Workplace: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’ in collaboration with FICCI at Federation House, New Delhi. The objective of the… Continue Reading »

Tommy Hilfiger launches clothing line for people with disabilities

Americas, Misc., December 12 2017

Man with arm braces wearing the Tommy Adaptive Adaptive Clothing Line

Tommy Hilfiger has recently launched a new line of clothes for a segment of people that often gets ignored by the fashion industry – people with disabilities. The collection uses magnets and velcro to make it easier for people to get dressed. The line which currently has 37 styles for… Continue Reading »

Open Call for Participation: 21st ASEF Summer University

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 12 2017


The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) will take place on 27 January – 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand) exploring the topic of Youth with Disabilities. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is now looking for youth participants to take part in the project. The ASEF Summer University… Continue Reading »

Making digital technologies more accessible to Canadians with disabilities

Americas, Assistive Technology, December 11 2017

Man with disabilities uses Assistive Technology (Photo credit: RPI)

OTTAWA: As a result of a new $22.3-million program, more Canadians with disabilities will have access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and get access to the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today… Continue Reading »

H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new partnership to support children with disabilities

Europe, Misc., December 11 2017

Happy kid with disability

STOCKHOLM: H&M Foundation and UNICEF announced a new partnership to support young children with disabilities. The foundation has pledged USD 3.7 million and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities, and their family members, with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years.… Continue Reading »

Teaching sign language in Vietnam

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 11 2017

The Vietnam Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach Project developed professional human resources for preschool education for people who are deaf. It trained adults with hearing disabilities to become mentors to children, while also training about 200 hearing teachers in the use of sign language, and over 50 communication facilitators and sign-language interpreters. A video below… Continue Reading »

Disability-inclusive Education in Africa Trust Fund

Africa, Misc., December 9 2017

With fewer than 10 percent of children with disabilities in Africa attending school, the World Bank and USAID have created a new $3 million Disability-Inclusive Education in Africa Program Trust Fund to increase access for these children to primary school and to design and implement inclusive education programs across the region. According to the… Continue Reading »

Schools, communities welcoming students with disabilities in Moldova

Europe, Misc., December 8 2017

Moldova’s Education Code calls for developing inclusive education and the World Bank’s Integration of Children with Disabilities into Mainstream Schools project is helping local districts develop and implement the strategic plan for this. School principals, teachers, and local communities are undergoing inclusive education training.  These training activities, along with school… Continue Reading »

World Urban Forum 9 Side Event Submissions

Americas, DIAUD Network, December 8 2017

On November 29, 2017 the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting to coordinate efforts for the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Network members discussed their planned contributions to the forum and presented opportunities for collaboration.  The meeting featured presentations by Federico Batista Poitier of GAATES, and… Continue Reading »

Ghana government urged to speed up implementation of Disability Act

Africa, Misc., December 7 2017

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ACCRA: Non-Governmental Organisations in the health sector have appealed to the Government to outline an action plan to speed up the implementation of the 2006 Disability Act. The organisations have urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to collaborate with the Attorney General’s Department to put in place… Continue Reading »