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New Research Project to Explore Benefits of Assistive Tech for Older Persons

Assistive Technology, Europe, June 19 2020

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IRELAND: Carried out by researchers at Dublin City University, a new survey has been launched to explore and develop cost-effective assistive technology solutions to help elderly people to remain independent and safe in their own homes. Researchers at the Centre for e-Integrated Care (CeIC) and the Insight SFI Research Centre for… Continue Reading »

Training Initiative in Maritime Education Launched for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., June 16 2020

SINGAPORE: The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Singapore Branch (ICS-SG) has announced a new training initiative to provide maritime education to persons with disabilities. The training initiative is supported by SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. The course involves training the attendees on the basic understanding of shipping,… Continue Reading »

Proposal for a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria

Africa, News, June 15 2020

Person speaking from a podium.

NIGERIA: The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has expressed its readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu who stated this when he paid a… Continue Reading »

Transport Transition Plans – Operator Guide for Assisting Passengers with Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, June 12 2020

SCOTLAND: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) has published guidance for transport operators to ensure that changes to public transport services during Covid-19 take into account disabled people’s needs. The guidance emphasises that the 2010 Equality Act continues to apply and so the impacts on disabled people of any… Continue Reading »

Regional Government in Spain Signs Agreement to Promote Universal Accessibility in Cultural Spaces

Built Environment, Europe, Universal Design, June 10 2020

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SPAIN: The Extremadura Regional Government has signed a new agreement with the CB Foundation , the Caja de Extremadura Foundation , the Extremadura Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Fempex) and the Association for the Care and Social Integration of People with Physical Disabilities in Extremadura (Apamex), with the aim of promoting universal accessibility in cultural… Continue Reading »

Greece to Ensure Accessibility in Tourism for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Tourism, June 9 2020

Person seated on a chair giving an interview.

GREECE: Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on Wednesday told parliament that the ministry had made accessibility for people with disabilities in tourism a priority issue. As he said, for the first time the tourism ministry will establish an accessible tourism committee, where the goal is to map out all any problems relating… Continue Reading »

New Coordinated Accessibility Strategy Guides University’s Commitment on Campus

Americas, Built Environment, June 8 2020

Group of students with one lady on a wheelchair.

CANADA: More than a quarter of first-year students at Carleton self-identify as having a disability, and about 11 per cent have registered with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. An additional six per cent of university staff report having some type of disability. Ensuring that all of our… Continue Reading »

ZERO PROJECT 2020-21: Call for Nominations on Employment and ICT

Assistive Technology, Global, ICT, June 2 2020

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate Innovative Practices and Policies concerning this year’s topic: Employment and ICT. Click here to submit your nomination This year, we are seeking for Innovative Practices and Policies from across the business, civil, technology, academic and public sectors and have… Continue Reading »

British Columbia Celebrates Third Annual AccessAbility Week; Grants for Local Accessibility Projects

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 1 2020

British Columbia kicks off its third annual AccessAbility Week with $500,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations for local accessibility projects. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000 depending on a project’s size and scope, will be distributed by Disability Alliance BC (DABC).“AccessAbility Week is an opportunity for everyone to… Continue Reading »

Researchers From University Develop Braille Ultrasonic Haptic Display for ATMs 

Assistive Technology, Europe, May 29 2020

Braille display device being used at an ATM

GERMANY: German engineers from the University of Bayreuth have developed an ultrasonic haptic display that allows them to display Braille numbers non-contact. The device can create several zones in the air at the same time, where the ultrasonic waves are focused and create a pressure that a person can distinguish. At the… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Updates from Brazil, Ecuador, Libya, Bangladesh, Mexico and Pakistan

Americas, Asia-Pacific, Global, Middle East, Universal Design, May 28 2020

Regina Cohen, Brazil – In 2019, a Brazilian architect, Regina Cohen has represented G3ict and its Smart Cities for All initiative (SC4A)  in the Smart City Expo Curitiba in Mexico and also participated in the Smart Cities and Disability Conference (SUDI) 2019. In 2020, Regina attended the 27th World Congress of Architects… Continue Reading »

Accessible Transportation Around the World – Updates from Access Exchange International

Global, Transportation, May 28 2020

South Africa tests access features in rough terrain Prototype bus would enhance mobility for school children, others with special needs Even prior to the current pandemic, more than half a million children with disabilities were estimated to be out of school in South Africa. Lack of transport to school is… Continue Reading »

Design Concept for Assistive Mobility Vehicle Embraces Universal Design 

Assistive Technology, Universal Design, May 19 2020

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You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”) – a purely electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle concept that grants you true omnidirectional maneuverability. To simplify it, think of it as a hoverboard with a seat but you don’t have to worry… Continue Reading »

Disability Survey Is Afghanistan’s First in 15 Years

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, May 19 2020

Two women seated on the ground during an interview

Afghanistan in context Afghanistan has endured decades of political instability and chaos. The country remains exceedingly fragile despite nearly 20 years of international support, and the most recent presidential election, of which long-time rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have both declared themselves the winner, has left the Afghan government… Continue Reading »

Persons with Disabilities Exempt from Brussels LEZ

Europe, News, Transportation, May 18 2020

Image of a road with cars and a traffic sign board with text zone written on it.

People with a disability are exempt from the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Brussels, the regional government has recently decided. Since the LEZ’ introduction, almost 15,000 fines have been issued, although the number of violations has decreased a lot recently. In December 2019, about 75% of violations were recorded compared to January… Continue Reading »

Greece: City of Athens Launches Project to Improve Accessibility 

Built Environment, Europe, News, May 18 2020

City Hall on Monday unveiled a 24-million-euro project to repair and maintain sidewalks across Athens with the aim of making the capital safer and more accessible for pedestrians. According to City Hall’s statement, the project aims to fix and maintain 200,000 square meters of sidewalks over the next three years, using… Continue Reading »

Disability Groups Call for Action on “Hidden Crisis”

Disaster, News, May 14 2020

UN Urged to Lead Action to End Discrimination Against People with Disabilities in the Response to COVID-19  New campaign by disability rights groups calls for more leadership from the United Nations to ensure COVID-19 measures include people with disabilities. Lack of concerted action from governments and health authorities is putting… Continue Reading »

Disability Inclusive Disaster Recovery – Guidance Note

Disaster, May 13 2020

Text Disability inclusive disaster recovery Guidance note Prepared for: World Bank / Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery Disaster Recovery Knowledge Development

1. Introduction a. Background The impacts of disasters and the related recovery and reconstruction needs of individuals and communities vary. Disaster impacts are dependent on pre-existing conditions and underlying risk factors, including access to resources, the availability of social networks and support, and levels of participation in community life. The… Continue Reading »

COVID-19 Highlights Existing Barriers for Canadians with Communication Disabilities

Americas, News, May 11 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing barriers preventing Canadians with communication disabilities from fully accessing the health-care system, according to advocates across the country who are calling for governments to address the issue. Organizations and individuals point to recent cases in which disabled patients were denied access to crucial communication… Continue Reading »

HuskyADAPT Develops Toy Adaptation for All Children

Americas, Misc., May 11 2020

Image with blue and pink pattern of dots and text Inclusive Design in Black.

When Molly Mollica, a third-year bioengineering Ph.D. student, realized that there was no community for adaptive toys in Washington state, she and a group of students decided to establish a multidisciplinary design group that strives to develop inclusive toys for children with disabilities. As a result, HuskyADAPT was founded in… Continue Reading »