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Uganda: Calls for Disability-friendly Lockdown Measures

Africa, Disaster, News, April 9 2020

Person speaking into the mic

As of Wednesday, 52 people are confirmed to have coronavirus in Uganda, with no death related to COVID-19 registered. Globally, nearly 1.5 million people have been affected, with the death toll exceeding 80,000. Uganda has ramped up its fight against the deadly virus, with a national taskforce led by Prime… Continue Reading »

Australia: Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning (PCEP) Tool for COVID-19

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, April 8 2020

Queenslanders with Disability Network has been working with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government on these practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situation during COVID-19.  We are calling this tool the ‘PCEP COVID-19 Planning Tool’.  PCEP  is short for… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Disaster, Europe, Misc., April 7 2020

A man and a woman with masks on during the coronavirus crisis

Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of… Continue Reading »

New Accessible Online Platform to Accommodate Distance Recruitment for All

Americas, ICT, News, April 6 2020

Originally built only for people with disabilities, ABILITY Job Fair launches new accessible online platform to accommodate distance recruitment for all. The first face to face video-based platform, accessible for people with deafness, hard of hearing, blindness and more, now expands to a virtual career fair recruitment tool to fill the… Continue Reading »

New Forum Encourages Virtual Interaction for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Misc., News, April 1 2020

UK: Euan’s Guide, the charity focused on making it easier for disabled people to get out and about, has now turned its attention to keeping everyone amused whilst they stay indoors. The team behind Euan’s Guide, the website where people leave reviews rating the disabled access at the places they visit,… Continue Reading »

Japanese Firm’s Notebooks Focused on Universal Design

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, March 31 2020

Two books on a table

JAPAN: When a manufacturer here set out to create a notebook for developmentally disabled people, who are often bothered by pure white pages, decorative lines and date columns, they went right to the source. Ohguri Shikou, a notebook maker based in Ikuno Ward here, teamed with a patient support group to… Continue Reading »

South Africa: Early Grants for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities Amid COVID19 Outbreak

Africa, News, March 30 2020

SOUTH AFRICA: The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has brought forward the payment of social grants for the elderly and persons with disabilities for the month of April in an effort to lower the risk of Covid-19 infection by reducing congestion at retailers and banks. In a statement, Sassa said… Continue Reading »

Preventing Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 Response

Disaster, News, March 27 2020

An elderly man shaking hands with a woman seated in a wheelchair.

Unless Governments and communities take action, discrimination against people with disabilities could increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert with the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Lindsay Lee, a WHO Technical Officer who works on issues related to people with disabilities, was speaking during a Q&A the UN health agency hosted on its Twitter account on Thursday. “What worries… Continue Reading »

ECOWAS Commission Tasks Members on Increased Budget to Promote Education Accessibility and Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., News, January 16 2020

Logo of The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

NIGERIA: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has tasked member states on specific budgetary provisions to promote education accessibility and inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, returnees and stateless persons. Mr Emmanuel Okorodudu, Head of Division, Democracy and Good Governance, Department of… Continue Reading »

Geology Professor Creates 3D Tactile Map for Students with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., January 14 2020

A lady professor seated with a map in front of her on the table

UNITED STATES: What started out as a way to help one visually impaired student turned into two major projects from Dr. Katayoun Mobasher, professor of geology in the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) at the University of North Georgia (UNG). The first idea arose in 2011 when Mobasher realized a visually… Continue Reading »

UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities

Middle East, Misc., January 13 2020

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE Cabinet approved a new policy to protect those with disabilities from abuse. The initiative is intended to empower people of determination by giving them a platform to report cases of ill-treatment. With inclusion at its heart, the policy will enable them to “participate effectively within a safe community environment”… Continue Reading »

ITU Tasks Nigeria, Other Member Countries on Inclusive ICT Growth

Africa, Europe, ICT, News, January 9 2020


United Nations arm in charge of global telecommunication development, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has charged member countries on inclusive information and communications technology (ICT) growth. Specifically, ITU said members, including developing countries such as Nigeria, should focus attention on the role of emerging technologies in promoting ICT accessibility. The… Continue Reading »

Barrier-Free Access Improves for China’s Disabled: Report

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, January 7 2020

A blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people shows improvements of barrier-free environment for the disabled. [Chinanews.com]

CHINA: China has on Sunday released a blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people, highlighting improvements in the barrier-free environment across the country. The Chinese Academy of Disability Data Sciences, the sole academy engaged in data on handicapped people in China, released the blue paper that was compiled by 29… Continue Reading »

CBM Launches New Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) Application

Africa, Disaster, January 6 2020

CBM Zimbabwe Emergency Response Team member Allen Chaitezvi and Local Disabled Persons Committee chair Tapiwa Sigauke review the Humanitarian Hands-on Tool (HHoT) app at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, on November 24, 2019. Tapiwa lost his arm in a traffic accident. © CBM/Hayduk

ZIMBABWE: Marking the International Day of Persons with Disability, CBM launches a new Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) application (www.cbm.org/i-drr) and releases a new version of its Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT). The CBM Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT) (www.cbm.org/hhot), providing step-by-step practical guidance on inclusive humanitarian field work, first went live at the… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan: Persons with Disabilities to Receive Increased Social Sector Support

Asia-Pacific, Misc., News, January 5 2020

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KAZAKHSTAN: The government hosted a press conference Dec. 25 to share the country’s plans for next year, including increasing support for entrepreneurs and the social sector, reported the prime minister’s press service. Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov and Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan… Continue Reading »

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office Releases New Film on the Transportation Legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

Europe, Transportation, January 2 2020

SPAIN: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made… Continue Reading »

Gambia Committed to Addressing Issues Experienced by Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., News, January 2 2020

GAMBIA: Permanent Secretary of the ministry of women and children affairs have resounded Gambia government continued commitment in addressing the challenges and concerns in the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in national development process. Addressing a two-day advocacy seminar for National Assembly Members on inclusion, participation and representation… Continue Reading »

Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, Universal Design, January 2 2020

Person on a wheelchair with his arms up in the air photograph taken from behind

EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO)… Continue Reading »

Kerala Aims to Make Tourist Destinations Accessible for All

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, December 31 2019

Photo of a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala, India

INDIA: Tourism Minister of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran recently announced that all the tourist destinations in their  state will be made differently-abled friendly by 2021.  Around 120 tourist spots have been identified by the government across the state in the first phase. Out of these, 98 spots have already been made… Continue Reading »

EAEU Countries Recommended to Make Transport More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, December 26 2019

Yellow color bus parked by the road

MOSCOW: The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved a package of recommendations for the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union concerning the provision of services to people with disabilities, BelTA learned from the EEC’s press service. “The document defines the recommended approaches to transport infrastructure and public passenger… Continue Reading »