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ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018 Focused on Building Communities

Assistive Technology, Events, Middle East, March 28 2018

Moshe Gaon presented yoocan at ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: Moshe Gaon spoke at the ISCL Summit 2018 in Tel Aviv where he passionately explained yoocan’s vision that “by the year 2020, no one with a disability will feel alone. yoocan wants to provide solutions and empowerment to every person with a disability around the globe.” There… Continue Reading »

2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism – Destinations for All 2018

Europe, Events, Tourism, March 27 2018

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The second edition of the World Summit Destinations for All will take place in Brussels, October 1-2, 2018, under the auspices of Kéroul and CAWaB. The aim of the event is to give concrete expression to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Recommendations on Accessible Tourism. For more information: https://www.destinationsforall2018.eu/ The… Continue Reading »

First Indian Sign language Dictionary of 3000 Words Launched

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, Universal Design, March 27 2018

The Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal; Shri Ramdas Athawale and the Secretary, DEPwD, Smt. Shakuntala Doley Gamlin are also seen.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: “First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 words” was launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment at a function here today. The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o… Continue Reading »

Early Bird Ticket Now Available for World Congress 2018

Europe, Events, News, March 26 2018

Inclusion International 17th World Congress 2018 Logo

INTERNATIONAL: There’s less than a week to register for the 17th World Congress 2018 through Inclusion International at the discount price.  From 1st April prices will go up. Be a part of the conversation with thought leaders at the World Congress to learn from and inspire each other.  Together we can lead the way in driving change to make inclusion for… Continue Reading »

ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Built Environment, Disaster, News, March 26 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO… Continue Reading »

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, March 25 2018

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: More than 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts came together for the 2018 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum from March 19th- 23rd to explore the role of ICTs in advancing the SDGs, particularly those related to health (SDG 3), hunger (SDG 2), education and… Continue Reading »

UN Initiatives Build Capacity for SDGs 8, 11 and 13

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, News, March 23 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Capacity-building initiatives seek to promote climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development and climate information services (CIS). They advance SDGs 13 (climate action), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), among others. The UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) published an update on its ongoing… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Hosts Pre-Conference Workshop on Implementing Accessible Documents

Americas, Events, ICT, News, March 22 2018

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA: Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced March 21st, 2018 that it will be hosting a complementary pre-conference workshop at Xploration® 18, the worldwide electronic document systems association’s annual conference, on the importance of providing accessible documents on: Monday, April 16 from 1:00 to… Continue Reading »

UC Berkeley Furthers Commitment to Accessibility with New Blackboard Partnership

Americas, ICT, News, March 22 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. USA :  The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley) on March 21st, 2018, announced a new partnership with Blackboard Inc. that will enable students to have an even more inclusive learning environment through Blackboard Ally, an innovative new solution that helps make online course content more accessible for all learners.  The partnership furthers… Continue Reading »

WFD and WASLI Release a Statement on the use of Signing Avatars

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, March 21 2018

WFD and WASLI Logos

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have jointly developed a statement to express their concern about the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content… Continue Reading »

What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 21 2018

Photo of the subway stairs with signs indicating the way out, buses and carpark

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less… Continue Reading »

Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, March 19 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The Global SDG Awards, the first international, private-sector focused sustainability competition based on the SDGs, were launched at the GLOBE Forum 2018 from March 14th-16th in Vancouver, Canada. The competition will be open to companies and social enterprises with sustainability programs and business models geared towards realizing the SDGs. David… Continue Reading »

Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, March 18 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Ford Foundation have issued a report titled, ‘Migration and Inclusive Cities: A Guide for Arab City Leaders,’ which aims to stimulate innovative approaches to address opportunities and challenges posed by migration to Arab cities. Part of the UN-Habitat City Leaders Guide… Continue Reading »

Zero Project Conference

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, Events, ICT, News, March 14 2018

Group Photo of some Participants of the Zero Project.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for… Continue Reading »

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 14 2018

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival New York. Left: Maria Bournias, Middle: Moshe Gaon, Right: Peter Gagliardo

NEW YORK, USA: “We should make our collaborative storytelling competition global next year!” yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival:… Continue Reading »

IAAP: Leading the Way in Advancing the Accessibility Profession

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 12 2018

CPACC exam taker using screen reader is receiving instructions from a proctor.

GEORGIA, USA: Through its inception in 2014, becoming a division of G3ict in 2016, to today, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) has been committed to promoting and supporting accessibility professionals around the world.  IAAP is a member-based, non-profit organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are… Continue Reading »

Techbility Launches World’s First Mobile App for accessibility assessments of the built environment

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, March 9 2018

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TOKYO, JAPAN: Access Inspector, available for iOS and Android devices, is a mobile App designed to assist anyone interested in accessibility of the built environment.  Launched by Techbility as the first mobile app for accessibility assessments of the built environment, Access Inspector is an easy to use checklist tool for assessing… Continue Reading »

Deadline Extended to Monday, March 12th – Consultant for Safe and Accessible Mobility Study

Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 7 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: As some of you may already know, Humanity & Inclusion is now preparing a study project on safe mobility as a tool for our advocacy strategy on road safety, which will be launched at the 2018 High Level Political Forum. The study will focus on access to transportation systems… Continue Reading »

World Urban Forum 9, Kuala Lumpur

Asia-Pacific, DIAUD Network, News, March 7 2018

Photo of the word Cities for All, the international sign of accessibility, sign for love in American Sign Language, and inclusion spelt in Braille. These were splet by over 500 participants in Merdeka square in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, MALASIA: From February 7th until the 13th, representatives of civil society, government (national, sub-national, and regional), private sector and academia from around the world met in Kuala Lumpur for the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). The WUF9 mobilized these stakeholders in urban development to discuss their… Continue Reading »

GlassOuse Assistive Device Announces Next Generation – Version 1.2

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, March 6 2018

GlassOuse Press Release with photo of the assistive glasses

SHENZHEN  CITY, GUANGDONG, CHINA : Award winner successful Indiegogo campaign concept, GlassOuse Assistive Device announces its next generation version V1.2 February 28th, 2018. Genuinely designed for individuals who has limited moving abilities or who are unable to use their hands, GlassOuse has been fondly loved by many during its two years… Continue Reading »