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Hawaii Nonprofits Engaging in Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Disaster, November 5 2019

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HAWAII: Hawaii nonprofits are distributing water jugs to seniors and homebound individuals across the state as part of efforts to ramp up emergency preparedness. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worked with county agencies to provide the 2 1/2 gallon collapsible jugs to vulnerable residents. The effort is funded by a $30,000 federal… Continue Reading »

China Aims to Better Serve the Poor with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, News, October 28 2019

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BEIJING – Better care services will be offered to poor people with severe disabilities in China as the country strives to win the battle against poverty. A list of caring needs for severely disabled poor people will be made on a county-level basis to help various agencies work out targeted… Continue Reading »

Course Aims to Provide Training to Create Accessible Homes

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, October 23 2019

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INDIA: Vidya Sagar, the prominent Chennai NGO has finished a three-month course to create a pool of professionals who can support people with disabilities and the elderly to become independent in their homes. Accessibility in public spaces is coming in for attention and that’s needed and welcome. But what about accessibility… Continue Reading »

Egypt Launches Initiative to Employ Persons with Disabilities

Africa, News, October 22 2019

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EGYPT: The Ministry of Social Solidarity on Sunday has launched an initiative to employ people with disabilities, in cooperation with a private company. The initiative, dubbed “Hayah”, comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through… Continue Reading »

Report: Canadians with Disabilities Could Boost Economy by $50 Billion

Americas, Misc., October 21 2019

CANADA: Canadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and… Continue Reading »

Article 15 of Indian Constitution Needs Amendment: UN Committee Experts

Asia-Pacific, October 21 2019

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INDIA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 international independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the findings or Concluding Observations. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings… Continue Reading »

App Aims to Make Visual Contrast a Mainstream Concern in the Built Environment

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, October 21 2019

Get Luminance is a freely available App, with the intention of making visual contrast a mainstream concern and to achieve a safer more accessible environment for all users.

Get Luminance has been developed from research and provides an empirical basis for calculating luminance.  Get Luminance measures what is ‘seen’ by a photograph and reflects the conditions experienced by users.  It measures luminance in the prevailing light conditions, (rather than the pure colour with a controlled light source –… Continue Reading »

Mada Assistive Technology Centre Signs MoU with Korea Trade Promotion Agency

Assistive Technology, ICT, Middle East, October 18 2019

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QATAR: Mada, the assistive technology centre Qatar, has signed with Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) a memorandum of understanding and co-operation during the Qatar-Korean Business Forum, which kicked off yesterday. The signing ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, and the Minister… Continue Reading »

Athens Acropolis to Get Lift for Enhanced Accessibility

Europe, Tourism, October 16 2019

GREECE: One of the world’s most visited archaeological sites, the Acropolis in Athens, will soon offer improved disabled access thanks to the installation of a new lift, the Greek culture ministry has said. The country’s central archaeological council (KAS) approved a new elevator to provide improved access to disabled visitors as well as the… Continue Reading »

Cyprus: Tourism Ministry Announces Improvements to Beach Access

Middle East, Tourism, October 15 2019

CYPRUS: The deputy ministry of tourism has announced a scheme to improve the infrastructure and safety at beaches from 2019 until 2020, with a focus on people with disabilities. According to the ministry’s statement, beneficiaries of the project are municipalities and community councils. The money may be used to buy equipment… Continue Reading »

The Design Council Spark: Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market

Assistive Technology, Europe, Universal Design, October 14 2019

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Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge  Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market  Dragons’ Den investor and entrepreneur Deborah Meaden to host 2019 Spark showcase event Ten bright UK entrepreneurs will be pitching for a share of up… Continue Reading »

LIFT Announces RFQ on Social Inclusion and Employment Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, October 9 2019

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CANADA: LIFT is thrilled to announce our Request for Qualifications for a new initiative that will provide invaluable support to social purpose organizations (SPOs) that support social inclusion and employment outcomes for persons living with disabilities. This initiative is aimed at helping organizations who are removing barriers for persons living… Continue Reading »

St. Kitts and Nevis Sign and Accede to the United Nations’ (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Americas, News, October 8 2019

SAINT KITTS and NEVIS: The historic move by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to sign and accede to the United Nations’ (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been praised by Joseph Bergan, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities (SKNAPD).… Continue Reading »

Province to Provide $1.4 Billion to Make Schools More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, News, October 7 2019

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CANADA: Ontario is making its education system more inclusive to help all students in York Region reach their full potential in an accessible and supportive learning environment. When the education system is not accessible, students are left out, impacting their participation  in the school experience. That is why Raymond Cho, Minister… Continue Reading »

Mattel Releases a Braille Version of Popular Game UNO

Americas, Universal Design, October 4 2019

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: One of your favorite card games just got a little more accessible. On Tuesday, Mattel unveiled UNO Braille with cards and instructions that make the popular game completely accessible to Braille-literate players who are blind or have low vision. UNO Braille features Braille numbers or letters in two… Continue Reading »

Scottish EHRC Warns Transport Operators Over Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, News, Transportation, October 3 2019

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SCOTLAND: The Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has sent a warning out to transport operators over problems with disabled access. The organisation says the new project will support individuals who have experienced discrimination while using, or attempting to use, public transport. The scheme will use all available routes to… Continue Reading »

Request for the United Nations to Create World Universal Accessibility Day

Built Environment, Europe, News, October 1 2019

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SPAIN: The Alliance for World Universal Accessibility Day, formed by FC Barcelona, the Barça Foundation, the ‘la Caixa’ Bank Foundation, Barcelona City Council and Mapp4all Universal Accessibility have put together a request that will be sent to the United Nations to ask the international organisation to declare 30 September as… Continue Reading »

University Launches New Six-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, September 27 2019

AUSTRALIA: The University of Sydney has reached an important milestone in inclusion and access for people with disability, with today’s launch of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 during Disability Inclusion Week.  The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 strengthens our commitment to protect staff, students and visitors with disability from discrimination and… Continue Reading »

National Institute for Assistive Technology to be Established in Chattisgarh

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 26 2019

INDIA: The Indian state of Chhattisgarh will soon have a national institute for assistive technology and support centre for people with disabilities. Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday agreed to the demand made by Social Welfare Minister Anila Bhediya for setting up a National… Continue Reading »

Turkey Provides Support to Persons with Disabilities in Djibouti

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Europe, September 25 2019

TURKEY: Turkey’s state-run aid agency has distributed a total of 200 wheelchairs and vocational supplies to disabled people in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, according to a statement on Monday. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) launched its “End the Barriers” project in collaboration with Djibouti’s National Agency… Continue Reading »