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New LAV4ALL Design Seeks to Deliver Accessibility and Dignity

Europe, Universal Design, September 1 2020

Person on a wheelchair trying to enter a lavatory

A new LAV4ALL design, developed by Austrian MRO provider FACC Aftermarket Services, seeks to make narrowbody lavatories accessible while occupying the same compact space as existing lavs. The design’s corner door, multiple handles, and clever use of space allows disabled passengers to enter the bathroom with their wheelchair and position… Continue Reading »

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative

Americas, Built Environment, News, Webinar, August 28 2020

ATLANTA (August 27, 2020) — IAAP, a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), is pleased to announce a new stream of resources for its membership.  The initiative leverages and expands on the impressive work of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a leading international… Continue Reading »

New Rules Guarantee Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal

Asia-Pacific, News, August 23 2020

NEPAL: The government has issued ‘Rules Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2020’, under the Act Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2017, to facilitate differently-abled persons to enjoy their constitutional and legal rights. The rules make it mandatory for the concerned authorities to provide differently-abled persons with assistive devices free… Continue Reading »

CNIB Announces New Partnership with LEARNstyle

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 22 2020

CANADA  – CNIB, Canada’s largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with LEARNstyle, experts in specialized education and assistive technology training. Through this exciting new partnership, LEARNstyle will provide high-quality, specialized training to support Ontario teachers and students in their journey to take full advantage… Continue Reading »

UNBC Professors Participate in Collaborative Effort to Make B.C.’s Outdoors More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, August 19 2020

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CANADA: Several UNBC professors have been working to make outdoor spaces across the province more accessible to British Columbians. The research is being supported with a $24,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage grant. The professors, Drs. Mark Groulx, Shannon Freeman and Pamela Wright have been working collaboratively… Continue Reading »

County Council in U.K. Produces Interactive Guide to Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, Europe, August 19 2020

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UNITED KINGDOM: Hertfordshire County Council has produced a visual guide to demonstrate how assistive technology can be used inside and outside the home to aid independent living. The interactive guide allows the user to click on different parts of a ‘technology house’ to view examples of devices and solutions that can be installed or… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open: NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, August 12 2020

INDIA: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has announced the 11th edition of NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020 to honour contributions towards the cause of accessibility and universal design. Nominations for the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards are now open. This is a prestigious award given nationally every year to people who are… Continue Reading »

I Love NY Unveils Accessible New York Initiative

Americas, Tourism, August 12 2020

PHOTO: I Love NY's Accessible New York site includes trip ideas for wheelchair-accessible destination like Niagara Falls. (Photo via Orchidpoet/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: In tandem with the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, I Love NY unveiled Accessible New York, an initiative designed to enhance the travel experiences of visitors with disabilities. The Accessible New York website will serve as an information hub to publicize accessible attractions for people… Continue Reading »

New Guidelines to Ensure Accessibility and Inclusivity in Global Tourism

Tourism, August 4 2020

person in a wheelchair on a beach facing the sea

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling on destinations to recognize the needs of travelers with disabilities or specific access requirements as they open up to visitors again. In partnership with the ONCE Foundation of Spain and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the United Nations specialized agency has released new guidelines… Continue Reading »

The Official Dictionary of the Dominican Sign Language Launches with Support from Ecuador

Global, August 1 2020

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: The Official Dictionary of the Dominican Sign Language is the result of the joint effort of the National Council on Disability (CONADIS), the Ministry of Education (MINERD) and the National Association of the Deaf of the Dominican Republic (ANSORDO), with the support of the Federation National Deaf People of… Continue Reading »

University Students Create Cutting-edge Wearable Navigation Device

Americas, Assistive Technology, July 30 2020

An assistive device

US – A group of students from internationally acclaimed US-based Harvard University has launched a startup called Foresight, a wearable navigation aid for people with vision impairments that uses cutting-edge soft robotics and computer vision technology. Foresight connects to a user’s smartphone camera, which is worn around the neck. It detects… Continue Reading »

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum Set to Launch this Month

Europe, News, July 21 2020

UNITED KINGDOM: The Disability Unit has established a new Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum to strengthen its engagement with disabled people. In a world where coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect usual ways of working, the Disability Unit is holding the first virtual Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum this month, chaired by… Continue Reading »

Legislation Introduced to support Canadian Workers, Businesses and Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Tourism, July 20 2020

CANADA: The Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced in Parliament Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures. Upon receiving Royal Assent, this legislation would make the CEWS more targeted, expand eligibility, and help more workers get back to their jobs as the economy continues to reopen. The Government of Canada is… Continue Reading »

EATSY Tableware has Distinctive Tactile Features to Assist Persons with Visual Impairment

Misc., Universal Design, July 15 2020

Photo of a cup EATSY tableware has distinctive tactile features to aid the visually impaired

Industrial designer jexter lim has created a range of adaptive tableware for the visually impaired. Titled ‘EATSY’, the set comprises a plate, bowl, cup, and utensils. each item has a distinctive feature that provides sensory cues to those with visual impairments. For example, the plate features a raised corner and slope to… Continue Reading »

Call for Nominations 2020-2021 for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Misc., July 11 2020

Submit your application now and share the innovative ideas for digital empowerment of persons or groups! Nominations close on 2 September 2020 for the the 2020/2021 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. The aim of the Prize is to reward the outstanding contributions of individuals… Continue Reading »

New Report Illustrates Experiences of COVID-19 for Women with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., July 10 2020

AUSTRALIA: A new report released today by Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT), shows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for women with disabilities in the Canberra region. “66% of women with disability said they did not know where to seek help with accessing health care during this time.” said C… Continue Reading »

‘World’s First’ Remote Assisted Living Lab Seeks Collaboration with Assistive Tech Suppliers

Assistive Technology, Europe, July 9 2020

‘World’s first’ remote assisted living lab seeks collaboration with assistive tech suppliers

UNITED KINGDOM: Heriot-Watt University scientists are launching what they believe is the world’s first open and remote access living lab to research and create innovative independent living solutions for elderly and disabled people. Creating solutions for Ambient Assisted Living (OpenAAL), the multi-disciplinary lab will target the rapid co-creation of scalable… Continue Reading »

More Accessibility Grants Available to Improve Accessibility Barriers in Workplaces and Community Spaces

Americas, Misc., July 8 2020

CANADA: Once again small businesses in the Quinte area will be able to take advantage of grants to help them become more accessible. Grants up to $10,000 are available to improve accessibility barriers within the workplace or community space. The grants can be used for small scale construction, renovation or retrofit… Continue Reading »

New Policy Ensures Better Integration of Children with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, July 8 2020

CHINA: With a new policy to allow more children with disabilities to attend ordinary schools and study with their non-disabled peers, China’s education authority said it is working to ensure such students’ better integration into society. China’s Ministry of Education has issued a guideline on improving the work on disabled… Continue Reading »

New Study Shows Way Ahead for Business as Disability Importance Grows

News, July 7 2020

A graph on a paper with a pen pointing to it

A new study of 120 global brands shows how over 90% of businesses are recognising the importance of disability in business with employees and customers. The study is the first to consider how businesses are serving the needs of disabled people at a global and local level and how to… Continue Reading »