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India: Nippon Launches New Program Focused on Employment for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, June 20 2019

Three men and two women posing for the camera

Keeping in line with its tradition of transforming the lives of underprivileged and special-needs children, Nippon Paint has launched SAHYOG -a program that aims at creating employment opportunities for people with special needs. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from PORDAC NGO (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) will join as Trainee Interns… Continue Reading »

Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Accepting Nominations

Events, June 17 2019

Nominations for the 2019 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are now open! These international Awards recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr.   Since inception, the Awards have drawn nominations from… Continue Reading »

Car Tech Helping Persons with Disabilities in South Africa with Enhanced Mobility

Africa, Transportation, June 17 2019

A man in a car getting off and trying to open a wheelchair

Independence within the disabled community is becoming far more of an important focus and as such the use of one’s own vehicle without assistance is an integral part of that, says Dominic Sierra, Mobility Consultant at Chairman Industries. The need to adapt and convert vehicles for use by the disabled… Continue Reading »

Swedish Furniture Manufacturer Joins with Physiotherapists to Launch New Range for Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Europe, June 12 2019

persons pulling out a chair from the table

IKEA has announced the launch of new products to its OMTÄNKSAM range, aiming to give people with disabilities greater independence through comfort, function and safety at home. OMTÄNKSAM means “thoughtful” in Swedish and encompasses the idea of care that the products bring. The new range is due for global launch… Continue Reading »

New Chinese University to Focus on Rehabilitation Talent Cultivation

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, June 11 2019

Construction on the University of Rehabilitation Studies, a higher education institution designed for cultivating rehabilitation studies talent, formally began Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony in Qingdao, east China’s Shangdong Province. This comes after the Ministry of Education officially greenlighted the construction on the institution, which, to be sponsored by Shangdong… Continue Reading »

UN Launches New Disability Inclusion Strategy

News, June 11 2019

UNMISS/Isaac Billy: Athletes with disabilities play wheelchair basketball in South Sudan. (file 2012)

Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday. “When we fight to secure those rights, we… Continue Reading »

Barbados Tourism Minister Looking to Improve Island’s Accessibility for Tourists with Disabilities, Locals

Americas, Tourism, June 10 2019

Kerrie D. Symmonds, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport, told TravelPulse on Thursday that the island is looking into several initiatives to make disabled tourists more comfortable on vacations, while also improving the quality of life for its disabled locals. As part of Caribbean Week New York, which was organized by… Continue Reading »

The Portland Art & Learning Studio Encourages Diverse Projects by Artists with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., June 4 2019

Source: portlandartandlearningstudio on Instagram. Artists working on the neuroscience project to design and sculpt brains.

The Portland Art & Learning Studio is a 10,000 sqft maker-space for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nearly 200 artists attend our program to work on their creative endeavors with freedom and support. Several of the artists were recently featured in an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum and… Continue Reading »

Global Apex Body of Airline Operators Passes Key Resolutions to Make Travel More Accessible

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, June 4 2019

people at airport, two in a wheel chair

Improving airline infrastructure and facilities for people with disabilities, global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking and facilitating implementation of biometrics based One ID process were some of the key resolutions passed on Sunday at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the… Continue Reading »

Tehran Street Designated as Accessible Tourism Destination for All

Middle East, Tourism, June 1 2019

Street view with people sitting on tables on the side walk

Introduced by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the creation of the international “Accessible Tourism Destination” aims to make sure that a destination can be enjoyed by any tourist, regardless of their physical, sensory or cognitive abilities. Development and implementation of the Accessible Tourism Destination(s), that shifts the focus… Continue Reading »

RAZ Mobility Releases 3G mobile Phone for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Assistive Technology, May 29 2019

three mobile phones

Vienna, Va.-based RAZ Mobility recently released the Lucia phone, an unlocked 3G mobile phone designed to assist people who are blind, have low vision or are hard of hearing. Launched in 2015, the startup provides mobile assistive tech for people with disabilities. RAZ Mobility said in a news release that someone who is completely… Continue Reading »

[OPEN] Call for Submissions for Accessible Tourism Destination 2019 Edition

News, Tourism, May 29 2019

UNWTO’s promotion plan for accessible tourist destinations.

Accessible Tourism Destination, 2019 Edition The creation of the international “Accessible Tourism Destination” distinction arises from the joint commitment of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the ONCE Foundation, to recognize and promote accessible tourist destinations. These aims are served by the recognition and dissemination of tourist destinations that make an important effort… Continue readingOPEN Call for Submissions for Accessible Tourism Destination 2019 Edition">Continue Reading »

Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

Americas, Built Environment, May 28 2019

People in front of a building

An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year. The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility – for the second year running, the province is… Continue Reading »

Turkey’s First Mayor with Disability Aims to Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities

Middle East, News, May 22 2019

Group of persons with disabilities posing for a camera shot

In 2005, the ruling Justice and Development Party adopted Turkey’s first Disability Law as a part of its European Union accession process. In 2007, Turkey signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, which it ratified in 2009. Yet due to poor implementation and enforcement… Continue Reading »

Stakeholders Find Weaknesses in ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill

Asia-Pacific, ICT, May 21 2019

Group of persons with disabilities sitting together with some empty wheelchairs around.

PAKISTAN: Stakeholders have identified weaknesses in the ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill before a parliamentary committee on human rights considers it next week, and have urged the committee to seek insight from people living with disabilities. At a press conference on Thursday, stakeholders also demanded representation for people living… Continue Reading »

Opinion: India’s General Elections 2019 Focused on Inclusion

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, May 20 2019

April 11 was voting day in Noida. It was Phase 1 of the festival of democracy, the biggest elections in the world. I was excited, curious and a little apprehensive. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had promised an inclusive election. The theme for this massive operation was “leave no… Continue Reading »

Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’: How Sports is Making SDGs a Reality

Misc., News, May 20 2019

3 participants on the racing track as part of the paralympic games

UNITED NATIONS: The power of sport can help make global sustainable development a reality, and such power transcends cultural, linguistic and even physical barriers. In recent years, disabled athletes have gained greater visibility—an essential step in recognising their talent, abilities, and importance. In December, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognised… Continue Reading »

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes “Accessibility is Beautiful” Initiative

Americas, Universal Design, May 18 2019

A lady walking with a man in a wheelchair in the city

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launched a new initiative on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) called Accessibility is Beautiful, generously supported by CHUBB. This innovative accessibility initiative includes a YouTube video miniseries and Universal Design “Look Book” will feature the homes of disability advocates Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen, Karen Braitmayer, Leslie Haynes and Randy Earle, designed… Continue Reading »

Chinese President Lauds Role Models with Disabilities and their Supporters

Asia-Pacific, News, May 17 2019

man giving a speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16 met in Beijing with representatives attending a ceremony commending role models with disabilities and people who have made outstanding contributions to helping the disabled. President Xi congratulated the representatives on their commendations and encouraged them to make continued efforts to achieve new accomplishments… Continue Reading »

Sightsavers’ Approach to Making Health Services Inclusive for Everyone

Africa, Asia-Pacific, May 17 2019

New film by Sightsavers setting out their work to make health care services accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Sightsavers, an international charity working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change, has a new film that sets out their work to make health care services accessible and inclusive for everyone. The film focuses on their programmes in Bhopal, India and Nampula, Mozambique.… Continue Reading »