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First Report on Persons with Disabilities and the SDGs

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, News, December 5 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: “Societies will never achieve the SDGs without the full participation of everyone, including people with disabilities. We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this year. Yet, in many countries, essential services for persons with disabilities are unavailable,… Continue Reading »

Breaking the Internet — for a Good Cause

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, Middle East, News, December 5 2018

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DENMARK: In support of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPD), on Monday, December 3, 2018, Siteimprove, a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company empowering digital teams to create inclusive websites, will break its own website. In effect, Siteimprove will disable style sheets, images, and JavaScript across its homepages to show visitors… Continue Reading »

Launch of Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 4 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: On Monday, 3rd December, 2018, the IDA announced the first ever IDA Global Survey to Monitor DPO Participation in Development Policies and Programmes.    The IDA Global Survey is available online on the following link: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/global-survey   The deadline to fill the Survey is the 16th December 2018. What is the IDA Global Survey:… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Announces Release of DTE Version 4.8

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, Webinar, December 4 2018

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces the release of Crawford Technologies’ Digital Transform Engine (DTE) version 4.8. Designed to greatly reduce the effort required to create accessible documents, a significant feature in DTE 4.8 is the ability to provide… Continue Reading »

Berlin Celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Launching the Cities for All Compact and Campaign

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, News, December 3 2018

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Press Release For Immediate Release BERLIN, GERMANY: Today, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is hosting a celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018 and the launching of a historical Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. This historic Global Compact will gather… Continue Reading »

Endorsements to the Bali Declaration of TCI ASIA PACIFIC

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, November 30 2018

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BALI, INDONESIA: On the 29th of August, 2018, the 5th “Classic Edition” Plenary of the TCI Asia Pacific was held in Bali, Indonesia. At the Plenary, persons with psychosocial disabilities and their cross disability supporters from 21 countries of the Asia Pacific region came together to adopt the Bali Declaration. The Bali… Continue Reading »


Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, News, Webinar, November 30 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The Stakeholder Group of Person with Disabilities invites you to meet the new focal point of the Stakeholder Group and to learn about the High-level Political Forum 2019. In 2019, education, employment, inequalities, climate change, and Goal 16 will be among the Goals reviewed during the forum. In addition, 51 countries… Continue Reading »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva – FifteenPercent Exhibition

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, News, November 29 2018

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Every year on 3 December, the international community comes together to raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities. This year, OHCHR in partnership with artist photographer, Christian Tasso, will hold an exhibition entitled “FifteenPercent” to be opened on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

DX Announces Boundless: A Post-Secondary Challenge

Americas, Built Environment, News, November 29 2018

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ONTARIO, CANADA: Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces its 7th annual post secondary design challenge. This provincial, post secondary design challenge seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age, ability, across all design… Continue Reading »

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women – Call For Applications

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, November 28 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: For the second year  United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is opening a special window for grants focused on addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.  Organizations focused on addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities, particularly those led by women with disabilities,  are highly encouraged to… Continue Reading »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – IDPD

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, November 28 2018


INTERNATIONAL: Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable… Continue Reading »

Convention on Safety of Disabled Girls & Women Raises Vital Issues

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, November 27 2018

NPRD representatives Murali Dharan, Secretary, and Shampa Sengupta, Joint Secretary, on stage at the event

NEW DELHI, INDIA: A convention was organised in New Delhi to address the safety of disabled girls and women on 25 November. Organised by the National Platform for Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), it sought to underline how the community remains vulnerable to sexual attacks despite tougher laws. Murali Dharan, Secretary,… Continue Reading »

Invite & Call for Submissions | Accessible Europe Forum & Competition

Americas, Events, ICT, News, November 27 2018

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA: The ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 14 December 2018.  As an integral part of this Forum a Regional Competition on Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe is being organized. This regional event for Europe… Continue Reading »

TIA Appointed To Administration’s ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force Executive Committee

Americas, ICT, News, November 26 2018

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ARLINGTON, VA, USA:  The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued the following statement upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcement of industry executive committee members appointed to the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force. TIA Senior… Continue Reading »

Accessibility in the Stock Market

Americas, Assistive Technology, November 26 2018

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USA: The past few months, the stock market has seen a slump that has many investors worried about their financial future. Since a slight bounce back after the November midterm elections, the S&P 500 index has seen a slide of 8% since its most recent peak in mid-September. This isn’t to say… Continue Reading »

UNU-EHS Summer Academy Builds Capacity on Urban Dimension of Climate Action, SDGs, DRR

Disaster, Europe, Events, News, November 23 2018

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BONN, GERMANY: The Summer Academy on World Risk and Adaptation Futures sought to build capacity and create networks for real-world impact, emphasize a stronger focus on drivers of future risk for risk reduction policy and action, foster collaboration between policymakers and practitioners, and provide them with information on future risk… Continue Reading »

App Helps Achieve SDGs 11, 12 by Improving Sustainability of Housing Projects

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, November 23 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the One Planet Network have launched an app to help improve the sustainability of new housing projects and increase the affordability of green housing. The SHERPA for Sustainable Housing Projects app was developed with the recognition that housing is an… Continue Reading »

UN Launches Website on Three Areas of Ongoing Reform

Americas, News, November 22 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN launched a website providing information, news and resources on the ongoing UN reform processes related to development, management and peace and security. The landing page of the website also outlines job openings in the three areas of reform. The UN Secretary-General’s reform agenda aims to… Continue Reading »

Global Forum on Human Settlements Calls for Urban Innovation to Achieve SDG 11, NUA

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 22 2018

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BANGKOK, THAILAND: Participants at the 2018 Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) have committed to support sustainable and resilient cities through innovation, green growth and policies that maximize the benefits of local actions and help achieve the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). GFHS 2018, which convened from 30-31… Continue Reading »

ESCWA Charts Course for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and DRR

Disaster, Middle East, News, November 21 2018

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BEIRUT, LEBANON: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued its seventh report on water development, which focuses on integrating actions for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with climate change adaptation. The reports draw attention to the existing gap between adaptation and DRR communities as they address problems… Continue Reading »