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The 2017 Disability Equality Index names the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

Americas, Misc., August 26 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are proud to release the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) – the third year measured by the Index, revealing the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. 110 companies participated in the 2017 DEI, with results indicating where companies are excelling in… Continue Reading »

Google introduces new accessibility features with the release of Android 9.0 Oreo

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 25 2017

sculpture of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system

Marshmallow, Nougat and now finally the Oreo. Google recently unveiled its latest software update in line with its dessert naming tradition for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. The Android 8.0 Oreo comes with some exciting new features and improvements over the Android Nougat. Over the last few versions,… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan hosts swimming competition for children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 25 2017

kid swimming

ASTANA: A swimming competition involving children with disabilities took place Aug. 17 in Astana. The Kazakh association of parents of children with disabilities organised the event with the support of Asyl Bala national association to demonstrate children’s boundless capabilities. Children that participated in the race have different diagnoses, including cerebral… Continue Reading »

Myanmar to establish center for children with autism

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 25 2017

YANGON: Myanmar is planning to establish a special care center for children with autism in Mawlamyine town of southeastern Mon state early next year, an official report said Tuesday. At least dozens of children are suffering from autism in the town and the move is aimed at improving the lives… Continue Reading »

New Delhi to host conference on inclusive education

Asia-Pacific, Events, August 24 2017

Boy sitting in wheelchair in school against volumes of books on bookshelf in library.

NEW DELHI: Co-partnered by Brotherhood Delhi and Centre for Disability Studies and Action (CDSA); School of Social Work of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; and The Cradle, New Delhi; the conference is based on the premise that ‘all students can learn together in regular schools’. According to the organisers… Continue Reading »

GAATES paving the way for an accessible Dubai

Americas, Built Environment, August 23 2017

Dubai Universal Accessibility and Action Plan Coverpage

In 2016 the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) was selected as the world’s leading experts in accessibility of the built environment and transportation by the Emirate of Dubai. GAATES, a Canadian based NGO, assembled an international team of over 25 accessibility experts to implement a universally designed… Continue Reading »

Nigerians with disabilities demand full inclusion into electoral process

Africa, Misc., August 23 2017

NIGERIA: As the nation prepares for 2019 general election, Nigerians with disabilities have developed a demand charter for inclusion that will enable them participated fully in electoral processes in the country, in line with what is obtainable across all developed democracies. The Charter was said to have been developed as… Continue Reading »

Researchers develop technology for self-driving electric wheelchairs

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 22 2017


TORONTO: A team of Canadian researchers and robotics experts say they’ve developed cost-effective technology that would allow electric wheelchairs to drive themselves. Its creators, from Cyberworks Robotics Inc, the University of Toronto and Université de Sherbrooke, say it will be a gamechanger for people with severe disabilities, giving them greater… Continue Reading »

Nasscom launches Center of Excellence for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 22 2017

NOIDA, INDIA: Three candidates with disabilities from Nasscom Foundation have been recruited by Amazon India at associate levels. The trainees, Chandan Mehta, a class XII pass out; Rahul Kumar, a B.Com student, and Sangita Rani, also a B.Com student, are all speach and hearing disability. The candidates were among 20… Continue Reading »

Samsung launches ‘Relúmĭno’ visual aid application

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, August 21 2017

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Samsung Electronics announced that it will launch ‘Relúmĭno,’ a visual aid application for people with low vision. Relúmĭno’ is a visual aid application that works in conjunction with the Gear VR to enhance the vision of people with vision disabilities. Users with newer models of Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy… Continue Reading »

Accessible Water Park Opens in San Antonio

Americas, Built Environment, August 21 2017

Accessible Water Park

SAN ANTONIO, TX: San Antonio’s array of attractions and historic sites, partnered with its dedication to accessibility, is making the destination one of the leading options for vacationers with disabilities. While attractions like Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park, are a big draw for vacationers seeking accessible options,… Continue Reading »

‘Dangal’ Adds Audio Description for Audiences with Vision Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, August 21 2017


NEW DELHI, INDIA: Aamir Khan’s film ‘Dangal’ has become the first film to be aired on TV with an audio description for audiences who are blind or have low vision. The audio description of the film was completed by the NGO Saksham, which has been working in the field for… Continue Reading »

Three Day Event to Help Calgarians with Disabilities

Americas, Events, August 21 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA: The Tikkun Olam Makers:Calgary run by Kadima Dynamics, is excited to announce their third makeathon event where local engineers and designers, termed ‘Makers’, work with people with a disability, or ‘Need-Knowers’, to create solutions for their everyday challenges. 15 teams of 4-6 individuals each, from communities across Alberta… Continue Reading »

HEART assists persons with intellectual disabilities

Americas, August 21 2017

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Some 152 young persons with intellectual disabilities are being assisted with personal and professional development skills, through the Empowerment Programme of the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA. The programme, which started in 2014, is a seven-month initiative consisting of a three week non-residential camp, followed by… Continue Reading »

SCS gives encouragement to summer interns with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 21 2017


HONG KONG: The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Joshua Law, on August 8 met with some of the undergraduate students with disabilities participating in a government summer internship scheme at the Central Government Offices to understand their experience. Mr Law encouraged them to unleash their potential and contribute to… Continue Reading »

Numerous Barriers to Education and Jobs for Persons with Disabilities in Armenia

Europe, Misc., August 19 2017

According to the Agency of Medical and Social Expertise of RA, at the beginning of this year 210 000 persons with disabilities were registered in Armenia, while at the moment the number is below 200 000, Panorama reports. Where did those 10 000 people disappear, the head of the “Unison”… Continue Reading »

Advocates Recognised Through Victorian Disability Awards

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 18 2017

MELBOURNE: Leading disability advocates from across Victoria have been recognised at an awards ceremony in Melbourne yesterday. The Victorian Disability Awards formally recognise individuals, teams and organisations that make a difference in the lives of people with disability and who champion equality for all Victorians. Presenting the awards, Minister for… Continue Reading »

Team Wins Award for Armenian Sign Language App

Assistive Technology, Europe, August 18 2017

YEREVAN: Students from the Vahan Tekeyan School in the Karbi village of Aragatsotn Province were selected as finalists of the 2017 Technovation Challenge, an all-girls international competition, winning the People’s Choice Award for an app to help people learn Armenian Sign Language. The competition was held from August 7 to… Continue Reading »

Mobilizing Global Commitments to Accessibility, Perspectives from Governments

Americas, DIAUD Network, August 17 2017

Luis Gallegos

August 9th, 2017 marked the third meeting of the Disability Inclusive and Accessibility in Urban Development (DIAUD) Network.  This meeting focused upon the expansion of the DIAUD Network and the use of its member base to influence change in the urban development realm, and featured a presentation by the former… Continue Reading »

NASA paves a way for people who are blind to experience a Total Solar Eclipse

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 17 2017

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On August 21, 2017, just a few days away, the United States of America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Said to be an unforgettable experience, many people plan to descend upon this path of totality and view complete darkness. But what about those who will… Continue Reading »