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Swiss Broadcasting Corporation to increase accessible content

Europe, ICT, October 27 2017

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has decided to increase it’s accessible media content by 2022 to reach out to a wider audience. The SBC, which includes public radio, television and online services aims to subtitle 80% of it’s programmes. The Corporation also plans to provide 900 hours of audio described… Continue Reading »

Collaboration towards Inclusive Cities

Americas, DIAUD Network, October 26 2017

Upgrading in the Old City of Yangzhou

On Wednesday, October 18th, the DIAUD Network hosted another successful meeting preparing members for the upcoming Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum on inclusive cities. The Network recently sent out a survey to all its members in order to gain a deeper understanding of the disability communities’ participation in… Continue Reading »

Toronto Pearson Launches Innovative Technology to Support Accessibility for People with Cognitive Disabilities

Americas, Transportation, October 26 2017

Airport Arena

TORONTO, CANADA: As part of Autism Awareness month in Canada, Toronto Pearson is proud to be the first airport in the world to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides (Card Decks) for people with autism and other cognitive disabilities. The introductory Toronto Pearson set of ten Card… Continue Reading »

Workshop to Provide Vital Disaster Strategies for the Bay Area Disability Community

Americas, Disaster, October 26 2017

Earthquake Preparedness for persons with disabilities

SAN MATEO, CALIF.:  People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on October 27-29, 2017 at the San Mateo County Event Center (Expo Hall) are eagerly anticipating the “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” workshop on October 27 at 1:00pm, as well as the opportunity to discover the latest products,… Continue Reading »

Online Survey for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., October 26 2017

Hand completing checklist

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the State Rehabilitation Council, in collaboration with the San Diego State University Research Foundation’s Interwork Institute, are conducting a comprehensive needs assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities in the CNMI. Former, current or potential consumers of OVR services are encouraged… Continue Reading »

United Spinal Association Invites the Disability Community to Participate in a National Survey about Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse

Americas, Transportation, October 26 2017

disability parking

NEW YORK: United Spinal Association today announced an online survey for people who require accessible parking and/or have disabled placard or license plates. The online survey, Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse, takes about 10 minutes to complete and will impact policies related to parking for people with disabilities. United Spinal… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities still face difficulties at university

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 26 2017

HCM CITY: After graduating from high school, Le Minh Tu, who has a hearing disability, enrolled in college in Ho Chi Minh City and paid an interpreter to help her study. “But I really couldn’t afford to pay,” Tu said via an interpreter at a conference held on October 23… Continue Reading »

SWD invites applications for IT schemes for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, October 25 2017

People with vision disabilities working in a call centre at Indian Association for the Blind in Madurai. (Photo:R. Ashok/The Hindu)

HONG KONG: The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has invited applications from eligible individuals and organisations for the Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Disability (25th Round) and the Central Fund for Personal Computers (37th Round). The objectives of the Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment… Continue Reading »

Three multinationals join UN global network on disability inclusion

Americas, Misc., October 24 2017

Three multinational enterprises – Capgemini, Legrand and the Savola Group – became the latest members of a United Nations global network that promotes equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace. “People with disabilities constitute some 15 per cent of the world’s population,” pointed out Guy Ryder, Director-General of… Continue Reading »

German cable operator starts innovation challenge for apps to help persons with disabilities

Europe, ICT, October 24 2017

German cable operator Unitymedia announced the Digital Imagination Challenge, to find new ideas to make it easier for persons with disabilities to use ICT. The project is part of a broader European initiative launched by Unitymedia’s parent company Liberty Global. According to Unitymedia, one in ten people in Germany have… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities around B.C. to benefit from new accessibility programs

Americas, Built Environment, October 23 2017

Accessibility Assessor during an assessment - checking the weight of doors.

Accessible, inclusive communities for people with disabilities are the main goals behind two provincially funded programs designed to improve universal access in British Columbia. Through $9 million in provincial funding, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) has launched  two new programs to improve accessibility for British Columbians. “When we remove the… Continue Reading »

Selhurst Park Accessibility Improvements for Fans with Disabilities

Built Environment, Europe, October 23 2017

Wheelchair Space

Crystal Palace FC is committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. Major works were completed throughout the 2017 summer following consultation with the club’s Disabled Supporters Association, the Premier League and independent experts.… Continue Reading »

New IT Accessibility Policy evaluates accessibility standards of technology purchased by the University

Americas, ICT, October 23 2017

Disability sign in place of enter key

A new policy at Ohio University is one of several recent steps in making OHIO’s online presence more accessible, ensuring an equal opportunity for all students to access technology and online tools related to their educational experience. In addition, the policy will enable the University to establish an information technology infrastructure that… Continue Reading »

Youth with hearing disabilities shapes own destiny with art in Vietnam

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 23 2017

A 23-year-old Vietnamese with hearing disability has been setting an example of what people with disabilities can achieve. Despite suffering from the defect at birth, Tran Quoc Dat has shown great talent with a brush in his hand. Currently living in Dong Thap Province, located in southern Vietnam, Dat has… Continue Reading »

Mental Health Bill Undermines Disability Rights in Mexico

Americas, Misc., October 21 2017

Mexico’s Congressional Mental Health and Drug Commission is considering a national mental health bill that proposes to improve mental health services for all in Mexico but would seriously jeopardize the rights of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter sent on October 16, 2017, to the Commission on Health… Continue Reading »

High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the AP Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022

Asia-Pacific, Events, October 21 2017

BEIJING: ESCAP, in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), is organizing the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December 2017. Objectives of the Meeting are: To undertake a midpoint… Continue Reading »

UB, NFTA working to make public transportation more accessible

Americas, Transportation, October 20 2017

Man in Wheelchair

For many people who have a disability, taking public transportation is a necessity. But it can also be a nightmare. The barriers abound. It can be extremely difficult to get up and down the stairs on the bus. Riders who use a wheelchair often feel undue attention drawn upon them… Continue Reading »

Disability Rights Advocates Calling for Emergency Preparedness Training at Key Airports

Americas, Disaster, October 20 2017

passengers boarding flight at airport

DENVER, CO: Nationally recognized airport security expert, Capt. LaPonda Fitchpatrick, and Associate Director of the Center for Disability and Health Policy, June Kailes, are joining airport workers in Denver to call for a whole community approach to emergency preparedness, including ensuring that passenger service workers are fully trained and paid liveable… Continue Reading »

Disability Rights Scholarship Program

Americas, Misc., October 20 2017

NEW YORK: The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides yearlong awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).… Continue Reading »

UCIC Launches Hardware Agnostic Alexa Voice Service Client

Americas, ICT, October 20 2017

TORONTO: The Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) announces the release of its new hardware agnostic voice control client & AI integration manager; Ubi Kit. “The platform has been designed to enable companies the quickest time to market, at the lowest cost, and most flexible supply chain,” said Leor Grebler, CEO of… Continue Reading »