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High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019

Americas, Events, News, October 16 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The 2019 High-level Political Forum will highlight the following goals around the theme of ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full… Continue Reading »

Bridge CRPD-SDGs Training Initiative Training of Trainers Module B, Dubai 2018 October 17 to 26, 2018

Events, Middle East, News, October 15 2018

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DUBAI, UAE: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) are holding the Module B of the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Training of Trainers 2018 with support from the World Blind Union, TCI Asia Pacific, Sightsavers, ADD International, Bridging the Gap Project – Austria, the UK Department for International Development… Continue Reading »

The Elderly and Web Accessibility – Accommodating Aging Web Users

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, October 12 2018

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USA: The ability to easily access and use the internet has become a vital aspect of leading a normal modern life. We use the World Wide Web to retrieve health information, get access to a plethora of benefits, stay connected with friends and family, and learn about an unprecedented array… Continue Reading »

Frontier Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, October 12 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Frontier technologies are innovative and often grow fast, with the potential to transform societies, economies and the environment. In recent years, we have seen examples of this in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning, renewable energy technologies, energy storage technologies, electric and autonomous vehicles and drones, genetic engineering,… Continue Reading »

People with Disability at Risk of Being Pigeon-holed by Supported Employment Reform

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 11 2018

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AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan in July to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability. ‘We are… Continue Reading »

OCT 12th: Accessibility & Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Events, News, Webinar, October 11 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Secretary General’s Executive Committee decided in April 2018 to review the UN system’s current approach to both accessibility and to mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities across the organization’s operations. To support this effort, Dr. Valerie Karr and her team from University of Massachusetts Boston are… Continue Reading »

New Zambian Inclusive Education Project for Leonard Cheshire

Africa, Asia-Pacific, News, October 10 2018

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ZAMBIA, AFRICA: Leonard Cheshire has secured funding for a new three-year inclusive education project in Zambia. Funds have been provided by The Swedish Postcode Lottery, The Peter Cundill Foundation* and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The project will see Leonard Cheshire’s work expand to the Eastern Province of Zambia across Chipata, Katete,… Continue Reading »

Surrey to Build World’s First Translation System for British Sign Language

Assistive Technology, Europe, ICT, News, October 10 2018

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SURREY, UK: The world’s first machine capable of turning British Sign Language (BSL) into written English is set to be built by the University of Surrey as part of a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. BSL is a language in its own right, with its… Continue Reading »

Three Innovative Approaches for Managing Disaster Risks

Disaster, News, October 9 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: When Dara Dotz, an industrial designer, traveled to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, she saw firsthand the supply chain challenges people were facing that had life threatening consequences – most vividly, a nurse having to use her medical gloves to tie off the umbilical cords of newborn… Continue Reading »

Interworking Between LTE & LMR Systems is Essential For Critical Communications, Says ETELM

ICT, Middle East, News, October 8 2018

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES –  As demand for high speed mobile broadband and smart data services is rapidly increasing, inter-working between new broadband services and traditional mission critical radio systems is essential to ensure equivalent or better services are provided in terms of mission critical performance and coverage. Improved data services… Continue Reading »

The World Federation of the Deafblind has Launched the Initial Global Report on the Situation and Rights of Persons with Deaf-blindness.

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, October 8 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deaf-blindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deaf-blindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and… Continue Reading »

High-level Event Discusses Equity, Democratization in Technological Revolution

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, October 5 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: On the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level debate, high-level representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia discussed the impact of the technological revolution on society, including on the workforce, education, and low-income countries’ industrialization. They called for regulation of new technologies… Continue Reading »

UN Secretary-General Releases Strategy for Financing 2030 Agenda

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, October 5 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The UN Secretary-General has released a four-year strategy for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategy underscores the UN’s critical role in supporting and accelerating the mobilization of finance and focuses on three objectives to accelerate progress from global to local levels, linked to areas… Continue Reading »

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Built Environment, Universal Design, October 3 2018

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity

INTERNATIONAL: Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together… Continue Reading »

#10Things Campaign Raises Awareness on Climate Action

Events, News, October 3 2018

NEW YORK, USA: Climate Week NYC launched the ‘10 Things’ campaign. The campaign has released each of the ten Things to raise awareness of climate change and accelerate climate action in the days between the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and Climate Week NYC. The GCAS, which took place in… Continue Reading »

OHSXtra Leads the Way for Digital Accessibility Compliance for the NHS in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index

Europe, News, Universal Design, October 2 2018

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LONDON – The Occupational Health and Safety Extra (OHSxtra) website took first place in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index. The benchmark review, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS, is the first of its kind and takes a view of digital accessibility compliance across the NHS. The review covers almost 600 NHS… Continue Reading »

Smart Cities for All launches Project to Define More Inclusive Approach to Innovation for Smarter Cities

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, News, October 2 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC – Washington, DC –  The Smart Cities for All global initiative, a collaboration of G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, launched a new project, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities. The project is convening leaders from government, industry, and disability organizations to generate… Continue Reading »

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Closed its 20th Session (27 August – 21 September 2018) 

Europe, News, October 1 2018

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GENEVA,  SWITZERLAND: On 21 September, 2018, the CRPD Committee closed its 20th session. During this session, the Committee held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations on Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and as well list of issues prior to reporting for Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Mongolia, Sweden, under the simplified reporting procedure (not yet published). Furthermore, the… Continue Reading »

How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, Universal Design, October 1 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The latest statistics show that people are living longer in virtually every country in the world, with the over 60 age group growing faster than any other cohort. The aging global population is altering many aspects of society, none more so than housing.  When quizzed about their preferred living arrangements, the… Continue Reading »

OECD, UNEP and World Bank Preview Report, Discuss Financing Climate Futures

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, Universal Design, September 28 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and the World Bank Group hosted a discussion on the joint initiative, ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.’ The event, convened during Global Goals Week, previewed a synthesis report on ways in which… Continue Reading »