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Health + Tech | Telemedicine Bonus – Opportunity To Broaden Access To Healthcare For The Disabled

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 3 2018

Headshot of Doug Halsall

JAMAICA: Universal access to health has been the buzz phrase for a few years now. When we think of this concept, we tend to think mostly of financial access, but it is much more than that. Our system is currently skewed to providing financial access to health, which, in itself,… Continue Reading »

Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like?

Americas, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, January 3 2018

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like? For full article visit the source: The Canadian Press http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/603260/long-sought-new-accessibility-law-coming-2018-what-will-it-look Linked with permission.

Disdain for disability

Asia-Pacific, Misc., January 3 2018

Head shot of Dr. Rakhshinda Parveen

PAKISTAN: It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit… Continue Reading »

Memphis Airport uses Aira smart glasses to simplify airport experience for blind and low vision travelers

Americas, Assistive Technology, Tourism, January 2 2018

Person shown demonstrating use of Aira technology and app

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (USA):  Memphis International Airport (MEM) has announced a partnership with technology company Aira that will help to simplify the airport experience for blind and low vision travelers. Through the new program, passengers at MEM can access the Aira Airport network powered by its Site Access technology and connect… Continue Reading »

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

Europe, News, January 2 2018

Disabled sign on the sidewalk, just before a crosswalk

England, UK: Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal. According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said in 2014 that they had attempted to take their own lives.… Continue Reading »

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

Americas, Misc., December 29 2017

Guide dogs Memphis and Donna meet during the NRC-sponsored Combined Federal Campaign Charity Fair during which federal workers learn about community charities. Pictured (left to right) NRC staff member Trish Gallalee and Memphis, her guide dog, and Dave Gill, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and Donna, his training service dog. Looking on in the background are NRC CFC campaign manager Reinaldo Picón-Colón, Leigh Trocine and Deirdre W. Spaulding-Yeoman

USA: Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society — something that will be under… Continue Reading »

HI: Addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities in Africa

Africa, Misc., December 29 2017

The Making It Work Gender and Disability Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has just finalized its selection of 9 good practices implemented by 7 DPOs and 2 Women’s Organizations in 6 countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda. The good practices include successful community-based prevention of violence, national advocacy, increased… Continue Reading »

Gender and disability popular topics among list of Trinity Equality Fund initiatives

Built Environment, Europe, December 29 2017

Trinity College, Dublin

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Gender and disability-related projects dominate in the list of initiatives awarded funding by the Trinity Equality Fund (TEF) this year. Of the 15 initiatives granted funding by the college body, six relate exclusively to gender while a further three are centered around disability-related issues. Of the remaining six… Continue Reading »

The ‘grey’ area for domestic violence victims who have a disability

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 29 2017

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: A disabled woman tried to set her Canberra house on fire because her support provider failed to stop abuse from her housemate for over a year. Click here for the full article   Source: The Canberra Times Posted with permission.

Local Grant Brings Universal Design Closer to the Valley

Americas, Universal Design, December 29 2017

Close-up view of a person's feet in footrest of wheelchair

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (USA)  A local Harrisonburg couple is working toward bringing Universal Design to the Valley. Universal Design makes plans for homes, communities, and activities inclusive for everyone. It focuses on people with physical disabilities, mental disorders, and aging in general. Universal Design also sets the stage for homes and buildings if someone… Continue Reading »

Bahrain Hosts UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, December 28 2017

Bahrain hosts UNDP's youth leadership programme

MANAMA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bahrain has organized the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) for the first time in Bahrain. The YLP that took place from August to November was part of Youth City 2030 at the International Exhibition and Conventions Centre. The final session was held at… Continue Reading »

17th World Congress themed Learn, Inspire, Lead UK

Europe, Events, December 28 2017

World Congress Banner

The 17th World Congress will take place in Birmingham, UK, on 30 May – 1 June 2018. The 17th World Congress is organised by Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe, and is proudly sponsored by Mencap. The event brings together self-advocates, families, and professionals to: learnand share experiences from around the world about… Continue Reading »

Survey to Improve Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Built Environment, December 27 2017

Hand completing checklist

The Boston city’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities is inviting everyone, whether you’re a Bostonian or not, to take a survey to provide opinions about existing barriers and accessibility needs in Boston. The city will use the findings of the Accessibility Priority Survey to shape strategic planning to better serve… Continue Reading »

Lime Connect Partners on Ground-breaking Corporate Disability Study

Americas, ICT, Misc., December 26 2017

Diverse Professionals. Source PRWeb

NEW YORK: Lime Connect (Lime) and Bloomberg, PwC and Unilever – three of the organization’s corporate partners – are lead sponsors of a first-of-its-kind study published by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) that finds that far more people than expected have a disability: 30 percent of college-educated employees working full-time… Continue Reading »

2018 Winners – Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards & AABC Conservation Awards

Africa, Americas, Built Environment, Europe, Events, December 26 2017

2018 Civic Trust Awards logo

MANCHESTER, UK: Civic Trust Awards (CTA) is delighted to reveal the list of winning projects for the 2018 Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards, AABC Conservation Awards and Selwyn Goldsmith Awards, which features 60 projects from a wide range of National and International entries. All schemes featured will receive either an… Continue Reading »

New Sign Language App Launched

Asia-Pacific, ICT, December 26 2017

Eddy app icon

Digi has launched a new app – called Eddy – to teach people Malaysian Sign Language or Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM). The goal is to be able to teach BIM to a wider audience, and not only people who are deaf and their families. The core of Eddy is centered… Continue Reading »

US launches digital hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria

Africa, ICT, December 25 2017

LAGOS: The United States of America (U.S.A.) has unveiled  a  digital hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The facility was hosted at the Lagos Office of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD). A Nigerian civic organisation, Project Enable, set up the digital hub with the support… Continue Reading »

Fair ‘n Square: advancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities

Africa, ICT, December 23 2017

The latest version of the Fair ‘n Square website, which was first launched in 2015 by Handicap International (HI) in conjunction with UNICEF, looks at the ways in which children and adults with disabilities in Mozambique are discriminated against on a daily basis. Some people are unable to visit health centres because… Continue Reading »

Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health – Launch of Quality Rights Guidance and Training Tools

Assistive Technology, Europe, December 22 2017

World Health Organization Logo

Geneva: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted an event with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Brazil and Portugal, and officially launched the WHO Quality Rights capacity building and guidance tools “Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health”. The event… Continue Reading »

Global SDG 7 Conference to take place from 21-23 February 2018

Asia-Pacific, Events, December 22 2017

Global SDG7 Conference, 21-23 February 2018, United Nations Conference Centre, Bankok

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has devoted Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to energy – the first-ever universal goal on energy, with five targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation. SDG7 is inextricably interlinked… Continue Reading »