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Register Now! HLPF 2019 : Data Webinar

News, Webinar, October 23 2018

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Data Webinar ‘An overview of recent global advocacy efforts’  Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2018 Time: 10:00am – 11:00am, EST (New York time) Speakers: Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of IDA and focal point of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities – on the data commitments made during the Global Disability Summit & the… Continue Reading »

EDF Webinar Four: Sustainable Development Goals: How to Engage in the Regional Fora in the African and Arabic Regions

Africa, Webinar, October 23 2018

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Webinar Four: Sustainable Development Goals: How to Engage in the Regional Fora in the African and Arabic Regions Wednesday, 24th October 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce the fourth installment in its webinar series on Wednesday, 24th October… Continue Reading »

World Bank Announces $1bn Assistance for Indonesia Natural Disaster Recovery and Preparedness

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, October 19 2018

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NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA: The World Bank has announced funding of up to $1 billion for the Government of Indonesia to supplement relief and reconstruction efforts in the disaster-affected areas of Lombok and Sulawesi, and to bolster long-term resilience. The funding will be available on request by the Government. It… Continue Reading »

Respect, Rights, and Health for Women and Girls with Disabilities: A Discussion with the Special Rapporteur

Americas, Events, October 19 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: Women and girls with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing gender- and disability-sensitive health services. Join us for a discussion featuring Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The panel will also include experts from the United Nations Population Fund and Women… Continue Reading »

Jobs of the Future Require More Investment in People

Asia-Pacific, News, October 18 2018

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BALI, Greater investments in people’s health and education are urgent in a rapidly evolving labor market increasingly shaped by technology, according to the World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work.   “The nature of work is not only changing – it’s changing rapidly,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim… Continue Reading »

Aged Care Royal Commission Misses Mark for People with Disability Suffering Violence, Abuse and Neglect

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 17 2018

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AUSTRALIA: The Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care proves that the new PM fully understands that there are significant issues with violence, abuse and neglect being perpetrated on many older vulnerable Australians within these facilities and in home settings. “AFDO and our colleagues in the disability… Continue Reading »

UNISDR Tool Promotes City-to-City Peer Review for DRR

Americas, Disaster, News, October 17 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a city-to-city disaster risk reduction (DRR) peer review. The ‘USCORE’ tool is expected to help cities implement the Sendai Framework for DRR and build the resilience of cities. The tool arose out of a need identified by… Continue Reading »

WIPO Illustrates How Innovation, Intellectual Property Can Support SDGs

Built Environment, Europe, News, Universal Design, October 16 2018

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has highlighted how diffusion of innovative technologies can play a critical role in achieving many of the SDGs. The publication describes the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and the SDGs, and showcases examples of WIPO’s contributions to the SDGs. SDG 9 (industry,… Continue Reading »

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 »