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Hungarian government to support NGOs serving persons with disabilities

Europe, Misc., August 17 2017

The government is supporting NGOs that help people living with disabilities and their families by a total of 171.5 million forints (EUR 560,000) available through tender, the human resources ministry state secretary for social affairs and inclusion said on Monday, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported. The tenders are open… Continue Reading »

Committee on the Rights of persons with disabilities opens eighteenth session in Geneva

Europe, Misc., August 16 2017

GENEVA: The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its eighteenth session, during which it will review measures taken by Panama, Morocco, Montenegro, Latvia, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Committee listened to an… Continue Reading »

New hearing aid dispensing initiative at UNM

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 16 2017

hearing aids

This month The University of New Mexico Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) is launching a new campaign to help get hearing aids to those who need them. Michael Flores, audiologist and clinical instructor at SHS, is heading up the new initiative. It’s an extension of an already existing… Continue Reading »

10 million persons with disabilities being forcibly displaced in 2016: UN

Americas, Misc., August 15 2017

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday that among the over 65 million persons being forcibly displaced in 2016, almost 10 million were persons with disabilities. In a statement issued Monday, the UNHCR said that in situations of forced displacement, persons with disabilities “continued to be left behind”,… Continue Reading »

UKPD Receives Police Autism Community Training

Americas, Misc., August 15 2017

LEXINGTON, KY.: The University of Kentucky Police Departmentreceived Police Autism Community Training (PACT) yesterday by Abbey Love, an educational psychology doctoral student at UK and creator of PACT.  The two-hour session included classroom instruction, scenario-based simulations and visual materials focused on improving miscommunication among law enforcement officials and individuals with autism. Love taught… Continue Reading »

Helping retailers in Ontario improve accessibility

Americas, Built Environment, August 15 2017

TORONTO: As part of an EnAbling Change project with the Government of Ontario, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has developed a retail-specific Workshop and Webinar series to help retailers know what they need to do to comply with legislation that aims to improve accessibility in areas that impact the daily… Continue Reading »

UK aviation encouraging more persons with disabilities to fly but four airports told they must improve

Europe, Transportation, August 14 2017

Accessible Toilet sign with arrow at the airport

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a report that assesses the top 30 UK airports on the quality of assistance they provide to passengers with disabilities.  It shows that the number of persons with disabilities requesting extra help when travelling by air continues to grow significantly and has… Continue Reading »

MnDOT calls for grant applications to aid bus stop access in rural, small urban areas

Americas, Transportation, August 14 2017

Rapid KL bus driver Azmi Salleh helping Mohd Ihsan Abdul Karim board a bus. Photo Credit: BERNAMA

ST. PAUL, MINN.: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is taking grant applications to improve access for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to bus stops and bus transfer facilities. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 29. Projects will be awarded in October. The new “Safe Access to Bus Stops” funding… Continue Reading »

Braille project in offing for people with vision disabilities to learn Odissi

Asia-Pacific, Misc., August 14 2017


Spreading harmony through Odissi dance form in two states Chhattisgarh and Odisha, Purnashree Raut is among the few artists, who made efforts to Odissi alive in the state. She works on an ambitious project on Braille to help people with vision disabilities to learn Odissi and also to set up… Continue Reading »

New pathways to leadership for victorians with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 14 2017

AUSTRALIA: The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorians with a disability to become leaders in their local community. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today opened applications for a range of scholarships and development opportunities, as part of the Disability Leadership Program. Run in partnership with Leadership Victoria… Continue Reading »

Dubai Police organize Taekwondo course for persons with disabilities

Middle East, Misc., August 14 2017

Some 150 trainees have joined the para-Taekwondo self-defence course organised by the People of Determination Council at Dubai Police. The course is part of the council’s summer programme activities and in organised in collaboration with the Dubai Club for People of Determination. Trainees of a variety of ages participated in… Continue Reading »

UN disability rights committee to review Panama, Morocco, Montenegro, Latvia, Luxembourg, and the UK

Europe, Misc., August 13 2017

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 14 to 31 August 2017 to review the following countries: Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Panama, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. During the meetings in Geneva, Committee members will hold… Continue Reading »

UH helping California national parks become more accessible for people who are blind

Americas, Built Environment, August 12 2017


In their continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind and the National Park Service to audio describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout California. This latest phase of the UniDescription project will focus on… Continue Reading »

OAS and ORITEL to Promote Inclusive Education in the Americas

Americas, August 11 2017

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

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Organization of Telethons (ORITEL) presented the Program for the Promotion of Inclusive Education in the Americas, by which they will jointly carry out educational activities that contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities in a regular educational system respectful of… Continue Reading »

Lack of Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Ghana

Africa, August 11 2017

GHANA: The Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations is threatening to sue public organisations for their failure to comply with the country’s disability act. Per the disability act Continue readingAct 715, owners or occupiers of public buildings are required to make their buildings accessible to and available for use by persons with… Continue Reading »

Ministry Launches Indian National Anthem Video in Sign Language

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, August 10 2017

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Thursday launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign language, featuring people with disabilities. Directed by veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani, the video features film star Amitabh Bachchan apart from the children who sing the National Anthem in sign language against the… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities struggle with schooling in South Korea

Asia-Pacific, August 10 2017

Kid sitting on wheelchair

Children with disabilities struggle at regular schools, at which they often find themselves unsupervised. Although most children with disabilities attend regular schools as part of the government’s goal for an inclusive education system, their needs often go unnoticed or ignored. But even as parents try to find other options, these… Continue Reading »

First bar for people with hearing disabilities opens in Colombia

Americas, August 10 2017


It is not yet dark, but the two girls sitting at a table in a Bogota bar flick on the lamp on their wooden table. It is the signal to the bartender that they want a drink, in Colombia’s first-ever bar for people who are deaf. The Sin Palabras Cafe… Continue Reading »

Nigerian group wants government support for people with vision disabilities

Africa, August 10 2017

NIGERIA: The Federal Nigerian Society for the Blind has expressed displeasure over the inhumane treatment meted out to people with vision disabilities in the country. Speaking at a press conference, ahead of its 12th annual White Cane day fitness walk, the group bemoaned government’s neglect towards the rights of people with… Continue Reading »

Transforming lives in Ghana, as more children with disabilities go to school

Africa, August 10 2017

A girl in an orange top smiles at the camera

GHANA: “The answer is four,” said Patricia, 10, smiling brightly before she walked to the chalk board with confidence to write the answer to the maths problem in class that morning. Division was the topic of today’s primary 2 maths lesson at Afoko District Assembly School in Sandema, district capital… Continue Reading »