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United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office Releases New Film on the Transportation Legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

Europe, Transportation, January 2 2020

SPAIN: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made… Continue Reading »

Gambia Committed to Addressing Issues Experienced by Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., News, January 2 2020

GAMBIA: Permanent Secretary of the ministry of women and children affairs have resounded Gambia government continued commitment in addressing the challenges and concerns in the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in national development process. Addressing a two-day advocacy seminar for National Assembly Members on inclusion, participation and representation… Continue Reading »

Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, Universal Design, January 2 2020

Person on a wheelchair with his arms up in the air photograph taken from behind

EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO)… Continue Reading »

Kerala Aims to Make Tourist Destinations Accessible for All

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, December 31 2019

Photo of a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala, India

INDIA: Tourism Minister of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran recently announced that all the tourist destinations in their  state will be made differently-abled friendly by 2021.  Around 120 tourist spots have been identified by the government across the state in the first phase. Out of these, 98 spots have already been made… Continue Reading »

EAEU Countries Recommended to Make Transport More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, December 26 2019

Yellow color bus parked by the road

MOSCOW: The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved a package of recommendations for the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union concerning the provision of services to people with disabilities, BelTA learned from the EEC’s press service. “The document defines the recommended approaches to transport infrastructure and public passenger… Continue Reading »

Toyota Motor Europe Launches the Toyota Startup Awards to Find Most Innovative Solutions to Improve Mobility for All

Europe, Transportation, December 26 2019

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Business school ISDI, through ISDI Accelerator, have created the Toyota Startup Awards. This competition targets inclusive mobility companies that offer innovative solutions empowering people with a physical impairment to move around more freely and facilitating their daily life. Eight startups will be invited to attend 4YFN in Barcelona from… Continue Reading »

TransLink Installs Tactile and Braille Signage Bus Stops

Americas, News, Transportation, December 24 2019

CANADA: Beginning in 2020, TransLink will install tactile and braille signage at every bus stop and tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) at stations and bus exchanges. “We are committed to making our transit system accessible for as many people as possible,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We know that a lot… Continue Reading »

Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific

Asia-Pacific, December 19 2019

Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific

Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific — Strategic Approaches to Achieving Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development. An estimated 690 million persons with disabilities live in Asia and the Pacific. As this figure is expected to grow over the coming decades, the need for enhanced accessibility… Continue Reading »

New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, December 18 2019

NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. “Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said. The report added, “A barrier-free environment… Continue Reading »

Barbados Likely To Implement National Accessibility Standard for Tourist Accommodations

Americas, Tourism, December 13 2019

BARBADOS: Hotels, guest houses and villas may soon be required to ensure their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds hinted on Wednesday. He said changes could be coming to the “tremendous amount” of concessions being granted to the tourism industry. He made the suggestion… Continue Reading »

Doha Declaration to Promote Rights of 1.5 Billion Persons with Disabilities Worldwide

Events, Middle East, News, December 11 2019

Group of persons seated int he front row of an event.

QATAR: Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) launched the ‘Doha Declaration’ at the closing ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) yesterday. The two-day conference, which has attracted over 1,500 policy-makers and practitioners, took place at the Qatar National Convention Center under the theme: “Leaving No One… Continue Reading »

Seychelles: Persons with Hearing Impairment Get First Sign Language Dictionary

Africa, News, December 9 2019

Two persons holding an award.

SEYCHELLES: The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time. The dictionary was launched last Saturday after 10 years of work in a ceremony held at the Citizenship Engagement Platform (CEPS) in Victoria, the capital. When presenting the dictionary, Annie Risler from the University of… Continue Reading »

New 3D Printing Campaign Launched for Children with Visual Impairment

Africa, Assistive Technology, December 9 2019

3D Printing Campaign for the blind (Image credit: SANCB)

SOUTH AFRICA: For visually impaired people educational resources don’t come by easy. Learning to read braille is essential but costly and not always effective (it may take up to three times as long as other students to read a text), while assistive technology, such as closed-circuit TV, screen-magnification or screen-reading software,… Continue Reading »

Federal Agencies in Canada Invite Public Input on Air Travel for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Transportation, December 4 2019

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CANADA: Two separate federal agencies issued announcements Tuesday on life with a disability in Canada — one seeking greater input on hot-button issues and the other urging society at large to challenge its preconceptions. Statements from the Canadian Transportation Agency and Statistics Canada differed in scope and content, but both touched… Continue Reading »

Iran: Funds to Help Make Cities More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Middle East, News, December 4 2019

IRAN: On the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons observed annually on Dec. 3, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that 10 trillion rials ($76.9 million) have been allocated to take measures in support of disabled people nationwide. Many of the plans will focus on modifying urban infrastructures to… Continue Reading »

New Partnership Launched to Make Qatar Accessible to All

Middle East, Tourism, December 4 2019

Four men and one woman in a wheelchair giving a thumbs up sign

QATAR: Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator today announced a partnership with Wheel The World aimed at opening up the many tourist attractions in Qatar to all. Wheel The World promotes tourism for those with disabilities, raising awareness of the challenges they face when choosing travel options and working to make experiences possible.… Continue Reading »

Partnership Aims to Change Perception of Transport Solutions for Persons with Disabilities

Transportation, December 3 2019

Two persons on robotic scooters crossing the road

Through the partnership, the Social and Sustainable Impact Department and Nino Robotics aim to develop sustainable and accessible mobility solutions for all, including people with disabilities or of reduced mobility. The Social and Sustainable Impact Department has signed a partnership with Nino Robotics, designer of a new type of ‘seated,… Continue Reading »

Pilot Project Tests Tech to Help Pedestrians Use Crosswalks

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, November 29 2019

Test of signals stop sign and walk sign in a testing lab

CANADA: Municipalities on the northeast Avalon are testing new technology to increase the safety and ease of using crosswalks for people with disabilities including sight loss. The pilot project, called Key2Access, allows pedestrians to access crosswalk push buttons with a fob or through a mobile app that includes audio instructions. “An… Continue Reading »

Linux-Based Tablet Developed for Persian-speaking Persons with Visual Impairment

Assistive Technology, Middle East, News, November 29 2019

Researchers at an Iranian knowledge-based company have used native knowledge to facilitate the lives of blind people by developing a special tablet for them.

IRAN: The CEO of the company says “Barjasteh Negar” (literally raised-graph) is a smart tablet for the blind that comes with a braille keyboard and the output will be Persian audio and braille script. He pointed out that the mobile smart tablet has a Linux operating system and allows blind people… Continue Reading »

G3ict Seeks Principal Investigator, International Inquiry on Brain-Computer Interfaces for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, November 22 2019

An International Inquiry on the current state of advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable persons with disabilities and older persons to better interact with their environment led by G3ict with the support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. Background G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies,… Continue Reading »