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Schools, communities welcoming students with disabilities in Moldova

Europe, Misc., December 8 2017

Moldova’s Education Code calls for developing inclusive education and the World Bank’s Integration of Children with Disabilities into Mainstream Schools project is helping local districts develop and implement the strategic plan for this. School principals, teachers, and local communities are undergoing inclusive education training.  These training activities, along with school… Continue Reading »

World Urban Forum 9 Side Event Submissions

Americas, DIAUD Network, December 8 2017

On November 29, 2017 the DIAUD Network held another successful meeting to coordinate efforts for the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Network members discussed their planned contributions to the forum and presented opportunities for collaboration.  The meeting featured presentations by Federico Batista Poitier of GAATES, and… Continue Reading »

Ghana government urged to speed up implementation of Disability Act

Africa, Misc., December 7 2017

Disability symbols

ACCRA: Non-Governmental Organisations in the health sector have appealed to the Government to outline an action plan to speed up the implementation of the 2006 Disability Act. The organisations have urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to collaborate with the Attorney General’s Department to put in place… Continue Reading »

‘Learning for All’ Must Include Children with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., December 7 2017

Five year old disabled boy studying in wheelchair

While the developing world has made strong progress towards universal primary education, education is still largely an unfulfilled dream for millions of children with disabilities. Leroy Philips, a youth leader and radio broadcaster from Guyana, recalls what it was like growing up blind. “When I was six or seven, my uncle… Continue Reading »

Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the UNCRPD

Americas, Misc., December 6 2017

OTTAWA: The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of… Continue Reading »

Children with Disabilities in South Africa Cannot Wait

Africa, Misc., December 6 2017

JOHANNESBURG: A group of courageous moms of children with disabilities in Johannesburg has seized the run-up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 to launch a petition that calls upon South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to remove school fees for children with disabilities. Their goal is… Continue Reading »

2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Announced

Americas, Misc., December 6 2017

2017 Award Recipients group photo

NEW YORK, NY: The Viscardi Center — an Albertson-based non-profit organization providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities — announced nine recipients of the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held on December 4 at the Mutual of America building in… Continue Reading »

Remove physical, cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’: UN

Americas, Misc., December 5 2017

Wheelchair User

Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to ‘leave no one behind’ all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide… Continue Reading »

W3C releases new video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

Americas, ICT, December 5 2017

Video Youtube Screenshot

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards. The four-minute video highlights why accessibility is the right thing to do, how it is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. It was published as part of an accessibility project the Internet Society (ISOC) is… Continue Reading »

A Global Collaboration for Accessibility

Americas, DIAUD Network, December 5 2017


On November 15, 2017, the DIAUD Network hosted another productive meeting coordinating efforts for participation in the upcoming 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9).  Members from UN Habitat’s General Assembly of Partners (GAP) updated the network on the changing structure of the WUF, and offered suggestions for increasing… Continue Reading »

India’s President Presents ‘National Awards for Persons with Disabilities Empowerment 2017’ on IDPD

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 5 2017

India's President Presents Awards

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the “National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2017” at a function organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On… Continue Reading »

Mongolia focuses on challenges of persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 5 2017

MONGOLIA: The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection organized a meeting to share successful practices of providing jobs to persons with disabilities on Sunday, in observation of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The annual observance was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the rights… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities are being left behind, says World Bank/GPE report

Americas, Misc., December 4 2017

Cover Page Disability Gaps in Educational Attainment and Literacy

WASHINGTON: Children with disabilities are being left behind by global efforts to improve education opportunities for all, as gaps between children with and without disabilities have increased dramatically in developing countries, according to new research from the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) released ahead of the… Continue Reading »

New book explores the history of disability

Americas, Misc., December 4 2017

Book Cover

A new book ‘The Routledge History of Disability’ co-edited by a University of Manitoba professor is exploring the role persons with disabilities have played throughout history in cultures across the world. The book explores the shifting attitudes towards and representations of persons with disabilities from the age of antiquity to the… Continue Reading »

Improving Access and Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities in Samoa

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, December 4 2017

Samoa has implemented the Enhanced Road Access Project to restore important road assets damaged by extreme weather, also to enhance the climate resilience of critical roads and bridges. One of the actions under the project is to help remove barriers for persons with disabilities, acknowledging that this is a positive… Continue Reading »

Turkey promises more jobs for persons with disabilities

Europe, Misc., December 3 2017

Turkey’s disabled community, which comprises about 7 percent of the population, marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3 amid problems of social inclusion, accessibility and employment. Addressing an event on the occasion, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said they would employ at least 5,000 persons with disabilities next… Continue Reading »

Seminar: Leave no one behind in Oslo

Europe, Events, December 2 2017

OSLO, NORWAY: The Atlas-Alliance, the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and Plan International Norway invites to a one-day seminar on inclusive development – December 6. “Leaving no one behind” is a human rights principle, embedded in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and reflected in… Continue Reading »

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Events, December 1 2017

Photo of 9 Members from The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments' Delegation at the Conference of State '10 at the UN Headquaters in New York.

For the last month of this dynamic year we recognize, on Sunday December 3rd, the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Along with the IDPD, the strides that have been made in disability rights with the global recognition of the UN Convention on the Rights… Continue Reading »

UK to host its first ever Global Disability Summit

Europe, Events, News, November 30 2017

Speaker on the stage with Rear view of Audience in the conference hall

LONDON: In her first speech as International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt today announced she will bring together global leaders and technology companies next year to tackle the barriers that prevent people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries from reaching their full potential. During a speech at Microsoft’s head office… Continue Reading »

3D printed “magic shoes” make life easier for children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, November 29 2017

AbilityMate 3D-prints ankle and foot orthoses for children with disabilities. Photo: AbilityMate

SYNNEY, AUSTRALIA: At 17, Melissa Fuller left her Western Sydney high school with no idea about what she wanted to do. Twelve years later, she is co-founder of AbilityMate, an entrepreneurial group of designers, engineers and allied health professionals who use 3D printing to manufacture customised posture and mobility equipment… Continue Reading »