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UK Government Asks Industry to Ensure Accessible Rail Services

Europe, Transportation, April 27 2020

Photo of a railway station in UK

UNITED KINGDOM: The UK’s Minister of State for Transport Chris Heaton-Harris has asked the rail industry to ensure the accessibility of services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic so that essential workers can travel. He stated that rail services should be accessible for everyone and will ensure that disabled people are able… Continue Reading »

G3ict Announces New Country Representatives for Russia and Saudi Arabia

Europe, Middle East, News, April 27 2020

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G3ict’s Smart Cities for All Country Representative program continues to expand its footprint with two new representatives from Saudi Arabia and Russia, bringing the global network to twenty.   ATLANTA (April 27, 2020) — Today the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), through its Smart Cities for All global initiative, appointed… Continue Reading »

Innovative Masks to Help Persons with Visual Impairment

Middle East, News, Universal Design, April 24 2020

Woman cashier wearing a face mask

ISRAEL: For the hearing impaired, this is no easy task, as it adds an extra layer of difficulty to their ability to communicate, often times with various service providers such as doctors and nurses. As face masks have become an inseparable part of the lives of millions of Israelis there are those who may… Continue Reading »

Professor Creates Face Mask with an Accessible Design

Americas, Universal Design, April 14 2020

Face mask pattern cutting

USA: On Friday, President Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people in the United States wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The additional public health measure is not a substitute for social distancing but is mainly to prevent… Continue Reading »

Advisory Group to Help Canadians with Disabilities During COVID-19

Americas, News, April 14 2020

Woman minister speaking on a podium

The COVID-19 pandemic takes a particularly heavy toll on Canadians with disabilities and more efforts are needed to ensure they’re included in national efforts to respond to the crisis, the minister overseeing accessibility issues said Friday as she appointed an advisory group to take on the task. Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough… Continue Reading »

New Digital ‘Accessibilitas’ Portal to Promote Universal Design

Europe, News, Universal Design, April 13 2020

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Fundación ONCE and the Royal Board on Disability have just launched ‘Accessibilitas’, a digital platform designed to improve the universal design of spaces, goods and services and, therefore, aimed at people and institutions interested in making this goal a reality. The platform aims to promote the generation and dissemination of… Continue Reading »

New Gadget Provides Inclusive Experience for Rugby Fans with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Europe, Universal Design, April 10 2020

Person holding a device in a stadium

UNITED KINGDOM:  Blind sports fans have received a boost from a magnetic gadget to help them enjoy a match. The “touchy-feely” board helps visually-impaired supporters keep up with the action and never miss a goal, try, putt or basketball hoop. The kit is the first of its type in the UK and… Continue Reading »

Uganda: Calls for Disability-friendly Lockdown Measures

Africa, Disaster, News, April 9 2020

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As of Wednesday, 52 people are confirmed to have coronavirus in Uganda, with no death related to COVID-19 registered. Globally, nearly 1.5 million people have been affected, with the death toll exceeding 80,000. Uganda has ramped up its fight against the deadly virus, with a national taskforce led by Prime… Continue Reading »

Australia: Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning (PCEP) Tool for COVID-19

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, April 8 2020

Queenslanders with Disability Network has been working with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government on these practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situation during COVID-19.  We are calling this tool the ‘PCEP COVID-19 Planning Tool’.  PCEP  is short for… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Disaster, Europe, Misc., April 7 2020

A man and a woman with masks on during the coronavirus crisis

Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of… Continue Reading »

New Accessible Online Platform to Accommodate Distance Recruitment for All

Americas, ICT, News, April 6 2020

Originally built only for people with disabilities, ABILITY Job Fair launches new accessible online platform to accommodate distance recruitment for all. The first face to face video-based platform, accessible for people with deafness, hard of hearing, blindness and more, now expands to a virtual career fair recruitment tool to fill the… Continue Reading »

New Forum Encourages Virtual Interaction for Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Misc., News, April 1 2020

UK: Euan’s Guide, the charity focused on making it easier for disabled people to get out and about, has now turned its attention to keeping everyone amused whilst they stay indoors. The team behind Euan’s Guide, the website where people leave reviews rating the disabled access at the places they visit,… Continue Reading »

Japanese Firm’s Notebooks Focused on Universal Design

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, March 31 2020

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JAPAN: When a manufacturer here set out to create a notebook for developmentally disabled people, who are often bothered by pure white pages, decorative lines and date columns, they went right to the source. Ohguri Shikou, a notebook maker based in Ikuno Ward here, teamed with a patient support group to… Continue Reading »

South Africa: Early Grants for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities Amid COVID19 Outbreak

Africa, News, March 30 2020

SOUTH AFRICA: The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has brought forward the payment of social grants for the elderly and persons with disabilities for the month of April in an effort to lower the risk of Covid-19 infection by reducing congestion at retailers and banks. In a statement, Sassa said… Continue Reading »

Preventing Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 Response

Disaster, News, March 27 2020

An elderly man shaking hands with a woman seated in a wheelchair.

Unless Governments and communities take action, discrimination against people with disabilities could increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert with the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Lindsay Lee, a WHO Technical Officer who works on issues related to people with disabilities, was speaking during a Q&A the UN health agency hosted on its Twitter account on Thursday. “What worries… Continue Reading »

ECOWAS Commission Tasks Members on Increased Budget to Promote Education Accessibility and Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., News, January 16 2020

Logo of The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

NIGERIA: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has tasked member states on specific budgetary provisions to promote education accessibility and inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees, returnees and stateless persons. Mr Emmanuel Okorodudu, Head of Division, Democracy and Good Governance, Department of… Continue Reading »

Geology Professor Creates 3D Tactile Map for Students with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., January 14 2020

A lady professor seated with a map in front of her on the table

UNITED STATES: What started out as a way to help one visually impaired student turned into two major projects from Dr. Katayoun Mobasher, professor of geology in the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) at the University of North Georgia (UNG). The first idea arose in 2011 when Mobasher realized a visually… Continue Reading »

UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities

Middle East, Misc., January 13 2020

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE Cabinet approved a new policy to protect those with disabilities from abuse. The initiative is intended to empower people of determination by giving them a platform to report cases of ill-treatment. With inclusion at its heart, the policy will enable them to “participate effectively within a safe community environment”… Continue Reading »

ITU Tasks Nigeria, Other Member Countries on Inclusive ICT Growth

Africa, Europe, ICT, News, January 9 2020

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United Nations arm in charge of global telecommunication development, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has charged member countries on inclusive information and communications technology (ICT) growth. Specifically, ITU said members, including developing countries such as Nigeria, should focus attention on the role of emerging technologies in promoting ICT accessibility. The… Continue Reading »

Barrier-Free Access Improves for China’s Disabled: Report

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, January 7 2020

A blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people shows improvements of barrier-free environment for the disabled. [Chinanews.com]

CHINA: China has on Sunday released a blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people, highlighting improvements in the barrier-free environment across the country. The Chinese Academy of Disability Data Sciences, the sole academy engaged in data on handicapped people in China, released the blue paper that was compiled by 29… Continue Reading »