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Universal Design Conference and Higher Education in Transformation Conference joining forces for 2018

Europe, Events, Universal Design, January 17 2018

UDHEIT logo

IRELAND: Happy New Year! from the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress. The teams behind the Universal Design Conferences (UD 2012 Oslo, UD 2014 Lund and UD 2016 York) and the Higher Education in Transformation Conferences (HEIT 2015 Dublin, HEIT 2016 Oshawa) are joining forces in 2018 to host… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Tele-Radiology – The Future Of Health Diagnostics

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 17 2018

A man wearing a neck brace looks at an X-Ray with his doctor

JAMAICA: Health technology can be applied to almost every aspect of healthcare to improve efficiency and access. Radiology, though not frequently mentioned, is an important component to full healthcare digitization and tele-medicine. Through this digitization, access to qualified and talented healthcare professionals can be significantly increased, thus solving staff shortage… Continue Reading »

Technology Improving Global Accessibility

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Middle East, January 9 2018

Computer wires & connectors

2017 saw great strides in technology; helping to improve accessibility for all. Building on innovative schemes such as the wind-up laptop, which brought accessible and portable computers to poor communities across Africa, several new digital technologies have sprung up the world over to benefit impoverished communities. Inclusivity is the buzzword… Continue Reading »

Council’s ageing and disability services on hand to Assist

Asia-Pacific, News, January 4 2018

Midcoast Assist logo

MIDCOAST, AUSTRALIA: MidCoast Council’s Ageing and Disability Services team has started the new year by unveiling a new identity, MidCoast Assist, along with a commitment to the same friendly faces and personalized services they’re well known for in the local area. The ageing and disability services function of MidCoast Council has… Continue Reading »

Disability rights get a judicial boost

Asia-Pacific, Misc., January 3 2018

Artwork Credit - Nachiketa Mittal

INDIA: The disability rights movement received momentous judicial support on December 15. The Supreme Court pronounced two major judgments concerning the higher education and accessibility rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). These judgments have also come at a strategic time; India has completed 10 years of ratifying the United Nations… Continue Reading »

Joyce Cook receives CBE for services to Sport and Accessibility

Built Environment, Europe, Tourism, Universal Design, January 3 2018

LONDON, UK: As midnight struck in London on 30 December 2017, the latest names to be recognized in the traditional Queen’s New Year Honours List were revealed: a mix of politicians, stars of music, culture and sport, and community champions. Among the list was the citation: Joyce Evelyn, Mrs. COOK,… Continue Reading »

Health + Tech | Telemedicine Bonus – Opportunity To Broaden Access To Healthcare For The Disabled

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, January 3 2018

Headshot of Doug Halsall

JAMAICA: Universal access to health has been the buzz phrase for a few years now. When we think of this concept, we tend to think mostly of financial access, but it is much more than that. Our system is currently skewed to providing financial access to health, which, in itself,… Continue Reading »

Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like?

Americas, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, January 3 2018

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like? For full article visit the source: The Canadian Press http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/603260/long-sought-new-accessibility-law-coming-2018-what-will-it-look Linked with permission.

Disdain for disability

Asia-Pacific, Misc., January 3 2018

Head shot of Dr. Rakhshinda Parveen

PAKISTAN: It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit… Continue Reading »

Memphis Airport uses Aira smart glasses to simplify airport experience for blind and low vision travelers

Americas, Assistive Technology, Tourism, January 2 2018

Person shown demonstrating use of Aira technology and app

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (USA):  Memphis International Airport (MEM) has announced a partnership with technology company Aira that will help to simplify the airport experience for blind and low vision travelers. Through the new program, passengers at MEM can access the Aira Airport network powered by its Site Access technology and connect… Continue Reading »

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

Europe, News, January 2 2018

Disabled sign on the sidewalk, just before a crosswalk

England, UK: Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal. According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said in 2014 that they had attempted to take their own lives.… Continue Reading »

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

Americas, Misc., December 29 2017

Guide dogs Memphis and Donna meet during the NRC-sponsored Combined Federal Campaign Charity Fair during which federal workers learn about community charities. Pictured (left to right) NRC staff member Trish Gallalee and Memphis, her guide dog, and Dave Gill, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and Donna, his training service dog. Looking on in the background are NRC CFC campaign manager Reinaldo Picón-Colón, Leigh Trocine and Deirdre W. Spaulding-Yeoman

USA: Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society — something that will be under… Continue Reading »

HI: Addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities in Africa

Africa, Misc., December 29 2017

The Making It Work Gender and Disability Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has just finalized its selection of 9 good practices implemented by 7 DPOs and 2 Women’s Organizations in 6 countries: Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda. The good practices include successful community-based prevention of violence, national advocacy, increased… Continue Reading »

Gender and disability popular topics among list of Trinity Equality Fund initiatives

Built Environment, Europe, December 29 2017

Trinity College, Dublin

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Gender and disability-related projects dominate in the list of initiatives awarded funding by the Trinity Equality Fund (TEF) this year. Of the 15 initiatives granted funding by the college body, six relate exclusively to gender while a further three are centered around disability-related issues. Of the remaining six… Continue Reading »

The ‘grey’ area for domestic violence victims who have a disability

Asia-Pacific, Misc., December 29 2017

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: A disabled woman tried to set her Canberra house on fire because her support provider failed to stop abuse from her housemate for over a year. Click here for the full article   Source: The Canberra Times Posted with permission.

Local Grant Brings Universal Design Closer to the Valley

Americas, Universal Design, December 29 2017

Close-up view of a person's feet in footrest of wheelchair

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (USA)  A local Harrisonburg couple is working toward bringing Universal Design to the Valley. Universal Design makes plans for homes, communities, and activities inclusive for everyone. It focuses on people with physical disabilities, mental disorders, and aging in general. Universal Design also sets the stage for homes and buildings if someone… Continue Reading »

Bahrain Hosts UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, December 28 2017

Bahrain hosts UNDP's youth leadership programme

MANAMA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bahrain has organized the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) for the first time in Bahrain. The YLP that took place from August to November was part of Youth City 2030 at the International Exhibition and Conventions Centre. The final session was held at… Continue Reading »

17th World Congress themed Learn, Inspire, Lead UK

Europe, Events, December 28 2017

World Congress Banner

The 17th World Congress will take place in Birmingham, UK, on 30 May – 1 June 2018. The 17th World Congress is organised by Inclusion International and Inclusion Europe, and is proudly sponsored by Mencap. The event brings together self-advocates, families, and professionals to: learnand share experiences from around the world about… Continue Reading »

Survey to Improve Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Built Environment, December 27 2017

Hand completing checklist

The Boston city’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities is inviting everyone, whether you’re a Bostonian or not, to take a survey to provide opinions about existing barriers and accessibility needs in Boston. The city will use the findings of the Accessibility Priority Survey to shape strategic planning to better serve… Continue Reading »

Lime Connect Partners on Ground-breaking Corporate Disability Study

Americas, ICT, Misc., December 26 2017

Diverse Professionals. Source PRWeb

NEW YORK: Lime Connect (Lime) and Bloomberg, PwC and Unilever – three of the organization’s corporate partners – are lead sponsors of a first-of-its-kind study published by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) that finds that far more people than expected have a disability: 30 percent of college-educated employees working full-time… Continue Reading »