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Quadriplegic Rocks Stadium Football Fans with National Anthem

Americas, Assistive Technology, Events, May 16 2018

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ALBANY, N.Y. USA – A quadriplegic man stunned a stadium of thousands last night by playing the national anthem on a musical device he created to overcome his disability. Dave Whalen, 56, of Scotia, N.Y. has been paralyzed from the neck down since a ski accident at age 18 but… Continue Reading »

Blackboard Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Series of Informative Webinars

Americas, Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Universal Design, Webinar, May 16 2018

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WASHINGTON, USA: 2nd annual Blackboard webinar series will convene experts from around the globe to share insights on creating inclusive learning experiences for all. In recognition of the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Blackboard will host a series of no cost, informative webinars covering hot topics related to digital access in… Continue Reading »

Successful Accessibility Certification Graduate

Africa, News, Universal Design, May 15 2018

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CAMEROON, AFRICA: Cameroon resident Richard Tambe has a dream to make Cameroon more accessible to it’s citizens and visitors.   To realize that dream, he registered with GAATES and successfully completed his certification as an expert in accessibility of the built environment. Richard was highly motivated to achieve his certification to… Continue Reading »

EDF Webinar: Preparation to the HLPF for European Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Europe, News, Webinar, May 15 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce its new webinar on Thursday, 24th May on the Sustainable Development Goals. Thursday, 24th May 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm  (Belgium time) Everyone is encouraged to register! Overview As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable… Continue Reading »

UNEP, FiA Foundation Report Calls for Infrastructure Investment for SDG Targets 3.6, 11.2

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, May 14 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) Share the Road Programme has launched its annual report titled, ‘Investing in people who walk and cycle,’ which highlights progress made to ensure that more pedestrians and cyclists can safely travel to work and school. The Share the Road Programme aims… Continue Reading »

Stakeholders to Make Delhi a Model Accessible City

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, May 11 2018

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is having the commitment to uphold the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and to ensure the accessible and inclusive assets are created in the country. Chairing the ‘1st Sensitization Meeting of… Continue Reading »

Civil Society Briefing with the Bureau of the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP), 17 May, New York

Americas, Events, News, May 9 2018

Invitation to Participate and Input into the Civil Society Briefing with the Bureau of the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP)  The Bureau of the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is hosting a Civil… Continue Reading »

Yoocan, TOM, Access Israel Host Showcase & Competition for Assistive Technologies Startups

Events, ICT, Middle East, May 9 2018

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: On April 29, 2018 at the Access Israel innovation conference in Tel Aviv, seven companies (Freewill, User Accessibility, Right-Hear, Equal Web, Project Ray, Make Sense & Step Hear) competed for the “best presentation.” The winner was Right-Hear, an accessibility solution for people who are blind or visually… Continue Reading »

Travel With Ease: How Singapore Is Catering to Visitors with Special Accessibility Needs

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Tourism, May 8 2018

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SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA: With an aging population, Singapore has been tackling accessibility needs head-on with a series of changes to the city’s infrastructure. Today, it’s one of the most travel-friendly cities in the world for those with accessibility needs, so if you’re looking for delicious Asian food and a cultural adventure, Singapore… Continue Reading »

APPLY for Disability Data Workshop on 10th of June in NYC – Prior to CoSP

Americas, Events, ICT, May 7 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: Prior to the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, apply to participate in a one day workshop on the Measurement of Disability, to be held on the 10th of June, in New York.  The Workshop will include modules… Continue Reading »

Access to Justice Survey to be Completed by WEDNESDAY 9 MAY

Events, News, May 4 2018


International: Survey for dissemination to your Networks and completion by WEDNESDAY 9  May! G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, has launched a survey on the perceptions of organisations of persons with disabilities, regarding access to justice for persons with disabilities in the geography where the respective DPOs work. The aim… Continue Reading »

USDLA Awards Blackboard Ally with Innovation Award for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2018

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, May 4 2018

Indianapolis, IN, USA– Blackboard was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world’s most prestigious distance learning award The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2018 International Distance Learning Awards to Blackboard in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blackboard was recognized with USDLA’s… Continue Reading »

Organizations call on States Parties to Restore Gender Balance to the CRPD

Events, ICT, News, May 3 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The GQUAL Campaign, the International Disability Alliance and the International Disability and Development Consortium call upon States Parties to promote gender balance as well as quality and independence among the experts within the elections for the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee). On June 12th, 2018,… Continue Reading »

UN-Habitat Municipal Finance Handbook Advances NUA, SDG 11

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, May 3 2018

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has launched a resource guide on municipal finance, highlighting the importance for implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The handbook provides city leaders with a range of financing solutions that emphasize sustainability,… Continue Reading »

Call for Inputs ahead of country visit to Kyrgyztan, 22 to 31 May 2018

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, May 2 2018

KYRGYZSTAN: The Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Puras, will pay an official visit to Kyrgyzstan from 22 to 31 May 2018. During his visit, he plans to hold meetings with different interlocutors and visit different sites and… Continue Reading »

Register Now for May 10th Webinar: Financing for Development and Persons with Disabilities

Events, News, Webinar, May 1 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: As announced in a previous article, the HLPF team has launched a series of webinars about the SDGs  The first HLPF 2018 Webinar on Disability Data and the SDGs that took place on April 19th, 2018 was very well received with over 300 people who registered to the webinar!  They have made the recording accessible to… Continue Reading »

TIA Receives ANSI Reaccreditation in Recognition of Commitment to Standards Development

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, May 1 2018

ARLINGTON, VA, USA: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced its successful reaccreditation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organization. TIA is a leader in developing standards for the information communications technology community and has maintained… Continue Reading »

Call for Proposals: Using Technology to Accelerate Teacher Professional Development

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, April 30 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Please see here for a call for proposals to use technology to accelerate teacher professional development towards achieving SDG 4: Landscape review and research agenda. This research should include approaches that meet the diverse needs of teachers’ professional development (TPD), including for teachers with disabilities. As well, this should include research… Continue Reading »

Call for Submissions: Consultations of the Committee with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC

Americas, Events, News, April 30 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), is holding consultations with organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC to discuss questions of interest to the Committee or to the organizations relating to the relationship between the NGOs and the United Nations in line with paragraph 61 (a) of ECOSOC… Continue Reading »

Tool Reveals Links Between Human Rights Recommendations, SDG Targets

Europe, ICT, News, April 27 2018

DENMARK: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has launched the UPR-SDG Data Explorer, which uses an algorithm to automatically identify links between the SDG targets and recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The tool aims to facilitate follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda… Continue Reading »