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Disability Rights Scholarship Program

Americas, Misc., October 20 2017

NEW YORK: The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides yearlong awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).… Continue Reading »

UCIC Launches Hardware Agnostic Alexa Voice Service Client

Americas, ICT, October 20 2017

TORONTO: The Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) announces the release of its new hardware agnostic voice control client & AI integration manager; Ubi Kit. “The platform has been designed to enable companies the quickest time to market, at the lowest cost, and most flexible supply chain,” said Leor Grebler, CEO of… Continue Reading »

New developments enabling people with vision disabilities to see again

Europe, Misc., October 19 2017

person wearing Vibrotactile wearable Device

New developments enabling people with vision disabilities to see againEnabling people who are blind or have low vision to see again is the dream of many neuroscientists. We still have a long way to go to make this happen, but we have also made a lot of progress over the… Continue Reading »

Curtin’s new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2017-2020

Americas, Universal Design, October 18 2017

Curtin student at the Counselling and Disability Services building, on the Bentley Campus. Photo: Curtin University

Curtin has a new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) with a focus on Universal Design and a vision to create an accessible and inclusive environment for everyone in our diverse community. Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and… Continue Reading »

COD Hosts Disability Inclusion and Career Success Workshop

Americas, Events, October 18 2017

diversity and inclusion poster

The College of DuPage Center for Access and Accommodations and Career Services office will host a Disability Inclusion and Career Success event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Funded through the Carl D. Perkins… Continue Reading »

Children with disabilities battle to find schools in South Africa

Africa, Misc., October 18 2017

According to government figures there are more than 2,000 children with disabilities waiting for schools in the Eastern Cape. GroundUp spoke to two families in Mdantsane near East London. Boniswa Ntshota, 73, has been caring for her grandson, Hlomla Ntshota, since his mother died in 2008. She says she has… Continue Reading »

US State Department Funds One Year Project to Assist Refugees with Disabilities in Lebanon

Americas, Misc., October 18 2017

NEW YORK, NY: The World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) and the United States Department of State are pleased to announce a Cooperative Agreement to assist refugees with disabilities and their peers in the host communities of Lebanon. The agreement between the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and… Continue Reading »

Household Technology Can Aid the Learning of Children with ADHD

Americas, Assistive Technology, October 18 2017

Around 5% of people worldwide have ADHD, although there may be many more undiagnosed individuals. As a result, many children struggle with increased stress and anxiety, which limits their academic performance. Technology such as smartwatches and apps can improve organizational skills of youngsters, but what other technology is available to help? Here… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities guaranteed right to political participation

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 17 2017

KATHMANDU: The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has guaranteed the right to political participation to persons with disabilities. “Persons with disabilities shall have the right to announce their candidacy and exercise their voting rights with or without the help of any person or… Continue Reading »

New UNICEF study shows children with disabilities often face stigma and discrimination

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 16 2017

coverpage Childhood Disability in Malaysia: a Study of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices

KUALA LUMPUR: Six in ten people surveyed do not have enough information about children with disabilities, UNICEF said in a study released. This is the first nationwide research to shed light on the perceptions, attitudes and practices towards childhood disability in Malaysia. Findings from the research reveal that knowledge about… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Designed Program creates inclusive living spaces for persons with disabilities

Americas, Universal Design, October 16 2017

Rosemarie Rossetti shows off her new kitchen, which includes three staggered levels of countertops, a lower microwave and oven, and a roll-up stovetop. Her new home is called the Universal Design Living Laboratory. (Photo credit: Courtney Hergesheimer, Columbus Dispatch)

TORONTO: The Daniels Corporation announced a new program offering condominium suites designed specifically for purchasers who use mobility devices. Called ‘Accessibility Designed Program’ (ADP), suites within this innovative program will exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements by including features such as roll-out/low-threshold balconies with a swing door and large roll-in… Continue Reading »

New app to help people with vision disabilities navigate spaces, buildings

Africa, ICT, October 16 2017

a person with vision disability uses the app

World Sight Day 2017 takes place this year on Thursday, October 12, a day which highlights issues affecting people who are blind and have low vision across the globe. Three South African men are making an impact in an effort to improve the support of people with vision disabilities in… Continue Reading »

BlindPAD’s Tablet Makes Visual Information Tactile for Users with Vision Disabilities

Europe, ICT, October 16 2017

BlindPad Tablet

An EU-funded consortium has created a touchscreen tablet dubbed BlindPAD designed specifically for users with vision disabilities. The system, which has been three years in the making, comprises a tactile tablet, software that translates images into tactile representations and a series of exercises that together make digital graphical information accessible… Continue Reading »

Resilience, not weakness

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 15 2017

Woman who is blind with a cane walking at a subway station

The white cane was once considered a mere stick to help people with vision disabilities detect obstacles in their way. Today, that very cane has become a symbol of independence, self-reliance, confidence. As such, ever since 1964, people all around the world celebrate October 15 as White Cane Safety Day.… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities emphasize need to involve in DRR programs

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, October 15 2017

PHILIPPINES: In its effort towards disaster risk reduction, persons with disabilities (PWDs) expressed the need to involve themselves in disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction programs. The secretary general of the World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Teddy Kahil, who is visually impaired, said Thursday last week that persons with disabilities are greatly affected… Continue Reading »

SAHRC holds conference on rights of children with disabilities

Africa, Events, October 13 2017

JOHANNESBURG: The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has held a two-day conference on the rights of children with disabilities in Johannesburg this week. The focus is on access to education, as the commission concludes that this basic right has been denied to those children. In a statement, the SAHRC… Continue Reading »

Dubai to Introduce Sign Language Call Center

Middle East, Misc., October 12 2017

DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will soon integrate a new channel to communicate with people with hearing disabilities at its call center. The new video call and chat interface, being piloted at the ongoing Gitex Technology Week in Dubai, will initially be available in sign language for Arabic… Continue Reading »

Belarus opens new inclusive education opportunities

Europe, Misc., October 12 2017

MINSK: Belarus opens up new opportunities for teaching children with disabilities as part of the inclusive education campaign, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Afshan Khan told the media during the visit of UNICEF representatives to the Institute for Inclusive Education on 9 October, BelTA has learned. “We… Continue Reading »

New Partnership Focuses on Including Children with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., October 12 2017

SAN DIEGO: Kids Included Together (KIT) commemorated the start of Disability Awareness Month this October by announcing a new national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to open more opportunities for children with disabilities and other complex needs. Under the partnership, KIT (www.KIT.org), the leading authority in disability… Continue Reading »

Dutch starts consultation for government digital accessibility

Europe, ICT, October 11 2017

The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has begun a consultation concerning the accessibility of the government. The consultation will begin on 2 October; comments will be accepted until 13 November. The Ministry believes the digital accessibility of the government is of great importance to the elderly and… Continue Reading »