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Women Enabled International (WEI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Release New Publication

Americas, Events, News, December 24 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: On November 28, 2018, Women Enabled International (WEI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a new publication that provides practical and concrete guidance on the provision of inclusive and accessible services related to gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for… Continue Reading »

Microsoft’s New Xbox Adaptive Controller, Softwheel and Yoocan Technologies Presented at the Alyn Hospital Inspired Innovation 2018 Event

Middle East, News, December 24 2018

From left to right: Robert Felgar (CEO at RAZ Mobility), Moshe Gaon (CEO at Yoocan Technologies), Captain Ziv Shilon, Danna Hochstein Mann (Director at ALYNnovation), Yaron Galitzky (General Manager of Devices & Accessories at Microsoft), Zvi Ginosar (Chairman of the Board at ALYN Hospital) & Mark Sherman

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: ALYNnovation’s Inspired Innovation 2018 event was held for the first time last week in Israel. This premier event was hosted by ALYN Hospital, which is a rehabilitation center for physically challenged and children with disabilities, adolescents, and young adults. The event was held in the hospital’s innovation… Continue Reading »

Human Rights Treaties Expert Review

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 21 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: In their efforts to elevate human rights reporting for state and non-state actors around inclusive Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport or iPEPAS, UNESCO is undertaking international consultation around associated articles of the Human Rights treaties and suggested indicators in order to develop a range of reporting and advocacy tools.… Continue Reading »

EXTENDED! IDA Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 20 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The IDA announced an extension to the deadline to complete the IDA Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this first ever global survey in the disability rights movement!   The IDA Global Survey is available online on the following link: http://www..internationaldisabilityalliance.org/global-survey What is… Continue Reading »

Spanish Constitution Article on People with Disabilities Successfully Updated

Europe, News, December 20 2018

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, València, Spain

SPAIN: A landmark agreement has been made by the Spanish government to amend article 49 of the Spanish constitution (concerning people with disabilities) in order to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities. On Friday, December 7th, the Spanish government approved the plan by its Vice-President for governance, relations… Continue Reading »

Bridge CRPD-SDGs in the MENA Region – Module 1 Kick-Off

Africa, Events, Middle East, News, December 19 2018

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CAIRO, EGYPT: From 13-19 December, 2018, Cairo, Egypt is hosting the regional Bridge CRPD-SDGs training programme for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Arabic.  This is the first ever Bridge training initiative in this region and is being organised by the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities… Continue Reading »

CRPD Committee’s Views on Individual Communications under the Optional Protocol

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 19 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has updated the compilation of the CRPD Committee’s Views on individual communications under the optional protocol. You can read these at: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/crpd-committee-interpretation. To date, the CRPD Committee has adopted 21 views on individual communications under the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, addressing different procedural and… Continue Reading »

It’s Time to Engage! – HLPF 2019 Regional Sustainable Development Forums

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, Middle East, News, December 18 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Each year, the five UN Regional Commissions organize regional preparatory meetings leading up to the High-level Political Forum in July. The meetings will be convened between March and April 2019. The regional platforms usually have a pre-meeting of civil society. It is a space to exchange on our advocacy in the… Continue Reading »

CALLING FOR INPUTS for the Official Submission of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to HLPF 2019

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 18 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Each year the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities submits a sectoral position paper to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). This year, our submission to the 2019 HLPF will have the overarching theme of “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring their inclusiveness and equality with others”. The submission will… Continue Reading »

Weighted Blankets and Better Sleep for Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Americas, December 17 2018

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AMERICAS: As many as 90% of children with autism also have sensory challenges, according to Spectrum News. Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble processing the information being sent by the senses. SPD can cause a person to often feel either over or under… Continue Reading »

Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Americas, News, December 14 2018

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the support of all provinces and… Continue Reading »

Launch of Mobile App To Teach Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, News, December 14 2018

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INDIA: A self-paced online course in Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Persons with Disabilities has been launched by Cross the Hurdles. This is first of its kind of initiative in India. The mobile App named Courses at Cross the Hurdles-A Free Learning App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wCoursesCrosstheHurdlesAFreeLeaningApp_7827004&hl=en), is on Google Play Store. It also… Continue Reading »

UN Report Finds Inclusion Gaps for People with Disabilities

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 14 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The UN released its first-ever report on persons with disabilities and the SDGs, finding persons with disabilities continue to face numerous barriers to their full inclusion and participation in the life of their communities. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the report during the commemoration of… Continue Reading »

UN Promotes Technological Developments for SDGs

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, ICT, Middle East, News, December 13 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution asking key UN bodies for updated findings on the impact of key technological changes vis-a-vis the 2030 Agenda, for discussion at the fourth annual UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). The UN also recently announced that over… Continue Reading »

PEAT and Teach Access Identify Large Skills Gap in the Tech Sector

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, December 13 2018

PEAT and Teach Access - Skills Gap infographic

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: People with disabilities are the largest minority worldwide, and in today’s digital age it’s more important than ever that people with disabilities are able to use technology, from websites to mobile phones to emerging smart devices. Today, leading tech companies agree that building and buying products that… Continue Reading »

UN Universal Health Coverage Day – December 12, 2018

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, News, December 12 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Please join AARP, HelpAge International, UN DESA, and WHO for the launch of Global AgeWatch Insights: The right to health for older people, the right to be counted The Global AgeWatch Insights report is a joint initiative of HelpAge and AARP. Launches of the Global AgeWatch Insights report and… Continue Reading »

United Nations – Request for Inputs to 10th session of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

Americas, Events, News, December 11 2018

The Chair of the General Assembly's Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing, Ambassador Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations

NEW YORK, USA: The Chair of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing, Ambassador Martín García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, invites non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC Status and previously accredited organizations to the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, to provide: Substantive inputs on the… Continue Reading »

European Countries Commit to Enhance Efforts to Reduce Disaster Risk

Disaster, Europe, Events, News, December 11 2018

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EUROPE: A declaration spelling out challenges and opportunities facing the European region as it seeks to reduce disaster risks and losses was adopted by representatives of European countries, stakeholder groups and partners at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The ‘Rome Declaration of Stakeholders: Securing Europe’s Prosperity: Reducing Risk… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Conducts “Emergency Evacuation for Persons with Disabilities” Workshop Hosted by Almarai

Middle East, News, December 10 2018

Qaderoon Conducts “Emergency Evacuation for Persons with Disabilities” Workshop Hosted by Almarai

SAUDI ARABIA: On Sunday 4 Nov 2018, Qaderoon Business Disability Network held a workshop on emergency evacuation for persons with disabilities in collaboration with the Universal Accessibility Program at King Saud University and hosted at Almarai head office in Riyadh. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Dr. Ahmed… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network sign an MoU with Jeddah Municipality

Middle East, News, December 10 2018

Qaderoon Network sign an MoU with Jeddah Municipality

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jeddah Municipality on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in the context of the two parties’ keenness to enable social responsibility and contribute to the development of the society. The agreement, which represented the two sides, includes HE Mr. Saleh Al-Turki,… Continue Reading »