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UAE’s Initiatives for Persons with Disabilities Will Help Build Inclusive Society

Assistive Technology, Middle East, News, Tourism, Universal Design, September 25 2019

Etihad's self-driving wheelchair is among a slew of technologies being introduced for the benefit of people with disabilities living in the UAE. Victor Besa / The National

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE): Around the UAE, efforts to integrate people with disabilities into public life are becoming increasingly visible. Parking lots include designated spots, public washrooms have special cubicles and ramps are increasingly commonplace outside public and residential buildings. There is a shift in mindset among employers too. Zia Mirza, who… Continue Reading »

Barbados Government Exploring Solutions for Enhanced Mobility for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Transportation, September 23 2019

BARBADOS: Government may be looking outside the Transport Board to provide optional transportation, possibly in the range of motorised scooters and wheelchairs along with other specially adapted vehicles for persons with disabilities. Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn today hinted that in light of the Transport Board’s resources challenges… Continue Reading »

Malaysia: Universal Design for EcoWorld’s Future Projects

Assistive Technology, Universal Design, September 23 2019

Ho (left) and Chang sharing EcoWorld’s future plans at the Eco Sanctuary Gallery. (Photos by Low Yen Yeing/EdgeProp.my)

MALAYSIA: Future projects by Eco World Development Group Bhd (EcoWorld) will be based on Universal Design principles which aim to create holistic and sustainable living environments for residents of all ages. Universal Design is a design approach towards creating a built environment that can be accessed, understood and used to… Continue Reading »

Singapore Leads Asia in Resilience to Aging and Automation

Asia-Pacific, News, September 20 2019

Unidentified businessmen crossing the street in Singapore. (Image by Joyfull / Shutterstock.com)

SINGAPORE: The Ageing and Automation Resilience Index by Mercer and Marsh & Mclennan Insights released on Wednesday (18 September) ranked Singapore as the Asian nation that is most resilient to ageing and automation. It must be noted that all Asian countries were ranked in the bottom half of the resilience… Continue Reading »

Royal New Zealand Ballet Awarded for Accessibility

Asia-Pacific, News, September 19 2019

Pascale Parenteau, Lester McGrath and Patricia Barker from Royal New Zealand Ballet accepting the award with Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s commitment to making ballet accessible to diverse communities around New Zealand was recognised in Parliament tonight (subs: 6pm Wednesday 11 September) when it received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2019. Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019, held… Continue Reading »

Kuwait Exerting Great Efforts to Protect Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Middle East, News, September 18 2019

GENEVA: Kuwait affirmed that presenting its first report on implementing the articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the UN, is part of its continuous support to disabled people. The remarks were made by Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the UN Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim on Monday,… Continue Reading »

Communities in British Columbia Urged to Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, News, September 16 2019

An elderly person on the computer with two persons standing beside him.

CANADA: The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is close to 50 per cent, and B.C. needs them as much as they want to work, the president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce says. Val Litwin spoke Monday at an announcement by the B.C. government on its plan to help… Continue Reading »

Portugal First to Win Accessible Tourism Award

Europe, Tourism, September 13 2019

A person in a wheelchair in portugal

 PORTUGAL: Portugal is the first country to receive the “Accessible Tourism Destination” award from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), which recognises the effort in promoting accessibility. “Portugal is the only country to have received this distinction, which is awarded for the first time this year by WTO in partnership with… Continue Reading »

3D Printed Wheelchairs Project Brings Assistive Tech to Developing Countries

Assistive Technology, Europe, September 13 2019

A wheelchair component in the process of being 3D printed (via Motivation)

UNITED KINGDOM: Run by charity Motivation in partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker, the project is called Motivation InnovATe. It is designed to establish the technologies, infrastructure and skills within developing countries to enable custom 3D printed wheelchairs to produced where and when they are needed. Initially starting in Kenya through local… Continue Reading »

NGO Launches Country’s First Assistive Tech

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 12 2019

INDIA: Samarthanam, a 22-year-old disability-focused NGO, has launched the country’s first assistive technology accelerator. Assistive Technology Accelerator (ATA) has been working relentlessly towards creating more awareness about disability. Last month, ATA caught the attention of one of the top podcasters, Neil Patel, who featured it in the Indian Startup Show,… Continue Reading »

How Gaming Technology is Helping Design More Accessible Homes

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, September 10 2019

A computer model of one of the accessible homes.

AUSTRALIA: A group of Perth university students and real estate agents have teamed up to design an accessible home using construction software inspired by the gaming industry, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of creating universal affordable accommodation. Created for a Town of Victoria Park-owned site on Boundary… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada Announces New Accessible Technology Program Funding Recipients

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 9 2019

CANADA: Canadians with disabilities deserve the same opportunities to find good jobs, contribute to their communities, and build a better life for themselves and their families. Yet many Canadians with disabilities still face barriers to full participation in the digital economy. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and… Continue Reading »

Blue Badge Applications Open for Persons with Invisible Disabilities

Europe, Transportation, September 6 2019

Blue Badge parking symbol in a parking lot

UNITED KINGDOM: People with hidden disabilities, such as anxiety disorders or brain injuries, can now apply for the Blue Badge disabled parking permits. The move to extend the eligibility for the passes, which allow holders to park in on-street spaces for free and use disabled bays, has been made to include people who… Continue Reading »

New Inclusive Public Buses Raise Optimism Among Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Transportation, September 5 2019

Persons in wheelchairs boarding a bus in Rwanda

RWANDA: For Jean Bosco Nzaramba, a person living with disability who loves to travel, using public transportation used to be a hustle. “It was difficult to find comfortable seats. Sometimes the last seat on the bus would be in between people. I had to seat and bare the discomfort until I… Continue Reading »

Makeathon to Build Tech for Persons with Disabilities in Kazakhstan

Asia-Pacific, Events, September 4 2019

Nur-Sultan Makeathon to build tech for people with disabilities. Photo credit: nu.edu.kz.

KAZAKHSTAN: Creative innovators will attempt to solve challenges set by people with disabilities in just 72 hours at the capital’s Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM): Nur-Sultan Makeathon Oct. 25-28, reports the Nazarbayev University press office. TOM Makeathon is a 72-hour marathon that unites makers, such as engineers, programmers, craftspeople and doctors, to… Continue Reading »

Film Partnership Focuses on Accessible Tourism in Scotland

Europe, Tourism, September 3 2019

ZDF has filmed at many venues, including Edinburgh Castle

SCOTLAND: A Glasgow-based manufacturer of accessible vehicles has been working with a leading German broadcaster and a tour operator on an initiative that supports disabled tourism in Scotland. Allied Vehicles Group teamed up with TV company ZDF and Schottland fuer Alle (Scotland for All) to showcase how accessible Scotland is for people… Continue Reading »

Myanmar Opens First Cafe Accessible for Persons with Hearing Impairment

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, August 26 2019

MYANMAR: A first-ever private eatery run by staff with hearing impairment was opened in Myanmar’s Yangon earlier this month, creating a deaf-friendly environment. “The Able,” a sign language book cafe, is entirely staffed by six hearing-impaired persons from service staff to chef, to encourage disabled yet differently abled people to… Continue Reading »

New Universal Design Guide Aims to make Public Spaces Pleasant for All

Americas, Universal Design, August 23 2019

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UNITED STATES: When the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990, it set forth expectations around how buildings and public spaces should be designed to accommodate limited mobility. Over the years, the guidelines helped create more accessible parks, buildings, schools, and neighborhoods, but for many architects, the rules stop short of… Continue Reading »

WHO: 8.5 Million Nigerians Experiencing Hearing Impairment

Africa, News, August 19 2019

World Health Organization logo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that 8.5 million Nigerians have a disabling hearing loss. In the same vein, an audiologist, at the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Prof. Dele Owolawi, has revealed that most Nigerians are losing their hearing abilities gradually due to noise from power generating set.… Continue Reading »

Greater Push to Accelerate Implementation of Accessible India Campaign

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 16 2019

three persons on wheelchairs photo taken from behind

INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for introduction of a mobile application to help the disabled facing difficulty in accessing means of transport and government buildings upload pictures of their experiences. He has also asked officials to be “compassionate” towards the cause and to accelerate the implementation of the… Continue Reading »