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Seminar on SDGs and Inclusive Society in Tokyo

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, November 28 2017

TOKYO, JAPAN: The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) will organize a seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Inclusive Society with focus on dyslexia. The seminar will invite speakers from the government, academia, and civil society organizations to share knowledge, best practices, and challenges in… Continue Reading »

‘Leave no one behind,’ UNDP aims to champion the rights of people with vision disabilities

Americas, Events, News, November 28 2017

Reading the book Braille

Indonesia has the second highest rate of people with vision disabilities in the world. This and other eye-opening facts were discussed during a recent UNDP workshop in Jakarta which aims to champion the rights of people who are blind, low vision, or print disabled. Most importantly the workshop discussed ways… Continue Reading »

Call for inputs: Accessibility Survey

Americas, ICT, News, November 28 2017

Hand completing checklist

Accessibility Survey is being conducted by the United Nations Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility (IDTFA). This survey seeks to collect information about barriers in terms of accessibility you have encountered, or if you have witnessed/heard others experience any accessibility barriers to full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in… Continue Reading »

International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Europe, Middle East, News, Universal Design, November 27 2017

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in… Continue Reading »

2017 IDPD on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

Americas, Misc., News, November 27 2017


Under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, the observance of the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) at United Nations Headquarters in New York City will be organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) on 1 December 2017 in… Continue Reading »

Turkish Airlines introduces Braille boarding passes

Europe, News, Transportation, November 27 2017

person holding a braille boarding pass

ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines has introduced boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet for passengers who are blind or have low vision. The boarding passes are now being provided at special check-in counters at Istanbul Ataturk Airport International departures. The global carrier launched this new service from a special check-in desk… Continue Reading »

AccorHotels introduces new initiatives to promote accessibility

Americas, News, Universal Design, November 27 2017

Smart Room, a room for everyone

Group employees are taking action to map the accessibility of their hotels and local businesses on the “Jaccede” app. The challenge takes the form of an international competition pitting seven teams against one another in the main regions around the world where the Group operates, in order to strengthen a… Continue Reading »

Google’s Chrome OS to soon get dictation as an accessibility feature

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, November 27 2017

Google Chrome OS

Google’s Chrome OS will soon get support for dictation as an accessibility feature. Currently the only way you can enable this is through extensions. Google Docs supports this feature on all platforms including Chrome OS. On Chromebooks with Google Play Store support, there could be some Android apps as well.… Continue Reading »

Audio-described movies a boon to people with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, November 27 2017


PANAJI, INDIA: It meant a lot to people who are blind or have low vision to be able to participate in the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), even though that there were only two audio-described films in the Accessible India Film Section. Secret Superstar and Hindi Medium, were screened… Continue Reading »

Voya Financial Partners with Special Olympics to Advance Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., News, November 26 2017

NEW YORK: Voya Financial, Inc. has announced the launch of Invest in Something Special, the newest component of the company’s broader effort to support persons with disabilities. The weeklong Invest in Something Special effort runs through Nov. 19, and will share the near-term goals and lifetime aspirations of Special Olympics… Continue Reading »

Shortage of teachers for children with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., News, November 25 2017

VIETNAM: Dinh Thi Thu Huong, a teacher at Nguyen Dinh Chieu School said:”Besides regular classes, we also provide other classes such as living skills and mobility for students with vision disabilities, among others. Normarly for the mobility subject, one teacher will focus on one student, but we have to teach… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities test out Metro facilities

Asia-Pacific, News, Transportation, November 24 2017

HYDERABAD, INDIA: The authorities have ensured that Metro trains and stations, including lifts, fare gates and ticket vending machines cater the needs of people with disabilities. A test run was carried out with a small group of individuals, and it was found that they were able to buy tickets, cross… Continue Reading »

Video game improves balance in youth with autism

Americas, Misc., News, November 23 2017

Playing a video game that rewards participants for holding various “ninja” poses could help children and youth with autism  improve their balance, according to a recent study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Balance challenges are more common among people… Continue Reading »

Making schools more inclusive to support all students

Asia-Pacific, Misc., News, November 22 2017

Student with disability smiling at camera in classroom at the elementary school

AUSTRALIA: Schools across Victoria will get a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities. Minister for Education James Merlino yesterday visited Mandama Primary School in Grovedale to announce that another 14 schools will receive funding under the $20 million… Continue Reading »

New Competition Launched to Ensure Children who are Deaf Achieve Literacy

Europe, Misc., News, November 21 2017

Sign On For Literacy logo

BUDAPEST: All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) has announced the launch of Sign On For Literacy, a new global competition to invest in innovations that increase access to local sign languages and advance language and literacy outcomes for deaf children. The competition was announced at the… Continue Reading »

Young school students painted to create awareness about accessibility

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 21 2017


NEW DELHI: More than 1200 Students of different schools of Delhi participated together to paint on the theme of Accessibility to raise awareness for a cause which although of ‘Universal’ importance escapes the public consciousness. It is with this thought that the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities organized… Continue Reading »

Importance of Empowering Persons with Disabilities Highlighted from the View of Film-makers, Creativity for Accessibility

Asia-Pacific, Misc., News, November 21 2017

group photo

NEW DELHI: The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) organized an award function of Short Film Competition on Divyangjan Sashaktikaran in association with Directoriate of Film Festival (DFF) on Thursday. Total 10 awards were given in three categories of Documentaries, Short Films and TV Spots. The Chief Guest… Continue Reading »

Telangana government announces facilities for barrier-free travel of people with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, News, Transportation, November 21 2017

HYDERABAD, INDIA: The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) Limited, which is likely to begin its first phase in the next few weeks says it’s going to be accessible for all, even as the Telangana Department for Disabled Welfare is in the process of making public transport facilities accessible for persons with… Continue Reading »

Airlines agree to increase availability of accessible airport kiosks

Americas, News, Transportation, November 20 2017

self check-in kiosks in airport

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation has reached agreements with Alaska Airlines/Virgin America and Spirit Airlines to expand the availability of airport kiosks that will be accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to a DOT press release.  DOT also reached an agreement with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to make the… Continue Reading »

Program helps make arts more accessible in the community

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, November 20 2017

Participant experiencing a tactile touch tour

The University of Western Australia will this month launch Inclusive Arts Week – a new program that aims to promote accessibility and inclusion in the arts for everyone in the community. Running between Tuesday 28 November and Saturday 2 December, Inclusive Arts Week packs in an exciting program of free… Continue Reading »