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Asia-Pacific Business Forum Urges Regulation of Technologies, Financing Models

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, ICT, News, April 27 2018

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HONG KONG, CHINA: The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) highlighted the need for massive investment to achieve the SDGs, and the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to produce social and economic benefits. Participants noted, however, that appropriate regulation should be put in place to ensure, for example,… Continue Reading »

1 June 2018 is the Deadline to Apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations

News, Webinar, April 27 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: 1 June 2018 is the last day for Non-Governmental Organizations to apply for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for… Continue Reading »

Successful Launch of GAATES’ International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) Program

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, April 26 2018


INTERNATIONAL: Receive recognition as an internationally certified accessibility consultant!   In it’s first quarter of operations, ICAC-BE program candidates’ submitted credentials in January 2018 for review and evaluation by GAATES’ Expert Panel. GAATES is pleased to announce the first round of successful program applicants are: Level 3 Expert Accessibility Consultant… Continue Reading »

GAATES Elects Professor Alireza Darvishy to its Board

Events, News, April 25 2018

Headshot of Professor Alireza Darvishy

INTERNATIONAL: GAATES is please to announce and introduce our new Board member, Professor Alireza Darvishy. Prof. Darvishy holds a PhD in computer science and he has been committed to accessibility for over 20 years. He is a professor at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, where he serves as the… Continue Reading »

Resource Watch Facilitates Data Access and SDG Monitoring

Assistive Technology, ICT, News, April 23 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 30 partners have released the beta version of Resource Watch. This online platform brings together hundreds of data sets to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualize the state of the environment at local, national and global levels. The platform offers dashboards… Continue Reading »

2018 HLPF: Call for expert speakers from Major Groups and other Stakeholders – Deadline 13th May

Americas, Built Environment, Events, News, April 20 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The 2018 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held at UNHQ in New York from 9 to 18 July 2018 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme for the session will be Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. More information is available… Continue Reading »

Myopia Control Lens Awarded the Championship in Geneva’s Invention Expo

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, April 18 2018

Principal Investigators Prof. Carly SY LAM (left) and Prof. Chi Ho from the TO School of Optometry are pictured sitting in an optician's exam room holding their winning project the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens for Myopia Control. Credit: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

HONG KONG, CHINA: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has brought glory to Hong Kong by winning 9 prizes, namely the Grand Prize (overall championship), one Grand Award, three Special Gold Medals, and four Gold Medals, at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Covering a wide range of application areas,… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Launches e-Commerce Site for Making Accessible PDFs

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, April 17 2018

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces the launch of AccessibilityNow.com, a new e-commerce site that makes it possible to quickly and cost-effectively convert PDFs into accessible documents. AccessibilityNow.com offers fast turnaround times and the lowest cost options… Continue Reading »

Beach Boys Drummer Beats M.S. with Hands-Free Jamboxx MIDI Instrument

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 13 2018

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TEMECULA, CALIF. / ALBANY, N.Y. (USA):  A noted percussionist with multiple sclerosis is the new ambassador for Jamboxx, a hands-free breath powered instrument for all musicians including those with any form of disability. “As a long-time touring and recording percussionist, I was diagnosed with MS, which eventually hindered my expression… Continue Reading »

Utah Education Network Selects Blackboard Ally to Make Digital Course Content More Accessible

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 13 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Utah Education Network (UEN) has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to give hundreds of thousands of students access to a more inclusive learning environment. As part of the collaboration, UEN will implement Blackboard Ally, a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible, at 9 universities across the state. Blackboard Ally integrates with… Continue Reading »

Yoocan, Access Israel and TOM at Upcoming 6th Annual Access Israel International Convention

Events, ICT, Middle East, April 12 2018

Left: Yuval Wagner, Founder & President of Access Israel Right: Moshe Gaon, Founder & CEO of Yoocan Technologies Moshe & Yuval at the M-Enabling Summit 2017 in Washington.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: Yoocan, Access Israel and TOM to conduct an innovation showcase and startups competition in the upcoming 6th annual Access Israel international convention. The convention will be held April 26-29th in Tel Aviv focusing on innovation and the future of accessibility. Participants will discuss global trends, regulation and… Continue Reading »

Detecting Inequalities from Space

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, April 9 2018

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MEXICO: Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our… Continue Reading »

Sustainable Cities – Gateways for People on the Move

Built Environment, News, Transportation, Universal Design, April 5 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The world is on the move, and today an estimated 258 million international migrants are living outside their country of birth. While global population movements grab headlines, a quiet revolution tiptoes in the background, dramatically changing our world – the great migration of humanity into cities. From just 746 million… Continue Reading »

Access Israel 6th International Convention on April 29, 2018

Events, Middle East, News, April 5 2018

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ISRAEL: Access Israel works to promote accessibility and integration into society for people with disabilities and the elderly, in order to improve their quality of life as well as their families’. One of the organization’s key events is the Access Israel’s Annual International Conference.  This year, the conference will take place on Sunday April… Continue Reading »

Why Financial Institutions Should Strive to Meet the Needs of PWDs

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, April 4 2018

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UNITED STATES: There are over 56 million people living with disabilities in the United States, which makes them the biggest minority group in the nation. With the latest technological innovations, one would think that financial accessibility for the disabled would be a resolved matter in this day and age; however, that… Continue Reading »

Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction Invites Experts and Organizations to JOIN!

Disaster, ICT, News, Webinar, April 3 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, is launching the establishment of a NEW Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This thematic group will support the engagement of persons with disabilities, their representative organizations and other relevant stakeholders to contribute to the monitoring of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction… Continue Reading »

5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, April 2 2018

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BANGKOK, THAILAND:  The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 28-30 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Forum is the Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will be held at… Continue Reading »

WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Disaster, Europe, News, April 2 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN… Continue Reading »

M-Enabling Forum come to Europe

Europe, Events, March 28 2018

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DUSSELDORF, GERMANY: The first M-Enabling Forum Europe will take place September 27, 2018, parallel to REHACARE in Düsseldorf, Germany. E.J.Krause & Associates (EJK) and the G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT, established with the support of the United Nations) organize this conference and showcase to advance awareness of new milestones for accessible technologies… Continue Reading »

ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018 Focused on Building Communities

Assistive Technology, Events, Middle East, March 28 2018

Moshe Gaon presented yoocan at ISCL Summit Tel-Aviv 2018

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: Moshe Gaon spoke at the ISCL Summit 2018 in Tel Aviv where he passionately explained yoocan’s vision that “by the year 2020, no one with a disability will feel alone. yoocan wants to provide solutions and empowerment to every person with a disability around the globe.” There… Continue Reading »