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UN Secretary-General Releases Strategy for Financing 2030 Agenda

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, October 5 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The UN Secretary-General has released a four-year strategy for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategy underscores the UN’s critical role in supporting and accelerating the mobilization of finance and focuses on three objectives to accelerate progress from global to local levels, linked to areas… Continue Reading »

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Built Environment, Universal Design, October 3 2018

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity

INTERNATIONAL: Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together… Continue Reading »

#10Things Campaign Raises Awareness on Climate Action

Events, News, October 3 2018

NEW YORK, USA: Climate Week NYC launched the ‘10 Things’ campaign. The campaign has released each of the ten Things to raise awareness of climate change and accelerate climate action in the days between the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and Climate Week NYC. The GCAS, which took place in… Continue Reading »

OHSXtra Leads the Way for Digital Accessibility Compliance for the NHS in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index

Europe, News, Universal Design, October 2 2018

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LONDON – The Occupational Health and Safety Extra (OHSxtra) website took first place in the Sitemorse NHS70 Accessibility Index. The benchmark review, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS, is the first of its kind and takes a view of digital accessibility compliance across the NHS. The review covers almost 600 NHS… Continue Reading »

Smart Cities for All launches Project to Define More Inclusive Approach to Innovation for Smarter Cities

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, News, October 2 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC – Washington, DC –  The Smart Cities for All global initiative, a collaboration of G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, launched a new project, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities. The project is convening leaders from government, industry, and disability organizations to generate… Continue Reading »

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Closed its 20th Session (27 August – 21 September 2018) 

Europe, News, October 1 2018

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GENEVA,  SWITZERLAND: On 21 September, 2018, the CRPD Committee closed its 20th session. During this session, the Committee held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations on Algeria, Bulgaria, Malta, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and as well list of issues prior to reporting for Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Mongolia, Sweden, under the simplified reporting procedure (not yet published). Furthermore, the… Continue Reading »

How Technology is Assisting Seniors to ‘Age in Place’

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, Universal Design, October 1 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The latest statistics show that people are living longer in virtually every country in the world, with the over 60 age group growing faster than any other cohort. The aging global population is altering many aspects of society, none more so than housing.  When quizzed about their preferred living arrangements, the… Continue Reading »

OECD, UNEP and World Bank Preview Report, Discuss Financing Climate Futures

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, Universal Design, September 28 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and the World Bank Group hosted a discussion on the joint initiative, ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.’ The event, convened during Global Goals Week, previewed a synthesis report on ways in which… Continue Reading »

How TVWS is Helping Bridge the Digital Divide in Africa

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, September 26 2018

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA:  With over 45% of the world still without internet access, on 13 September 2018, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) called for the increased utilization of TV Whitespace technology (TVWS) to help bridge the digital divide that is still impacting billions of people across the world. Speaking on the third day… Continue Reading »

Gates Foundation Releases Goalkeepers Report on Young People’s Potential to Transform Africa

Africa, News, September 26 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched the 2018 edition of the ‘Goalkeepers Data Report’ charting progress towards the SDGs against 18 indicators. This year’s report highlights ways that young people can help to transform Africa, given the use of promising approaches in health and education.… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Conducts “Persons with Disabilities Supportive Work Environment” Workshop in Cooperation with Swaed Association

Events, ICT, Middle East, News, September 25 2018

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SAUDI ARABIA: On Wednesday, September 18, 2018, “Qaderoon” Network, in cooperation with “Swaed” Association for physical disability, organized a workshop on persons with disabilities supportive work environment at Holiday Inn Corniche Hotel in Al Khobar. The workshop aimed at introducing trainees to the basic concepts of disability and its accommodations,… Continue Reading »

Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada Announces RBC as First Founding Member to Support Disabled Owned and Veteran Owned Businesses in Canada

Americas, News, September 25 2018

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Deidre Guy and Jeff Wilson, Co-founders of the Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC), are thrilled to announce the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as its first Founding Member. IWSCC is dedicated to helping Veterans and differently-abled entrepreneurs by creating conditions for equal access and opportunity,… Continue Reading »

3D Printing Supports Coral Reef Ecosystem in Maldives

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, September 24 2018

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MALDIVES: A team of researchers has designed and 3D printed an artificial reef to help promote the growth of a coral reef ecosystem in Maldives. The Summer Island Maldives resort is using the artificial reef made from hundreds of ceramic and concrete modules to build a new coral reef ecosystem.… Continue Reading »

Earth Overshoot Day: World Consumes Annual Resources Budget in Seven Months

News, September 24 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The world overshot its annual resources budget for 2018 in just seven months, according to the Global Footprint Network, which means that people are consuming nature’s resources 1.7 times faster than the planet’s ecosystems can regenerate them. Earth Overshoot Day, which takes place when the annual demand on nature… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open for 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

Americas, Events, News, September 10 2018

ALBERTSON, NY, USA: Viscardi Center has announced an official call for nominations for the 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, an international award series recognizing exemplary men and women with disabilities. Recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Mutual of America Building in New York City on December 4. The Henry… Continue Reading »

Leonard Cheshire Launches Disability Data Portal With DFID

Americas, News, September 6 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Leonard Cheshire and the Department for International Development (DFID) launched a data portal at the Global Disability Summit on 24 July. Inconsistent or poor-quality data has long hampered the progress of development efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Leonard Cheshire Disability Portal will tackle gaps in data and provide… Continue Reading »

New Webinar! Sustainable Development Goals in the UN Regions: The Engagement of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Events, News, Webinar, September 5 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The European Disability Forum (EDF) is delighted to announce its new webinar on Tuesday, 11th September on the Sustainable Development Goals. DATE: Tuesday, 11th September 2018 TIME: 16:00pm – 17:00pm, Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! Speaker and content Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor at International Disability Alliance, will be… Continue Reading »

From Robotic Vision to Instant Internet: ETRI Showcases Five Consumer Electronic Technologies of the Future

Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, News, September 5 2018

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BERLIN, GERMANY: Korean researchers will demonstrate how to transmit data faster than the blink of an eye at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest trade fair for consumer electronics, taking place in Berlin, Germany from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. High-speed cloud service, robotic vision, and harmful media detection… Continue Reading »

2019 Obama Foundation Fellowship Application is Live!

Americas, News, September 4 2018

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA: The Obama Foundation Fellowship is a two-year, non-residential program that offers hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to help Fellows scale the impact of their work. Fellows participate in four multi-day gatherings where they collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Offers its Services to All Businesses

Middle East, News, September 4 2018

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SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network launched its new services to its members and non-member organizations as part of its efforts to encourage businesses to include persons with disabilities on a wider scale in the business market. Additionally, this provides the best services and enrich the journey of businesses in the development of persons… Continue Reading »