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Information Session About Disability Etiquette and Sensitivity on Oct. 25

Americas, Events, October 11 2017

The University of Arkansas Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance invites the campus community to attend Disability Etiquette/Sensitivity Informational Session to raise awareness for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.  The informational session will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Mullins Library Room 104. The Disability Etiquette/Sensitivity… Continue Reading »

Dubai to host ‘AccessAbilities’ Expo in November

Assistive Technology, Middle East, October 10 2017


Come November, Dubai will host the Middle East’s largest expo to showcase the world’s latest and smart assistive technology products and devices for persons with disabilities. To be held from November 7-9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), the expo is being held under the patronage of… Continue Reading »

Wells Fargo Invites Students to Apply for Disability Scholarships

Americas, Misc., October 10 2017

scholarship icon

SAN FRANCISCO: In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo & Company and Scholarship America announced the second annual People with Disabilities Scholarship Program. The program’s goal is to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training they need to succeed in the careers they choose. Applications… Continue Reading »

Building accessible facilities makes good business sense, experts say

Built Environment, Middle East, October 10 2017


DUBAI: Detailing the number of people with disabilities in the country and region, with data on how many of these are potential tourists, will be key to convincing the industry to invest in inclusive facilities. Roberto Castiglioni, member of the Access to Air Travel Advisory Group, UK Civil Aviation Authority… Continue Reading »

Ghana urged to include children with cerebral palsy in inclusive education

Africa, Misc., October 10 2017

Five year old disabled boy studying in wheelchair

ACCRA: Mrs Lilian Bruce-Lyle, a Retired Chief Director of Chieftaincy, on Friday appealed to government to ensure that children with Cerebral Palsy are included in the inclusive education policy being rolled out. Mrs Bruce-Lyle, who is also a Member of the Ghana Federation for Persons with Disability, said Persons Living… Continue Reading »

LDANJ Announces Conference for Parents and Educators

Americas, Events, October 10 2017

The Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey announces its annual conference and resource expo, to be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Middlesex County College. This year’s keynote address will be titled “Don’t Give Up on That Kid,” by Nelson Lauver, author, blogger, broadcaster, speaker and dyslexic. Parents, educators, adults, professionals,… Continue Reading »

Education Sector Accused of Sidelining Students with Vision Disabilities

Africa, Misc., October 10 2017

THYOLO, MALAWI: People who are blind or have low vision from Thyolo have blamed government for sidelining them on changes of curriculum in public schools. Patrick Chisale who is blind told Mana recently that it was sad to note that since the change of curriculum in secondary schools was done,… Continue Reading »

Canada highlights National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Americas, Misc., October 9 2017

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: This October, the Government of Canada joins organizations across the country to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During this important month, employers are encouraged to think about how they can make their business practices more inclusive and accessible for Canadians with all abilities. People with disabilities have… Continue Reading »

Bolivia Enacts Law to Provide Employment for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., October 7 2017

Bolivian President Evo Morales has enacted a law to guarantee job stability for workers with serious disabilities. The law also establishes a job quota for persons with disabilities and offers a monthly payment of US$36 for those who are no longer able to work. Morales signed the new statute during… Continue Reading »

New App to Provide Critical Information and Empowerment to People with Cerebral Palsy

Americas, ICT, October 6 2017

CP Channel app screenshot

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) is releasing a new app, the CP Channel on Friday, October 6th, World CP Day. The app contains nearly 100 videos created in collaboration with the world’s leading experts on CP and developmental disability, as well as key disability advocates, including the three past presidents of the American Academy… Continue Reading »

New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality

Americas, Assistive Technology, October 6 2017


BINGHAMTON, NY: Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a new technology that allows users to interact in a virtual reality environment using only mouth gestures. The proliferation of affordable virtual reality head-mounted displays provides users with realistic immersive visual experiences. However, head-mounted displays occlude the… Continue Reading »

Persons with Disabilities Raise Concerns Over Accessibility of 2018 Election in Zimbabwe

Africa, Built Environment, October 5 2017

Sochi Polling stations for people with disabilities

HARARE: Persons with disabilities want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to put specific registration measures that would allow their constituencies to participate in next year’s crucial elections —starting with the biometric voter registration exercise which got underway last week. Senator representing people with disabilities, Nyamayabo Mashavakure, said the importance of… Continue Reading »

UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Americas, Misc., October 5 2017

UN Women’s new Strategic Plan will contribute to women with disabilities reaching decision-making positions; gender responsive national and local plans, strategies, policies and budgets, including support to disability programming; and more and better quality and disaggregated data and statistics, including for those in vulnerable situations. UN-Women will continue to strengthen… Continue Reading »

EU one step closer to Accessibility Act

Europe, ICT, October 5 2017

The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament on September 14. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law. A European Accessibility Act that would make it easier for senior citizens and people… Continue Reading »

India to host International Conference on Inclusive Education

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 4 2017

Boy sitting in wheelchair in school against volumes of books on bookshelf in library.

The Centre for Disability Studies and Action (CDSA), School of Social Work of Tata Insitute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, and Brotherhood, Delhi are organizing jointly an International Conference on Inclusive Education from 22nd to 24th January 2018 at TISS, Mumbai. The conference will provide an opportunity to share and… Continue Reading »

NDEAM Showcases How Persons with Disabilities Power the Workplace

Americas, Misc., October 4 2017

Inclusion drives innovation Poster

Inclusion drives innovation, This year’s theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month is borne out by the more than 114,000 people with disabilities making up the SourceAmerica network of nonprofits. Each October, SourceAmerica shines a spotlight on the strengths and contributions of this segment of the population with so much… Continue Reading »

Vietnam to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., October 4 2017

The National Committee on Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has agreed to support funding for the building and improvement of provincial service centers for people with disabilities in 77 provinces, to provide them with thorough access to government welfare. The life improvement for people with disabilities, according to the Government… Continue Reading »

Stakeholders call for more inclusion of persons with disabilities

Africa, Misc., October 4 2017

RWANDA: There are still a number of persons with disabilities that are not benefiting from the vision 2020 Umurenge programme (VUP). This was noted during a one-day workshop on Wednesday last week in Kigali where findings from a qualitative study on inclusion of persons with disabilities in the vision 2020… Continue Reading »

W3C Invites Comments on Core Accessibility API Markings 1.1

Americas, ICT, October 4 2017

Core Accessibility API Mappings (Core-AAM) 1.1 has been published by Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group as a Candidate Recommendation and is now undergoing implementation finalization and testing. Core-AAM describes how roles, states, and properties in Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 should be exposed to accessibility APIs. Implementation of this specification makes it… Continue Reading »

Lancaster hosts accessibility awareness activities

Americas, Events, October 3 2017

Sheryl Faye as Helen Keller. Photo: Lancaster Commission on Disability

October is officially “Accessibility Awareness Month” in the town of Lancaster. This year’s activities will feature a reenactment performance of Helen Keller’s life by actor Sheryl Faye, to be held at Thayer Memorial Library Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Thayer Memorial Library will also host accessibility-related displays and books… Continue Reading »