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Disability at the Stage of Instability in the Arab World

Americas, Events, Middle East, June 8 2018

NEW YORK, USA: On the Occasion of the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD & Co – Sponsored by DESA The League of Arab States (LAS): Development & Social Polices Department The Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD) are holding a side event on: Disability at the stage… Continue Reading »

Disability, Sexuality, and Holding States Accountable: Local and Global Strategies

Americas, Events, June 8 2018


NEW YORK, USA: Those attending CoSP are also invited to attend a side event organized by the CREA, Women Enabled International, Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Sexual Rights Initiative. Disability, Sexuality, and Holding States Accountable: Local and Global Strategies The event will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018… Continue Reading »

Inclusive Education for Girls and Boys with Disabilities in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)

Americas, June 7 2018

NEW YORK, USA: Those attending 11th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the CRPD are also invited to attend a side event ‘Leverage investment through partnerships: Inclusive Education for girls and boys with disabilities in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)’ In Low and Middle Income countries more than 32 million… Continue Reading »

Now Available – GFDRR Publications on Disability-inclusive DRM

Americas, Disaster, News, June 7 2018

World Bank Group - Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Over the past year, members of the Disability & Development team of The World Bank reached out to their networks for inputs and insights into Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) supported work on including persons with disabilities in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).  The GFDRR is… Continue Reading »

Artificial Intelligence 2030: Transformative Inclusion for All

Americas, Events, June 6 2018


NEW YORK, USA: Those attending 11th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the CRPD are invited to attend a side event: Artificial Intelligence 2030: Transformative Inclusion for All This event takes place on Tuesday June 12, from 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm  At the UN Headquarters Conference Room 12,… Continue Reading »

Spatially Awhere: Bridging the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Regions

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 6 2018

international flags up on poles, waving in the wind

INTERNATIONAL: As the world urbanizes rapidly, international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places – it is estimated that only 1.5% of the world’s land is home to about half of global production. Such economic concentration is a built-in feature of human settlement… Continue Reading »

Building Safer, More Inclusive, and More Resilient Cities

Asia-Pacific, News, Universal Design, June 5 2018

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JAPAN: From April 23–27, 2018, representatives from 16 cities in 13 countries visited Japan for a Technical Deep Dive on Safe, Inclusive, and Resilient Cities to learn from one another about improving urban safety, inclusion and resilience. In this video, Jefferson Koije (Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia), Ellen Hamilton (World Bank… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Members Join Forces to Raise Awareness on World MS Day

Events, Middle East, News, June 1 2018

MS 2018 Infographic

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Business Disability Network along with its members Almarai Company, Savola Group, Nesma Holding, Saudi Airlines Catering and Swaed organization launched a campaign on social media to raise awareness about persons with multiple sclerosis, in alignment with the International Day of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on 30 May… Continue Reading »

Civil Society CRDP Forum at COSP on Monday 11 June

Americas, Events, News, June 1 2018

Are you attending the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD?  Do not miss the Civil Society Forum / Day of General Discussion on Art 4 (3) and 33 (3) on Monday 11 June! The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention… Continue Reading »

TIA Launches Network Service Assurance Program

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, May 31 2018

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ARLINGTON, VA; USA : The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced on May 30th a new Network Service Assurance Program. As part of TIA’s Technology Solutions community, this multi-year program will bring together carriers, suppliers, consultants, auditing firms, and others, to help establish… Continue Reading »

HKBU Develops World-first Metal-based Probes for Detection of Dopamine Receptors, a Cancer Biomarker

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, May 30 2018

Dr Edmond Ma Dik-lung has developed the world’s first metal-based probes for imaging dopamine receptor in living cells.

HONG KONG, CHINA: A team at Hong Kong Baptist University has developed the world’s first iridium(III)-based probes for imaging dopamine receptors in living cells. The discovery has enhanced the understanding of dopamine receptors in carcinogenesis, and the findings can be potentially developed as a novel early cancer detection technology. A… Continue Reading »

Actiview Announces Access for the Blind and Hard of Hearing to Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, May 29 2018

Berkeley, CA, USA: Actiview, a Bay Area based technology company, is providing support for all Blind/Low Vision and Hard of Hearing attendees of the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story, nationwide. Starting June 1st, 2018, the Actiview app will be enabled with Audio Description and Amplified Audio tracks that people can download… Continue Reading »

Internet for Everyone: How to Make a Website Accessible for People with Disabilities

ICT, Middle East, Universal Design, May 28 2018

Headshot of Equalweb CEO Adam Ikar

ISRAEL: Yit, which develops and maintains over 50 websites including Ynet, Calcalist, Bigdeal, Blazer, and Winwin among others, have made their clients’ websites accessible to all people with disabilities through a dedicated widget developed by Equalweb. Every day most of the people in the world surf the Internet without thinking of accessibility,… Continue Reading »

Call for Inputs to the Review of 47 Countries at HLPF

Events, News, May 25 2018


CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR COUNTRIES REVIEW AT HLPF Are you from and/or work in the following countries? Albania, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde,  Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Guinea,  Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic,  Lebanon,  Mali,  Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of the Congo,  Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore,… Continue Reading »

Australian Hospitals Aren’t Equipped to Meet the Demands of Obese Patients

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

Hospital medication tube and bag

AUSTRALIA: Obesity and related disabilities are on the rise in most countries, and Australia is no exception. With almost two in three Australian adults qualifying as overweight or obese, the issue has become an epidemic in the country. Obesity puts both children and adults at risk of developing a myriad of chronic diseases,… Continue Reading »

“Qaderoon” Introduce Their Members to Disability Inclusive Products & Services

Events, Middle East, News, May 24 2018

Participants at the workshop

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA:  On Wednesday May 2nd 2018, Qaderoon Business Disability Network held a workshop on Inclusive Products & Services for persons with disabilities, hosted at Savola Group’s headquarters in Jeddah. The workshop was facilitated by Brendan Roach and Daniel Wiles from the Business and Disability Forum (BDF), UK. The workshop… Continue Reading »

Major Health Summit Offers “Springboard for Action”

Europe, Events, May 23 2018

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Far-reaching measures that will drive up healthcare standards and improve the lives of millions of citizens have been agreed by Commonwealth ministers. At the 30th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, government representatives endorsed a series of bold proposals, including 100 per cent smoke free public spaces; a 20… Continue Reading »

The IDeA Competition Deadline May 31, 2018

Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, May 23 2018

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CANADA: The Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition aims to inspire  students to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues resulting in communities that are more accessible for persons with disabilities. The objectives of the program are: to contribute to the creation of a culture of… Continue Reading »

Expressions of Interest for the Upcoming Universal Design Conference is Closing on the 31st May

Asia-Pacific, Events, Universal Design, May 22 2018

Te Ao Tangata Universal Design Conference 2018 Logo

AUCKLAND, NZ: Expressions of interest for the upcoming Universal Design Conference is closing on the 31st May. The conference committee welcomes you to submit expressions of interest in oral, workshop or poster presentations at the Te Ao Tangata Universal Design Conference 2018. Universal Design Conference 6 – 7 September 2018  Victory Convention… Continue Reading »

Organizations Call on States Parties to Increase Disability Representation Within (CEDAW)

Americas, Events, News, May 22 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance, Women Enabled International, Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities  (CERMI), and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) call upon States Parties to promote the representation of women with disabilities within the Committee on the Elimination of… Continue Reading »