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Merge-Interpreter Platform Provides Simultaneous Interpretation of Sign Language

Middle East, November 22 2021

DUBAI: Merge Technology has launched “Merge-Interpreter Sign Language”, the “first-ever” smart platform in the Middle East & North Africa to provide a community with a simultaneous interpretation of sign language for the deaf & hard of hearing. The platform enables users to communicate easily through video calls, with round-the-clock assistance… Continue Reading »

Nearly 240 million Children with Disabilities Around the World, UNICEF’s Most Comprehensive Statistical Analysis Finds

Global, News, November 22 2021

9-month-old Danilo laughs as his brothers shower him with kisses inside their home in Guatemala. Danilo, who has Congenital Zika Syndrome and microcephaly, gets the love, attention, care and support he needs from family, neighbours and community.

NEW YORK: The number of children with disabilities globally is estimated at almost 240 million, according to a new UNICEF report. Children with disabilities are disadvantaged compared to children without disabilities on most measures of child well-being, the report says. “This new research confirms what we already knew: Children with disabilities… Continue Reading »

Costa Rica: Airbnb Announces Alliance with National Council of People with Disabilities (CONAPDIS) and the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network to Promote Accessible Tourist Accommodations

Americas, Tourism, November 22 2021

A woman entering a tourist accommodation

COSTA RICA: Airbnb announced its commitment to improve the experience of travelers with disabilities in their destinations in Costa Rica. To achieve this, a cooperation agreement has been signed with the National Council of People with Disabilities (Conapdis) and with the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network in order to promote accessible tourism among its hosts. The… Continue Reading »

India: Ola Mobility Institute Releases Report on Inclusive Transport

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, November 17 2021

Over the last year and a half, the perspective around urban mobility has dramatically shifted. The devastating second COVID-19 wave and warnings around a likely third one have made hygiene, safety and social distancing top-of-mind considerations. In turn, they are influencing travel needs and mode preferences across the socio-economic spectrum.… Continue Reading »

New Zealand: Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Responds to Minister’s Reforms

Asia-Pacific, News, November 5 2021

The Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition has welcomed announcements made today by the Minister for Disability Issues. Minister for Disability Issues Hon. Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Health Andrew Little announced a number of key changes affecting disabled people, including system transformation, the creation of a new Ministry for Disabled… Continue Reading »

International Disability Alliance Publishes Position Paper on Paper on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Climate Action

Disaster, Global, November 2 2021

In recent years, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) has increased its strategic focus on enhancing inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in climate action. IDA has obtained provisional observance status to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), and… Continue Reading »

Mastercard Introduces Accessible Card Design

Global, Universal Design, October 26 2021

Mastercard has delivered a new design standard using a series of notches on the side of the card to help visually impaired people distinguish between a credit, debit or prepaid card. As more cards move to flat designs without embossed name and numbers, Mastercard’s Touch Card provides an effective way… Continue Reading »

Jamaica: Disabilities Act to Come Into Effect on February 14, 2022

Americas, News, October 19 2021

The Disabilities Act is to come into effect on February 14, 2022. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the announcement during Wednesday’s (October 6) sitting of the House of Representatives as he tabled the Disabilities Regulations, 2021, Resolution. The Regulations were approved by Members of the… Continue Reading »

Queensland Launches Accessibility Accreditation Module Of The Australian Tourism Industry Council

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, October 16 2021

Launched by Queensland on World Tourism Day, 27th September 2021, the Accessibility Accreditation Module forms part of Australia’s national Quality Tourism Framework. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact. Both developed and developing economies have been hit. And marginalized groups and the most vulnerable have been… Continue Reading »

A Grand Opening of the First Restaurant in Syria that is Served by Hosts with Down Syndrome

Middle East, Misc., Tourism, October 13 2021

Restaurant hosts with Down Syndrome posing together for a picture.

Syria: Recently, a grand opening for first restaurant and café which served by hosts with Down syndrome in Damascus, Syria “Societe restaurant and cafe” has been opened in Tishreen Park in the heart of Damascus. More than twenty youth boys and girls with Down syndrome are working permanently now in Societe… Continue Reading »

New Report on Disability-Inclusive Peacebuilding: State of the Field and the Way Forward

Global, Misc., October 13 2021

Despite being an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population, people with disabilities are not routinely included in peacebuilding, which would benefit from their expertise and perspectives. Although efforts to include marginalized populations can help, the current deficits are too great to be remedied through general approaches. This report covers… Continue Reading »

New Accessibility Act Proposed for Newfoundland and Labrador

Americas, Built Environment, News, October 13 2021

New proposed legislation entitled ‘An Act Respecting Accessibility in the Province’ began second reading in the House of Assembly today. This new enabling legislation would allow government to outline the principles and goals for an accessible Newfoundland and Labrador. An extensive engagement process with the community of and for persons… Continue Reading »

Australia: Alliance Calls for Accessible Product Design

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, September 28 2021

The Accessible Product Design Alliance has released a statement calling for changes in products and packaging design to assure equal accessibility among consumers, including those with disabling disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Composed of 11 nonprofit health consumer organizations in Australia and New Zealand — including MS Australia — the alliance recognizes how… Continue Reading »

Jamaica: Work To Develop Three Codes Of Practice For Persons With Disabilities Completed

Americas, News, Transportation, Universal Design, September 22 2021

Executive Director, Jamaica Council for Person with Disabilities, Dr. Christine Hendricks.

JAMAICA: Executive Director for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Christine Hendricks, says work to develop three codes of practice, designed to safeguard persons with disabilities, has been completed. Speaking recently on the JIS Television programme, ‘Get the Facts’, Dr. Hendricks explained that codes of practice are practical guidelines… Continue Reading »

G3ict’s Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy Announces 20 Recipients to Cycle 1 of its Scholarship Fund Program

Americas, ICT, News, September 15 2021

The DARE Academy Scholarship Fund is G3ict’s pilot program dedicated to opening new potentials for persons with disabilities who are interested in and passionate about advocating for digital accessibility and to get certified as professionals in the field. Twenty recipients have been awarded scholarships as part of Cycle 1 of… Continue Reading »

Call for Improved Safeguarding of Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Misc., September 12 2021

More than a third do not think people with disabilities have equal rights 40% say not enough support for decision making of people with disabilities. 75% favour stronger laws to better safeguard people with disabilities. The rights of people with disabilities are not adequately respected and upheld in Ireland, according to a new RED C… Continue Reading »

Virtual Talk to Promote Disability-Inclusive Entrepreneurship for COVID 19 Affected Women with Disabilities Held

Asia-Pacific, Events, Webinar, September 3 2021

Promotional Graphic for advocacy meeting

BANGLADESH: With an aim to promote disability-inclusive entrepreneurship and find a way out to increase the social dignity of COVID-19 affected women with disabilities in order to give them a solid chance to prove their potential and worth in front of their family and society both at the personal level and… Continue Reading »

India: Initiative Seeks Most Innovative Assistive Tech Scouting Start Ups

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Misc., August 30 2021

In search for India’s most innovative assistive technology start-ups, Prosus the global consumer internet group of Naspers on Monday launched the second edition of its Social Impact Challenge for Accessibility in partnership with Invest India, Social Alpha and the World Health Organisation. Eligible startups can submit their applications from now… Continue Reading »

Adults with Disabilities Face Barriers accessing food, leading to food insecurity: University of Toronto study

Americas, Misc., News, August 30 2021

Person on a wheel chair trying to go move along a narrow aisle of a supermarket

CANADA: During an ice storm, Cynthia, a woman in her 50s who lives in downtown Toronto and uses a walker, didn’t know where she would get her next meal. If she couldn’t afford food delivery, her plan was to drink a glass of water and wait to eat the following… Continue Reading »

Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks Working On Accessibility Improvements

Americas, Built Environment, Tourism, August 26 2021

visitor is reading a sign that includes braille translation along the General Grant Tree Trail in Kings Canyon National Park

UNITED STATES: Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks can offer a demanding landscape if you require a wheelchair or other aid in getting around the park and its facilities or reading interpretive displays. Park staff realizes that, and is working on plans to improve access and interpretation to some of the parks’… Continue Reading »