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India: Government Releases Revised Universal Accessibility Guidelines

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, January 10 2022

Focus shifts from creating a barrier-free environment to more holistic approach From the design plan to the implementation, various aspects of the built environment have been covered under the new guidelines for universal accessibility recently drafted by the Centre. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) released the Harmonised Guidelines and Standards for Universal… Continue Reading »

Mada Center Launches Arab ICT Accessibility Expert Group

ICT, Middle East, December 15 2021

Mada Center launched the “Arab ICT Accessibility Expert Group” the first project of its kind in the Arab world and the region, that aims to unify efforts, localize accessibility standards and apply them to various digital platforms, and establish the first specialized virtual forum.  This project comes in confirmation of… Continue Reading »

Kenya: Innovative AssistiveTechnology Facilitates Communication for Persons with Hearing Loss

Africa, Assistive Technology, December 14 2021

Communication is important in expression of one’s thoughts, desires and feelings to other parties but this has been a great challenge for people with hearing impairment. Very few people in the public sphere in Kenya have the ability to communicate in and interpret sign language and this has further alienated… Continue Reading »

Ireland: Government Publishes the Cost of Disability Research Report

Europe, Misc., December 14 2021

Social Protection Minister, Heather Humphreys, has announced the publication of the Cost of Disability Research Report. The cost of disability can be measured by the costs faced by people with a disability in their day-to-day lives that others in society do not face (the ‘direct costs’ approach). It can also… Continue Reading »

South Africa: New Partnership Aims to Create Awareness on Accessible Tourism

Africa, Tourism, December 10 2021

The lack of adapted and accessible hotel rooms, restaurants, stores, bathrooms and public spaces is one of the most significant challenges for those living with impairments. To address this obstacle, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) and South African Tourism have initiated a partnership to work with all… Continue Reading »

Ontario Partners with Canada’s National Ballet School to Promote Accessibility and Inclusion

Americas, December 8 2021

The Ontario government is supporting local accessibility and inclusivity for children of all abilities across the province to experience and enjoy dance. Canada’s National Ballet School’s Inclusive Movement for Kids project is receiving over $100,000 through Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program, which supports diverse projects across the province that promote accessibility… Continue Reading »

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 »