Conference Lauds Bangladesh’s Efforts in Disaster Management 

The speakers said, the declaration that was adopted in Dhaka in 2018 under the Sendai framework on disaster risks reduction (DRR) in 2015 is the first declaration that talks about reducing risks of disaster for people with disabilities.

The speakers said this at a side event of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 held yesterday afternoon (May 24, 2022) at the International Conference Center in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The seminar titled,’Inclusive Local Actions towards Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Leave No One Behind: Dhaka Declaration and Other Inspiring initiatives’ was moderated by Saima Wazed, chief advisor of Bangladesh National Taskforce on Disability and Disaster Risk Management.

State Minister for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief made the key presentation where he talked about the progress of the Dhaka Declaration and key actions that Bangladesh has taken so far to reduce disaster risks for people with disabilities.

“The government has been constructing cyclone shelters where people with disability have their access. Also, the government has been arranging leadership training, school drill, livelihood support for people with disabilities,” the state minister said.

Kamrul Hasan, secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, said people with disabilities are at higher risk in disasters and put them in the most vulnerable condition.

“It is our comparative advantage that we work together within the framework of Dhaka Declaration regionally, internationally, nationally, and locally in managing the systemic nature of risk,” the secretary said.

Carlos Kaiser, executive director, ONG Inclusiva/ Latin America DiDRR Network, Chile said, “We are talking about leaving no one behind. But it is not an easy thing to do. We have lots of good projects, but not lots of good policies.”

The Dhaka Declaration is the first declaration that talks about reducing risks of disaster for people with disabilities, he said.

“In 2015 when I went to Bangladesh, speakers said what needed to be done and when I went back in 2018, I found – all those marvellous things Bangladesh was doing for people with disabilities.”

Nogining Armelle Almerique, chair of an OPD, Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD), Cameroon said that it isimportant that governments give priorities in the disaster risks reduction issues in the national budget.

“Because it needs support in capacity building and making national action plan on disaster risk reduction.”

Chrysant Lily Kusumowardoyo, country director, ASB Indonesia and Philippine also spoke in the seminar.

Saima Wazed, also the global expert on Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Management (DiDRM), Climate Change, Autism and Mental Health, International Focal Point, Advocacy Group on Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Management (DiDRM), Bangladesh said in her speech that it is important to include people with disabilities while making the public policies of reducing disaster risks.

She said, Bangladesh has taken some strong initiatives to include disables in the mainstream under Sendai framework.

Earlier in the morning President of Indonesian Republic Joko Widodo delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.

Indonesia is hosting a series of meetings of the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) in Bali from May 23-28, 2022.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, president of parliamentary standing committee on Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bangladesh and other Bangladeshi delegates were present at the session.

Originally Published in The Daily Star

16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities (TRANSED)

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support by the U.S. Department of Transportation, invites your participation in the 16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (TRANSED), themed Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience.

Organized by TRB Standing Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility (AME50)

  • Showcase international innovation and technological solutions for accessible transportation and travel
  • Papers, posters, training and research workshops, and technical visits
  • Topical focus on critical world issues:
  1. Strategies for inclusion, equity, and human rights through accessible transportation
  2. Inclusive transport along the trip chain for both the system and rider
  3. Improvements for enhancing the accessibility of travel modes and/or services
  4. Innovation in accessible mobility
  5. Resilience in transportation systems and implications of COVID-19 for accessible and inclusive travel
  6. Accessible information and communications in transportation

Deadline to submit: 31 May 2021

For more information and Questions: or Gary Jenkins, TRB Staff:

Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 Seeks to Promote Access to Digital Resources for Persons with Disabilities in Africa is set to host the first ever virtual Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 on October 8 – 9, from 9 – 11:30 am EAT. Sponsored by MasterCard Foundation, Safaricom, Facebook, Ford Foundation and Google, the theme of the conference is promoting digital accessibility in Africa.

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 At least 500 attendees from across Africa are anticipated to join in this inaugural online event intended to increase awareness of the needs and rights of people with disabilities to access digital information, including public safety, health and remote learning education that is presently inaccessible.

The Inclusive Africa Conference will bring together global and local knowledgeable experts from different sectors to showcase inclusive design, mobile accessibility, and digital accessibility in primary and high school education, higher education, financial services, social media, employment and more. inABLE Executive Director Irene Mbari-Kirika emphasizes that now is the right time to start formulating inclusive policies that put people with disabilities at the center of inclusive design.

She explains: “During the pandemic, people with disabilities have struggled to access vital digital information that could affect their wellbeing, education and employment; this disconnection exposed the gaps that need to be filled in technology and internet-accessibility in Africa.”

On Day 2, participants can choose from a menu of four breakout sessions, including: Higher Education, Employment, Accessibility in Social Media, and Digital Accessibility in Financial Services. During the closing-ceremony of the event, the Digital Accessibility Innovations Awards winners will be announced, recognizing the best inclusive Africa innovations.  

inABLE is a nonprofit based in Nairobi, Kenya and Washington, DC whose mission is to empower the blind and visually impaired through computer assistive technology.

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Upcoming Event: The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development 2019

The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development will be held on 7-8 December 2019, under the guidance and patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of Qatar Foundation for Social Work and its affiliated civil society centers.

The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development will be held on 7-8 December 2019

The overall theme of the conference is “Harnessing the Power of Sustainable Development to Advance the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. The key visionary item on the agenda of the conference is about how to rationalize, consolidate, contextualize, and streamline the nexus between the UNSDGs and the UNCRPDs based on the co-production of social policy between civil society and governments to achieve meaningful structural change to achieve inclusive equality. By and large, this endeavor is more than likely to ignite a visionary 21st century approach that will positively impact 1.5 billion persons with disabilities worldwide. Register for the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development

Pitch for Canberra to Host Asia Pacific’s Accessible Tourism Conference and Expo

AUSTRALIA: With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities.

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Yasmine Gray, founder of getaboutable at the top of Mount Ainslie. Photo: Supplied.

It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is failing people with disabilities and work out how to respond to this issue structurally.

It is likely that part of the job ahead will be what we can all do to create communities that are more accessible, inclusive and welcoming. It’s exciting to imagine a world where there aren’t barriers in place that exclude people with disabilities from living typical lives. We want to work towards a world where activities such as getting around the city on public transport, visiting parks and cultural events and being able to travel can occur for people with disabilities without the need for painstaking research.

The work of a local social enterprise working to improve accessibility, Getaboutable, has been profiled before. It is a local business set up by local Yasmine Gray and is now supported by technical co-founders Andrew Vassili and Steven Diep. Getaboutable is working to identify and promote accessible travel and recreational activities – an activity that most of us enjoy, but for many people with disabilities is a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Getaboutable is working to create a community of travel-savvy people who just happen to have accessibility challenges who can share their knowledge and experiences about great places to travel and experience.

It’s an organisation I am excited to be involved in, and an initiative that is working to connect people with disabilities to great recreational and travel experiences. Listings on the website are growing with information about accommodation and experiences around the corner, around the country and around the world.

The vision and innovation of the organisation even caught the interest of Microsoft Australia, winning the AI for Accessibility Challenge, resulting in a meeting with managing director Steve Worrall a few months ago to talk about their ideas about how technology can be harnessed to improve accessibility and mobility.

Now Getaboutable is looking at other ways to engage businesses and communities to get passionate about the opportunities around accessible tourism. To this end, they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist in hosting the inaugural Asia-Pacific Accessible Tourism Conference and Expo (#APATCE) in Canberra in late 2020.

These types of conferences are held in most other global regions, but the Asia Pacific region hasn’t yet established a conference of this type. This seed funding will provide a foundation for Getaboutable to get the project off the ground. The crowdfunding initiative is running on the startsomegood platform, and only has a week to run. While the group has successfully raised half the funds needed, this is an opportunity to provide a small contribution to a great initiative that will support people with disabilities connect with accessible tourism and travel operators.

With Canberra’s vision of being an inclusive and welcoming city for all, the potential of Canberra being the host of the very first #APATCE is exciting. There are already great organisations doing great work and lots of innovation is occurring due to the passion of adventurous individuals –both with disabilities and without. There are already some great examples of local businesses going the extra mile to ensure their activities are open and welcoming to everyone. One great example is local business Vertikal that has invested in technology that means that people with limited vision, mobility or impacted by autism can now experience indoor snow sports and build confidence in a controlled environment.

However, while there are great examples of inclusive travel and adventure experience, inclusion is still the exception rather than the norm. A key driver of the #APATCE initiative is to increase the momentum for change by showcasing great examples of inclusive travel and leisure and busting stereotypes about people with a disability and travel and leisure.

It’s about inspiring tourism bodies and businesses who want to become more inclusive, and providing them with an opportunity to learn from people who are doing this well, and inspiring and enabling people with a disability to try some new experiences.

I think it is a great opportunity to show our support for businesses that are working to be more accessible and welcoming. Do you know any businesses that are working to improve accessibility and inclusion?

Rebecca is the chair of the Getaboutable Advisory Panel.

Original Article published by Rebecca Vassarotti on the RiotACT.

Republished from About Regional

India: Assistive Technology for All 2030 Conference Focuses in Infrastructure, Assistive Devices

KARNATAKA, INDIA: Suggestions, including a university, for solutions such as assistive technologies and creating zones for the people with disabilities were made at the national conference on ‘Assistive Technology for All-2030’ which began here on Friday.

At the inaugural event of a two-day conference by Mobility India to celebrate its silver jubilee, the Karnataka commissioner for persons with disabilities V S Basavaraju rued that the disability sector lacks infrastructure. Underlining the need for collective efforts, Basavaraju said the assistive devices should be available at affordable prices.

Today, if you want to reach people, the only way is to produce good quality affordable assistive devices, which can be used by not just NGOs or professionals but by anybody, Bavaraju said adding, Today if you walk into any medical store, these should be available. The commissioner suggested a project wherein a two-km-radius in and around Mobility Indias Bengaluru office can be completely accessible place for everybody.

We need to come out with a project that actually changes the way people with disability are thinking about themselves and the society thinking about them because a project like this can bring a huge shift in the way we are thinking today,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, the communication and political advisor of the International Committee of the Red Cross Surinder Singh Oberoi regretted that most of the artificial intelligence-related devices were costly.

He insisted that these equipment be made available for the last mile in the rural areas. He said he wished to see Mobility India, which works for the disabled, turn into a university.

I would like to see Mobility India turning from a training institution into a university.  This is the institution, which is giving 100 per cent jobs,” Oberoi added. Vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Dr S Sacchidanand appreciated the idea of creating zones which are friendly for the people with disability and turning Mobility India into a university.

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SUDI 2019 – Sustainability and Disability Conference


Event details: Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 25 -26, 2019

Currently more than one billion people (15% of the global population) live with some form of disability. Aging, chronic health issues, and mental health disorders are major factors contributing to disability around the globe. These individuals are disproportionately disadvantaged globally in economic and employment opportunities. Thus, it is critical to address these far-reaching global disability issues proactively.

The 2019 SUDI Conference will bring together policy-makers, academics, practitioners, business representatives, and NGOs/DPOs, to discuss and elaborate on proposals to more effectively channel policies and strategies to address the employment and quality of life needs of people with disabilities (PWD). We at SUDI strongly believe that there is a tremendous opportunity for stakeholders to build an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable society and business environment that can lift PWD out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency. The SUDI 2019 conference is framed along the four main dimensions permeating the discussion of disability issues, such as equality, respect, fairness, and inclusion.

Lifting people with disabilities out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency is a key pillar of an inclusive, equitable and sustainable global social and business environment. As stated by Professor Stephen W.Hawking, “Disability need not to be an obstacle to success.” The gap between people with disabilities (PWD) and without is still present in many countries around the globe. These gaps are translated in terms of employment rates, modalities of employment, pay, and share in the total employment. Supply and demand side factors also interact to shape the employment of PWD in many countries. The main challenge is to reduce the long-standing disparities between PWD and people without disabilities. Moreover, attention needs to be paid not only to the number of available jobs, but also to the quality of jobs for PWD. Along these lines, efforts also need to be made to eliminate attitudinal and virtual barriers, fostering the creation of diverse supported employment (SE) environments.

Efforts need to be implemented to dispel misconceptions, lack of knowledge, and stereotypes, and increase the understanding of disabilities that will foster the effective inclusion of PWDs into the global labor workforce. Thus, the 2019 SUDI will also address the following issues: a) What can foster and facilitate employment outcomes for PWDs, b) What can lower/eliminate barriers for PWDs seeking employment, and c) What can lower/eliminate barriers for businesses hiring PWDs.

SUDI 2019 will also address the importance of technology and innovation in addressing the disability-employment nexus. Assistive technologies are increasingly playing a key role in the job insertion and inclusiveness for PWD. As mentioned by Mary Pat Radabaugh, “For most people, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

For more information, visit the SUDI 2019 – Sustainability and Disability Conference event website.

The First Jerusalem Conference of Accessibility in Ancient Cities of the World


Event details: Jerusalem, Israel, September 8 – 10, 2019

The conference aims to share insights and experiences on the following topics:

  • Accessibility in Cities of the Ancient World
  • Personal Perspectives,
  • Theory,
  • Accessible Tourism for People with Disabilities,
  • Residence in Ancient Cities,
  • Innovation and Technological Support for Accessibility, and
  • Public Policy Promoting Accessibility.

The conference will showcase groundbreaking Israeli technologies in the field of accessibility and participants will have the opportunity to tour the Old City of Jerusalem to see the work that has been done in making it accessible.

Among the participants and guests there will be renowned experts who have led processes of accessibility factors in various parts of the world.

For more information, visit the event website of the 1st Jerusalem Conference of Accessibility in Ancient Cities of the World.

The 7th Access Israel Annual Conference on “The Future of Accessibility”

The 7th Access Israel Annual Conference on “The Future of Accessibility”

The 7th Access Israel Annual Conference on “The Future of Accessibility”

Access Israel is the leading non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with all kinds of disabilities and the elderlies to improve their lives in all spheres of life.

The 7th international conference will take place on May 26th, 2019 and will focus on “The Future of Accessibility”. The goal of this year’s conference is to make sure that the future will be accessible from “day one” and when relevant – by design. G3ict is an event partner and some members of the G3ict team will attend the conference. For more information, please visit the event website.

Access Israel was established in 1999 by Yuval Wagner in order to transform Israel in to an accessible and inclusive society. Yuval was a helicopter fighter pilot in the Israeli army before he became wheelchair bound due to a helicopter accident during his service. In addition to his new found situation, Yuval felt like a prisoner in his own home due to the lack of accessibility in Israel at the time. However, Yuval did not accept the situation as it was and established Access Israel in order to create a more accessible and inclusive society. One of the organization’s flag events to promote this cause is the ‘Access Israel Annual International Conference’. For more information on Access Israel and the work they do, please visit their website:


AAATE 2019 Conference and Call for Papers & Contributions

AAATE Logo“Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – Discuss with the international expert community in the ambience of the world’s oldest university

Bologna, Italy: From 27-30 August 2019, the University of Bologna (Italy) and the independent AT service provider AIAS, will host AAATE’s 15th international conference themed “Global Challenges in Assistive Technology”. The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) invites assistive technology (AT) and accessibility experts, researchers, manufacturers, providers and users of AT and everyone who works in a field where AT is deployed, to join in and tackle a wide range of topics. The conference will address a wide range of issues related to technology and disability:  technological developments in the field of Assistive Technology, including ambient assisted living (AAL), smart environments and the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, social assistive robotics, digital and connected health, virtual and augmented reality, as well as the ethical implications of these new possibilities, data privacy and self-determination of users with disabilities and older adults; innovations in AT for cognitive, sensory and motor disabilities; the impact of  societal changes that make assistive technology ever more relevant and needed; and the need to provide wider access to AT at global scale.

AAATE’s 2019 conference is the opportunity to get a broad as well as in-depth picture of new developments and research outcomes in Assistive Technology. It is the platform for researchers to share their work and present in front of an international expert community in the venerable atmosphere of the oldest university in the world, namely the University of Bologna. It is the space for regional authorities to hear about pilot projects, new policies and technological advancements. It is a 3 day master class for professionals working with AT to learn about the newest trends in both solutions and service delivery. It is the place to be and connect with peers for everyone working in the field of AT and accessibility.

The call for papers has been published and they invite everyone doing research in this field to submit your abstract on basic and/or applied research in AT as well as proposals for thematic sessions by 28 February 2019. More information can be found here:

Whether you are interested in just participating or more actively contributing to the conference, have a look at There are many ways of getting involved and join in the expert community. Regular updates can be found on @aaate_net and under the hashtag #AAATE2019.

Source: AAATE

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