Global

New Report by WIPO Presents Technology Trends for 2021

Innovations aimed at helping people overcome mobility, sight and other disabilities have exploded in recent years, and are becoming ever more integrated in regular consumer goods, the United Nations said on March 23. More than one billion people worldwide currently need technology-based assistance to overcome a disability – a figure expected to double in the next decade… Continue Reading »

Redesigned Wheelchair Offers Easier Storage in Aircrafts

Back in 2018, we heard about a full-size foldable wheel known as the Revolve. Its inventor, Andrea Mocellin, has now incorporated the technology into a wheelchair that folds down to fit inside an airliner’s overhead baggage area. The wheel itself features a central hub, six folding aluminum structures that take the place of traditional spokes, and… Continue Reading »

The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) Announces the GARI Design Challenge

GARI Design Challenge – 2,500€ for helping people with disabilities easier find what they are looking for The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) established the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) in 2008 to provide information on the accessibility features in today’s devices. GARI now features an online database with information on the accessibility features in… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism Identified as ‘Game Changer’ for Destinations

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a “game changer” for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The organization is aiming to make clear the importance of placing inclusivity at the centre of tourism recovery plans and has… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism: UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Socio-Cultural Impacts of COVID-19, Issue I Persons with Disabilities

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a ‘game changer’ for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic. A new set of  Inclusive Recovery Guides from the World Tourism Organization, produced in partnership with the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the ONCE Foundation… Continue Reading »

IDA Global Survey Report on Participation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

The International Disability Alliance presents its Global Survey on Participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in Development Programmes and Policies – Edition 2020. This new report presents the findings of the first-ever global survey led by OPDs on their participation in decision making processes of governments, the UN system and funding agencies. The IDA Global… Continue Reading »

Gap Analysis: Inclusion of Persons with Disability and Older Persons in Humanitarian Response (Beyond The Evidence)

The Gap Analysis was commissioned by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) to build the evidence base on inclusion and to inform priorities for innovation. This was the first ever piece of work to systematically review the evidence on the inclusion of people with disability and older people across humanitarian response. The Gap Analysis… Continue Reading »

Event: WHO Online Master Training Workshop for Measuring Access to Assistive Technology

The WHO Online Master Training Workshop for Measuring Access to Assistive Technology will take place on 17-19 November 2020. The workshop is an integral part of the development of the WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT). The resolution on improving access to assistive technology (WHA71.8) mandates WHO to develop the global report in the context of an integrated approach, based… Continue Reading »

United Nations (UN) Releases Baseline Report on Disability Inclusion

The UN has released a report on implementing its Disability Inclusion Strategy, providing a “first baseline on the status of disability inclusion” across the UN system. The Strategy was launched in June 2019 in the context of the 2030 Agenda’s principle of leaving no one behind. The Strategy aims to enable the UN system to… Continue Reading »

G3ict Releases the Second Edition of the DARE Index: Real-World Data for Advocates and Policy Makers to Track Digital Accessibility Implementation

The DARE Index 2020 features an upgraded data collection, with 137 individual country report cards, an expanded methodology, advance analysis, and two key report highlights in four languages.   ATLANTA: The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) announces the release of the second edition of the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation (DARE) Index —… Continue Reading »