Disability Board Asks Indian States, UTs, to List Accessible Public Buildings

The fifth meeting of the Indian Central Advisory Board on Disability was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Union Social Justice and Empowerment (SJ and E) Minister Dr Virender Kumar; Minister of State, SJ and E, Pratima Bhoumik and Vice-Chairman of the Board and Secretary, DEPwD Anjali Bhawra, were also present in the… Continue Reading »

M-Enabling Summit 2022 | Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities, October 24-26, 2022

Attracting leading advocates, corporate executives and accessibility professionals involved in digital inclusion, the M-Enabling Summit is an all-inclusive conference and showcase offering rich networking opportunities, fostering innovative technology that benefits more than one-billion Persons with Disabilities and an expanding population of aging adults globally. With its theme of “Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities,” the 2022 M-Enabling… Continue Reading »

World Health Organization and International Telecommunication Union Announce Global Standard for Accessibility of Telehealth Services

Background The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telehealth as the “delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by distance. Telehealth uses information communication technology for the exchange of information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health professionals”. Telehealth is… Continue Reading »

Vietnam: Association to Enhance Support for Persons with Disabilities

The 6th national congress of the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans (ASVHO), for the 2022 – 2027 tenure, wrapped up on April 26. The event in Hanoi was attended by 345 delegates representing 566,335 association members nationwide. The congress elected an 80-member ASVHO executive committee and a five-member inspection board. In… Continue Reading »

UN Committee States 2.7 Million People with Disabilities at Risk in Ukraine

The continued military attacks against Ukraine are putting the lives of an estimated 2.7 million people with disabilities at risk. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today deplored the Russian Federation’s aggression despite repeated calls for a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. The Committee issued the following statement: “The Committee is deeply disturbed that… Continue Reading »

Canada Appoints First Accessibility Commissioner to the CHRC

The goal of a barrier-free Canada, one that is inclusive from the start, is at the heart of the Accessible Canada Act (Act). That is why the Government of Canada continues to implement the Act and is introducing strong measures to ensure this goal becomes reality. Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the appointment of Michael… Continue Reading »

Spring Applications Now Open for New G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives

G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, through its Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Initiative, is seeking Country Representatives to promote the goals and objectives of G3ict, SC4A, and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in countries around the world. Representatives also take part as subject matter experts for G3ict’s various divisions in the development… Continue Reading »

Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) Announces Flight Notification Service in Sign Language

Riyadh Airports Company, in charge of running and operating King Khalid Interntional Airport (KKIA), has announced the launch of flights notifications service in sign language for the deaf and the dumb in addition to the provision of the related information the airport offers, qualifying KKIA as the world’s first airport to launch this service, reported SPA.… Continue Reading »

Mauritius: Launch of Awareness Campaign On Youth with Disabilities

The first edition of an Awareness Campaign on youth living with disability and a mini-series on Youth’s Ability were launched during a ceremony, today, by the Mauritius Film Development Corporation (MFDC) jointly with Braille in Paradise, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). The launch event was held in the presence of the President of the Republic of… Continue Reading »

Trinidad and Tobago: NALIS to Partner with WIPO to Benefit from Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)

National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) entered into an agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) for visually impaired and otherwise print disabled individuals to have access to a variety of source material and literature content. Details follow in this press release from NALIS: On March 8, 2022, the… Continue Reading »