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Ministry of Education in Peru Set to Deliver Accessible Educational Materials

PERU: Texts adapted to the braille system will be delivered this year, reported the Ministry of Education. During 2020, the Ministry of Education, through the Directorate of Special Basic Education (DEBE), produced more than 1,100 accessible audios and about 500 educational materials adapted to the Braille system for girls, boys, adolescents and young people with… Continue Reading »

New Unit to Enhance Communication with Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

MALAYSIA: The Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Communication Unit which will be launched next year is aimed at improving the delivery of service and information to the community nationwide. Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the unit will work closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in various joint-efforts including providing explanations, aid… Continue Reading »

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Employment Initiative for Inclusive Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor on December 16 announced a new initiative designed to assist states in aligning policy, programs and funding across multiple state agencies to increase competitive integrated employment for people with mental health conditions. Led by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment (ASPIRE)… Continue Reading »

Fiji Becomes First In The World To Validate Target E On Sendai Framework

A major milestone has been achieved today as Fiji takes lead in the world to validate the Target E data of the 2015 Sendai Framework. “Target E is a measure that estimates the number of countries and local actors that have Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies in place. Its goal is to: Substantially increase the… Continue Reading »

New Organization in Ghana to Support Teens and Young Adults with Hearing Impairment 

GHANA: Most Def Foundation, a Ghanaian organisation that exists to support deaf teens and young adults was officially launched at the Antique Lemonade Art Space in Accra on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch, Founder, Franka-Maria Andoh described the launch as “one of the new beginnings for this year.” According to her, she drew her inspiration from… Continue Reading »

Uber to Offer 12,000 Free Rides to National Association for the Blind in 8 Indian Cities

INDIA: Ride hailing major Uber on Tuesday said it has partnered with the National Association for the Blind (NAB), Delhi to facilitate 12,000 free rides (worth over Rs 25 lakhs) to blind, low-vision and other disabled persons, as well as their caregivers and teachers. The association, which will be valid from October to December 2020, will… 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 »

Turkmenistan Joins the Marrakesh Treaty and Completes Ceremony of Depositing Instrument in Geneva

Ceremony of depositing the instrument on joining the ‘Marrakesh Treaty’ by Turkmenistan was held in Geneva.  On the 15th of October, 2020, the ceremony of presenting the Instrument on Turkmenistan’s joining the “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled” of 2013, signed by… 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 »

Professor Gerard Quinn Appointed as UN Disability Rights Rapporteur

Irish disability law expert Professor Gerard Quinn has been appointed as the UN rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. A qualified barrister and prominent legal academic, he is professor emeritus in law at NUI Galway, where he previously directed the world-leading Centre on International Disability Law & Policy. His appointment to succeed Costa Rican lawyer Catalina Devandas Aguilar has… Continue Reading »