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Australia: Human Rights and Technology Final Report Released

A new report by the Australian Human Rights Commission calls for far-reaching changes to ensure governments, companies and others safeguard human rights in the design, development and use of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). The Human Rights and Technology final report, released today, makes 38 recommendations to ensure human rights are upheld in Australia’s laws,… Continue Reading »

India: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and V-shesh Learning Services Undertake Study to Understand the “Impact of Covid-19 on Persons with Disabilities” in India

India: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and V-shesh Learning Services Private Limited have undertaken a pan-India study to comprehend the “Impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities” in India in the first quarter of the current year 2021. The focus of this study was to determine and assess the medium to long term effects of Covid-19… Continue Reading »

Portugal to Approve Strategy to Boost Inclusion

PORTUGAL: At the opening session of the second day of the high-level videoconference on the European Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030, under the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, Costa considered the adoption of this instrument as “a milestone in the construction of Europe”. The prime minister highlighted some… Continue Reading »

Egypt: New Incubator for Enterprises in Assistive Technology 

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Egypt’s National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD) launched in April an incubator for enterprises producing technologies for the disabled. Executive Director of NIGSD Sherifa El-Sherif stated that the Assistive Technology Incubation Program was launched by opening the door for licensed Egyptian companies to submit their initial… Continue Reading »

Report Makes Policy Suggestions for Persons with Disabilities in UK

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Disability Commission has published a new report that makes important recommendations to transform the lives of disabled people ahead of the publication of the UK Government’s Strategy for Disabled People. Entitled ‘Now is the Time’, the report makes transformative policy suggestions across employment, education, housing, transport, and access to… Continue Reading »

Study Reveals Shortage of Educational Technology for Children with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM: An ‘astonishing’ deficit of data about how the global boom in educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low and middle-income countries has been highlighted in a new report. Despite widespread optimism that educational technology, or ‘EdTech’, can help to level the playing field for young people with disabilities, the study found… Continue Reading »

European Space Agency Announces Recruitment Drive for Greater Diversity

The European Space Agency says it wants to recruit someone with a disability as part of its call for new astronauts. Esa will be accepting applications in March to fill four-to-six vacancies in its astro corps but it wants this draft process to be as inclusive as possible. The search for a potential flier with additional functional… Continue Reading »

Syria: Guidance Note on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the COVID-19 CCCM Response

SYRIA: This guidance note provides an overview of the risks that persons with disabilities face in the COVID-19 response regarding accessing humanitarian services and proposes actions to address these risks within the CCCM response specifically. This note draws on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, CCCM chapter, applying these to… Continue Reading »

Rights and Renewal: Inclusion Scotland’s Manifesto for the 2021-2026 Scottish Parliament

SCOTLAND: Announcing its own manifesto for the upcoming elections to the Scottish parliament, Inclusion Scotland said disabled people wanted to “go forwards to a more inclusive future”. Its Rights and Renewal manifesto focuses on five key areas: incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into Scottish law; social care; equal access to education and… Continue Reading »

New Report by New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) Highlights Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19 COVID19

NEW ZEALAND: A new report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency. The report, Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, Te Whakatinana i ngā Tika Hauātanga i te wā o te Urutā, examines New Zealand’s adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights… Continue Reading »