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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 »

Groups Call for a Dedicated Agency in Taiwan for Older Persons

TAIWAN: The government should establish a dedicated agency that promotes and oversees senior care services, the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly said on Tuesday, ahead of yesterday’s International Day of Older Persons. Discussions about senior care in Taiwan normally do not go beyond the government’s long-term care policy and stipends provided to mark… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Update from Maldives, Syria

1. Ahmed Irash, Maldives  Building a ramp at the main beach in Male City, Maldives: There is a new initiative that will take place in Maldives which will be to build a ramp to the beach to increase accessibility for all including persons with disabilities and special needs, who use artificial beach for their therapies and… Continue Reading »

The IPC and the International Disability Alliance to sign Cooperation Agreement

The historic agreement will see the two like-minded organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) are to sign a historic Cooperation Agreement to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and jointly commit to use Para sport as a vehicle to drive the human… Continue Reading »

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative

ATLANTA (August 27, 2020) — IAAP, a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), is pleased to announce a new stream of resources for its membership.  The initiative leverages and expands on the impressive work of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a leading international organization dedicated to promoting Accessibility… Continue Reading »

New Rules Guarantee Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal

NEPAL: The government has issued ‘Rules Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2020’, under the Act Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2017, to facilitate differently-abled persons to enjoy their constitutional and legal rights. The rules make it mandatory for the concerned authorities to provide differently-abled persons with assistive devices free of cost as per the… Continue Reading »

UNBC Professors Participate in Collaborative Effort to Make B.C.’s Outdoors More Accessible

CANADA: Several UNBC professors have been working to make outdoor spaces across the province more accessible to British Columbians. The research is being supported with a $24,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage grant. The professors, Drs. Mark Groulx, Shannon Freeman and Pamela Wright have been working collaboratively with Spinal Cord Injury BC’s… Continue Reading »