India: Delhi High Court Seeks State’s Response On Accessibility Of Public Pathways, Foot-Over Bridges To Persons With Disability

The Delhi High Court recently issued notice on a Public Interest Litigation filed over non-functionality of lifts and escalators attached to foot-over bridges in the national capital, said to be violating the rights of the elderly and persons with disabilities. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navneet Chawla has issued notices to the… Continue Reading »

IDA Issues Statement on Persons with Disabilities in the Conflict in Ukraine

“War undermines the lives, health and safety of all human beings, but for approximately three million persons with disabilities and their families living in Ukraine, the situation is much worse. As a person with disability advocating for rights of refugees with disabilities for many years, I am deeply concerned about my sisters and brothers in… Continue Reading »

Rwanda Looks to New Efforts for Supporting Persons With Disability

Rwanda is looking to start implementing new efforts for supporting persons with disabilities. Mid last month, the country took part in the Global Disability Summit, a mechanism for collecting new, ambitious and widespread commitments which are critical to achieving change for persons with disabilities in the world. During the event, Rwanda submitted 26 commitments, and… Continue Reading »

Nearly 240 million Children with Disabilities Around the World, UNICEF’s Most Comprehensive Statistical Analysis Finds

NEW YORK: The number of children with disabilities globally is estimated at almost 240 million, according to a new UNICEF report. Children with disabilities are disadvantaged compared to children without disabilities on most measures of child well-being, the report says. “This new research confirms what we already knew: Children with disabilities face multiple and often compounding… Continue Reading »

New Zealand: Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Responds to Minister’s Reforms

The Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition has welcomed announcements made today by the Minister for Disability Issues. Minister for Disability Issues Hon. Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Health Andrew Little announced a number of key changes affecting disabled people, including system transformation, the creation of a new Ministry for Disabled People, and new accessibility legislation.… Continue Reading »

Jamaica: Disabilities Act to Come Into Effect on February 14, 2022

The Disabilities Act is to come into effect on February 14, 2022. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the announcement during Wednesday’s (October 6) sitting of the House of Representatives as he tabled the Disabilities Regulations, 2021, Resolution. The Regulations were approved by Members of the House and will now enable… Continue Reading »

New Accessibility Act Proposed for Newfoundland and Labrador

New proposed legislation entitled ‘An Act Respecting Accessibility in the Province’ began second reading in the House of Assembly today. This new enabling legislation would allow government to outline the principles and goals for an accessible Newfoundland and Labrador. An extensive engagement process with the community of and for persons with disabilities, community organizations, the… Continue Reading »

Jamaica: Work To Develop Three Codes Of Practice For Persons With Disabilities Completed

JAMAICA: Executive Director for the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Christine Hendricks, says work to develop three codes of practice, designed to safeguard persons with disabilities, has been completed. Speaking recently on the JIS Television programme, ‘Get the Facts’, Dr. Hendricks explained that codes of practice are practical guidelines on how the society can… Continue Reading »

G3ict’s Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy Announces 20 Recipients to Cycle 1 of its Scholarship Fund Program

The DARE Academy Scholarship Fund is G3ict’s pilot program dedicated to opening new potentials for persons with disabilities who are interested in and passionate about advocating for digital accessibility and to get certified as professionals in the field. Twenty recipients have been awarded scholarships as part of Cycle 1 of the scholarship fund program. The… Continue Reading »

Adults with Disabilities Face Barriers accessing food, leading to food insecurity: University of Toronto study

CANADA: During an ice storm, Cynthia, a woman in her 50s who lives in downtown Toronto and uses a walker, didn’t know where she would get her next meal. If she couldn’t afford food delivery, her plan was to drink a glass of water and wait to eat the following day. This is just one… Continue Reading »