Americas

Costa Rica: Airbnb Announces Alliance with National Council of People with Disabilities (CONAPDIS) and the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network to Promote Accessible Tourist Accommodations

COSTA RICA: Airbnb announced its commitment to improve the experience of travelers with disabilities in their destinations in Costa Rica. To achieve this, a cooperation agreement has been signed with the National Council of People with Disabilities (Conapdis) and with the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network in order to promote accessible tourism among its hosts. The areas of cooperation include: promoting… 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 »

Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks Working On Accessibility Improvements

UNITED STATES: Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks can offer a demanding landscape if you require a wheelchair or other aid in getting around the park and its facilities or reading interpretive displays. Park staff realizes that, and is working on plans to improve access and interpretation to some of the parks’ wonders. If you’ve ever visited… Continue Reading »

Justice Department Enters Agreement to Ensure Public Transportation for Passengers with Disabilities in the County of Hawaii

The Justice Department entered into a settlement agreement with the County of Hawaii and the County’s Mass Transit Agency (MTA) to resolve an investigation conducted under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, the County and MTA must make their transit services, including Hele-On, the buses used by the majority of riders,… Continue Reading »

Study Reveals Findings in Food Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

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 of… Continue Reading »

Social support, assistive technologies improve quality of life for Farmers with Disabilities

UNITED STATES: Disabled farmers who have social support, assistive technology, motivation and family support are more likely to improve their quality of life, according to a study by AgrAbility. “The goal of our project is to help the farmers cope with the disabilities and the resulting limitations,” said Hamida Jinnah, program evaluation specialist at the Institute… Continue Reading »