Call for Improved Safeguarding of Persons with Disabilities

Europe, Misc., September 12 2021

More than a third do not think people with disabilities have equal rights 40% say not enough support for decision making of people with disabilities. 75% favour stronger laws to better safeguard people with disabilities. The rights of people with disabilities are not adequately respected and upheld in Ireland, according to a new RED C… Continue Reading »

India: Initiative Seeks Most Innovative Assistive Tech Scouting Start Ups

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Misc., August 30 2021

In search for India’s most innovative assistive technology start-ups, Prosus the global consumer internet group of Naspers on Monday launched the second edition of its Social Impact Challenge for Accessibility in partnership with Invest India, Social Alpha and the World Health Organisation. Eligible startups can submit their applications from now… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Misc., News, August 30 2021

Person on a wheel chair trying to go move along a narrow aisle of a supermarket

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… Continue Reading »

Study Reveals Findings in Food Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Misc., August 20 2021

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.… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Assistive Technology, Misc., July 28 2021

A farm land

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… Continue Reading »

CBM Report: Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bangladesh, Bolivia and Nigeria

Global, Misc., June 23 2021

CBM Global in partnership with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities have launched three country reports highlighting in more depth the impact COVID-19 has had on persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, Bolivia and Nigeria. The reports aim to reflect country progress a year after the pandemic. The findings are framed within future policy… Continue Reading »

National Disability Policy Announced by President of Zimbabwe

Africa, Misc., June 12 2021

The launch of the National Disability Policy by President Mnangagwa  has been hailed as a historic development in addressing the rights and welfare of persons living with disabilities. The President launched the NDP jointly with the Labour Migration Policy at the Harare International Conference Centre. Senate representative for people living… Continue Reading »

Malta: National Strategy on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Released for Public Consultation

Europe, Misc., June 9 2021

A national strategy on the rights of disabled persons was formally launched for public consultation on Wednesday. The strategy, “Freedom to Live”, Malta’s 2021-2030 National Strategy on the Rights of Disabled Persons (see pdf link below), was launched by Inclusion Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli. It was developed by the Office… Continue Reading »

UN Disability Rights Committee Issues Findings On Estonia

Europe, Misc., April 16 2021

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has published its findings on Estonia, which it examined during its latest session. The Committee recognised steps taken by Estonia to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which it ratified in 2012. It noted the State party’s important… Continue Reading »

Prototype Robodog from University of California, Berkeley Helps Persons with Visual Impairment Navigate Using Lasers

Americas, Misc., Transportation, April 14 2021

Person with Visual Impairment using a prototype robodog.

UNITED STATES: It looks like artificial intelligence and robotics might be on the verge of automating yet another job. A team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley has developed a four-legged robodog to safely guide the visually impaired, a New Scientist report explains. In a study published March 26, the researchers showed that… Continue Reading »

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