Misc.

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 »

Kazakhstan: Publication on Reproductive Health Published in Braille

Asia-Pacific, Misc., April 6 2021

Cover of a Braille Book in Russian

In a win for inclusion, a reproductive health publication for women with disabilities has been published in Braille for the visually impaired. “A matter of importance: your reproductive health and reproductive rights”, which is also available on audio disc, provides women with disabilities information on sexual and reproductive health, including… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada Increases Funding for Alternate Format Materials for Persons with Print Disabilities

Americas, Misc., March 23 2021

Person using a mobile with some phycial reading material and a laptop kept on the table

CANADA: The Government of Canada continues to take important and decisive action to ensure that all Canadians are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know Canadians living with disabilities are facing significant challenges during this difficult time and that long-standing barriers to inclusion have been heightened. As we work together to restart the… Continue Reading »

UAE: Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and ZHO Partner to Provide Medication Packages with Braille-Printed Labels

Middle East, Misc., Universal Design, March 16 2021

Braille Labels on Medicine

UAE: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in coordination and cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO), has launched an initiative to provide medication instruction labels in Braille to help visually impaired patients and the blind read them without seeking help. The initiative is part of… Continue Reading »

European Space Agency Announces Recruitment Drive for Greater Diversity

Misc., News, February 23 2021

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… Continue Reading »


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