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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 »

Syria: Guidance Note on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the COVID-19 CCCM Response

Middle East, Misc., News, February 19 2021

Cover of the report

SYRIA: This guidance note provides an overview of the risks that persons with disabilities face in the COVID-19 response regarding accessing humanitarian services and proposes actions to address these risks within the CCCM response specifically. This note draws on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action,… Continue Reading »

Canada: University Professors Research on Barriers to Justice Faced by Persons with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Americas, Misc., February 12 2021

Photo of Dr. ruby dhand

CANADA: In collaboration with ARCH Disability Centre, TRU with the help of the University of Windsor will pursue a new research project on the effects of COVID-19. TRU’s Dr. Ruby Dhand, a professor in the Faculty of Law, has partnered with Dr. Dipesh Prema, a TRU chemistry professor, and Dr. Tess… Continue Reading »

2020 South African Health Review Focus on Healthcare for Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., January 29 2021

Cover of the South African Health Review

SOUTH AFRICA: The Health Systems Trust’s annual health review has been released. The 300-page document focuses on the challenges peoples with disabilities face when accessing healthcare services. Health24 has summarised some of the most important points of the report: A transformative approach to disability awareness driven by persons with disabilities The report says… Continue Reading »

Ministry of Education in Peru Set to Deliver Accessible Educational Materials

Americas, Misc., News, January 4 2021

A person working on Braille

PERU: Texts adapted to the braille system will be delivered this year, reported the Ministry of Education. During 2020, the Ministry of Education, through the Directorate of Special Basic Education (DEBE), produced more than 1,100 accessible audios and about 500 educational materials adapted to the Braille system for girls, boys,… Continue Reading »


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