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Thai Universities Innovate to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 18 2020

Boy in a wheelchair in difference seating positions

THAILAND: National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), and Department of Older Persons (DOP) signed in an MoU to support the development of the innovations for empowering the older people and persons with disabilities. In the initial stage, there are a few inventions that… Continue Reading »

COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Calls on Governments to Ensure Access to Food and Essential Supplies for Persons with Disabilities

Disaster, Global, September 17 2020

It is with grave concern that the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) calls on governments to take immediate emergency measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to food, medication, and other essential supplies. Analysis by the COVID-19 DRM has revealed that government failure to take measures to protect the… Continue Reading »

IAAP’s Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Program – Registrations Open for Pilot Exam

Built Environment, Global, September 15 2020

Be recognized for your experience in Auditing the Built Environment, your knowledge of Accessibility Standards, Codes, International Legislation, and ability to effectively Report accessibility requirements and Recommendations to clients and building design teams. IAAP’s Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) program recognizes individuals for their universal design knowledge. Pilot exams… Continue Reading »

The IPC and the International Disability Alliance to sign Cooperation Agreement

Global, Misc., News, September 15 2020

The historic agreement will see the two like-minded organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) are to sign a historic Cooperation Agreement to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and jointly commit to use Para sport as a… Continue Reading »

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech Invites Startups 

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Europe, September 9 2020

Startups with solutions addressing barriers to digital inclusion faced by people with disabilities have been invited to apply for up to US$325,000 in grant funding from the latest GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, is looking for… Continue Reading »

Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 Seeks to Promote Access to Digital Resources for Persons with Disabilities in Africa

Africa, Events, ICT, September 8 2020

Inclusive Africa Logo 2020

inABLE.org is set to host the first ever virtual Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 on October 8 – 9, from 9 – 11:30 am EAT. Sponsored by MasterCard Foundation, Safaricom, Facebook, Ford Foundation and Google, the theme of the conference is promoting digital accessibility in Africa.  At least 500 attendees from across Africa… Continue Reading »

Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations: 2nd edition of the TUR4all Congress (Webinar series)

Europe, Tourism, Webinar, September 3 2020

Logo of Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations: 2nd edition of the TUR4all Congress (Webinar series)

SPAIN: The Spanish Representative Platform for People with Physical Disabilities, PREDIF, and the Region of Valencia Tourist Board will once again be partnering to bring about the 2nd TUR4all Congress on the theme of “Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations”. From 9th to 30th November 2020, a total of 20 webinars will… Continue Reading »

UN Releases Guidelines on Access to Social Justice for Persons with Disabilities

Global, September 2 2020

The United Nations has released its first-ever guidelines on access to social justice for people with disabilities. What this aims to do is make it easier for disabled people around the world to access justice systems. ‘Ground-breaking guidance’. Those are the words used by the United Nations (UN) to describe the 10… Continue Reading »

New LAV4ALL Design Seeks to Deliver Accessibility and Dignity

Europe, Universal Design, September 1 2020

Person on a wheelchair trying to enter a lavatory

A new LAV4ALL design, developed by Austrian MRO provider FACC Aftermarket Services, seeks to make narrowbody lavatories accessible while occupying the same compact space as existing lavs. The design’s corner door, multiple handles, and clever use of space allows disabled passengers to enter the bathroom with their wheelchair and position… Continue Reading »

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative

Americas, Built Environment, News, Webinar, August 28 2020

ATLANTA (August 27, 2020) — IAAP, a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), is pleased to announce a new stream of resources for its membership.  The initiative leverages and expands on the impressive work of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a leading international… Continue Reading »

New Rules Guarantee Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal

Asia-Pacific, News, August 23 2020

NEPAL: The government has issued ‘Rules Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2020’, under the Act Relating to Rights of Persons with Disabilities-2017, to facilitate differently-abled persons to enjoy their constitutional and legal rights. The rules make it mandatory for the concerned authorities to provide differently-abled persons with assistive devices free… Continue Reading »

CNIB Announces New Partnership with LEARNstyle

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 22 2020

CANADA  – CNIB, Canada’s largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with LEARNstyle, experts in specialized education and assistive technology training. Through this exciting new partnership, LEARNstyle will provide high-quality, specialized training to support Ontario teachers and students in their journey to take full advantage… Continue Reading »

UNBC Professors Participate in Collaborative Effort to Make B.C.’s Outdoors More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, August 19 2020

Two persons standing in a park

CANADA: Several UNBC professors have been working to make outdoor spaces across the province more accessible to British Columbians. The research is being supported with a $24,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage grant. The professors, Drs. Mark Groulx, Shannon Freeman and Pamela Wright have been working collaboratively… Continue Reading »

County Council in U.K. Produces Interactive Guide to Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, Europe, August 19 2020

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UNITED KINGDOM: Hertfordshire County Council has produced a visual guide to demonstrate how assistive technology can be used inside and outside the home to aid independent living. The interactive guide allows the user to click on different parts of a ‘technology house’ to view examples of devices and solutions that can be installed or… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open: NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, August 12 2020

INDIA: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has announced the 11th edition of NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020 to honour contributions towards the cause of accessibility and universal design. Nominations for the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards are now open. This is a prestigious award given nationally every year to people who are… Continue Reading »

I Love NY Unveils Accessible New York Initiative

Americas, Tourism, August 12 2020

PHOTO: I Love NY's Accessible New York site includes trip ideas for wheelchair-accessible destination like Niagara Falls. (Photo via Orchidpoet/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: In tandem with the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, I Love NY unveiled Accessible New York, an initiative designed to enhance the travel experiences of visitors with disabilities. The Accessible New York website will serve as an information hub to publicize accessible attractions for people… Continue Reading »

New Guidelines to Ensure Accessibility and Inclusivity in Global Tourism

Tourism, August 4 2020

person in a wheelchair on a beach facing the sea

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling on destinations to recognize the needs of travelers with disabilities or specific access requirements as they open up to visitors again. In partnership with the ONCE Foundation of Spain and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the United Nations specialized agency has released new guidelines… Continue Reading »

The Official Dictionary of the Dominican Sign Language Launches with Support from Ecuador

Global, August 1 2020

The Official Dictionary of the Dominican Sign Language LOGO

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: The Official Dictionary of the Dominican Sign Language is the result of the joint effort of the National Council on Disability (CONADIS), the Ministry of Education (MINERD) and the National Association of the Deaf of the Dominican Republic (ANSORDO), with the support of the Federation National Deaf People of… Continue Reading »

University Students Create Cutting-edge Wearable Navigation Device

Americas, Assistive Technology, July 30 2020

An assistive device

US – A group of students from internationally acclaimed US-based Harvard University has launched a startup called Foresight, a wearable navigation aid for people with vision impairments that uses cutting-edge soft robotics and computer vision technology. Foresight connects to a user’s smartphone camera, which is worn around the neck. It detects… Continue Reading »

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum Set to Launch this Month

Europe, News, July 21 2020

UNITED KINGDOM: The Disability Unit has established a new Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum to strengthen its engagement with disabled people. In a world where coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect usual ways of working, the Disability Unit is holding the first virtual Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum this month, chaired by… Continue Reading »