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Geology Professor Creates 3D Tactile Map for Students with Disabilities

January 14, 2020

Americas, Misc., January 14 2020 UNITED STATES: What started out as a way to help one visually impaired student turned into two major projects from Dr. Katayoun Mobasher, professor of geology in the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) at the University of North Georgia (UNG). The first idea arose in 2011 when Mobasher realized a visually […]

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UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities

January 13, 2020

Middle East, Misc., January 13 2020 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE Cabinet approved a new policy to protect those with disabilities from abuse. The initiative is intended to empower people of determination by giving them a platform to report cases of ill-treatment. With inclusion at its heart, the policy will enable them to “participate effectively within a safe community […]

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ITU Tasks Nigeria, Others Member Countries on Inclusive ICT Growth

January 9, 2020

United Nations arm in charge of global telecommunication development, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has charged member countries on inclusive information and communications technology (ICT) growth. Specifically, ITU said members, including developing countries such as Nigeria, should focus attention on the role of emerging technologies in promoting ICT accessibility. The body, which was founded May […]

Dahua USA Releases New LincX2PRO Line Linking Homes with Professional Systems – Dahua Technology USA Inc

Dahua USA Releases New LincX2PRO Line Linking Homes with Professional Systems – Dahua Technology USA Inc

January 8, 2020

IRVINE, Calif., January 8, 2020 – Dahua Technology USA Inc. (hereinafter “Dahua Technology USA”), a provider of world-leading, video-centric, smart IoT solutions, has announced the addition of a Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell, floodlight camera, and mini camera as part of their new LincX2PRO Line. These devices are fully compatible with Dahua NVRs and penta-brid recorders, allowing […]

A blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people shows improvements of barrier-free environment for the disabled. [Chinanews.com]

Barrier-Free Access Improves for China’s Disabled: Report

January 7, 2020

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, January 7 2020 CHINA: China has on Sunday released a blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people, highlighting improvements in the barrier-free environment across the country. A blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people shows improvements of barrier-free environment for the disabled. [Chinanews.com] The Chinese Academy of Disability Data Sciences, the […]

CBM Zimbabwe Emergency Response Team member Allen Chaitezvi and Local Disabled Persons Committee chair Tapiwa Sigauke review the Humanitarian Hands-on Tool (HHoT) app at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, on November 24, 2019. Tapiwa lost his arm in a traffic accident. © CBM/Hayduk

CBM Launches New Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) Application

January 6, 2020

Africa, Disaster, January 6 2020 ZIMBABWE: Marking the International Day of Persons with Disability, CBM launches a new Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) application (www.cbm.org/i-drr) and releases a new version of its Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT). CBM Zimbabwe Emergency Response Team member Allen Chaitezvi and Local Disabled Persons Committee chair Tapiwa Sigauke review the Humanitarian Hands-on Tool […]

Kazakh Deputy Minister Berdibek Saparbayev (C), Kazakh Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov (R). Photo credit: Kazakh Prime Minister press service.

Kazakhstan: Persons with Disabilities to Receive Increased Social Sector Support

January 5, 2020

KAZAKHSTAN: The government hosted a press conference Dec. 25 to share the country’s plans for next year, including increasing support for entrepreneurs and the social sector, reported the prime minister’s press service. Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov and Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov were in attendance. Kazakh […]

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United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office Releases New Film on the Transportation Legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

January 2, 2020

Europe, Transportation, January 2 2020 SPAIN: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made […]

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Gambia Committed to Addressing Issues Experienced by Persons with Disabilities

January 2, 2020

Africa, Misc., News, January 2 2020 GAMBIA: Permanent Secretary of the ministry of women and children affairs have resounded Gambia government continued commitment in addressing the challenges and concerns in the inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities in national development process. Addressing a two-day advocacy seminar for National Assembly Members on inclusion, participation and […]

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Egyptian ICT Ministry Collaborates to Empower Persons with Disabilities

January 2, 2020

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, Universal Design, January 2 2020 EGYPT: Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a MoU with Japan’s Assistive Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) to carry out projects to improve the lives of disabled people. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with […]

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EAEU Countries Recommended to Make Transport More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

December 26, 2019

Europe, Transportation, December 26 2019 MOSCOW: The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved a package of recommendations for the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union concerning the provision of services to people with disabilities, BelTA learned from the EEC’s press service. “The document defines the recommended approaches to transport infrastructure and public passenger […]

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Toyota Motor Europe Launches the Toyota Startup Awards to Find Most Innovative Solutions to Improve Mobility for All

December 26, 2019

Europe, Transportation, December 26 2019 Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Business school ISDI, through ISDI Accelerator, have created the Toyota Startup Awards. This competition targets inclusive mobility companies that offer innovative solutions empowering people with a physical impairment to move around more freely and facilitating their daily life. Eight startups will be invited to attend 4YFN in Barcelona from […]

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TransLink Installs Tactile and Braille Signage Bus Stops

December 24, 2019

Americas, News, Transportation, December 24 2019 CANADA: Beginning in 2020, TransLink will install tactile and braille signage at every bus stop and tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) at stations and bus exchanges. “We are committed to making our transit system accessible for as many people as possible,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We know that a […]

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Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific

December 19, 2019

Asia-Pacific, December 19 2019 Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in Asia and the Pacific — Strategic Approaches to Achieving Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development. An estimated 690 million persons with disabilities live in Asia and the Pacific. As this figure is expected to grow over the coming decades, the need for enhanced accessibility will […]

North Korea state media said Wednesday buildings are required by law to include facilities for people with disabilities. File Photo by Yonhap/EPA

New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

December 18, 2019

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, December 18 2019 NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. North Korea state media said Wednesday buildings are required by law to include facilities […]

Dahua Helps Retail Operations Run Smoothly – Dahua Technology USA Inc

Dahua Helps Retail Operations Run Smoothly – Dahua Technology USA Inc

December 16, 2019

Video surveillance is a must-have for any retail environment, both to deter against theft and to ensure the integrity of Point of Sale (POS) transactions. Shrewd retailers will quickly realize that their video surveillance system gives them a greater return on investment when used for day-to-day operations in addition to security. Show Me the Value […]

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Barbados Likely To Implement National Accessibility Standard for Tourist Accomodations

December 13, 2019

Americas, Tourism, December 13 2019 BARBADOS: Hotels, guest houses and villas may soon be required to ensure their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds hinted on Wednesday. He said changes could be coming to the “tremendous amount” of concessions being granted to the tourism industry. He made the suggestion […]

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Doha Declaration to Promote Rights of 1.5 Billion Persons with Disabilities Worldwide

December 11, 2019

Events, Middle East, News, December 11 2019 QATAR: Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) launched the ‘Doha Declaration’ at the closing ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) yesterday. The two-day conference, which has attracted over 1,500 policy-makers and practitioners, took place at the Qatar National Convention Center under the theme: “Leaving […]

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Seychelles: Persons with Hearing Impairment Get First Sign Language Dictionary

December 9, 2019

SEYCHELLES: The hearing-impaired community in Seychelles has its own sign language dictionary for the first time. Photo: Seychelles Nation/Seychelles News AgencyAnita Gardner presenting a dictionary to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Nicholas Prea. The dictionary was launched last Saturday after 10 years of work in a ceremony held at the Citizenship Engagement Platform (CEPS) in […]

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Federal Agencies in Canada Invite Public Input on Air Travel for Persons with Disabilities

December 4, 2019

Americas, Transportation, December 4 2019 CANADA: Two separate federal agencies issued announcements Tuesday on life with a disability in Canada — one seeking greater input on hot-button issues and the other urging society at large to challenge its preconceptions. A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May […]

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New Partnership Launched to Make Qatar Accessible to All

December 4, 2019

Middle East, Tourism, December 4 2019 QATAR: Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator today announced a partnership with Wheel The World aimed at opening up the many tourist attractions in Qatar to all. Ooredoo, Wheel The World partners to make Qatar accessible to all Wheel The World promotes tourism for those with disabilities, raising awareness of the challenges […]

Partnership Aims to Change Perception of Transport Solutions for Persons with Disabilities

Partnership Aims to Change Perception of Transport Solutions for Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2019

Transportation, December 3 2019 Through the partnership, the Social and Sustainable Impact Department and Nino Robotics aim to develop sustainable and accessible mobility solutions for all, including people with disabilities or of reduced mobility. Credit: Nino Robotics The Social and Sustainable Impact Department has signed a partnership with Nino Robotics, designer of a new type […]

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G3ict Seeks Principal Investigator, International Inquiry on Brain-Computer Interfaces for Persons with Disabilities

November 22, 2019

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, November 22 2019 An International Inquiry on the current state of advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable persons with disabilities and older persons to better interact with their environment led by G3ict with the support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. Background G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and […]

The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development will be held on 7-8 December 2019

Upcoming Event: The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development 2019

November 20, 2019

Events, Middle East, November 20 2019 The Doha International Conference on Disability and Development will be held on 7-8 December 2019, under the guidance and patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of Qatar Foundation for Social Work and its affiliated civil society centers. The overall theme of the conference is “Harnessing the […]

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Zimbabwe: People Living With Disability Call for an Inclusive Public Transport System

November 20, 2019

Africa, Transportation, November 20 2019 ZIMBABWE: People living with disability in Harare are calling on the government to provide an all-inclusive public transport system that supports their special needs. As a result of a high- cost of living, the government introduced a fleet of buses under the Zimbabwe Passenger Company (Zupco), at a subsidized fare aimed […]

New Guidelines for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

New Guidelines for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

November 19, 2019

Disaster, November 19 2019 The guidelines set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings. The recommended actions in each chapter place persons with disabilities at the […]

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Disability Apps, Cards in Japan to Replace Paper Certificates for Ease of Use

November 18, 2019

JAPAN: The process of acquiring and using disability certificates has long been cumbersome and impractical, but with plastic cards and smartphone apps gaining ground, things could get much simpler. Toshihito Isoya shows his Mirairo ID at Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line in Tokyo on Oct. 18. | KYODO The government has started allowing plastic […]

Ability Foundation Announces EmployABILITY 2019 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities

Ability Foundation Announces EmployABILITY 2019 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities

November 15, 2019

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, November 15 2019 INDIA: Ability Foundation has announced EmployABILITY 2019, the pioneering job fair for qualified persons with disabilities, to be held in Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY, the trend-setting job opportunities fair for persons with disabilities will be held at Chennai on Tuesday 17 December 2019. EmployABILITY is jointly organised by Ability […]

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U.S. House Committee Leaders Call for More Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

November 15, 2019

Americas, News, Transportation, November 15 2019 U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian […]

Dahua Helps Retail Operations Run Smoothly – Dahua Technology USA Inc

Dahua Helps Retail Operations Run Smoothly – Dahua Technology USA Inc

November 14, 2019

Video surveillance is a must-have for any retail environment, both to deter against theft and to ensure the integrity of Point of Sale (POS) transactions. Shrewd retailers will quickly realize that their video surveillance system gives them a greater return on investment when used for day-to-day operations in addition to security. Show Me the Value […]

Dahua Helps Retail Operations Run Smoothly – Dahua Technology USA Inc

Dahua Helps Retail Operations Run Smoothly – Dahua Technology USA Inc

November 13, 2019

Video surveillance is a must-have for any retail environment, both to deter against theft and to ensure the integrity of Point of Sale (POS) transactions. Shrewd retailers will quickly realize that their video surveillance system gives them a greater return on investment when used for day-to-day operations in addition to security. Show Me the Value […]

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Trinidad and Tobago: Digicel Foundation Supports Persons with Hearing Impairment

November 13, 2019

Americas, ICT, News, November 13 2019 TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Deaf and Hearing Impaired students who live in remote areas can now access academic studies through Information and Communication Technology.  In its continued effort for the advancement of persons with special needs the Digicel Foundation partnered recently with Deaf Pioneers Life Centre to introduce IT support for the group’s Deaf/Hearing […]