Accessible Tourism: UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Socio-Cultural Impacts of COVID-19, Issue I Persons with Disabilities

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a ‘game changer’ for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic.…

Accessible Tourism Identified as ‘Game Changer’ for Destinations

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a “game changer” for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,…

Beaches in Vietnam’s Da Nang City to Incorporate Accessible Entrances

VIETNAM: Entrances accessible to ambulant disabled people will be created in beaches along Da Nang City’s 30-km coastline, the city’s authorities said on Sunday. The work to install 24 such entrances…

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Employment Initiative for Inclusive Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor on December 16 announced a new initiative designed to assist states in aligning policy, programs and funding across multiple state agencies to increase competitive integrated employment for…

The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) Announces the GARI Design Challenge

GARI Design Challenge – 2,500€ for helping people with disabilities easier find what they are looking for The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) established the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI)…

IDEA45: A Milestone for Civil Rights

A Milestone for Civil Rights: Celebrating 45 Years of IDEA By Kanika Littleton In the United States, over 7 million children and young adults receive special education programs and services through the Individualized Education Program (IEP). These students are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education

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IDEA45: The Personnel Who Deliver the Promise

The Personnel Who Deliver the Promise of IDEA into the Lives of Children and Families: A Reflection on the 45th Anniversary of IDEA By Jane E. West, Ph.D. I began my journey as a special educator in 1973. My first job was as a paraprofessional for students with emotional disturbance. The program was intended to

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IDEA45: Happy Birthday IDEA!

Happy Birthday, IDEA! By George Sugai Professor Emeritus, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut The 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is particularly meaningful to me and to students with disabilities for four main reasons. First, my career as a special educator began in Aurora, Colorado in the Fall of 1974. Although

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The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

Inclusion and diversity are imperatives in today’s workplace. For those who create training or administer training programs, that means considering and meeting the needs of learners with disabilities.  This “Training…

Beaches in Vietnam’s Da Nang City to Incorporate Accessible Entrances

VIETNAM: Entrances accessible to ambulant disabled people will be created in beaches along Da Nang City’s 30-km coastline, the city’s authorities said on Sunday. The work to install 24 such entrances…

IDEA45: Our Continued Passion

IDEA Deserves our Continued Passion, Advocacy, and Support By Michael Norman When I began an internship at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) in 1976, I knew little about special education and even less about state educational agencies (SEAs). I was a thirty-year-old doctoral student and former middle school principal. I

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IDEA45: Supporting a Free Appropriate Public Education

Forty-Five Years of IDEA-Funded Research Supporting a “Free Appropriate Public Education” By Douglas Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs, Vanderbilt University On this 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), we reflect on the research that IDEA legislation (and its successive reauthorizations) has facilitated. More specifically, we discuss its focus, quality, and meaningfulness for children and

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Sightsavers, European Union, & European Disability Forum Release Paper on Women with Disabilities in India

INDIA: Global development organisation Sightsavers along with European Disability Forum (EDF) is implementing a project for empowering people with disabilities. This project is being supported by the European Union. Disabled women…

Ontario Human Rights Commission Issues Statement on Accessible Housing

CANADA: While the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the need for safe housing, Ontarians with disabilities have always lived with the harsh reality that their housing choices are extremely limited, chronically…

Canada to Develop a New Accessible Homes Standard

CANADA: The federal government, through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is providing $190,000 in funding to the CSA Group to support research and develop a…

Turkmenistan Joins the Marrakesh Treaty and Completes Ceremony of Depositing Instrument in Geneva

Ceremony of depositing the instrument on joining the ‘Marrakesh Treaty’ by Turkmenistan was held in Geneva.  On the 15th of October, 2020, the ceremony of presenting the Instrument on Turkmenistan’s…

United Nations (UN) Releases Baseline Report on Disability Inclusion

The UN has released a report on implementing its Disability Inclusion Strategy, providing a “first baseline on the status of disability inclusion” across the UN system. The Strategy was launched…

Disaster Survival Guide In Braille Released for Persons with Visual Impairment in Jamaica

JAMAICA: A survival guide produced in Braille for persons who are blind or living with vision impairment was unveiled at a handover ceremony recently as part of an effort to ensure…