USA: EEOC Seeks Public Input on How to Improve Federal Hiring of People with Disabilities
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/16/eeoc-seeks-public-input-on-how-to-improve-federal-hiring-of-people-with-disabilities/, May 16, 2014
Turkey: Ministry Sets Deadline for Implementation of Accessibility Standards
Minister of Family and Social Policies Ayşenur İslam complained about public institutions’ failure to comply with the ministry’s accessibility standards for people with disabilities at an event on the occasion of Disability Week yesterday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/14/ministry-sets-deadline-for-implementation-of-accessibility-standards/, May 14, 2014
USA: Global Forum on Disability
in New York
The Global Forum on Disability which will be held a day prior to the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties on 9th June, 2014. The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and National implementation and monitoring.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/13/global-forum-on-disability%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8/, May 13, 2014
India: ASI Makes Monuments Accessible for Visitors with Vision Disabilities
In an effort to disseminate information to visitors with vision disabilities, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put up signs in Braille, explaining the cultural and historical significance of the structures at the most-visited monuments in Delhi. The move came after officials at the Delhi circle of ASI realized the need to reach out to people with disabilities and decided to put these signboards up.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/13/archaeological-survey-of-india-makes-monuments-accessible-for-visitors-with-vision-disabilities/, May 13, 2014
USA: 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD
The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and National implementation and monitoring.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/12/7th-session-of-the-conference-of-states-parties-to-the-crpd/, May 12, 2014
Singapore: Grey Launches Free Mobile Applications for People with Hearing Disabilities
Grey Group Singapore (“Grey”) announced that the agency has developed two innovative mobile applications (“apps”) aimed at improving the quality of life of people with hearing disabilities. Developed with inputs and full support from the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), the proprietary apps transform smart phones into intelligent devices that help the lives of people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing easier and safer.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/25/grey-launches-free-mobile-applications-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, May 08, 2014
USA: AAAS Urges U.S. Ratification of the UN CRPD
A new statement by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors “strongly urges” the United States to become a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention, which is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act, is the first international treaty to articulate the obligations of governments to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/28/aaas-urges-u-s-ratification-of-the-un-crpd/, May 07, 2014
Canada: TTC Enhancing Accessibility with Blue Priority Seating
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is enhancing accessibility with blue seats that clearly identify priority seating areas on its vehicles for persons with disabilities, older people and expectant mothers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/29/ttc-enhancing-accessibility-with-blue-priority-seating/, May 06, 2014
USA: TIA Urges ICASA to Enhance ICT Accessibility
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, filed comments yesterday with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in response to its draft Code for People with Disabilities Regulation. The code was published on March 28, 2014 in the Government Gazette of the Republic of South Africa.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/30/tia-urges-icasa-to-enhance-ict-accessibility/, May 05, 2014
Philippines: New Book Released: “The Right to Vote: Filipinos with Disabilities and the 2013 Elections”
The joint effort to make future elections in the Philippines disability-inclusive – the gains and challenges – are presented in a publication that tells the stories of people with disabilities in exercising their right to vote during the 2013 elections.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/25/new-book-released-the-right-to-vote-filipinos-with-disabilities-and-the-2013-elections/, May 02, 2014