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Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of serious health complications, but they also have particular support needs in this challenging period.
New Accessible Online Platform to Accommodate Distance Recruitment for All
Originally built only for people with disabilities, ABILITY Job Fair launches new accessible online platform to accommodate distance recruitment for all.
The first face to face video-based platform, accessible for people with deafness, hard of hearing, blindness and more, now expands to a virtual career fair recruitment tool to fill the need for person to person talent search, when travel is no longer an option and social distancing is the new necessity...
Japanese Firm’s Notebooks Focused on Universal Design
JAPAN: When a manufacturer here set out to create a notebook for developmentally disabled people, who are often bothered by pure white pages, decorative lines and date columns, they went right to the source.
Ohguri Shikou, a notebook maker based in Ikuno Ward here, teamed with a patient support group to ask the opinions of about 100 people with developmental disabilities via a survey...
South Africa: Early Grants for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities Amid COVID19 Outbreak
SOUTH AFRICA: The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has brought forward the payment of social grants for the elderly and persons with disabilities for the month of April in an effort to lower the risk of Covid-19 infection by reducing congestion at retailers and banks.
In a statement, Sassa said it had been inundated with concerns about grant payments for April in light of the Covid-19 infections in the country. The number of Covid-19 infections in South Africa was at 240 on Saturday afternoon...
Geology Professor Creates 3D Tactile Map for Students with Disabilities
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 impaired student enrolled in her geology class could not see the different lines and distinctions on a general 2D map...
UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities
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 environment” that guarantees their “right to a dignified life”, state news agency Wam reported...
Get active with Live Workout Week from British Blind Sport
We all know that at-home workouts are increasing in popularity, however, there have been calls for more inclusive and accessible workouts.
Already, Dame Kelly Holmes has introduced seated workouts to her Instagram sessions and more accessible activities are set to be aired.
British Blind Sport (BBS) have been working to engage inclusive deliverers who are experts at making activities accessible and enjoyable for people of any age and ability.
Our top five tips for gardening at home
Right now, it’s all about finding happiness in the little things. For people with green fingers or beginners in the gardening department, we’ve rounded up our top tips for gardening at home. Gardening is a great way to pick up a new hobby, boost your mood and it counts as an aerobic exercise. It can even be done within the safety of your home during this time.