Advertisement - M-Enabling Summit: Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments June 17 - 19 2019 Renaissance Capital View Hotel Washington, DC.

We are excited to be taking part in the M-Enabling Summit which is on the topic of “Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience”. This year the Summit will host over 120 speakers both from industry and advocacy groups focusing on key issues going on in the community. The 2019 M-Enabling Summit will provide a platform for empowering technologies and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities.

Just some of the exciting sessions at this year’s Summit include: Artificial Intelligence for User Interfacses, Real World End User Experience, Accessible Media Platforms Entertainment, International Trends in Digital Accessibility. Baby Boomer Strategies and much more!

See you in Washington DC between June 17th and 19th!

The World Future Council is inviting nominations for laws or policies that work to give young people a voice and the opportunity to get decent jobs in a sustainable economy.

They are seeking nominations of innovative and impactful laws, policies and legal frameworks that create enabling environments and empower young people in the following fields:

  • Economic empowerment of young women and men in decent and sustainable jobs
  • Youth civic engagement and political participation in support of sustainable development and peace

Further details of the award and the application process can be found on the World Future Council website.

Part of the report front cover: The Inclusion Journey - Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the BFSI Sector in India. Supported by J.P. Morgan

Our good friends at Youth4Jobs have teamed up with the BSE Institute Limited, The BFSI Sector Skill Council of India and J.P. Morgan India, to produce a fascinating report on employment of persons with disabilities in the banking and financial sector.

The report – which focuses on employment in the BFSI sector in India – gives an intriguing insight into the current low figures of employment of persons with disabilities. It also analyses what a great opportunity this represents for the companies and the government working in the sector, and gives concrete steps that can be taken to improve the situation.

Whether in India, or elsewhere in the world, this report is a great resources for organisations and individuals in the sector to take meaningful and lasting action.

Download the full report here: The Inclusion Journey: Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the BFSI Sector in India

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The WHO QualityRights  initiative is working to improve access to quality mental health services globally and to promote the human rights of people with mental health conditions and psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities.  As part of this initiative they are developing a good practice guidance document which will present information on community-based mental health services that promote human rights and the recovery approach.

WHO is seeking help to identify people-centered services that you are aware of, that operate without coercion, and that respond to people’s needs by promoting autonomy, inclusion in the community, and the involvement of people with lived experience at all levels of decision-making. This should include services that support people experiencing acute crises but that do not resort to force, coercion, involuntary admission and treatment or the use of seclusion and restraints. 

By completing the questionnaire in the link at the bottom of this post, you will have the opportunity to submit up to five mental health services that you believe should be considered as a good practice.  By participating, you can contribute to shaping the future of mental health services.

Anybody who is involved in providing a service, has experience of using a service, or knows of a service is welcome to complete the questionnaire.

Deadline for contributions is 30th June 2019.

You can access the consultation survey:

For responses IN ENGLISH: Here

For responses IN SPANISH: Here

For responses IN FRENCH: Here

For responses IN PORTUGUESE: Here

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Her Abilities Award celebrates women with disabilities who have achieved greatness in their life or field of work. It was launched last year by Light for the World and by Right Livelihood Award winner Yetnebersh Nigussie.

Three incredible women won the award last year and we were honoured with their contributions at the 2019 Zero Project Conference.

Nominations opened again on 8th March 2019 and will be open until 21st June 2019.

The jury for the Her Abilities Award is made up of influential women with and without disabilities from different fields of life; from Mariam Doumbia, of blind musical duo Amadou & Mariam, to Sara Minkara, CEO of Empowerment through Integration (ETI).

Together they will decide on the winners in three categories: Health & Education; Rights and Arts, Culture & Sports.

More information is available on the Her Abilities website

Go ahead and make your nomination and good luck to everyone!

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You can now submit your project, product or service as Design for All Good Practice to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2020.

The 10th edition of the International Design for All Foundation Good Practices Awards recognise achievements in the field of design for all, great and small, by governments, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and professionals from all over the world. In so doing, they aim to demonstrate that the implementation of design for all/universal design in any form contributes towards improving quality of life for everyone.

All Good Practices will receive the corresponding “Good Practice” certificate. An International Jury will select the 5 best initiatives that will receive the troops for Best Practice during the ceremony for the Design for All Foundation Awards 2020.

To see if your project is eligible then visit the self-assessment test. If the answer is positive then fill out the form.

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Please support our good friend Fernando Botelho, President of F123, and his initiative to run computer-building workshops for blind people in multiple countries. Fernando has produced a YouTube video explaining the project and giving us a peek at an example computer that has been put together, all as part of his application to win the Holman Prize.

Good luck Fernando!

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On 22 and 23 August 2019, the GATE team will be hosting the GReAT Consultation 2019 in Geneva. This meeting will bring academics, practitioners, policy makers, and assistive technology users together to guide the content development of the Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology. The Global Report was requested by the 71st World Health Assembly within the resolution Improving Access to Assistive Technology.

WHO is now calling for contributions from across the globe to be presented and discussed during the 2-day consultation, to ensure that the Global Report will cover a range of different approaches to improving access to assistive technology across all cultural contexts. As an attendant of the GREAT Summit in 2017, we would greatly appreciate your contribution towards the development of the Global Report by sharing any work you have been or are working on related to improving access to assistive technology.

You can submit your contribution here:

For more information on the timeline, content guidelines, and how to submit your contribution, please click here:

The call will close on 31st March 2019. If you have any questions about the submission and selection process, please email:

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The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaboration between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights and inclusion in development of persons with disabilities – announces the opening of a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Malawi, Myanmar, and Nigeria. DPOs in Haiti and Indonesia are invited to apply by invitation only. The deadline for RFP submission is March 22, 2019.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and RFP details posted on the Fund’s website, at Any questions about the request for proposal process should be directed to

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The launch event for Disability Hub Europe for Sustainable Growth and Social Innovation (DHub) will take place at the European Parliament, Brussels on 21st March 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00.

DHub is a singular collaborative European thematic platform, providing involved organizations an innovative, valuable and differentiating opportunity to stand out and reinforce their sustainability leadership and action linked to people with disabilities. The final aim of DHub, aligned with the SDG 17 “Partnerships for the goals”, is to foster social and labour inclusion of people with disabilities in Europe while promoting inclusive and sustainable businesses.

On 21st March 2019, we will be at the eve of key rendez-vous – including the European elections – that will influence our Europe’s 2030 Agenda. We will meet with professional from diverse horizons (companies, European Institutions, civil society organisations, academics) to discuss on what DHub has to offer and how multi-stakeholder alliances can foster social and labor inclusion of people with disabilities in Europe while promoting inclusive and sustainable businesses.

Find out more at the launch event website.