List of resources

List of resources

Mar 11, 2022

List of resources

BIPOC & Slavic Ukrainian Refugees Resources: Disabled Ukrainians.

Appeal for help from Ukrainian families caring for persons with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Europe organised a call with Raisa Kravchenko and Yulia Klepets form the VGO Coalition (All-Ukrainian NGO Coalition for Persons with Intellectual Disability, [email protected]). They shared with us and our members their plea for help and described the situation of families who are unable to leave Ukraine during the Russian attack.

Down Syndrome International statement on Ukraine

Down Syndrome International (DSi) is calling on all parties involved in the current conflict in Ukraine to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Through this conflict in Ukraine, what happens to persons with disabilities?

“War undermines the lives, health and safety of all human beings, but for approximately three million persons with disabilities and their families living in Ukraine, the situation is much worse. As a person with disability advocating for rights of refugees with disabilities for many years, I am deeply concerned about my sisters and brothers in Ukraine who are facing multiple barriers to access safe evacuation and humanitarian assistance,” said Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).

Deliver emergency aid to Ukrainians displaced by conflict

Donate today to support Humanity & Inclusion's emergency response to the Ukraine crisis.

Millions with disabilities ‘abandoned’ in Ukraine, charities fear

Exclusive: Warnings people with disabilities are being ‘left behind’ as refugees flee conflict.

Toolkit on the inclusion of refugees with disabilities

This toolkit aims to inform our community of members and partners, in particular organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in Europe, about the perspectives of migrants, including refugees, with disabilities, and how to include them in your work.

Stop Calling Paralympic and Disabled Athletes “Inspiring”

Negative attitudes toward disability start with how athletes are framed in news coverage.

China is a Paralympics star, but its people with disabilities face high hurdles

China has dominated the medal count at the last five Paralympic Games. That's in stark contrast with the low level of disability access in Chinese society.

How viewers with disabilities can watch the 2022 Winter Paralympics

The Games' primetime slot invites more accessibility features than ever before.

Oksana Masters: "The embodiment of the Paralympics is 'Stronger Together'"

After winning her second medal of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, Masters spoke about what 'Stronger Together' means to her.

The lowdown on being disabled in China

The Winter Paralympics are in Beijing – here’s a lowdown on disabled life in China.

Victoria's Secret: Too Little, Too Late?

Victoria's Secret finally read the writing on the wall and hired the lovely model Sofia Jirau who has Down syndrome to bring some diversity to their table.

How the Beauty Industry Is Meeting the Needs of the Visually Impaired Community

For visually impaired people around the world, navigating the beauty and body-care world has never been easy. Now, brands are evolving with more accessible packaging and inclusive hiring practices.

What Real Disability Inclusion Looks Like in Fashion Marketing

"One perfect body does NOT exist, because we are all perfect in our own unique way."

Amy Schumer Opened Up About Her Son “Most Likely” Having Autism

"Not everybody's like some incredible genius with autism, but most people have a real talent for something. They're beautiful, loving, and kind people."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's son Zain dead at 26

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s son, Zain, died at age 26 on Monday following a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy, according to reports.

WCMX Extreme Athlete, Tony Torres, gives back with his time and resources to future athletes

Tony Torres’ passion for wheelchair motor cross (WCMX) – and giving kids access to these activities – drives him. Born with spina bifida, when Tony discovered WCMX he immediately knew he wanted to learn the sport. Inspired by the sport’s founder, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, Tony adapted his first action sports wheelchair and started teaching himself. WCMX is an extreme sport adapted from skateboarding and BMX, where athletes perform tricks and stunts on skate park ramps, while using their manual wheelchair. Stunts including jumps, slides and flips. The sport has gained national and international attention through competitions, championships, and clinics.

Video: YouTube doesn't want you to have to see my "disturbing" disabled body

I'm missing a leg - I'm not a disturbing sight that children need to be shielded from. Everything I speak about in this video is based upon my interpretations of communications from YouTube and their stated policies. At no point has YouTube directly told me that I am "disturbing" imagery but their actions in continuing to restrict my content leads me to believe that is exactly what is being implied.

How this TikTok star became an ‘accidental’ disability rights activist

Mya Pol's videos shed light on what life is like with a wheelchair.

Easy Ways to Celebrate Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month — the chance to celebrate the 17 million people that are living with cerebral palsy (CP). There are many ways you can celebrate cerebral palsy awareness month, and here are a few of my favorites.

Why ‘Get Well Soon’ Culture Isn’t Helping Anyone Heal

"True empathy is less about telling someone to 'get well soon,' and more about just simply being present and allowing them to be as they are."

Disabled People Are Tired: Public Health and Ableism

We’re all tired, collectively. It has been a long two years of heightened anxiety and isolation as we learn how to live within a global pandemic leaving nearly a million people dead in the US – far more than any other country in the world. We’re burnt out from all of the ways that COVID has forced change in our lives. Healthcare workers are burnt out from the seemingly unending flood of patients in serious, sometimes fatal, condition. Public health workers are burnt out from trying to manage as much as they can in their local contexts, while facing chronic underfunding and bureaucratic restrictions. Teachers, parents, children, community organizers: we’re all burnt out. The hashtag #DoneWithCOVID trended on Twitter recently, filled with stories from people who just want to “get back to normal.”

How Philanthropy Can Step Up for the Disability Community

Listen to RespectAbility Founder Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi in conversation with Sam Caplan, Submittable’s VP of Social Impact.

Accessibility: The Bridge Between Success and Disability

Researchers adapted these principles of universal design from architecture into education, first with the goal of providing better educational experiences to students with disabilities, then to expand those experiences through flexible methods and materials, and then to curriculum, which led to the development of a universal design for learning (UDL) to benefit students.

Don't disable me: How you can avoid creating barriers for disabled people

In this free webinar led by individuals with lived experience of disabilities and AbilityNet’s workplace inclusion experts, we discovered how you can help address visual, hearing, physical, mental health and neurodiversity barriers at your organisation or educational setting.

Designing Accessible Products For Users With Disabilities

Designing Accessible Products For Users With Disabilities : Accessibility is the need of people with disabilities regarding using specific services, products, and facilities. To ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy the same comfort as others, various companies are creating devices and products to meet their needs.

3 Myths About Accessibility in the Design Process, Debunked

Accessibility is vital to make information available for people with disabilities but is widely misunderstood. Discover some of the myths about accessibility.

The 70,000 people who use your website might include

Almost all of the 70,000 people who use your website may also experience temporary or situational disability at some time. For example, they may break their wrist, have an eye infection or be using their phone in bright sunlight.

Overlay Position and Recommendations

International Association of Accessibility Professional’s (IAAP) Code of Conduct requires its members to act with integrity, objectivity, professional competence, confidentiality, and professional behavior.

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) position statement on overlays

Last fall, IAAP established an Overlay Task Force after increased concern from their membership about the activities of Overlay companies in the context of their membership in IAAP.

Learn to Create Accessible Websites with the Principles of Universal Design

Accessibility can benefit your users and also improve the brand of your product. Learn how to plan for, and focus your efforts on, designing for accessibility.

Responsive web design: Trends of 2022

Here we will have a look at some of the trends that web designers might need to look out for in the future.

Using the language attribute to make your website accessible

How to set the language of your website using the lang attribute to make it accessible.

The Importance of Screen Reader Software for Web Navigation

For a website to be accessible to me and other visually impaired users, there must be text. Read how my screen reader helps me navigate the web.

Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to start seeking doctor help

If there is no doctor in the house, Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to summon one. Amazon and telemedicine provider Teladoc Health are starting a voice-activated virtual care program that lets customers get medical help without picking up their phones.

Creating Accessible PDF Forms

Making fillable PDF forms accessible is possible if you take the right approach.

How To Make Online Banking Disabled-People-Friendly

In a post-COVID world, accessible banking services are no longer a good-to-have — they are a must-have, notes Sachin Gulhane, a leader in Cognizant’s Banking and Financial Services Consulting Practice.

Guide To ADA Compliance for a Shopify Website

An ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant website creates a more accessible online experience for people with disabilities.

Time for government to stop using Medium

A publishing platform that says it's an environment open to everyone doesn't provide equal access to all.

Hearing Loss and Computing

This factsheet gives information about how computers, tablets and smartphones can be used to enhance listening for people with some degree of hearing loss. It does not aim to be comprehensive but provides a useful introduction to some of the key assistive technology available.

Hearing Assistive Technology

This FREE webinar took place on 08 September at 1 pm BSTHow can technology help make the world more accessible to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing? We heard from a panel of experts, including speakers from Lloyds Bank, Signly, Microsoft and the RNID (National Hearing Loss Charity).

Biel Glasses: AI Powered Smart Glasses That Detect Obstacles For People With Low Vision

Biel Glasses makes smart glasses that can detect obstacles in a person’s environment and notify them so they can navigate more easily without bumping into obstacles. They do this by using mixed reality, 3d Vision, and artificial intelligence algorithms that identify obstacles in the form of overlay text and graphics over the real time feed being captured by the glasses.

Aussie Researchers Have Created Face-Controlled VR Tech

Smile to walk, frown to stop. Researchers have worked out a way to interact with virtual reality using facial expressions.

VR Is Here to Stay. It's Time to Make It Accessible

The platform is relatively new—which means now is the opportunity to advocate for all players.

Inclusive XR & Hybrid Work Toolkit

How to Use Accessible Extended Reality (XR) Tools to Make Hybrid Workplaces Inclusive. The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) created this Toolkit to help employers understand the value of using accessible extended reality (XR) technologies in hybrid work environments. After reading this Toolkit, you will better understand how to procure accessible XR technologies for your workplace. You will also learn how to use these technologies in ways that include all employees equally.

Able 2.0 Accessibility, A Fundamental Requirement For Ensuring Inclusion For Persons With Disability

Experts say that having an accessible environment is a right of persons with disabilities that allow them to live a better life.

Accessibility Challenge 2022: Nurture More Champions Part 2

Proven tips to expand your accessibility community.

Place Your Bets: How Accessible Is PokerStars VR?

VEIL is an international group of immersive media experts who are committed to creating virtual worlds that are intuitive and accessible to all. I have been involved with the group for two years. VEIL’s project has a rigorous survey that virtual reality (VR) evaluators use to assess a VR title across a range of criteria.

Report highlights barriers for disabled animation talent

A new report paints a “bleak picture” of accessibility in animation.

(Dis)Courses Dialogue Series Highlights Activist-Scholars in Intersectional Disability Cultural Work

The conversation series (Dis)courses: Interdisciplinary Disability Dialogues returns this semester with four luminaries who are engaged with many forms of innovative and intersectional disability cultural work.

Rethinking and Reframing Chronic Illness in Meghan O’Rourke’s ‘The Invisible Kingdom’

The best-selling author shines a light on “invisible” illnesses, including her own.

With a Little Help from His Friends, One Man's Quest Redefines Accessibility for the Disabled

A North Carolina man is giving people with disabilities the rare opportunity to leave their wheelchairs behind and travel the globe.

Redefining accessibility - We Carry Kevan

Believing in the inherent value of all people, We Carry Kevan mobilizes individuals with disabilities by redefining accessibility as a cooperative effort.

Dave Steele, The Blind Poet

Dave Steele is an award-winning poet, author, public speaker, singer, and advocate for the blind. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in 2014, this genetic eye condition left Dave “severely sight impaired.” Together his wife, Amy, the family grappled with the difficult diagnosis as RP quickly left Steele an unemployed father of four. Feeling the stressors of financial debt and the loss of his independence, Dave turned to social media for support with his RP journey. He was also struck by the numerous misconceptions and stories of injustice being experienced by so many blind/visually impaired people all over the world. When a member in one of these online groups learned of Dave’s singing background, they invited him to perform at a meeting for those living with RP and Usher Syndrome. The experience inspired Steel’s idea for his “Stand By Me RP” song. Using the classic song by Ben E. King, Dave altered the lyrics to relate to how he felt losing his own sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa. In December 2014, Dave sought permission from the band Elbow, to alter the lyrics of their song “One Day Like This.” With the band’s blessing, Steele performed his version of the song at Joanne Milne’s “Breaking the Silence” book launch.

provok'd - four films from gobscure available now

Beautifully produced with exquisite lighting and sound score gobscure's four short films shot by brettinthecity, Third Angel and Lara Kardas at Slung Low, Leeds convey aspects of the artists' touring show 'provoked to madness by the brutality ov wealth.'

Audit aims to help arts venues improve service for broad scope of disabled patrons and artists

The music has ended, the house lights have risen, but Peter Tonge isn’t ready to leave. It’s not because he wants to meet the band or watch the musicians load out their gear.

How to achieve equity in higher education

Explore the meaning of equity in higher education and find out how to achieve equity in access, teaching and research to create fair opportunities for everyone to succeed.

Mentoring and teaching women with disabilities in universities

Inclusive teaching and mentoring practices that support women with disabilities to succeed in higher education, while improving access for all students, shared by Molly M. King

How Digital Engagement Will Evolve In 2022

Many are struggling to provide a secure, equitable and transparent experience across their entire digital presence.

axe-con Digital Accessibility Conference

Join us to learn how to build, test, monitor and maintain digital accessibility. Hosted on March 15-17, 2022, axe-con is completely free and virtual.

Event: CripTech Incubator: Meet the Artists

Please join us to meet the CripTech Incubator’s 2022-2023 inaugural cohort of six disabled artists, who have been selected to create and showcase innovative work in art and technology at residency sites across California. In this virtual event, Incubator fellows Carmen Papalia, Olivia Ting, JS Shokrian, Meesh Fradkin, Andy Slater and moira williams will be presenting their works-in-progress.

Event: Conversations on Access and Design

Leading disability history scholars, artists, and designers will discuss studies of access and design history.

Making Israel’s history and heritage accessible for all

Heritage sites throughout Israel are now more accessible than ever before for people with disabilities, thanks to Jewish National Fund-USA.

Philosophies of Disability and the Global Pandemic

If you were away from your computer early in the New Year, you may have missed my previous post about the special issue of International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies on this theme that I guest edited.

An Essayist Navigates the Labyrinth of American Health Care. Barely

In the collection “Cost of Living,” Emily Maloney investigates the costs — emotional, physical and financial — of being sick.

Protests intensify as disability rights case nears deadline for Supreme Court petition

A case involving Los Angeles Community College District and two blind students could go to the Supreme Court, a possibility advocates fear could test disability rights.

Medicaid funds mired in red tape for people with disabilities

Almost a year after the American Rescue Plan Act allocated up to $25 billion to home and community-based services run by Medicaid, many states have yet to access the funds due to delays and red tape.

Bangladesh launches health insurance for persons with disabilities

For the first time in the country, persons with disabilities are being brought under the health insurance policy called 'Bangabandhu Suraksha Bima'.

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