November 2012 Archives

The National Council on Disability -- an independent federal agency that makes disability policy recommendations to the President, Congress and other federal agencies - recognized the International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3 by urging ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or CRPD, currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate.

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The CRPD was conceived with the same goals that the United States had in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act: the bipartisan effort to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.  In NCD's mandated advisory capacity recommending policies that enhance the lives of people with disabilities, NCD has a long history promoting the protections Americans enjoy because of the ADA to other nations in both the development and support of the Convention.

The Washington Post wrote on December 3:  "The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which the George W. Bush administration negotiated and signed in 2006, is modeled in large part on the Americans With Disabilities Act, which President George H.W. Bush signed in 1990...ratification would give Americans the standing to lobby other nations to follow the U.S. lead and to offer help to those who want to do so. It's been signed by 154 countries and ratified by 124."

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world's population, live with some form of disability. As we join the world in celebrating the 20th anniversary of International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, the National Council on Disability recommends the United States Senate join the more than 120 countries in ratifying this historic treaty. 

About the National Council on Disability: NCD is an independent federal agency of 15 Presidentially-appointed Council Members and full-time professional staff, who advise the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, programs, and practic


The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is just a few days away! The commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2012, provides an opportunity to address the exclusion of persons with disabilities by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability. Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

Make the Day count! Include! Organize! Celebrate! Take Action!

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Join us at United Nations Headquarters for special events to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the beginning of the preparatory process for the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) to be held on 23 September 2013. Other events include a panel discussion under the theme of the HLMDD: “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, as well as the United Nations Enable Film Festival. For Entry Passes for the events, please contact

Airlines are facing a possible multi-million dollar lawsuit after a clinically obese woman died while on holiday in Hungary after she was refused a seat on three flights back to New York where she needed medical treatment.

Vilma Soltez, who weighed over 30 stone and had only one leg and used a wheelchair, died from health complications nine days after she was kicked off the first of the three flights.

She was unable to board due to issues with seat extensions and wheelchairs and other equipment that would not hold her weight.

She had travelled to her summer home in Hungary with Delta and KLM Airlines but had reportedly put on weight during her trip.

According to a report in the New York Post, the couple's travel agent had told Delta/KLM before the trip that she needed to return home on October 15 to continue with medical treatment for kidney problems and diabetes.

But her husband Janos claimed the couple were told they could not fly on their original Delta/KLM flight from Hungary because the aircraft did not have the necessary seat extension.

He said they were directed to drive to Prague for a Delta/KLM flight home. At Prague, Soltez could not be transferred to the flight because equipment could not be found that would hold her weight.

Their New York travel agent then found them another flight with Lufthansa, via Frankfurt, but this was not viable for the same reasons despite three seats being available for the passenger.

According to reports, a local fire crew were bought in to help move her into the seats but they could not lift her out of her wheelchair.

Delta, KLM and Lufthansa have issued statements explaining their reasons for being unable to accommodate her.

Lufthansa said: "Lufthansa, together with its local partners, fire brigade and technical experts at Budapest Airport, tried its utmost to accommodate this passenger on board our flight from Budapest.

"After several, time consuming attempts it was decided that for the safety of this passenger and the over 140 fellow passengers, Lufthansa had to deny transportation of the passenger. Safe and reliable operations are Lufthansa's paramount priorities at all times."

Lawyers are now considering legal action against the airlines for violating laws protecting the disabled.


Universal Design in Vehicles

Paddock Talk writes on the appeal of Universal Design in vehicles:

Getting into the Chevrolet Equinox is so easy, its owners may never notice. The small crossover's narrow rocker panels require minimal reach to step over, and its seat height requires minimal bending. Equinox's ease of entry is just one example of Chevrolet's use of universal design, an approach that makes products of all kinds work for as many people as possible. Consumers experience universal design every day, from sidewalk ramps to lever-style door handles. For most people, universal design adds convenience, but for people with limited range of motion, it can be a difference maker. A rear vision camera, programmable liftgate and easy-to-use touch screen controls are examples of Equinox's ease-of-use features. Ease of use is increasingly important to car design as automakers adapt to changing consumer demographics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 65-and-older population is projected to grow to more than 71 million by 2030, and will account for 20 percent of the nation's citizenry. That means more car buyers will be dealing with age-related issues that affect range of motion, eyesight, hearing, reflexes and cognition - issues that General Motors has studied in depth and has already begun to address in many of its vehicles such as the Equinox.

AT and Transition Policy Webinar from RESNA

December 13, 2012
Noon Pacific, 3 pm Eastern

Statewide AT programs must spend 5% of its state leadership funds on transition activities. Transition activities must relate to students with disabilities transitioning under IDEA and activities related to individuals with disabilities maintaining or transitioning to community.

This three part webinar series will focus on Transition activities related to Youth Leadership, Policy, and State Transition Teams. Each one hour Webinar will highlight activities from several statewide AT programs. All webinars are free, and will begin at 3pm Eastern Time. The first two are archived.

Linda Jaco (OK) and Kathy Hayfield (VA) will present this third in a series webinar on AT and Transition Policy.

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Guidelines from the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research:

Universal Accessibility Built Environment Guidelines

Universal Accessibility Land Transportation Guidelines

Universal Accessibility Destinations & Places Accommodations

Universal Accessibility Marine Transportation Guidelines

Available from:

On the Universal Design Living Laboratory

There's no question that Universal Design is an important focus within the building and remodeling industry. 

Homeowners are opting to stay in their homes longer, multiple generations are living under one roof and disabled individuals are looking for ways to make their homes more accessible. All of these factors, and many more, are bringing deliberate attention to Universal Design--a design concept that supports universal living for all exemplified in the Universal Design Living Laboratory® (UDLL) demonstration home located in Columbus, Ohio.


Ratify CRPD

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‎CRPD, which was negotiated by the George W. Bush administration and signed in 2006, is modeled in large part on the Americans With Disabilities Act, which President George H.W. Bush signed in 1990. It would NOT require the United States to change its laws, but ratification WOULD give Americans the standing to lobby other nations to follow the U.S. lead and to offer help to those who want to do so. It's been signed by 154 countries and ratified by 124. More than 60 senators have indicated support.

 India's largest CSR Network in partnership with Choice International (UK), is organizing an international conference themed "Disability Equality and Accessibility - India in Bangalore on December 2012.  The conference aims to recognise the achievements in Disability Equality in India, whilst analysing the challenges our country now face. The prime aim is to help incorporating effective Disability Equality practices and barrier free design in all infrastructure developed within corporate, public and voluntary sectors.

The conference will address and analyse disability inequality and barriers to access in India, barrier free infrastructure and designs for inclusive accessibility, disability rights and resources for promoting disability equality, voluntary sector's contribution to disability equality, Corporate Social Responsibility and its role in achieving disability equality in India etc.

"INDIACSR and Choice International (UK) are bringing together national and international resources to provide an environment for innovation and creativity, through which we aim to initiate change in Disability Equality and Accessibility in India," said Rusen Kumar, Director, INDIACSR, India's Largest CSR Network.

"India is growing in many aspects, fast becoming a global player with great potential to develop and influence other countries. There are many changes taking place in relation to Disability Equality in India and around the world; anti-discriminative legislations, ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled people (UNCRPD), CSR initiatives, Disability Equality Practices and many more. " added Rusen Kumar.

"Imagine a world where disabled and non-disabled people have equal life opportunities; access to mainstream education, employment and career development opportunities, a world where disabled people are able to freely access buildings, transport and other services.  This is what we aim for!" said Manoj Soma Sundaram, CEO at Choice International (UK).

"India is making rapid progress in addressing disability equality, over 50% of disabled people remain illiterate compared to 35% of the general population. The deep inequalities experienced by disabled people are further exacerbated when combined with existing axes of social difference, such as gender and social status. This shows the greater need for change in attitudes towards, and awareness of disability equality and accessibility." added "Manoj Soma Sundaram.

Disability Conference-2012 will explore disability equality within Indian businesses and services to gain an understanding of disability equality relating to accessibility, perception of disability and disability legislation in India.

This forum will also create an opportunity for participants to meet and network, share skills, knowledge and experience in Disability Equality and promote the concept of a barrier-free environment in their respective fields. This conference is aimed at disabled and non-disabled individuals including people from Corporate, SME and othe organizations, government officials, representatives within education, health, transport and other relevant departments; architects, engineers, equality activists, DPOs and NGOs, and anyone else with an interest in disability equality and barrier free designs in India.

Learning - Slowly - From Katrina

The decision not to empty the nursing homes and adult homes in the mandatory evacuation area was one of the most questionable by the authorities during Hurricane Sandy. And an investigation by The New York Times found that the impact was worsened by missteps that officials made in not ensuring that these facilities could protect residents.

Hurricane Sandy was swirling northward, four days before landfall, and at the Sea Crest Health Care Center, a nursing home overlooking the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, workers were gathering medicines and other supplies as they prepared to evacuate.

Then the call came from health officials: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, acting on the advice of his aides and those of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, recommended that nursing homes and adult homes stay put. The 305 residents would ride out the storm.
The recommendation that thousands of elderly, disabled and mentally ill residents remain in more than 40 nursing homes and adult homes in flood-prone areas of New York City had calamitous consequences.


Wouldn't it be encouraging if the US' pivot to the Pacific also included disability specific development?

By Noeleen Heyzer:

The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by persons with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.

What we saw of the London Paralympics gives reason to pause and reflect on the everyday struggles of persons with disabilities. Here in Asia-Pacific, there are 650 million persons with disabilities. They account for 15 per cent of the population, but are mostly unseen, unheard and uncounted.

Evidence indicates that persons with disabilities are among the most marginalized in society. The most common reasons are a lack of education and limited employment opportunities.

Having a person with a disability in a household increases the incidence of household and individual income poverty. Likewise, household poverty is more likely to limit the access that persons with disabilities have to basic services, education and financial support.

Many lack access to the physical environment, public transportation, knowledge, information and communication, which is a precondition for persons with disabilities to fulfill their rights in an inclusive society.

All these factors together result in a greater likelihood of economic and social exclusion.

What other compelling reason makes it imperative for us to pay closer attention to disability?

Asia-Pacific is experiencing unprecedented population ageing. By 2050, in much of East Asia, one in three persons will be aged 60 and above. In other parts of Asia-Pacific, it will be one in four persons. That means that there will be significantly more older persons in our societies, and many of them are likely to have some form of disability. Indeed, it is projected that by 2050, 80 per cent of the population of persons with disabilities in some parts of Asia-Pacific will be older persons aged 60 and above.

That is why a month ago, governments of Asia and the Pacific gathered at an ESCAP conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea, to tackle the existing barriers that prevent the growing number of persons with disabilities from participating in economic, social and political life.

The governments launched a new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2013 to 2022. They also adopted a regional strategy to chart the course of the new decade by adopting the world's first set of regionally-agreed disability-inclusive development goals. For the first time, the Asian and Pacific region will be able to track and measure progress in our efforts to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Referred to as the "Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific", the strategy contains specific time-bound goals and targets, among others, to reduce poverty among persons with disabilities, improve their access to the physical and ICT environments as well as education and employment opportunities.

Asia-Pacific is the region most adversely affected by disasters, and there is evidence that persons with disabilities are two to four times more likely to die than the general population when disasters occur. Thus governments also stressed the need to ensure that disaster risk reduction and management incorporates disability perspectives.

Finally, if we are to be able to measure progress in building disability-inclusive societies, it will be necessary for countries to improve their collection of statistics on the population of persons with diverse disabilities and their socio-economic status. This would enable policymaking to be evidence-based to support the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities.

It is time to give thought to how we can reshape our societies - where we live, where we work and where we play - to enable all of us to enjoy the same freedom of movement and access to all aspects of life.

On the occasion of the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us each do our part to ensure that persons with disabilities get counted to count.

The author is under-secretary-general of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

The Wisdom Behind Interdependence

From WikiHow:

While it may sound simple enough, accepting help is something that is extremely challenging for all of us at one time or another. It can be especially hard for those of us that believe that seeking help undermines our independence and our ability to cope. However the truth is that by refusing to accept help we ignore the fact that we are social beings who need to co-operate with one another in order to ensure that we thrive.

Seeing taking help from others as a weakness is often a very ingrained pattern of thinking and may be hard to overcome. However there are ways of changing how you think. The following suggestions may help you overcome seeing accepting help as a sign of weakness and allow you to develop a healthier sense of interdependence with those around you.


Quoting J.J. Meddaugh:

My career as an accessibility specialist affords me the opportunity to travel around the country for conferences, exhibits, and other events. Travel is one of the most fun and rewarding parts of my job, and it allows me to experience cities and local culture that I may not have been able to otherwise. Through all of this, I have become a rather seasoned traveler by necessity, developing many skills and tricks for navigating through airports and other unfamiliar areas. Janet Ingber discusses what to expect when going through airport security in the September 2012 issue of AccessWorld, but this is only one part of the travel experience. Below, I offer some antidotes and ideas for airport travel based on what I've learned over the past several years of my business and personal travel.

The full article:

The United States Chamber of Commerce supports ratification of the CRPD, so why the hold up in the Senate? "Ratification will help to level the playing field for U.S. businesses, which currently compete with foreign counterparts who do not have to adhere to our high standards when it comes to accommodation and accessibility for individuals with disabilities." 

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The United States has been a world leader in developing effective policy to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity not only in the workplace but in society.  Thus, earlier this week, amidst the current Beltway chatter about the fiscal cliff, taxes and sequestration, the U.S. Senate rightly took time to debate the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Ratification of the CRPD will enable the U.S. to continue its leadership role and help create greater access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities throughout the world.
Based upon the principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity, which are at the core of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other U.S. disability rights laws, the CRPD seeks "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities."  Because its principles are largely rooted in U.S. law, the CRPD would not require any changes to existing law in order for the U.S. to comply with its provisions.


Universal Design in Office machines

What would a well-designed copy machine look like?

The Way Scandic Hotels Does Accessibility

Due to increased demand, Scandic is expanding its accessibility information online
More and more people are discovering that accessible hotel environments make their stay more comfortable and convenient, but many find it hard to track down the accessibility information they need. Having seen a sharp rise in enquiries about accessibility from companies, organisations and active older travellers, Scandic is expanding its website to include the new page at This provides everything from invaluable links to museums, amusement parks and taxis to recommendations for conference hotels, personal tips and advice, interviews and detailed accessibility information for all of the chain's 160 hotels. At the same time, Scandic is publishing its unique accessibility standard on the website as a way to help and inspire other companies and organisations to improve their accessibility.

"We want to make it as easy as possible to plan trips that offer good accessibility all the way and we‟re seeing huge demand for information," explains Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Ambassador at Scandic. "That‟s why we‟ve really expanded the website in a move to gather as much information as possible in one place. Anyone who has ever tried to locate accessibility information knows how time-consuming and complicated it can be to find out, for example, how long the walk is from the airport gate to the taxi rank. Or whether a visit to the city‟s amusement park is recommended if you have mobility issues."

Accessibility standard with its 110 points goes public

Another new feature of is Useful links, where Scandic puts its growing collection of handy links to various destinations as they are discovered. Visitors will find direct links to invaluable accessibility information for taxis, trains, entertainment venues and well-known tourist and visitor attractions, making it quick and easy to find information that helps plan a whole trip. The „Special needs‟ page also now details Scandic‟s much admired accessibility standard.

"We receive a constant stream of questions from companies and organisations that have heard about our unique accessibility standard with its 110 points. 81 of these are compulsory for all our hotels, while the whole list is implemented in our new and refurbished hotels," says Magnus Berglund. "Now, we‟re making the accessibility standard public so that it can hopefully inspire others to do more about their accessibility."

Tips and advice is a section where Magnus Berglund gives his personal tips on accessibility from all the globetrotting that he and his rehab dog Ada have done over the years. Magnus, who has difficulty walking at times, noticed how hard it was to find out useful facts such as how far you have to walk at different airports and what assistance is available. Under the heading Tips and advice Magnus therefore shares his experiences of Nordic, European and Asian airports.

Scandic receives numerous enquiries from companies looking for a conference hotel with good accessibility. To meet this particular demand, Scandic has compiled its list of Recommended hotels for meeting which includes hotels in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany.

Scandic‟s accessibility brochure is also available to read or download at, and in addition to all that there is Scandic‟s world-beating innovation - detailed accessibility information for all 160 of its hotels in nine countries - plus

H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, has launched its inaugural programming lineup covering current affairs, cultural events, and educational content in International Sign for Deaf viewers around the world. 

With as many as 130 "deaf sign language" around the world according to Ethnologue: Languages of the World, International Sign (IS) allows Deaf people to communicate with each other through use of universal signs that follow general concepts. This international auxiliary language is the official language of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), and used at international meetings and sporting events such as the World Federation of the Deaf Congress and the Deaflympics. 

H3 Network Media Alliance, with its origins in broadcasting special events, responded to an extraordinary circumstance in February 2011 that prompted them to expand its mission. Athletes and fans were already enroute to the 2011 Deaflympics Summer Games in Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia when all events were abruptly cancelled. The H3 crew, already onsite, quickly went into action broadcasting daily reports with breaking video footage of incomplete facilities and exclusive interviews with Deaflympics and Organizing Committee representatives, Slovakian city officials and stranded Deaflympics athletes - exclusively in International Sign. 

Responses from viewers and community leaders to these special daily reports on the cancelled Deaflympics was overwhelming and set new direction for expanded H3 programming in International Sign. With International Sign, H3 aims to empower and unify members of Deaf communities around the world including developing countries with limited access to programming in their local sign language. The World Federation of the Deaf estimates that over 70 million Deaf people live in our world today. 

Current affairs is at the heart of H3's new programming line-up - providing news reports on world developments, and also reports about and within the Deaf community. Harnessing the power of information - bringing knowledge on what other countries are doing and how Deaf people are managing everywhere - is a gigantic step towards unifying our worldwide community. 

H3, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009, has reported from key sporting events, the Deaflympics and World Federation of the Deaf events in Canada and abroad, and was a part of the DeafNation World Expo in Las Vegas last July. Viewers can sign up to receive weekly H3 Program Update emails at

Mobile Accessibility - The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices

December 11th, 2012
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

David Dzumba, Chair of the Accessibility Working Group of the Mobile Manufacturer's Forum will take the lead in providing an insight into and perspective on the status of accessibility in mobile devices. David currently serves as the FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee co-chair and is senior manager of Accessibility at Nokia. There will be captioning and the program will be archived.

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The Approach at Universal

The philosophical orientation at Universal

The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunity in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications. While the ADA defines minimum accessibility standards, Universal Design strives to create best practices by incorporating choice for all people in every aspect of the world around us. It can be applied to the design of buildings and products, as well as the design of services, education, webpages, information technologies, and any other man made systems. Universal Design continues to evolve as both designers and users broaden their understanding and experience of different users' needs, abilities, and desires. believes that compliance with regulations and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is entirely different from practicing Universal Design. Yet we have chosen to organize information on the built environment around the numbering system found in the 2010 ADA Standards. This is not to say that the ADA is the basis or foundation of Universal Design, but rather to recognize that decades of scrutiny by construction and building code experts considering input from a wide range of personal and industry sources interested in understanding and defining how people use elements and spaces, resulted in the 2010 ADA Standards' hierarchical numbering system. It is comprehensive, available in the public domain and has been harmonized with the International Building Code. It provides a convenient and logical framework upon which to build a relational information structure that can present both context and detail about elements and spaces found in human environments.

We welcome suggestions to improve the structure and/or organization of


ADA. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that U.S. programs and services be accessible to individuals with disabilities. There are a total of 11 laws that protect persons with disabilities. A 1996 Department of Justice ruling makes it clear that ADA accessibility requirements apply to Internet resources. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

Universal Design. Everyone from architects, product designers, engineers, and educators are exploring solutions that help all users, not just people with disabilities. According to the Center for Universal Design, the general principals include design features that contribute toward equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use. If designed effectively, the end result should be user-friendly and cost-effective.


Localizada a 130 quilômetros da Capital, a cidade de Socorro é destino ideal para quem deseja dar um tempo na correria do dia a dia e relaxar aproveitando a natureza exuberante do Circuito das Águas Paulista e as opções gastronômicas, que são show à parte.


O município, que recebe cerca de 500 mil visitantes por ano, oferece oito opções de turismo e 22 atividades de aventura - dez delas adaptadas a pessoas com deficiência ou mobilidade reduzida.

O crescimento de 15% no segmento a partir do ano 2000 transformou Socorro em famoso polo turístico do Estado. Tanto que o destino é atualmente considerado referência quando se fala em turismo com acessibilidade, que engloba não só pessoas com algum tipo de deficiência ou mobilidade reduzida como também obesos, idosos, anões e gestantes.

Por isso o município sediou, no segundo semestre de 2011, o Seminário Paulista de Acessibilidade e Cidadania, projeto integrante de um conjunto de ações realizadas pelo FAC (Fórum Internacional de Acessibilidade e Cidadania), abordando o tema Acessibilidade no Mundo Globalizado.

Com 37 mil habitantes, Socorro está na encosta da Serra da Mantiqueira, em meio a vales e montanhas, fazendo divisa com Minas Gerais. O município destaca-se como estância turística integrando o Circuito das Águas Paulista, que inclui também Águas de Lindóia, Amparo, Jaguariúna, Lindóia, Monte Alegre do Sul, Pedreira e Serra Negra.

Fundada oficialmente em 9 de agosto de 1829, a cidade foi colonizada por italianos e portugueses, que cultivaram café e o fumo por muitas décadas. Foi batizada com o nome de Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro, padroeira dos italianos que chegaram à região, há quase 200 anos. Devido à qualidade de suas águas minerais, entrou para o turismo como estância sanitária em 24 de abril de 1945. Hoje, a cidade reserva atrações para todos os gostos. A começar pelos amantes da natureza, que encontram vários convites desafiadores explorando vales, montanhas, trilhas e cachoeiras. Programas que atraem aventureiros de todas as partes do mundo.



Não bastasse ser referência nacional em ecoturismo, aventura e acessibilidade, Socorro se prepara agora para receber os turistas que visitarão o Brasil na Copa do Mundo de 2014. Por ser uma das únicas no Brasil com infraestrutura para receber visitantes com deficiência, a cidade foi selecionada pelo Ministério do Turismo para receber estrangeiros durante a competição. Para tanto, garçons farão curso de inglês e outras medidas estão sendo estudadas pelos empresários locais.

Announcing CaptionMatch!

A new service to connect people who are deaf or have a hearing loss with captioning providers is now available on the web. It is called CaptionMatch, and the working prototype is open for business. Captioning is not only used by millions with hearing loss. It is also used by many others for language and learning needs, as well as by Internet search engines to find information.

CaptionMatch is a matching service, a clearinghouse. It's not a captioning company. It has two main aims:

  1. To increase the demand for captioning services by making it easier for anyone to ask for captioning anytime.
  2. To help captioning providers spread their services and knowledge to more people, whether they have extra time available to earn more or whether they need help on a captioning project.

Registration is free on the website ( Here's how it works:

Consumers fill out and submit a captioning request form. For example, they ask for CART (real time captioning, called STTR internationally), or for captioning of an online video. When a registered captioning provider sees a request, they send a bid for the job, or questions, via CaptionMatch to the consumer, who remains anonymous until a "match" is made.

Consumers may receive proposals from more than one provider. When the "match" is complete, the provider pays a small fee to the service. The consumer pays nothing to use the service. Consumers and providers make their own arrangements as to captioning services and pricing. Providers can also use CaptionMatch to locate a subcontractor to assist them on a project.

With an estimated global population of six hundred million people with hearing loss or deafness, the need for captioning services is growing. CaptionMatch aims to increase accessibility to needed services while offering captioning providers an opportunity to increase their customer base and revenues. As the founder, L.E. Storck says, "We need to take advantage of whatever modern technology offers to support people who need and want to communicate with each other. The world needs new ideas that lead to much more inclusion of quality captioning." The well-respected advocacy organization Media Access Australia adds: "CaptionMatch is an interesting initiative with the potential to alert organisations to the value of captioning, and streamline the process of organising captioning."

CaptionMatch is a deaf-owned company whose executives have significant experience in other successful startups. For further details, contact


Foi inaugurado nesta segunda-feira (19), em Camboriú, Santa Catarina, o primeiro Centro de Tecnológico de Formação de Instrutores e Treinadores de Cães-Guia do país. O CT, que foi instalado no campus Camboriú do Instituto Federal Catarinense, contará com quatro salas administrativas, alojamento com dez dormitórios, canil com capacidade para 45 cães, maternidade e uma clínica veterinária. A ação integra os investimentos do Plano Nacional dos Direitos das Pessoas com Deficiência, Viver sem Limite, lançado no final do ano passado.

Durante a solenidade de inauguração do centro, o Diretor de Políticas Temáticas da Pessoa com Deficiência, Roberto John Gonçalves, da Secretaria de Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República (SDH/PR), ressaltou a importância do centro e parabenizou a vanguarda do estado de Santa Catarina. "Os CTs são importantes pela inovação da tecnologia. O país está dando um passo adiante na promoção dos direitos das pessoas com deficiência", afirmou. O Secretário de Gestão da SDH/PR, Gleisson Rubin, também participou do evento.

Viver sem Limite - O Viver sem Limite prevê a implantação, até 2014, de outros seis Centros de Treinamentos de Cães-Guia: Sergipe (São Cristóvão); Amazonas (Manaus); Ceará (Limoeiro do Norte); Espírito Santo (Alegre); Goiano (Urutaí); e Sul de Minas (Muzambinho).

Com os novos centros, o Brasil passa a ser o único país da América Latina detentor deste tipo de formação.  Este tipo de qualificação, se for feito fora do país, custa em  torno de US$ 25 a 30 mil. Nos centros, os profissionais recebem certificados como treinadores e instrutores para a formação de duplas - pessoa com deficiência visual e o cão-guia.

Fonte: Assessoria de Comunicação Social

"1ª TARDE INCLUSIVA" (Portuguese)




Na tarde do dia 03 de dezembro (segunda-feira) será realizada a "1ª TARDE INCLUSIVA", organizada pelo Conselho Municipal das Pessoas com Deficiência de Amparo/SP, em comemoração ao Dia Internacional da Pessoa com Deficiência (03 de Dezembro).

O evento, que acontecerá nas dependências da Câmara Municipal a partir das 14:00H, terá, na sua programação, a participação de três entidades locais que trabalham com esse público: APAE, AMU - Associação da Mulher Unimed e Amparo Eficiente. Outras instituições - públicas e privadas - igualmente presentes na composição do referido conselho por meio de representantes, também estão envolvidas na organização do mesmo, como as Secretarias Municipais da Educação e de Saude, respectivamente através do Núcleo de Educação Inclusiva, do CAPS - Centro de Atenção Psicossocial e do CEREST - Centro de Referência em Saúde do Trabalhador; Clínica Fazenda Palmeiras, OAB - Subseção de Amparo, entre outros departamentos da prefeitura.

Sergio Nardini, presidente do CMPcD's, ressalta sobre a importância da realização desse tipo de encontro, visto que, na sua opinião, os avanços da inclusão das pessoas com deficiência na sociedade em geral só acontecem através de movimentos coletivos que visam informação e sensibilização, buscando a igualdade de oportunidades a todos os cidadãos, bem como a reivindicação de direitos básicos dessas pessoas, como acesso ao transporte, à educação, ao lazer e à informação.

A programação da "1ª TARDE INCLUSIVA" de Amparo contará com as seguintes atrações: Coral da AMU - Associação da Mulher Unimed; Teatro da APAE; Exibição do filme "Escolhas Eficientes" (fruto da parceria entre Associação Amparo Eficiente e Fundação São Pedro); e a palestra intitulada "Informação para Inclusão", com a Profa. Dra. Susana Caliatto.

Os contatos para maiores informações, adesões e apoios são: (19) 3807-3034, com Denise Pereira - Secretária Executiva dos Conselhos, ou ainda na Coordenação Municipal de Assistência Social, situada à Rua Pref. Gustavo de Vasconcelos, 137 - Pinheirinho, sede do CREAS - Centro de Referência de Assistência Social.




Dia: 03 de dezembro de 2012 (segunda-feira)

Horário: das 14:00H às 17:H

Local: Câmara Municipal de Amparo (Praça Tenente José Ferraz de Oliveira, 179, Centro - Amparo/SP)

Realização: Conselho Municipal das Pessoas com Deficiência



·         14:00H > Abertura

·         14:10H > Coral da AMU (Associação da Mulher Unimed);

·         14:40H > Teatro da APAE;

·         15:10H > Palestra "Informação para Inclusão", com Susana Caliatto;

·         15:55H > Coffee Break;

·         16:15H > Exibição do filme "Escolhas Eficientes" (Associação Amparo Eficiente);

·         16:45H > Encerramento aberto para manifestações


Entrada Franca!

+ info: (19) 3807-3034 / (com Denise)





An event to launch the preparatory processes for the United Nation High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development (HLMD) will be held on 3 December at UN Headquarters as part of the commemorative events for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, by the President of the General Assembly along with the co-facilitators, the Governments of the Philippines and Spain. 

The HLMD, to be held on 23 September 2013, is expected to be held at the level of the Heads of State. Prior to the convening of the HLMDD in September 2013, a draft text of the outcome document will be produced by the President of the General Assembly in consultation with Member States, along with input from organizations of persons with disabilities, through informal consultations. The outcome document will be presented to the HLMD for adoption. 


The UNEFF 2012 (United Nations Enable Film Festival) will be held at UN Headquarters as a part of the commemorative activities for the Day. Send us information, videos or links to your disability-related films by 20 November.

We travel! 

Here is a good logo for Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Dia 29 de novembro no 2º Dia Nacional da Pessoa com Deficiência em Parques e Atrações Turísticas, o Parque Unipraias recebe 150 integrantes de três entidades da Associação de Apoio às Famílias de Deficientes Físicos (Afadefi), Associação de Pais e Amigos do Autista (AMA Litoral) e Associação Amor pra Down. 



Na ocasião os visitantes conhecerão a mais recente aquisição para portadores de necessidades especiais, a Stair Track, que conectada a cadeira de rodas funciona como um elevador, subindo e descendo escadas ao toque de um botão. Este equipamento permite aos cadeirantes acesso aos mirantes da estação Mata Atlântica do Unipraias.


Segundo a diretora do Unipraias Patrícia Tedesco Pilau, o empreendimento está sempre inovando e se aprimorando na acessibilidade deste público. O parque também tem rampas de acesso, elevadores, cabine, banheiros adaptados e vagas de estacionamento exclusivas.


Ação semelhante acontecerá no mesmo dia nos principais parques temáticos e de diversões do país. O evento de responsabilidade social é uma iniciativa do Sistema Integrado de Parques Temáticos e Atrações Turísticas (Sindepat). Cada empreendimento terá um convidado, seja autoridade, artista ou atleta, que apadrinhará este Dia Nacional da Pessoa com Deficiência. No Unipraias o padrinho será o tenista Guga Kuerten.


Pacific World has announced a number of new developments which will be implemented as part of their Accessible Travel Services programme for EIBTM, which is dedicated to supporting disabled persons interested in attending the trade show which takes place in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. 

Through partnering with Disabled Accessible Travel, Pacific World will offer a wide range of services (available on request) including:

Accessible Airport Transfers, (100% adapted transport)
Accessible Transfers, hotel to event (100% adapted transport)
Accessible Accommodation (roll-in showers & shower chairs)
Accessible Tour Services, before, during, post EIBTM event (100% adapted transport)
Scooter service for the duration of EIBTM (on site service)
Assisted caterings services (on site)
Disability Information Service provided by Disabled Accessible Travel (On site)

Pacific World is also a member of the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality, which works to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities and remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities. 

Shaun Casey, Regional Director EMEA, Pacific World commented,

 "Accessible travel for conference delegates is gaining momentum aided by recent EU legislation. Barcelona is already ahead of its competitors in how it has adapted itself to service the needs of this target audience. We are delighted that Pacific World has been selected to showcase these services during Europe's leading event management trade show EIBTM." 

For more information:  


Q: Can creatives and cultural workers contribute to the work of Inclusive Tourism? Are they already doing it?

A: Yes and yes.

PhotoAbility represents a crowdsourcing solution to the lack of graphic representation of persons with visible disabilities in the marketing materials of business. Arising from within the travel industry (Push Living) the site offers royalties to photographers whose photos are purchased for ad campaigns and provide visibility for the many actors, models, and active travelers in the disability community.

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And who are some of the photogenic who are ready to be seen as part of the consumer market?

There is Brazilian model and wheelchair tennis player Samanta Bullock

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There is Axis Dance Company's Joel Brown.

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The list, on PhotoAbility alone, is impressive and growing. As the pattern is recognized as the strong cultural force that it already is these photographers, videographers, fashion designers, musicians, and writers - these promoters of an inclusive culture - will only become better known.

In the literary realm the work goes on in "crip lit" - disability literature through the power of words. Critic Laura Hershey's review from 2007 documents the slow steady impact being made. Read, The Dilemma for Disabled Authors

Meanwhile the travelogue sites in multiple languages see to it that greater visibility of PwD in one part of the world translates into personal presence of liberated people with disabilities in another part:

Now watch as fashion goes inclusive in Russia.

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