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Destinations for All will feature over 130 speakers from around the world including world leaders and ambassadors in accessible tourism. This first-ever World Summit dedicated to Inclusive Tourism in destinations has just now published presentation abstracts.

Read through Then meet us there in Montreal.

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The aim of the Summit is to take stock of the achievements that have been made in the world's leading accessible destinations, regions and cities, to share and discuss best practices and methods and to chart a course for the development of One World of Inclusive Tourism for Everyone.

This event also aims to accomplish the following:

  • To make a decisive push forward on the determination of a set of international norms and standards with regards to accessible tourism and transportation;
  • To highlight the economic benefits for destinations to be fully inclusive and accessible, and to develop and enhance accessible tourist products;
  • To establish a world partnership and a common international strategy to develop universal accessibility1 for infrastructures and tourism services, transport services, and to increase the availability of information on different destinations' accessibility.

1 Universal accessibility, founded on an approach of inclusion for all, permits each person, whatever his or her capacities, to use services offered to the population at large in a manner that is identical or similar, autonomously and simultaneously.

Final Program:


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Dear Sir or Madam;

Tourism International Conference, Travel Mart Exhibition, Optional Tour & More

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT 2014) with the theme TOURISM FOR ALL that to be held from 4 till 7 December 2014, at MBPJ Civic Hall, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

ICAT 2014 is an event that aims to bring the Elderly and People with Disabilities to the heart of a more inclusive global society, in the same time to create awareness on this potential and niche market.  It is the first of such world-wide international events organized in Malaysia and will positively lead to an increased recognition and encouragement of policies and actions to promote Accessible Tourism for all.

The purpose of this conference is to present a discussion forum to identify key policies, strategies, and to provide information to policy makers, industry players, consumers and the public on Accessible Tourism for all. At the meeting, international guest speakers will be invited to discuss on the implementations, as well as to share country reports and progress on the topic.

Pre-Conference Tour and Access Tour will be part of Conference program for participants to experience the exciting of touring in Malaysia and giving input for improvement. The tour will take the participants to explore the fascinating sights in and around the city. Enjoy visits to cultural & heritage places and cosmopolitan structures that will leave them enriched with an experience of Accessible Tour.

 During the course of the event, there will also be an on-going exhibition featuring the accessible tourist attractions in Asia Pacific Region, interesting packages and facilities on Accessible Tourism. One could easily plan for an exciting and accessible tour with all the information provided. Besides that, the exhibition of arts and craft and various traditional hand-made products created by PWDs would highlight the contribution of PWDs in the field of tourism industry. In the same time there will be International Disability Arts Festival, Singing and Dancing Contest for those who have talent in performance to take part.

Another important purpose of ICAT 2014 is to officially form the Asia Pacific Network On Accessible Tourism (APNAT), in order to build up a bigger and wider network to create greater impact of Accessible Tourism to the world. 

Below please find the Conference Fee, Hotel Room prices and details for Optional Tours. A draft program is attached for your reference. Further information is available on For all other enquiries, please contact


Registration Dateline: September 30, 2014



Conference Registration Fee (December 4-7, 2014)


Registration Fee
(Date Line: September 30th, 2014)



MYR 500

Group (5+)

MYR 400 each

Accompany Person

MYR 300


MYR 300


MYR 300


MYR 250 each



Accompany Person

MYR 250


MYR 250


Registration Equity



Accompany Person


Pre-Conference Tour with Lunch on Dec 4 (Only for International Participants register before September 30)


Welcome Dinner, Film & Photo Contest Prize Presentation on Dec 4


Disability Performing Arts Festival

Opening Ceremony on Dec 5

Main Conference on Dec 5 & 6

Break Out Session for Access Check or                        International Singing/Dancing Contest on Dec 6

Exhibition & Mini Mart on Dec 4 - 6

Awareness Walk on Dec 7

Closing Ceremony Dec 7

Lunch (3 days: Dec 5 - 7)

Coffee Break (2days: Dec 5 - 6 )

Conference Bag & Material

Relevant Information

Local Airport Transport (International Participants)






    Pearl International hotel

Room rate: RM 180/room/night (twin bed, include 2 breakfast)

    Hilton Petaling Jaya

Room rate: RM 280/room/night (twin bed, include 2 breakfast)




Optional Tours

(a)  KL City Tour, sightseeing and the experience of hardknock (making own pewter bowl) with lunch.

Price: MYR 210/person, Minimum persons: 10 persons, Date of tour: 04th Dec 2014


(b)  Selangor Nature Park & Fireflies Night View Tour with dinner.

Price: MYR 285/person, Minimum persons: 10 persons, Date of tour: 05th Dec 2014

(quite challenges, only for those who could do self-transfer)


(c)  World Heritage Malacca daytrip tour with lunch.

Price: MYR 260/person, Minimum persons: 10 persons, Date of tour: 06th Dec 2014


I am also attached here the tentative program and registration form for your perusal. We look upon of your participation as it will bring much support and contribution to the conference and to the disabled community. Thank you.



Yours sincerely,

Sia Siew Chin

ICAT 2014 Organizing Chairman

Executive Director, Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled.



Accessible Routes - Advanced Session (August 7)

laptop with Access Board logoThe next webinar in the Board's free monthly series will take place August 7 from 2:30 - 4:00 (ET)and will feature an advanced level discussion of the requirements for accessible routes in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. Presenters will address in greater detail topics and issues concerning accessible routes, including connection to required clear floor spaces, door maneuvering clearances, and exterior routes. They also will answer questions submitted from attendees in advance and those posed during the webinar session. Participants are encouraged to review earlier webinars onaccessible routes and accessible routes on sites in advance of the upcoming session.

For more information, including registration instructions, visit

U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in New York City on May 15

This is a reminder that the U.S. Access Board will hold a town hall meeting in New York City on May 15. At the event, the Board will provide briefings on its work, including new guidelines it recently released on emergency transportable housing and guidelines issued last fall covering outdoor developed areas on federal sites. There also will be panel discussions on various topics and open question and answer sessions.

All events are open to the public and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan. People can attend all events or just those of particular interest. For further information, contact Kathy Johnson at, (202) 272-0041 (voice), or (202) 272-0065 (TTY). The Board requests that attendees refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other fragrances for the comfort of all participants.

U.S. Access Board Briefings and Panel Discussions
May 15, 9:30 - 4:00
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, 6th Floor, Conference Rooms A/B
26 Federal Plaza at Broadway and Worth
(Visitors should use the Boardway entrance and allow time to get through security.)

9:30 - 12:00

Opening remarks by Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Board Briefing: Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas
Panel Discussion: Taxicab Accessibility in New York City
includng: Jim Weisman, United Spinal Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program, and Marc Klein, Vice President, Airports Nationwide, Clean Energy
Panel Discussion: U.S. Department of Justice ADA Enforcement Actions 
featuring David Kennedy, Chief of the Civil Rights Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Public Question and Answer Period
1:30 - 4:00

Board Briefing: Supplementary Guidelines on Emergency Transportable Housing
Panel Discussion: Rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy
including: Susan Dooha, Executive Director for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, Rosemary Lamb, Director, Division of Advocacy, NY State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Edith Prentiss, Disability Advocate, and Marcie Roth, Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Public Question and Answer Period

Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 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 CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and  National implementation and monitoring.

This session will include:

Six meetings: 
(see Draft Programme:

  • Election of the Member of the CRPD Committee
  • Matters related to the implementation of the Convention:
    (a) General debate
    (b) Round Table 1. Incorporating the Provisions of CRPD in the post-2015 development agenda
    (c) Round Table 2: National implementation and monitoring
    (d) Informal panel: Youth with disabilities
  • Implementation of the Convention by the UN System

  • Provisional agenda  ((CRPD/CSP/2014/1)
  • Election of the members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (See online announcement:
  • Background Paper for Roundtable One: Incorporating the provisions of the CRPD in the post-2015 development agenda (CRPD/CSP/2014/2)
  • Background Paper for Roundtable Two: National implementation and monitoring (CRPD/CSP/2014/3)
  • Background Paper for the Informal panel: Youth with disabilities (CRPD/CSP/2014/4)

Civil Society Participation

Registration: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) must register online in order to attend this session. CSO representatives in possession of annual ground-passes should also pre-register. (Deadline: 30 May 2014)

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

NHRIs must complete and submit the Registration form for NHRI participation (Deadline: 20 May 2014


(Deadline for application for side-events: 15 May)

For more information on COSP7, please visit:

Alex et Jacqueline Glyn

Après avoir enflammé le public aux "Crystal Boot" en 2013, Alex et Jacqueline Glyn nous ont fait une démonstration lors des "Rencontres nationales de la country" à Issoudun samedi 22 mars 2014

True Grit - The 2014 Paralympics

"The idea of 'Sport Doesn't Care' is that sport is the great leveler," says Carlo Cavallone, ecd at 72andSunny in Amsterdam, of his agency's hard-hitting 90-second spot for Paralympics sponsor Samsung. 

 "Abled and other-abled athletes are exactly the same when it comes to competing," he tells AdFreak. "Paralympic athletes don't go to the games because they want to make a statement about their disability; they go because they want to win a medal. This is often missed in the communication about this event." 


O Comitê de Deficiência e Acessibilidade da Associação Brasileira de Antropologia convida para a apresentação de trabalhos e posters no GRUPO DE TRABALHO: ETNOGRAFIAS DA DEFICIÊNCIA, na 29ª Reunião Brasileira de Antropologia, em Natal, de 03 a 06 de agosto de 2014. 

083. Etnografias da Deficiência

Coordenadores: Debora Diniz (Universidade de Brasília), Adriana Dias (COMITÊ DEF ACESSIBILIDADE/AAA/UNICAMP)

A questão da deficiência sempre esteve presente na história da civilização, mas foi somente nas últimas décadas que as pessoas com deficiência passaram a se narrarem e a se constituírem como sujeitos de direitos humanos. Isso permitiu o surgimento, nas Ciências Humanas e Sociais, dos Estudos sobre Deficiência, um campo de investigação cuja proposta central é apreender os diferentes sentidos e significados da categoria deficiência em suas relações históricas e sociais e a articulação com outras categorias de análise, como o gênero, a classe, a raça/etnia, a sexualidade, dentre outras. Os debates que a envolvem incluem questões, diversas, transversais e interdisciplinares, tais como os desafios da formulação, execução e avaliação de políticas públicas para pessoas com deficiência, a inclusão escolar, o acesso ao mercado de trabalho, o combate e enfrentamento ao capacitismo, o suporte de vida independente, o incentivo aos esportes paraolímpicos, a participação em espetáculos de dança, o usufruto dos direitos sexuais e reprodutivos, entre outros. Neste GT almejamos trabalhos que possam criar uma interlocução com temas diversos em torno da deficiência, a partir do uso do método etnográfico e à luz de uma perspectiva antropológica focada nos Estudos sobre Deficiência, permitindo um debate mais intenso acerca da diversidade teórica desse campo de estudos.

Here is the 2012-2013 report from the 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities.

The organisers of the inaugural Universal Design Conference, taking place in August at Sydney Town Hall, have announced the call for papers is now open, giving experts in the field of the built environment an opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience of universal design.

The conference will hear from keynote speaker, Dr Gerald Craddock, the chief officer at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland. Since its inception in 2007, the centre has been at the forefront of the movement to develop universally designed environments that are accessible to everyone, regardless of background, age, or level of capability.

The conference is being hosted by the Council of the Ageing NSW and is sponsored by the City of Sydney. It is being organised by Interpoint Events, the events arm of the Intermedia Group, publisher of Australian Ageing Agenda. 

The conference, to be held 20 to 21 August 2014, aims to cover all aspects of the built environment including public domain, urban design, housing, tourism, workplaces and open spaces.

The call for papers closes on 6 February. Those interested are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience of universal design with a diverse audience including local government, advocacy and industry associations, and the construction industry.

For more information on the Universal Design Conference and to register, pleasevisit the website, call 1300 789 845 or send an email.


Join us on January 29th at 8:30 pm Eastern Time for a Virtual Support Group on travel with a disability. 

 Preregistration is required. Registration is online at this link:

What are these virtual discussion groups from ABC Medical?

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