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GAATES Participating at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) will be hosting side events at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction iin Sendai City, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015 to discuss Universal Design and Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, Working with Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and also on Accessible Broadcasting, Communication and Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities in an Emergency: A Planning Guide. The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 Continue reading…

GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director

GAATES is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to provide strategic management of GAATES for its operations, international development work, and information roles. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Canadian based International Non-governmental Organization (INGO). A strong commitment to and experience in the work of universal design and accessibility, the human rights of persons with disabilities, and the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are required. Exceptional management, marketing, administrative and financial management skills are also required. The Executive Director must have the vision and drive necessary to guide the implementation of GAATES Continue reading…