Building plans; Conversing with ASL; Woman using wheelchair nears moving sidewalk; Children using computer at Community Centre; Person reading Braille

GAATES 7th Annual General Meeting

GAATES Board members and staff present at the AGM in Montreal. Left to Right (front) Marnie Peters, Tim Springer, Matthew Fleet, (Rear) Bob Topping, Mukhtar AlShibani, Ilene Zeitzer, Ernie Tannis, Betty Dion.

The 2014 GAATES Annual General Meeting was recently held in Montreal, Canada in conjunction with the Destinations for All World Summit 2014, a conference on accessible tourism. (The Declaration from the World Summit can be found at www.destinationsforall2014.com/en). Many of the board, staff persons and members convened in the city while others joined the meeting online. The proceedings were led by GAATES President Mukhtar AlShibani. The morning agenda focused on the on-going and general business of the organization and included a presentation by Treasurer, Bob Topping who provided a detailed financial report. An exciting announcement was made about our Executive Continue reading…

Roundtable Discussion on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

You are invited to attend the 2nd UN DESA Forum on Disability and Development Roundtable Discussion on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience to be held at the 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN CRPD Wednesday June 11th 2014 from 1:15 – 3:00 p.m. Conference Room 5 (CR5) The North Lawn Building (TNLB) UN Headquarters – New York, NY The Roundtable Discussion on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience is being facilitated by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in close collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, UNISDR, UNESCAP, Rehabilitation International, The Nippon Foundation, Japanese Continue reading…