International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

This year, #IDPWD21 celebrates the challenges, barriers, and opportunities for people who live with disabilities, in the context of a global pandemic. We call on domestic and international public health officials, political representatives, advocates, supporters, and every citizen in every community, to learn from the experiences of people living with disabilities during this pandemic, and push for more meaningful investments into the socioeconomic building blocks which will reduce the barriers faced by people with disabilities in every community on earth. With carefully curated book chapters and journal articles, our IDPWD special issue is our part to fight for the rights of people with disabilities in the post-COVID era.

For International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021, Stacy Masucci, publisher for bioscience and translational medicine at Elsevier speaks to Richard Mankin and Kate Nash about the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people who live with disabilities in the context of the global pandemic.
Diagram of wearable sensor based rehabilitation assessment steps.

Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Volume 71, January 2022

Review of developments made in the field of post-stroke rehabilitation using wearable devices for data collection and machine learning algorithms for exercise evaluation.

Journal of Aging Studies, Volume 59, December 2021

This article focuses on how dance can increase the quality of life of those living with Parkinson's.

Journal of Mathematical Behavior, Volume 64, December 2021

This article highlights the importance of extra support for those with learning disabilities.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 74, November 2021

The concept of “Smart City (SC)” has been proposed and adopted by various city planners and policymakers as a means to enable efficient transportation systems, sustainable mixed land uses, and high-quality urban services, in an effort to improve citizens’ quality of life. However, it may unintentionally reinforce existing inequalities. In particular, without appropriate strategies that support inclusion, persons with disabilities and seniors may experience social and digital exclusion in communities.


Wearable Robotics Systems and Applications 2020, Pages 177-191

This book chapter advances SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG 10 Reducing Inequalities by exploring the development of a tailor-made hand exoskeleton to assist people with hand disabilities.

Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, Volume 30, September 2021

This paper presents research on the importance of teaching language skills.

Alter, Volume 15, July 2021

COVID-19 has demonstrated that remote working is possible; and, with targeted reasonable adjustments many Disabled staff have flourished in undertaking their work activities from home. In this paper, NADSN have developed a series of recommendations concerning Disabled staff.

City, Culture and Society, Volume 25, June 2021

Aiming to be inclusive for all does not automatically lead to participation for all people. The experiences of people with intellectual disability inform how the Inclusive Cities Framework is understood and applied to define meaningful participation for all people.