GAATES Elects Professor Alireza Darvishy to its Board

Events, News, April 25 2018

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Professor Alireza Darvishy

INTERNATIONAL: GAATES is please to announce and introduce our new Board member, Professor Alireza Darvishy.

Prof. Darvishy holds a PhD in computer science and he has been committed to accessibility for over 20 years. He is a professor at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, where he serves as the head of the ICT Accessibility Lab. The ICT Accessibility Lab was established in 2006, and serves as a national competence center on ICT accessibility in Switzerland.

Prof. Darvishy continues to serve as a leader in his field, and cooperates with different organizations such as UNESCO, WHO, ICCHP, G3ICT, and GAATES. He has also developed many accessibility projects in the private sector in Switzerland, including the introduction of talking ATMs in 2008, accessible online banking, accessible bank branches, and disability awareness training. In 2016, the importance of his work was acknowledged with UNESCO’s prestigious Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

His full biography can be read on our website at: We are honoured to welcome Prof. Darvishy to the GAATES family.


The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is a leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments and to promoting the Guiding Principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted in December 2006.

Registered as a non-profit NGO in Canada, GAATES was incorporated in 2007 by an international consortium dedicated to promoting accessibility worldwide. GAATES has a global membership and an active presence in 6 regions: the Asia-Pacific, Arab, North America, South America, European and African Regions. GAATES’

General Membership at GAATES is free and open to anyone interested in supporting and promoting Universal Design and accessibility of the built, ICT, transportation, tourism, and social environments. This membership includes persons with and without disabilities and is composed of professionals in architecture, engineering, ICT, employment, education, representatives of professional associations and organization, leaders of private sector organizations, and civil society Non-Governmental/Disability Organizations (NGOs/DPOs), to name just a few.

By taking part, and encouraging colleagues to join, you will ensure issues within your region are heard within our global network. Further details of our membership program can be reviewed at

Should you have any questions regarding GAATES programming please do not hesitate to contact GAATES’ Program Coordinator, Tia Gallant, at

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