Built Environment

App Aims to Make Visual Contrast a Mainstream Concern in the Built Environment

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, October 21 2019

Get Luminance is a freely available App, with the intention of making visual contrast a mainstream concern and to achieve a safer more accessible environment for all users.

Get Luminance has been developed from research and provides an empirical basis for calculating luminance.  Get Luminance measures what is ‘seen’ by a photograph and reflects the conditions experienced by users.  It measures luminance in the prevailing light conditions, (rather than the pure colour with a controlled light source –… Continue Reading »

Province to Provide $1.4 Billion to Make Schools More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, News, October 7 2019

Accessibility symbol of a wheelchair

CANADA: Ontario is making its education system more inclusive to help all students in York Region reach their full potential in an accessible and supportive learning environment. When the education system is not accessible, students are left out, impacting their participation  in the school experience. That is why Raymond Cho, Minister… Continue Reading »

Request for the United Nations to Create World Universal Accessibility Day

Built Environment, Europe, News, October 1 2019

six people on a stage

SPAIN: The Alliance for World Universal Accessibility Day, formed by FC Barcelona, the Barça Foundation, the ‘la Caixa’ Bank Foundation, Barcelona City Council and Mapp4all Universal Accessibility have put together a request that will be sent to the United Nations to ask the international organisation to declare 30 September as… Continue Reading »

University Launches New Six-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, September 27 2019

AUSTRALIA: The University of Sydney has reached an important milestone in inclusion and access for people with disability, with today’s launch of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 during Disability Inclusion Week.  The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 strengthens our commitment to protect staff, students and visitors with disability from discrimination and… Continue Reading »

How Gaming Technology is Helping Design More Accessible Homes

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, September 10 2019

A computer model of one of the accessible homes.

AUSTRALIA: A group of Perth university students and real estate agents have teamed up to design an accessible home using construction software inspired by the gaming industry, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of creating universal affordable accommodation. Created for a Town of Victoria Park-owned site on Boundary… Continue Reading »

Myanmar Opens First Cafe Accessible for Persons with Hearing Impairment

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, August 26 2019

MYANMAR: A first-ever private eatery run by staff with hearing impairment was opened in Myanmar’s Yangon earlier this month, creating a deaf-friendly environment. “The Able,” a sign language book cafe, is entirely staffed by six hearing-impaired persons from service staff to chef, to encourage disabled yet differently abled people to… Continue Reading »

Greater Push to Accelerate Implementation of Accessible India Campaign

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 16 2019

three persons on wheelchairs photo taken from behind

INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for introduction of a mobile application to help the disabled facing difficulty in accessing means of transport and government buildings upload pictures of their experiences. He has also asked officials to be “compassionate” towards the cause and to accelerate the implementation of the… Continue Reading »

Gyms for Persons with Mobility Impairment Gain Traction

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 13 2019

person in a wheelchair in a gym

TOKYO, JAPAN: A little more than a year remains before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, and sports facilities for the disabled are being built across Japan and competitions being held for para athletes. The Paralympics are expected to enhance the visibility of sports for the disabled and help improve… Continue Reading »

European Commission Provides 20 Cities with Funding for Innovative Projects on Inclusion 

Built Environment, Europe, ICT, Universal Design, August 12 2019

Persons speaking on a podium

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will finance 20 urban projects with €82 million. These projects were put forward by cities under the 4th call for proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions which is implemented by French region Hauts-de-France. In particular, Piraeus (Greece), Tampere (Finland) and Turin (Italy) will receive grants for projects that will… Continue Reading »

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 7 2019

MARYLAND, US: The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3929) in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa… Continue Reading »


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