Built Environment

Detecting Inequalities from Space

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, April 9 2018

Aerial view of Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico

MEXICO: Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our… Continue Reading »

Sustainable Cities – Gateways for People on the Move

Built Environment, News, Transportation, Universal Design, April 5 2018

Aerial view of New York City

INTERNATIONAL: The world is on the move, and today an estimated 258 million international migrants are living outside their country of birth. While global population movements grab headlines, a quiet revolution tiptoes in the background, dramatically changing our world – the great migration of humanity into cities. From just 746 million… Continue Reading »

5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, April 2 2018

APFSD 2018 Logo

BANGKOK, THAILAND:  The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) took place from 28-30 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Forum is the Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will be held at… Continue Reading »

ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Built Environment, Disaster, News, March 26 2018

ISO Logo

INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO… Continue Reading »

What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 21 2018

Photo of the subway stairs with signs indicating the way out, buses and carpark

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less… Continue Reading »

Zero Project Conference

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, Events, ICT, News, March 14 2018

Group Photo of some Participants of the Zero Project.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for… Continue Reading »

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 14 2018

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival New York. Left: Maria Bournias, Middle: Moshe Gaon, Right: Peter Gagliardo

NEW YORK, USA: “We should make our collaborative storytelling competition global next year!” yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival:… Continue Reading »

IAAP: Leading the Way in Advancing the Accessibility Profession

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 12 2018

CPACC exam taker using screen reader is receiving instructions from a proctor.

GEORGIA, USA: Through its inception in 2014, becoming a division of G3ict in 2016, to today, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) has been committed to promoting and supporting accessibility professionals around the world.  IAAP is a member-based, non-profit organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are… Continue Reading »

Techbility Launches World’s First Mobile App for accessibility assessments of the built environment

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, News, March 9 2018

Access Inspector Screenshots

TOKYO, JAPAN: Access Inspector, available for iOS and Android devices, is a mobile App designed to assist anyone interested in accessibility of the built environment.  Launched by Techbility as the first mobile app for accessibility assessments of the built environment, Access Inspector is an easy to use checklist tool for assessing… Continue Reading »

Deadline Extended to Monday, March 12th – Consultant for Safe and Accessible Mobility Study

Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 7 2018

Humanity & Inclusion logo

INTERNATIONAL: As some of you may already know, Humanity & Inclusion is now preparing a study project on safe mobility as a tool for our advocacy strategy on road safety, which will be launched at the 2018 High Level Political Forum. The study will focus on access to transportation systems… Continue Reading »


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