Built Environment

Qaderoon Network Contributes to the Launch of “Guide for Business on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” Globally

Built Environment, Middle East, News, Universal Design, August 10 2018

Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network issued the Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”, which was developed jointly by the UN Global Compact and the ILO. The “Guide for business on the rights of persons with disabilities – How business can respect and support the rights of persons… Continue Reading »

Creating a Safe and Healthy Home for a Child with ADHD

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 9 2018

child running through a sprinkler

Helping Children Enjoy The Outdoors For A Healthier, Happier Childhood AMERICA: Today’s children spend less than 10 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play according to the NRPA.  Greater access to screen time and parental fears about the dangers of unsupervised play may be partly to blame, but whatever the reasons, the… Continue Reading »

DEPwD Takes Initiative of Verification Audit of Accessibility Features in 70 Railway Stations

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Events, News, August 8 2018

Left to right- P S N Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture and Shakuntala D Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of PwDs

  NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Smt. Shakuntala D. Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment and Dr. P.S.N. Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, on the 27th of July, 2018, in the presence of senior officers of DEPwD and SPA, Delhi. The… Continue Reading »

Living Life in the City: UN DESA Announces Latest Urbanization Trends

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, July 18 2018

Skyline view at night of a large city

INTERNATIONAL: In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases… Continue Reading »

How LED Lighting Can Help Those With Visual Impairments Navigate The City

Americas, Built Environment, July 13 2018

Lights against a brick wall

CANADA: Vision loss will increase by 30 percent within the next 10 years in Canada. People with visual impairments risk social isolation as well as less community participation, which is why it’s so important for cities to be more accessible to them. This can be alleviated with the use of LED lighting. LED lighting… Continue Reading »

DESA Announces 16 Members of High-level Advisory Board

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 29 2018

Pedestrians in a shopping street in Mexico City

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced the membership of the UN High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, which was established following a request from the UN Secretary-General as part of reforms to the UN development system. The 16 members of the HLAB include… Continue Reading »

GAATES Design of Public Spaces Course Re-launched!

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 22 2018

GAATES Logo

ONTARIO, CANADA: The Global Alliance for Assistive Technology and Environments (GAATES) has re-launched the Design of Public Spaces (DOPS) online course to a new platform housed on the GAATES website at http://courses.gaates.org This accessible online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard… Continue Reading »

SDG Report 2018 Finds Conflict, Climate Change, Inequality Hindering Progress

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 22 2018

Diverse team in a circle with left hands piled together in the middle

INTERNATIONAL: The UN has launched the 2018 version of the yearly Sustainable Development Goals Report. It finds that conflict, climate change and inequality are major factors in growing hunger and displacement, and are hindering progress towards the SDGs. The report highlights positive progress on the proportion of people living below… Continue Reading »

Funding Available for Accessibility

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 19 2018

Enabling Accessibility Fund Logo

CANADA: Funding is available to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace A new funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) has been announced. Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace… Continue Reading »

Spatially Awhere: Bridging the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Regions

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 6 2018

international flags up on poles, waving in the wind

INTERNATIONAL: As the world urbanizes rapidly, international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places – it is estimated that only 1.5% of the world’s land is home to about half of global production. Such economic concentration is a built-in feature of human settlement… Continue Reading »


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