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Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 11 2017

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CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. Until now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on… Continue Reading »

Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel ready to go

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 6 2017

NEW ZEALAND: Hutt City Council’s call for qualified and capable people to represent the disability community on city issues has attracted some valuable talent. The seven Lower Hutt people, recently chosen to serve on Hutt City Council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel, bring with them an impressive depth and breadth of… Continue Reading »

80% of New Zealanders support minimum standards for disability access

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 5 2017

NEW ZEALAND: A national poll conducted by UMR commissioned and released today by the Access Alliance shows the vast majority of New Zealanders want action on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. “It show’s Kiwi’s want the government to pass legislation breaking down the barriers that stop everyone having access… Continue Reading »

Archaeological sites inaccessible for persons with disabilities in Jordan

Built Environment, Middle East, August 31 2017

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AMMAN: Most archaeological sites in Jordan are inaccessible for people with disabilities and facilitating the access to those locations is a “persistent demand” from their part, activists said. Hala Abu Mahfouz, a student with physical disability, said that she is an independent person who has the right to enter archaeological and… Continue Reading »

Seoul to make tourism accessible for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, August 28 2017

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government vowed Tuesday to make tourism resources in the capital equally accessible to people with physical disabilities. During a press conference, the city announced it will spend 15.2 billion won ($13.3 million) over the next five years starting from next year to improve infrastructure and communication and… Continue Reading »

GAATES paving the way for an accessible Dubai

Americas, Built Environment, August 23 2017

Dubai Universal Accessibility and Action Plan Coverpage

In 2016 the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) was selected as the world’s leading experts in accessibility of the built environment and transportation by the Emirate of Dubai. GAATES, a Canadian based NGO, assembled an international team of over 25 accessibility experts to implement a universally designed… Continue Reading »

Accessible Water Park Opens in San Antonio

Americas, Built Environment, August 21 2017

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SAN ANTONIO, TX: San Antonio’s array of attractions and historic sites, partnered with its dedication to accessibility, is making the destination one of the leading options for vacationers with disabilities. While attractions like Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park, are a big draw for vacationers seeking accessible options,… Continue Reading »

Helping retailers in Ontario improve accessibility

Americas, Built Environment, August 15 2017

TORONTO: As part of an EnAbling Change project with the Government of Ontario, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has developed a retail-specific Workshop and Webinar series to help retailers know what they need to do to comply with legislation that aims to improve accessibility in areas that impact the daily… Continue Reading »

UH helping California national parks become more accessible for people who are blind

Americas, Built Environment, August 12 2017

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In their continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind and the National Park Service to audio describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout California. This latest phase of the UniDescription project will focus on… Continue Reading »

Ministry Launches Indian National Anthem Video in Sign Language

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, August 10 2017

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Thursday launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign language, featuring people with disabilities. Directed by veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani, the video features film star Amitabh Bachchan apart from the children who sing the National Anthem in sign language against the… Continue Reading »


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