Built Environment

Canada to Develop a New Accessible Homes Standard

Americas, Built Environment, November 24 2020

CANADA: The federal government, through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is providing $190,000 in funding to the CSA Group to support research and develop a national standard for affordable, adaptable, and accessible homes across the country. “Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to… Continue Reading »

New Taipei Builds Baseball Fields for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 22 2020

Image of a baseball field

TAIWAN: The city of New Taipei will open Taiwan’s first baseball and softball fields designed for people with disabilities at a riverside park in Shulin District on Sunday (Nov. 22), according to a city official. The city built the accessible fields in Lujiaoxi riverside park to cater to the growing number… Continue Reading »

Ontario Human Rights Commission Issues Statement on Accessible Housing

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, November 22 2020

CANADA: While the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the need for safe housing, Ontarians with disabilities have always lived with the harsh reality that their housing choices are extremely limited, chronically inaccessible and often substandard and unsafe. One in seven Ontarians have a disability. Yet, Ontarians with disabilities routinely face discriminatory… Continue Reading »

Buildings, Transport to be Made More Accessible in Punjab, India

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 21 2020

INDIA: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with disabilities by making government and public-centric buildings, public transportation and websites accessible to them. The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with… Continue Reading »

Greek Acropolis to Improve Accessibility for All Visitors

Built Environment, Europe, Tourism, November 12 2020

three tourists of which one person is on a wheelchair.

GREECE: Work is underway to create a path for wheelchair users, elderly citizens and others with mobility problems to see the Acropolis in Athens up close. The project is funded by the Onassis Foundation, which also donated the improved  Acropolis illuminations. However, the cement on the archaeological site, stirred reactions on social media. In… Continue Reading »

New Accessibility Requirements for Restaurants in Nova Scotia

Americas, Built Environment, October 15 2020

Amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code come into effect on Oct. 31 requiring any new restaurants, cafés, lunch counters and delis to be accessible to all Nova Scotians. In order to get a food safety permit, any new restaurant with seating will need to have accessible entrances, pathways and washrooms. These… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada Survey Open Until September 30, 2020

Americas, Built Environment, September 22 2020

CANADA: Accessibility Standards Canada creates and reviews accessibility standards for federally regulated organizations. It also supports and promotes innovative research that aims to identify and eliminate barriers, and to prevent new ones. Accessibility Standards Canada recently launched their first online consultation! Have your say. Take the Survey: Priorities for engagement, accessibility… Continue Reading »

Zero Barreras App Measures the Accessibility of the Common Elements of a Building

Built Environment, Europe, September 22 2020

Screenshot of an app

SPAIN:  The Fundación Mutua de Propietarios presents ‘Zero Barreras’ , the first application for mobile devices that allows to easily measure the degree of accessibility of the common elements of a building, identifying the architectural barriers that a person with reduced mobility must face when accessing it. Thanks to the implementation of… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Update from Maldives, Syria

Built Environment, Global, Middle East, Misc., News, September 21 2020

Image of a beach with blue waters and blue skies

1. Ahmed Irash, Maldives  Building a ramp at the main beach in Male City, Maldives: There is a new initiative that will take place in Maldives which will be to build a ramp to the beach to increase accessibility for all including persons with disabilities and special needs, who use artificial… Continue Reading »

Increased Focus to Make Buildings More Accessible for Persons with Dementia

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, September 21 2020

NEW ZEALAND: Alzheimers NZ wants more focus on designing buildings, particularly commercial and government buildings, to reflect the needs of people affected by dementia. Chief executive Catherine Hall says buildings cater for physically disabled people – they should also cater for people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. “We’ve seen great progress… Continue Reading »


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