Built Environment

Fiji commits to improve accessibility of sidewalks

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 10 2017

accessible sidewalks

FIJI: The Ministry of Local Government is serious about making footpaths in municipalities around the country accessible for persons with disabilities. Minister for Local Government, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Parveen Kumar said he had been advised by the Labasa/Savusavu special administrator Vijay Chand that they were rebuilding the footpaths… Continue Reading »

Christchurch to be more accessible

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 6 2017

wheelchair user

Christchurch organisations have made significant progress in advocating for those with disabilities by establishing the Accessibility Charter, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. “It is important that public buildings and outdoor spaces are genuinely barrier free to ensure to ensure accessibility for our disabled community,” Ms Wagner says. “The… Continue Reading »

Polling stations lack accessibility for persons with disabilities in Pakistan

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, October 31 2017

A person with disabilities climbing the first of at least three flights of stairs to access the polling station at José Martí Technical High School in St Catherine Eastern. (Photo credit: Tyrone Reid/jamaica-gleaner.com)

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Out of the total 269 polling stations set up for the NA-4 by-polls, 95 per cent lack essential accessibility criteria for persons with disabilities, elders and sick people, an audit report revealed. The survey, conducted by sister foundation of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, the Pakistan Alliance… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities around B.C. to benefit from new accessibility programs

Americas, Built Environment, October 23 2017

Accessibility Assessor during an assessment - checking the weight of doors.

Accessible, inclusive communities for people with disabilities are the main goals behind two provincially funded programs designed to improve universal access in British Columbia. Through $9 million in provincial funding, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) has launched  two new programs to improve accessibility for British Columbians. “When we remove the… Continue Reading »

Selhurst Park Accessibility Improvements for Fans with Disabilities

Built Environment, Europe, October 23 2017

Wheelchair Space

Crystal Palace FC is committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. Major works were completed throughout the 2017 summer following consultation with the club’s Disabled Supporters Association, the Premier League and independent experts.… Continue Reading »

Building accessible facilities makes good business sense, experts say

Built Environment, Middle East, October 10 2017


DUBAI: Detailing the number of people with disabilities in the country and region, with data on how many of these are potential tourists, will be key to convincing the industry to invest in inclusive facilities. Roberto Castiglioni, member of the Access to Air Travel Advisory Group, UK Civil Aviation Authority… Continue Reading »

Persons with Disabilities Raise Concerns Over Accessibility of 2018 Election in Zimbabwe

Africa, Built Environment, October 5 2017

Sochi Polling stations for people with disabilities

HARARE: Persons with disabilities want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to put specific registration measures that would allow their constituencies to participate in next year’s crucial elections —starting with the biometric voter registration exercise which got underway last week. Senator representing people with disabilities, Nyamayabo Mashavakure, said the importance of… Continue Reading »

Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, September 11 2017

Wheelchair ramp symbol

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 »

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