Built Environment

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 »

Tips to Build a Fully Accessible Driveway

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, February 22 2018

Accessible paved driveway leading up to a home. Surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers

CANADA & UNITED STATES: Accessibility focused design should not just be in your home, but out on the street as well. The driveway is a particularly important place to consider the needs of the disabled, but you may be wondering exactly how to go about designing a space which is usable… Continue Reading »

Award for Blind Cricket World Cup and Announcement of Five National Sports Centres

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, February 21 2018

The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot poses on stage with the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot felicitated the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team and presented them with a cash award of Rs.34 Lakhs at a function in New Delhi today, February 21st, 2018. The Minister of State for Social… Continue Reading »


Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, DIAUD Network, Events, News, February 2 2018

Logo from promotion of the World Urban Forum 9.

The DIAUD Network meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, focused on final preparations for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9), scheduled for February 7th-13th at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  The meeting was led by Dr Victor Pineda, President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) and… Continue Reading »

The Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Hamilton, and London, Ontario

Americas, Built Environment, News, January 24 2018

Wheelchair user waiting

HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA: Accessibility for people with disabilities will soon be improved at L’Arche Hamilton, thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, toured the ongoing project at L’Arche today to witness first-hand how this Government of Canada-funded program has on changing lives.… Continue Reading »

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