Built Environment

New Building Rules to Improve Accessibility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, July 15 2019

A person in a wheelchair in a public space with back towards camera.

SINGAPORE: From Jan 6 next year, new buildings or buildings undergoing large-scale renovations will have to ensure that they fulfil new accessibility regulations. These include building more spacious changing rooms and toilets for the convenience of the elderly, their caregivers and the disabled to give them a more accessible and… Continue Reading »

Students in Singapore Work on Accessibility Project to Map Central Business District

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, July 12 2019

Two people helping a person navigate streets on a wheehlchair

SINGAPORE: Lunch with colleagues is a simple affair for many, a little highlight of each workday. But for people with disabilities, it can be an ordeal they have to pass up because of the lack of accessibility where colleagues may be gathering. A group of 25 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP)… Continue Reading »

UK: Government Launches Consultation to Make New Homes More Accessible

Built Environment, Europe, June 27 2019

Accessible row houses

Higher accessibility standards for new housing are to be introduced in the UK as part of a wider plan to make sure disabled people are not facing discrimination. Prime Minister Theresa May said that it is widely recognising that too many disabled people still live in unsuitable homes and she… Continue Reading »

Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

Americas, Built Environment, May 28 2019

People in front of a building

An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year. The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility – for the second year running, the province is… Continue Reading »

Opinion: India’s General Elections 2019 Focused on Inclusion

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, May 20 2019

April 11 was voting day in Noida. It was Phase 1 of the festival of democracy, the biggest elections in the world. I was excited, curious and a little apprehensive. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had promised an inclusive election. The theme for this massive operation was “leave no… Continue Reading »

Musicians with Disabilities Being Failed by Venues

Built Environment, Europe, May 10 2019

lady wearing red glasses.

U.K.: Last year, Ruth Patterson’s band Holy Moly and the Crackers tried to book a tour of the UK. But one venue wrote back, refusing to host them because Patterson, who has arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, uses a wheelchair.   “They said they wouldn’t book us because I was a… Continue Reading »

New Partnership Promotes Accessible Banking in Jordan

Built Environment, Middle East, April 11 2019

Recognizing the challenges persons with disabilities face throughout the various aspects of their lives, Bank al Etihad partnered with Accessible Jordan to minimize these obstacles starting from within the Bank – consequently promoting accessibility and ensuring inclusion for all clients, particularly those with physical disabilities. Under the mutual partnership, Accessible Jordan will extend a… Continue Reading »

Nova Scotia Sets Up Committees to Develop the First Provincial Accessibility Standards

Americas, Built Environment, April 1 2019

 Advocates say there is still enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on track. As Nova Scotia strikes two committees to develop the first provincial accessibility standards, some advocates say there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to keep the province on… Continue Reading »

Singapore: Sports Push in Schools and Disability Centers

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, March 20 2019

A floorball game at last year's edition of Play Inclusive, co-organised by Special Olympics Singapore and SportCares, with the support of the Ministry of Education. The event drew about 450 students from special education and mainstream schools who teamed up to play a variety of sports. This year's edition will be extended to two days.SHIN MIN FILE PHOTO

National agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) will ramp up efforts to promote sports at special education schools and disability centres by linking up these institutions with specialised coaches. It hopes to reach out to 10 schools and centres by April next year. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey… Continue Reading »

Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations

Americas, Built Environment, January 29 2019

Picture credit: (ET Monroy - 660 NEWS

CALGARY, ALBERTA: Seventy-two thousand dollars will go a long way in renovating a local community space. Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, Honourable Carla Qualtrough, said the Evergreen Community SPACES building in Calgary is receiving this money through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. “The idea of creating initiatives that remove barriers for people… Continue Reading »


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