Built Environment

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 »

UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis – Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible

Built Environment, Europe, Universal Design, January 7 2019

Directional sign for step-free route

ENGLAND: Controversy rang out in November 2018 when the Home Builders Federation objected to councils across England wanting to increase the number of homes with universal home designed centered around accessibility. Organizations such as Age UK and the Centre for Ageing Better and Disability Rights UK released reports stating that… Continue Reading »

Central Americans with Disabilities in Tijuana (Mexico)

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, Events, News, Transportation, January 4 2019

gray concrete brick wall

MEXICO: Carlos Ríos Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate with the Disability Rights Division of Human Rights Watch published an article on December 20th, 2018 called ‘Life With a Disability in the Migrant Caravan‘ With the agreement between the United States and Mexico governments, known as “Remain in Mexico,” asylum seekers are placed… Continue Reading »

WHO Issues Guidelines on Housing and Health

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Europe, Middle East, News, January 1 2019

Computer drawn sample of an accessible ramp with railing, leading to a look-out point over a forest, with a city in the back ground and a bright, blue sky

INTERNATIONAL: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on housing and human health, outlining minimum requirements for space, lighting, air quality, water quality, noise, accessibility and other aspects. The guidelines highlight the potential contribution of improved housing to achieving SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 11 (sustainable… Continue Reading »

Chennai’s Largest Disabled-Friendly Children’s Park is Open to the Public

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, December 27 2018

Painted tiles on a street in Chennai

CHENNAI, INDIA: From therapeutic walkways with different textures to a raised sand pit for wheelchair users, Chennai’s largest inclusive park has much to offer. The Infinity Park, built by the Greater Chennai Municipal Corporation under the Smart Cities project, was opened to the public on Monday to a rapturous reaction. The park is located… Continue Reading »


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