Built Environment

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Americas, Built Environment, News, November 9 2018

Man in wheelchair measures height of table

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities. In June 2018, the federal government tabled the Accessible Canada Act, a means to ensure equality, inclusion, and… Continue Reading »

Experts Discuss Data Revolution in North Africa, Call for Assistance

Africa, Built Environment, News, November 8 2018

AFRICA: The UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA) Office for North Africa organized the 33rd Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on the theme, ‘Data Revolution in North Africa: Using data in support of structural transformation.’ The Committee meets annually as a statutory body of the UNECA Office for North… Continue Reading »

Too Often, Dhaka Remains Inaccessible for People with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 7 2018

rooftop view of Dhaka, Bangladesh

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: An ever-growing urban population with overflowing and at times chaotic vehicular traffic can make life difficult even for the most well-abled pedestrian. The challenges become higher for a person with a disability. ‘How can I go out of my home?’ asks Tajkia Mariam Jahan, a wheelchair user from… Continue Reading »

Introducing the Online Guide to the World Development Indicators: A New Way to Discover Data on Development

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, News, Universal Design, October 31 2018

selective focus photo of terrestrial desk globe

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national, regional, and global estimates, the WDI provides access to almost 1,600 indicators for 217 economies, with some time series extending back more than 50… Continue Reading »

Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology’s Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Disaster, Universal Design, October 30 2018

selective focus photography of graph

BALI, INDONESIA: The heads of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international institutions gathered for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF 2018) to consider the role of technology plays in shaping infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and resilient. They also committed to enhancing support for capacity building for infrastructure public-private partnerships… Continue Reading »

In Africa, Technology and Human Capital Go Hand in Hand

Africa, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, ICT, October 25 2018

man using black laptop computer

AFRICA: Rwanda’s progress from the devastating civil war two decades ago to one of the most rapidly developing African countries is a remarkable narrative on development. Twenty-four years ago, the country was torn apart by civil war and one of the worst genocides human history has known; one in which… Continue Reading »

New IDDC/EDF Webinar: 29 October 2018

Built Environment, News, Webinar, October 25 2018

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Invitation to join the upcoming webinar: “Upholding the rights of persons with disabilities: Linkages between Financing for Development and the EU Budget for the implementation of the SDGs” Monday, 29th October, 2018 15:00 – 16:00 Belgium time Everyone is encouraged to register! The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability… Continue Reading »

Aged Care Royal Commission Misses Mark for People with Disability Suffering Violence, Abuse and Neglect

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 17 2018

man standing using adult walker inside room

AUSTRALIA: The Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care proves that the new PM fully understands that there are significant issues with violence, abuse and neglect being perpetrated on many older vulnerable Australians within these facilities and in home settings. “AFDO and our colleagues in the disability… Continue Reading »

WIPO Illustrates How Innovation, Intellectual Property Can Support SDGs

Built Environment, Europe, News, Universal Design, October 16 2018

think outside the box

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has highlighted how diffusion of innovative technologies can play a critical role in achieving many of the SDGs. The publication describes the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and the SDGs, and showcases examples of WIPO’s contributions to the SDGs. SDG 9 (industry,… Continue Reading »

People with Disability at Risk of Being Pigeon-holed by Supported Employment Reform

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 11 2018

man sitting on chair in front on window during daytime

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan in July to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability. ‘We are… Continue Reading »


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