Built Environment

Greece: City of Athens Launches Project to Improve Accessibility 

City Hall on Monday unveiled a 24-million-euro project to repair and maintain sidewalks across Athens with the aim of making the capital safer and more accessible for pedestrians. According to City Hall’s statement, the project aims to fix and maintain 200,000 square meters of sidewalks over the next three years, using so-called “cool materials” which reflect… Continue Reading »

Survey for Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE)

The Job Task Analysis survey is being carried out by IAAP to streamline the application process and scale the CPABE program. Target audience: individuals currently working in the built environment with a focus on accessibility whether through auditing /assessment, design, or leadership positions, those who champion accessibility and Universal Design. Survey closes May 21st. Please forward the… Continue Reading »

Disability Accessibility Standard in Namibia Aims to Make Progress in the Built Environment

NAMIBIA: Imagine every day and every activity being a challenge or simply not being able to take part in everyday life. People with disabilities face this prospect daily, simply because buildings and infrastructure have not been made with them in mind. Leaving buildings, offices, schools, shops and infrastructure inaccessible to them because of lack of wheelchair… Continue Reading »

Barrier-Free Access Improves for China’s Disabled: Report

CHINA: China has on Sunday released a blue paper on efforts made for handicapped people, highlighting improvements in the barrier-free environment across the country. The Chinese Academy of Disability Data Sciences, the sole academy engaged in data on handicapped people in China, released the blue paper that was compiled by 29 experts from government, enterprises, colleges… Continue Reading »

New North Korea Law Requires Wheelchair Accessibility According to State Media Report

NORTH KOREA: North Korea has adopted a bill requiring all buildings to be wheelchair accessible, according to state media.North Korea said the law would improve facilities for the disabled, Pyongyang’s state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Wednesday. “Construction regulation standardizing barrier-free buildings has been adopted,” KCNA said. The report added, “A barrier-free environment is an environment in which… Continue Reading »

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Launched Program to Improve Accessibility

THAILAND: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched a program to improve flyovers in high-traffic areas with pedestrian crossings which will also include facilities to help the elderly safely cross Bangkok’s busy roads. The report says that road-crossing signals will be established along with flyovers with lifts for the elderly and disabled, particularly in high-traffic areas. Flyovers… Continue Reading »

Course Aims to Provide Training to Create Accessible Homes

INDIA: Vidya Sagar, the prominent Chennai NGO has finished a three-month course to create a pool of professionals who can support people with disabilities and the elderly to become independent in their homes. Accessibility in public spaces is coming in for attention and that’s needed and welcome. But what about accessibility within homes and other personal… Continue Reading »

App Aims to Make Visual Contrast a Mainstream Concern in the Built Environment

Get Luminance has been developed from research and provides an empirical basis for calculating luminance.  Get Luminance measures what is ‘seen’ by a photograph and reflects the conditions experienced by users.  It measures luminance in the prevailing light conditions, (rather than the pure colour with a controlled light source – the basis of most colorimeters).… Continue Reading »

Province to Provide $1.4 Billion to Make Schools More Accessible

CANADA: Ontario is making its education system more inclusive to help all students in York Region reach their full potential in an accessible and supportive learning environment. When the education system is not accessible, students are left out, impacting their participation  in the school experience. That is why Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and… Continue Reading »

Request for the United Nations to Create World Universal Accessibility Day

SPAIN: The Alliance for World Universal Accessibility Day, formed by FC Barcelona, the Barça Foundation, the ‘la Caixa’ Bank Foundation, Barcelona City Council and Mapp4all Universal Accessibility have put together a request that will be sent to the United Nations to ask the international organisation to declare 30 September as World Universal Accessibility Day. During… Continue Reading »