• Built Environment

    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 »

    University Launches New Six-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan

    AUSTRALIA: The University of Sydney has reached an important milestone in inclusion and access for people with disability, with today’s launch of its Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 during Disability Inclusion Week.  The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2019-24 strengthens our commitment to protect staff, students and visitors with disability from discrimination and support all members of our… Continue Reading »

    How Gaming Technology is Helping Design More Accessible Homes

    AUSTRALIA: A group of Perth university students and real estate agents have teamed up to design an accessible home using construction software inspired by the gaming industry, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of creating universal affordable accommodation. Created for a Town of Victoria Park-owned site on Boundary Road, Victoria Park, the project… Continue Reading »

    Myanmar Opens First Cafe Accessible for Persons with Hearing Impairment

    MYANMAR: A first-ever private eatery run by staff with hearing impairment was opened in Myanmar’s Yangon earlier this month, creating a deaf-friendly environment. “The Able,” a sign language book cafe, is entirely staffed by six hearing-impaired persons from service staff to chef, to encourage disabled yet differently abled people to work. “There are some sign… Continue Reading »

    Greater Push to Accelerate Implementation of Accessible India Campaign

    INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for introduction of a mobile application to help the disabled facing difficulty in accessing means of transport and government buildings upload pictures of their experiences. He has also asked officials to be “compassionate” towards the cause and to accelerate the implementation of the Accessible India Campaign (AIC). These… Continue Reading »

    Gyms for Persons with Mobility Impairment Gain Traction

    TOKYO, JAPAN: A little more than a year remains before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, and sports facilities for the disabled are being built across Japan and competitions being held for para athletes. The Paralympics are expected to enhance the visibility of sports for the disabled and help improve their business viability. In March,… Continue Reading »

    European Commission Provides 20 Cities with Funding for Innovative Projects on Inclusion 

    The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will finance 20 urban projects with €82 million. These projects were put forward by cities under the 4th call for proposals of the Urban Innovative Actions which is implemented by French region Hauts-de-France. In particular, Piraeus (Greece), Tampere (Finland) and Turin (Italy) will receive grants for projects that will protect and reduce the vulnerability… Continue Reading »

    National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act

    MARYLAND, US: The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3929) in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Mark… Continue Reading »

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

    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 convenient living environment. The new… Continue Reading »