Built Environment

Plans approved to build walkways for people with vision disabilities

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, has approved a plan to build a walkway for people with vision disabilities, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The approval was announced in a meeting between Prince Khaled and members of Ibsar Charitable Organization. The members, Ahmad Al-Hamdan, Aisha Nato and Haitham Al-Sabeel, proposed the project to… Continue Reading »

PM to launch Accessible India Campaign on December 3

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign), on December 3, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot announced on November 26. The Minister was addressing a program on the launching of new / revised schemes of National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism,… Continue Reading »

Government buildings face disability access test

PUNE, INDIA: The state commissionerate for persons with disabilities has proposed an access audit in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Mumbai districts to check how many government offices offer environment conducive to persons with disabilities to move around. Narendra Poyam, state commissioner, disabilities, said, “Many old government offices have been built without keeping in mind the… Continue Reading »

UB Inclusive Design Center Gets Federal Funding

BUFFALO, NY: The University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) has received a fourth round of federal funding to continue its work on a wide range of Universal Design projects. Universal Design strives to improve usability, health and social participation, while accommodating the diversity of abilities and needs in the… Continue Reading »

Government buildings still inaccessible for persons with disabilities

PANAJI, INDIA: The directorate of social welfare on Monday in a reply before the Goa Human Rights Commission ( GHRC) stated that 45 public buildings in the state are inaccessible to persons with mobility disabilities. The list which includes the municipal councils of Margao, Sanguem, Valpoi and the newly-renovated council building at Mapusa, ironically also… Continue Reading »

Swedish city wins the Access City Award 2015

BRUSSELS: The European Commission (EC) has announced the Swedish city of Borås is the winner of the 2015 Access City Award. The Award recognizes Borås’s comprehensive and strategic approach to creating an accessible city for all; a good example of local action to help removing the many barriers that people with disabilities still face in… Continue Reading »

Access to Built Environment report launched for Christchurch recovery

NEW ZEALAND: MP Mojo Mathers launches a Commission report on how to improve accessibility and introduce universal design to New Zealand’s built environment in Christchurch today. Better Design and Buildings for Everyone: Disabled People’s Rights and the Built Environment is the first of a series of publications aimed at informing debate about disability issues. The publication… Continue Reading »

Building barrier-free environment in Ghana for people with disabilities

Feb 20: Ghana is among the few countries in Africa that have taken affirmative action in favour of marginalised groups at a higher level with a focus on persons with disabilities. These efforts have resulted in laws and policies promoting equality, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society. The Government of the Republic… Continue Reading »