• Built Environment

    Nova Scotia Sets Up Committees to Develop the First Provincial Accessibility Standards

     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 track toward its goal of becoming… Continue Reading »

    Singapore: Sports Push in Schools and Disability Centers

    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 Yam Keng said in Parliament… Continue Reading »

    Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations

    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 with disabilities is really the… Continue Reading »

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

    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 only 7% of homes classify as… Continue Reading »

    Central Americans with Disabilities in Tijuana (Mexico)

    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 at risk of becoming victims… Continue Reading »

    WHO Issues Guidelines on Housing and Health

    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 cities and communities).   For… Continue Reading »

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

    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 at San Thome over a sprawling area… Continue Reading »

    Plans to Make Alleppy South India’s First Disabled Friendly Beach

    ALLEPEY, INDIA: Alleppey, a small town located in Kerala is all set to become South India’s first disabled-friendly and accessible beach. Popularly known as Venice of the East, Alleppey is surrounded by plush greens and serene backwaters. Alleppey also boasts of many beaches in and around the town. On the opening day, people with disabilities were seen… Continue Reading »

    DX Announces Boundless: A Post-Secondary Challenge

    ONTARIO, CANADA: Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces its 7th annual post secondary design challenge. This provincial, post secondary design challenge seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age, ability, across all design disciplines. The Concept This year,… Continue Reading »