• Built Environment

    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 »

    Students in Singapore Work on Accessibility Project to Map Central Business District

    SINGAPORE: Lunch with colleagues is a simple affair for many, a little highlight of each workday. But for people with disabilities, it can be an ordeal they have to pass up because of the lack of accessibility where colleagues may be gathering. A group of 25 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) landscape and architecture department is… Continue Reading »

    UK: Government Launches Consultation to Make New Homes More Accessible

    Higher accessibility standards for new housing are to be introduced in the UK as part of a wider plan to make sure disabled people are not facing discrimination. Prime Minister Theresa May said that it is widely recognising that too many disabled people still live in unsuitable homes and she announced a consultation on mandating… Continue Reading »

    Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

    An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year. The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility – for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of… Continue Reading »

    Opinion: India’s General Elections 2019 Focused on Inclusion

    April 11 was voting day in Noida. It was Phase 1 of the festival of democracy, the biggest elections in the world. I was excited, curious and a little apprehensive. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had promised an inclusive election. The theme for this massive operation was “leave no one behind”. Advertisements on radio,… Continue Reading »

    Musicians with Disabilities Being Failed by Venues

    U.K.: Last year, Ruth Patterson’s band Holy Moly and the Crackers tried to book a tour of the UK. But one venue wrote back, refusing to host them because Patterson, who has arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, uses a wheelchair.   “They said they wouldn’t book us because I was a fire hazard,” she says. “That’s… Continue Reading »

    New Partnership Promotes Accessible Banking in Jordan

    Recognizing the challenges persons with disabilities face throughout the various aspects of their lives, Bank al Etihad partnered with Accessible Jordan to minimize these obstacles starting from within the Bank – consequently promoting accessibility and ensuring inclusion for all clients, particularly those with physical disabilities. Under the mutual partnership, Accessible Jordan will extend a set of services and recommendations… Continue Reading »

    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 »