• Built Environment

    Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment

    The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat invite submissions to the 2017 Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The Dubai International Award is recognizing the best efforts in improving the lives of urban residents around the globe. There are initiatives that inspire through their vision, their innovation or their impact – yours… Continue Reading »

    Auckland Design Manual launches design tool to encourage accessibility

    The Auckland Design Manual has introduced a new tool to support architects and designers incorporate ways to cater for people of all physical abilities and stages of life when they are designing buildings and public spaces. The new Universal Design Tool is part of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Manual website. The tool is a free… Continue Reading »

    Booklet aims to make voting easier for persons with disabilities

    KUALA LUMPUR:  The National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) is producing a booklet to ensure people with disabilities are better able to exercise their right to vote. Project manager Wong Yoon Loong said the booklet is aimed at educating personnel at polling stations. “It is more about how they can help a person with… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities still struggle to access mainstream schools: experts

    BEIJING: A disability forum held in Beijing last week said that while the country has made steps forward, it still has a long way to go before it can boast “inclusive education” nationwide for students with disabilities, given their low enrollment rate in mainstream schools. Inclusive education advocates an education system in which students with… Continue Reading »

    Guidebook on Making Schools Accessible to Children with Disabilities

    UNICEF India has developed a guidebook: “Making Schools Accessible to Children with Disabilities” with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Samarthyam, a Disabled Persons Organization (DPO), as part of the Prime Minister’s Accessible India Campaign. Inclusive education is critical to promote the participation and learning for children with disabilities in India. The guidebook… Continue Reading »

    AIIMS to provide healthcare access to older people with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in association with an NGO would adopt 50 elderly people, who are economically and disabled, to provide them with various health care accessible facilities. These senior citizens with disabilities would be adopted from various old age homes and the society as per their health requirements… Continue Reading »

    ICC releases update to building accessibility standard

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to buildings for persons with physical disabilities and incorporates new elements of building design. The 2017 standard is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard and was developed… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities demand accessible public infrastructure in Georgia

    Persons with disabilities held a protest rally on Saturday asking for proper infrastructure in the streets and in public transport, as well as for more involvement in social processes and decision-making. The protesters gathered at Rustaveli Metro station and marched in the direction of the old Parliament building. The demonstrators claim that their rights are… Continue Reading »

    New Access Guide Highlights Central California National Parks

    RIPON, CA: If you’ve always wanted to explore Yosemite, Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks, but thought the trip was out of reach because you use a wheelchair, cane or walker, then pick up a copy of Candy B. Harrington’s newest release – Barrier-Free Travels; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow… Continue Reading »