• Built Environment

    Persons with disabilities around B.C. to benefit from new accessibility programs

    Accessible, inclusive communities for people with disabilities are the main goals behind two provincially funded programs designed to improve universal access in British Columbia. Through $9 million in provincial funding, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) has launched  two new programs to improve accessibility for British Columbians. “When we remove the physical barriers, we create communities… Continue Reading »

    Selhurst Park Accessibility Improvements for Fans with Disabilities

    Crystal Palace FC is committed to improving accessibility and facilities for fans with disabilities, and ensuring an exceptional matchday experience for all fans attending matches at Selhurst Park. Major works were completed throughout the 2017 summer following consultation with the club’s Disabled Supporters Association, the Premier League and independent experts. Improvements include: Wheelchair capacity has… Continue Reading »

    Building accessible facilities makes good business sense, experts say

    DUBAI: Detailing the number of people with disabilities in the country and region, with data on how many of these are potential tourists, will be key to convincing the industry to invest in inclusive facilities. Roberto Castiglioni, member of the Access to Air Travel Advisory Group, UK Civil Aviation Authority advocated universal designs, so travellers… Continue Reading »

    Persons with Disabilities Raise Concerns Over Accessibility of 2018 Election in Zimbabwe

    HARARE: Persons with disabilities want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to put specific registration measures that would allow their constituencies to participate in next year’s crucial elections —starting with the biometric voter registration exercise which got underway last week. Senator representing people with disabilities, Nyamayabo Mashavakure, said the importance of a friendly environment for persons… Continue Reading »

    Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

    CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. Until now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on wheelchairs to reach them as… Continue Reading »

    Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel ready to go

    NEW ZEALAND: Hutt City Council’s call for qualified and capable people to represent the disability community on city issues has attracted some valuable talent. The seven Lower Hutt people, recently chosen to serve on Hutt City Council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Panel, bring with them an impressive depth and breadth of experience of disability and community… Continue Reading »

    80% of New Zealanders support minimum standards for disability access

    NEW ZEALAND: A national poll conducted by UMR commissioned and released today by the Access Alliance shows the vast majority of New Zealanders want action on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. “It show’s Kiwi’s want the government to pass legislation breaking down the barriers that stop everyone having access all parts of society” Spokesperson… Continue Reading »

    Archaeological sites inaccessible for persons with disabilities in Jordan

    AMMAN: Most archaeological sites in Jordan are inaccessible for people with disabilities and facilitating the access to those locations is a “persistent demand” from their part, activists said. Hala Abu Mahfouz, a student with physical disability, said that she is an independent person who has the right to enter archaeological and tourist places without asking others… Continue Reading »

    Seoul to make tourism accessible for persons with disabilities

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government vowed Tuesday to make tourism resources in the capital equally accessible to people with physical disabilities. During a press conference, the city announced it will spend 15.2 billion won ($13.3 million) over the next five years starting from next year to improve infrastructure and communication and train personnel to accommodate them.… Continue Reading »