• Built Environment

    Make public buildings more accessible to persons with disabilities: ECLAC

    PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD:  There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience significant disabilities. With populations ageing and an increasing number of people with disabilities, this number is expected to rise in coming years. The prevalence of disability could increase by… Continue Reading »

    Tokyo 2020 publish accessibility guide for Paralympic Games

    TOKYO, JAPAN: The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has published its Accessibility Guidelines which aim to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games in three years’ time are fully inclusive and accessible to everyone. Developed by working closely with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), relevant government organisations, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, relevant municipal authorities and several disability… Continue Reading »

    Advocates call for better sidewalk accessibility in Taipei

    TAIPEI:  More should be done to enhance sidewalk accessibility, disability rights advocates said yesterday at a hearing at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. “There are more than 16 government agencies that are free to ‘rape’ or trample over sidewalks, but we cannot find a unified government agency responsible for approving things,” Access for All in… Continue Reading »

    Disability Access Standards reforms set to improve access to public buildings in Australia

    The Australian Government today announced its response to the Review of the Premises Standards, setting out reforms to be made to the Standards to improve their effectiveness and clarity, as well as new measures to assist with their application and evaluation by government and industry. Proposed improvements to the Disability Access to Premises Standards will… Continue Reading »

    Make schools, colleges accessible for students with disabilities

    As Zimbabweans we stand proud of the massive expansion of our educational sector since independence in 1980. The country has seen reforms in the education system in line with the Government policy of “Education for All”. Primary and secondary schools have been built in marginalised areas and disadvantaged urban centres, while training of teachers and… Continue Reading »

    RIAI launches UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards

    The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) recently launched the UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards. The UIA Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards are being administrated by the RIAI, based in Dublin. An international expert jury will short-list projects from around the world and the category winners will be announced the UIA World Congress… Continue Reading »

    Puerto Rico to improve public housing accessibility for persons with disabilities

    SAN JUAN: Puerto Rico has agreed to invest $65 million to make thousands of public housing units more accessible for residents with disabilities across the U.S. territory. The island’s Public Housing Administration is pledging to retrofit 2,560 units by December 2021 as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.… Continue Reading »

    Fort Kochi to become accessible heritage site in Kerala

    INDIA: Kerala is one destination which is there in almost every traveller’s bucket list. Right from its backwaters to its verdant slopes, the state attracts travellers from all parts of the world. Credit goes to the Kerala Tourism as well, which constantly makes efforts to ensure that those travelling to the state leave the place… Continue Reading »

    High-level forum on disability-inclusion and accessible urban development

    The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MIDUVI) in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Secretariat of UN Habitat III, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Rehabilitation International, Disabled People’s International, Essl Foundation, The Nippon Foundation and… Continue Reading »