Europe

Persons with Disabilities Exempt from Brussels LEZ

People with a disability are exempt from the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Brussels, the regional government has recently decided. Since the LEZ’ introduction, almost 15,000 fines have been issued, although the number of violations has decreased a lot recently. In December 2019, about 75% of violations were recorded compared to January that year. As most people are… Continue Reading »

Greece: City of Athens Launches Project to Improve Accessibility 

City Hall on Monday unveiled a 24-million-euro project to repair and maintain sidewalks across Athens with the aim of making the capital safer and more accessible for pedestrians. According to City Hall’s statement, the project aims to fix and maintain 200,000 square meters of sidewalks over the next three years, using so-called “cool materials” which reflect… Continue Reading »

UK Government Asks Industry to Ensure Accessible Rail Services

UNITED KINGDOM: The UK’s Minister of State for Transport Chris Heaton-Harris has asked the rail industry to ensure the accessibility of services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic so that essential workers can travel. He stated that rail services should be accessible for everyone and will ensure that disabled people are able to travel during the pandemic.… Continue Reading »

G3ict Announces New Country Representatives for Russia and Saudi Arabia

G3ict’s Smart Cities for All Country Representative program continues to expand its footprint with two new representatives from Saudi Arabia and Russia, bringing the global network to twenty.   ATLANTA (April 27, 2020) — Today the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), through its Smart Cities for All global initiative, appointed two new Country Representatives, Aya… Continue Reading »

New Digital ‘Accessibilitas’ Portal to Promote Universal Design

Fundación ONCE and the Royal Board on Disability have just launched ‘Accessibilitas’, a digital platform designed to improve the universal design of spaces, goods and services and, therefore, aimed at people and institutions interested in making this goal a reality. The platform aims to promote the generation and dissemination of knowledge on universal accessibility and… Continue Reading »

New Gadget Provides Inclusive Experience for Rugby Fans with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM:  Blind sports fans have received a boost from a magnetic gadget to help them enjoy a match. The “touchy-feely” board helps visually-impaired supporters keep up with the action and never miss a goal, try, putt or basketball hoop. The kit is the first of its type in the UK and is being used at Scottish rugby matches… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of serious health complications, but they… Continue Reading »

New Forum Encourages Virtual Interaction for Persons with Disabilities

UK: Euan’s Guide, the charity focused on making it easier for disabled people to get out and about, has now turned its attention to keeping everyone amused whilst they stay indoors. The team behind Euan’s Guide, the website where people leave reviews rating the disabled access at the places they visit, has now launched a new… Continue Reading »

ITU Tasks Nigeria, Other Member Countries on Inclusive ICT Growth

United Nations arm in charge of global telecommunication development, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has charged member countries on inclusive information and communications technology (ICT) growth. Specifically, ITU said members, including developing countries such as Nigeria, should focus attention on the role of emerging technologies in promoting ICT accessibility. The body, which was founded May… Continue Reading »

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office Releases New Film on the Transportation Legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

SPAIN: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made in transportation. It can be… Continue Reading »