• Europe

    Athens Acropolis to Get Lift for Enhanced Accessibility

    GREECE: One of the world’s most visited archaeological sites, the Acropolis in Athens, will soon offer improved disabled access thanks to the installation of a new lift, the Greek culture ministry has said. The country’s central archaeological council (KAS) approved a new elevator to provide improved access to disabled visitors as well as the upgrade of existing lighting for… Continue Reading »

    The Design Council Spark: Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market

    Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge  Ten of the UK’s brightest minds pitch for share of £150,000 to fast-track home innovation ideas to market  Dragons’ Den investor and entrepreneur Deborah Meaden to host 2019 Spark showcase event Ten bright UK entrepreneurs will be pitching for a share of up to £150,000 on 9 October… Continue Reading »

    Scottish EHRC Warns Transport Operators Over Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

    SCOTLAND: The Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has sent a warning out to transport operators over problems with disabled access. The organisation says the new project will support individuals who have experienced discrimination while using, or attempting to use, public transport. The scheme will use all available routes to assist in resolving complaints, including… Continue Reading »

    Request for the United Nations to Create World Universal Accessibility Day

    SPAIN: The Alliance for World Universal Accessibility Day, formed by FC Barcelona, the Barça Foundation, the ‘la Caixa’ Bank Foundation, Barcelona City Council and Mapp4all Universal Accessibility have put together a request that will be sent to the United Nations to ask the international organisation to declare 30 September as World Universal Accessibility Day. During… Continue Reading »

    Turkey Provides Support to Persons with Disabilities in Djibouti

    TURKEY: Turkey’s state-run aid agency has distributed a total of 200 wheelchairs and vocational supplies to disabled people in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, according to a statement on Monday. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) launched its “End the Barriers” project in collaboration with Djibouti’s National Agency for the Disabled, providing equipment… Continue Reading »

    Portugal First to Win Accessible Tourism Award

     PORTUGAL: Portugal is the first country to receive the “Accessible Tourism Destination” award from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), which recognises the effort in promoting accessibility. “Portugal is the only country to have received this distinction, which is awarded for the first time this year by WTO in partnership with the ONCE Foundation, and which… Continue Reading »

    3D Printed Wheelchairs Project Brings Assistive Tech to Developing Countries

    UNITED KINGDOM: Run by charity Motivation in partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker, the project is called Motivation InnovATe. It is designed to establish the technologies, infrastructure and skills within developing countries to enable custom 3D printed wheelchairs to produced where and when they are needed. Initially starting in Kenya through local partner Bethany Kids, the project… Continue Reading »

    Blue Badge Applications Open for Persons with Invisible Disabilities

    UNITED KINGDOM: People with hidden disabilities, such as anxiety disorders or brain injuries, can now apply for the Blue Badge disabled parking permits. The move to extend the eligibility for the passes, which allow holders to park in on-street spaces for free and use disabled bays, has been made to include people who “cannot walk as part of… Continue Reading »

    Film Partnership Focuses on Accessible Tourism in Scotland

    SCOTLAND: A Glasgow-based manufacturer of accessible vehicles has been working with a leading German broadcaster and a tour operator on an initiative that supports disabled tourism in Scotland. Allied Vehicles Group teamed up with TV company ZDF and Schottland fuer Alle (Scotland for All) to showcase how accessible Scotland is for people with disabilities. ZDF has filmed… Continue Reading »