• Europe

    Yoocan Seeks Collaborative Partners, Highlights Projects at Naidex 2019

    Yoocan CEO presented at Naidex 2019 on March 25-26 in Birmingham, England.  Presentation included tips on how to improve collaboration in the global disability ecosystem, the new “yoocan work” search tool & the yoocan “Tokyo 2020” initiative giving para-athletes & related organizations from around the world an opportunity to share their empowering stories as they… Continue Reading »

    St Andrews and North East Fife to benefit from Accessibility Destination App

    IRELAND: The St Andrews Beach Wheelchairs service has been hugely popular since the launch at the start of the 2018 tourism season, with over one hundred bookings in the first summer of operation and customers travelling from all over Scotland to use the beach-friendly wheelchairs and enjoy the additional St Andrews tourism offering. With the… Continue Reading »

    Global Campaign to Encourage More Support for Airline Passengers with Intellectual Disabilities

    Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, announced it has launched a global campaign to improve awareness and use of the DPNA Special Service Request (SSR) code, which can be used by travel agents, among others, to alert airlines when a passenger has intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance. The campaign was initiated after Travelport… Continue Reading »

    UNICEF Calls for More Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Disabilities

    The global organisation UNICEF has called for more assistive technologies to support children with disabilities across central and eastern Europe. Hopes are placed on technology to turn classrooms more accessible and inclusive for all members of society.  According to a statement that the organization made last Thursday, as many as 75% of disabled children in the region… Continue Reading »

    EU Launches 2020 Edition Of European Capital of Smart Tourism Awards

    BRUSSELS: The European Capital of Smart Tourism is a European Union initiative which recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity. It aims to promote smart tourism in the EU, network and strengthen destinations, and facilitate the exchange of best practices.… Continue Reading »

    Greece to Introduce its Accessible Tourism Side

      GREECE: Aiming to promote Greece as a world top accessible tourism destination, the Greek Tourism Ministry on Tuesday announced that it will hold a familiarization (fam) trip for Greek and foreign Paralympic athletes to introduce the country’s accessible beaches. Photo source: seatrac – TOBEA The fam trip will be held in Alimos (Attica) and Ilida(Western Greece), two Greek… Continue Reading »

    UK Faces Accessible Housing Crisis – Only 7% of Homes Deemed Accessible

    ENGLAND: Controversy rang out in November 2018 when the Home Builders Federation objected to councils across England wanting to increase the number of homes with universal home designed centered around accessibility. Organizations such as Age UK and the Centre for Ageing Better and Disability Rights UK released reports stating that only 7% of homes classify as… Continue Reading »

    Improving Women’s Mobility: It’s Not Just About the Quality of Buses

    The global transport conversation increasingly recognizes that men and women have different mobility patterns, and that this reality should be reflected into the design of transport projects. In general, women engage in more non-work-related travel such as to run household errands and are more likely to travel with children and elders. Therefore, but not exclusively because of that,… Continue Reading »

    WHO Issues Guidelines on Housing and Health

    INTERNATIONAL: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on housing and human health, outlining minimum requirements for space, lighting, air quality, water quality, noise, accessibility and other aspects. The guidelines highlight the potential contribution of improved housing to achieving SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).   For… Continue Reading »