• Universal Design

    The Missing Piece: Disability-Inclusive Education

    INTERNATIONAL: In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an inspirational target, SDG4 is integral to the well-being of our societies and economies – to the quality of life of all individuals. Today, 65 million primary… Continue Reading »

    Spatially Awhere: Bridging the Gap Between Leading and Lagging Regions

    INTERNATIONAL: As the world urbanizes rapidly, international experience has shown that economic activities concentrate in a relatively small number of places – it is estimated that only 1.5% of the world’s land is home to about half of global production. Such economic concentration is a built-in feature of human settlement development and a key driver… Continue Reading »

    Building Safer, More Inclusive, and More Resilient Cities

    JAPAN: From April 23–27, 2018, representatives from 16 cities in 13 countries visited Japan for a Technical Deep Dive on Safe, Inclusive, and Resilient Cities to learn from one another about improving urban safety, inclusion and resilience. In this video, Jefferson Koije (Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia), Ellen Hamilton (World Bank Lead Urban Specialist), and Phil… Continue Reading »

    Internet for Everyone: How to Make a Website Accessible for People with Disabilities

    ISRAEL: Yit, which develops and maintains over 50 websites including Ynet, Calcalist, Bigdeal, Blazer, and Winwin among others, have made their clients’ websites accessible to all people with disabilities through a dedicated widget developed by Equalweb. Every day most of the people in the world surf the Internet without thinking of accessibility, we enter, click and surf.  But,… Continue Reading »

    Expressions of Interest for the Upcoming Universal Design Conference is Closing on the 31st May

    AUCKLAND, NZ: Expressions of interest for the upcoming Universal Design Conference is closing on the 31st May. The conference committee welcomes you to submit expressions of interest in oral, workshop or poster presentations at the Te Ao Tangata Universal Design Conference 2018. Universal Design Conference 6 – 7 September 2018  Victory Convention Centre, Auckland Individuals or collaborative… Continue Reading »

    Blackboard Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Series of Informative Webinars

    WASHINGTON, USA: 2nd annual Blackboard webinar series will convene experts from around the globe to share insights on creating inclusive learning experiences for all. In recognition of the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Blackboard will host a series of no cost, informative webinars covering hot topics related to digital access in education. The virtual events, taking… Continue Reading »

    Successful Accessibility Certification Graduate

    CAMEROON, AFRICA: Cameroon resident Richard Tambe has a dream to make Cameroon more accessible to it’s citizens and visitors.   To realize that dream, he registered with GAATES and successfully completed his certification as an expert in accessibility of the built environment. Richard was highly motivated to achieve his certification to give him the credibility to… Continue Reading »

    UNEP, FiA Foundation Report Calls for Infrastructure Investment for SDG Targets 3.6, 11.2

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) Share the Road Programme has launched its annual report titled, ‘Investing in people who walk and cycle,’ which highlights progress made to ensure that more pedestrians and cyclists can safely travel to work and school. The Share the Road Programme aims to provide leadership and support… Continue Reading »

    UN-Habitat Municipal Finance Handbook Advances NUA, SDG 11

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has launched a resource guide on municipal finance, highlighting the importance for implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The handbook provides city leaders with a range of financing solutions that emphasize sustainability, inclusion and financial autonomy, aiming… Continue Reading »