• Universal Design

    Toyota Improves Universal Design Taxicab for Quicker Wheelchair Access

    JAPAN: Toyota Motor Corp. has announced that it will improve its “JPN Taxi” universal design taxicab to enable wheelchair users to get into the vehicle more quickly — cutting the current maximum of around 20 minutes down to three minutes. The improvements, unveiled on Feb. 4, involve redesigning the car’s foldable wheelchair ramp and simplifying… Continue Reading »

    Sensory Devices to Access Art at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum

    ABU DHABI: The Middle East’s states have recently invested a significant amount to create innovative and universal museums institutions in their territory. The 2017 opening of the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi and more recently the Qatar National Museum showed this. These museums aim to provide coherent accessibility solutions that are designed in a holistic… 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 »

    App Helps Achieve SDGs 11, 12 by Improving Sustainability of Housing Projects

    NEW YORK, USA: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the One Planet Network have launched an app to help improve the sustainability of new housing projects and increase the affordability of green housing. The SHERPA for Sustainable Housing Projects app was developed with the recognition that housing is an essential component of sustainable urbanization,… Continue Reading »

    The Transformative Power of Literacy for Children with Visual Disabilities

    PHILIPPINES: In a first grade classroom in the Philippines, Ma’am Jen, a teacher to students who are blind or low vision, sets a newly printed braille book she created in front of nine-year-old student Alexa. Prior to 2015, these braille books were hard to come by, leaving Ma’am Jen with only slates and a stylus… Continue Reading »

    Introducing the Online Guide to the World Development Indicators: A New Way to Discover Data on Development

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development. Drawing from officially recognized sources and including national, regional, and global estimates, the WDI provides access to almost 1,600 indicators for 217 economies, with some time series extending back more than 50 years. The database helps users—analysts,… Continue Reading »

    Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology’s Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

    BALI, INDONESIA: The heads of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international institutions gathered for the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF 2018) to consider the role of technology plays in shaping infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and resilient. They also committed to enhancing support for capacity building for infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs). Held under the theme… Continue Reading »

    Aged Care Royal Commission Misses Mark for People with Disability Suffering Violence, Abuse and Neglect

    AUSTRALIA: The Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care proves that the new PM fully understands that there are significant issues with violence, abuse and neglect being perpetrated on many older vulnerable Australians within these facilities and in home settings. “AFDO and our colleagues in the disability sector, have made strong calls… Continue Reading »

    WIPO Illustrates How Innovation, Intellectual Property Can Support SDGs

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has highlighted how diffusion of innovative technologies can play a critical role in achieving many of the SDGs. The publication describes the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and the SDGs, and showcases examples of WIPO’s contributions to the SDGs. SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) explicitly recognizes… Continue Reading »