• Universal Design

    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 »

    Successful Launch of GAATES’ International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) Program

    INTERNATIONAL: Receive recognition as an internationally certified accessibility consultant! In it’s first quarter of operations, ICAC-BE program candidates’ submitted credentials in January 2018 for review and evaluation by GAATES’ Expert Panel. GAATES is pleased to announce the first round of successful program applicants are: Level 3 Expert Accessibility Consultant Marnie Peters – Canada Colette Fransolet… Continue Reading »

    Detecting Inequalities from Space

    MEXICO: Everything that happens, happens somewhere. From deforestation, to urbanization, to gender inequalities, our social situations are conditioned or even determined by geographical circumstances. Satellites, big data analysis and other new technologies allow us to pinpoint statistical data on the map, painting for us an entirely new picture of our world. During the recent meeting… Continue Reading »

    Sustainable Cities – Gateways for People on the Move

    INTERNATIONAL: The world is on the move, and today an estimated 258 million international migrants are living outside their country of birth. While global population movements grab headlines, a quiet revolution tiptoes in the background, dramatically changing our world – the great migration of humanity into cities. From just 746 million in 1950, the world’s urban… Continue Reading »

    First Indian Sign language Dictionary of 3000 Words Launched

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: “First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 words” was launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment at a function here today. The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment. Ministers… Continue Reading »

    What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear. “The fear… Continue Reading »