• Universal Design

    Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report that present 13 case studies… Continue Reading »

    Tips to Build a Fully Accessible Driveway

    CANADA & UNITED STATES: Accessibility focused design should not just be in your home, but out on the street as well. The driveway is a particularly important place to consider the needs of the disabled, but you may be wondering exactly how to go about designing a space which is usable by everyone. With an estimated global… Continue Reading »

    Award for Blind Cricket World Cup and Announcement of Five National Sports Centres

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot felicitated the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team and presented them with a cash award of Rs.34 Lakhs at a function in New Delhi today, February 21st, 2018. The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Ramdas… Continue Reading »

    UCLG Meets 2018

    BARCELONA, SPAIN:  The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) held the fourth edition of their Annual Retreat and Campus, in Barcelona, from the 22nd to the 26th of January 2018. The retreat was focused on the UCLG Network’s collaborations and achievements, and how to increase the impact of their work towards the implementation of the New Urban… Continue Reading »

    100 Accessible Websites of Various State Governments/UTs Under Accessible India Campaign Launched – Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a path breaking initiative to empower Persons with Disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs under Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’ here today (January 19th, 2018). Ministers of State for… Continue Reading »

    Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

    CANADA: While the UK, USA and Australia have had national accessibility legislation in place for many years, it has taken until 2018 for the Canadian government to follow suit. The governing Liberals held consultations which led to the proposal that all federally governed buildings must be accessible to all. Not even all federal websites are accessible, so… Continue Reading »

    SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

    SHARJAH, UAE:  According to their website, the SIGHTME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”, organized by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, will run from February 13-15th, 2018 and take place at the Expo Centre in Sharjah.   Come and visit the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations, technologies in the field of… Continue Reading »

    Municipality preparing for a new code

    DUBAI UAE: Dubai Municipality is working on developing laws, regulations and policies in line with the new code that will ensure all buildings and public facilities are accessible for special needs by 2020. The International Dubai Code for Accessibility, expected to come into effect next month, will make it compulsory for developers of new buildings… Continue Reading »

    Universal Design Conference and Higher Education in Transformation Conference joining forces for 2018

    IRELAND: Happy New Year! from the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress. The teams behind the Universal Design Conferences (UD 2012 Oslo, UD 2014 Lund and UD 2016 York) and the Higher Education in Transformation Conferences (HEIT 2015 Dublin, HEIT 2016 Oshawa) are joining forces in 2018 to host the UDHEIT2018 Congress – Universal… Continue Reading »