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EU Launches 2020 Edition Of European Capital of Smart Tourism Awards

Europe, News, Tourism, March 8 2019

EU Smart Tourism Capitals logo 2020

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… Continue Reading »

World Disability Union (WDU) 7th General Assembly and Side Events

Events, Middle East, March 7 2019

World Disability Union, WDU 7th General Assembly and Side Events as well as WDU Accessible World Tourism Center introduction will be held on 27-28 April 2019 in Dalaman / Muğla.

TURKEY: The World Disability Union (WDU) 7th General Assembly, side events as well as WDU Accessible World Tourism Center introduction are set to be held on 27-28 April 2019 in Dalaman/Muğla.   The World Disability Union (WDU) was established as an inclusive umbrella organization for 400 sub-organizations from 88 countries with… Continue Reading »

Egypt’s President Approves New Law to Form the National Council of People With Disabilities

Middle East, News, March 6 2019


EGYPT: On 5 March, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi agreed to a draft law to establish the National Council of People with Disabilities Law No.11 of 2019. “People with special needs in Egypt represent 9-10 percent of the total population,”Sisi said during International Day of Persons with Disabilities event. The… Continue Reading »

Bangladesh to Set Example on Social Development

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, February 27 2019

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Bangladesh’s Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed Bangladesh hopes to be a role model for the developing world in social services provided by the government to help poor, ill, disabled and elderly people, said a high official. “I can assure you that our country will be a role model of social… Continue Reading »

Greece to Introduce its Accessible Tourism Side

Europe, Tourism, February 27 2019

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  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… Continue Reading »

Private Transport Provider to Offer an Inclusive Experience in Malta

Africa, Transportation, February 20 2019

MALTA: eCabs, a leading passenger transport service provider in Malta, is embarking on a ‘reduced mobility agenda’, intended to offer an improved passenger experience and ensure stronger accessibility and ease of use of it services. As part of this agenda, eCabs has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Commission for… Continue Reading »

Western Sydney Airport Recruits Wheelchair Rugby Players as Accessibility Consultants

Assistive Technology, Universal Design, February 15 2019

Players from the New South Wales (NSW) Wheelchair Rugby League will act as accessibility consultants during the development of Western Sydney Airport. Image via NSW Wheelchair Rugby League

AUSTRALIA: Last week airport representatives announced a sponsorship agreement with the New South Wales (NSW) Wheelchair Rugby League that will see players act as accessibility consultants during development. In Australia, approximately 18.3 percent of the population has one or more disability. “We want to go over and above our legislative requirements when it comes… Continue Reading »

Toyota Improves Universal Design Taxicab for Quicker Wheelchair Access

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, Universal Design, February 8 2019

A driver paces an easier-to-install wheelchair ramp on an improved model of "JPN Taxi" taxicab in Nagoya's Nishi Ward in central Japan on Jan. 31, 2019. (Mainichi/Yoshinori Ogura)

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… Continue Reading »

M-Enabling Summit Announces 2019 Program – Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience

Events, February 6 2019

M-enabling Registration Open

New accessible technologies are rapidly transforming the way users interact with digital interfaces. In a dramatic paradigm shift, alternative modes of communication and assistive solutions are made available to all users at an ever-lower cost due to the considerable economies of scale of the global mobile marketplace. Speech recognition, artificial… Continue Reading »

Sensory Devices to Access Art at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum

Middle East, Universal Design, February 6 2019


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… Continue Reading »

Transport System to Cater for Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Transportation, February 4 2019

A physically disabled man walks with others to CBD after Nairobi county put to effect the ban of matatus in the CBD / MONICA NJERI

KENYA: Nairobi county plans to revamp the public transport system to accommodate people living with disabilities. The Public Road Transport and Traffic Management Bill 2018 suggests that priority in boarding and alighting be given to persons with disability, elderly persons, pregnant women, and other special-needs people. It says PSV crews… Continue Reading »

Machu Picchu Becomes Wheelchair Accessible

Americas, Tourism, February 1 2019

Machu Picchu can be accessed by specialised wheelchairs ( Getty )

PERU: Machu Picchu, the hugely popular Incan settlement in Peru, is finally wheelchair accessible thanks to a new tour. Wheel the World, an accessible travel company set up so wheelchair users could enjoy bucket list experiences previously off limits to them, launched its first ever Machu Picchu itinerary a few months… Continue Reading »

Mada Centre Signs Pact with Oman’s ITA

ICT, Middle East, January 30 2019

MADA Signs Agreement with Oman ITA

DOHA, QATAR: Mada Assistive Technology Centre and Oman’s Information Technology Authority (ITA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance co-operation on digital innovation solutions. “We are meeting to witness a successful start to future co-operation in innovation through the signing of an MoU on supporting innovation for digital… Continue Reading »

Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations

Americas, Built Environment, January 29 2019

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CALGARY, ALBERTA: Seventy-two thousand dollars will go a long way in renovating a local community space. Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, Honourable Carla Qualtrough, said the Evergreen Community SPACES building in Calgary is receiving this money through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. “The idea of creating initiatives that remove barriers for people… Continue Reading »

G3ict and GAATES Align Activities to Promote More Inclusive Cities

Americas, News, January 23 2019


With GAATES part of Smart Cities for All, G3ict is poised for greater global outreach and impact Ottawa and Atlanta, January 23, 2019 GAATES, the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments, and G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, today announced that the nonprofit organizations have entered into a… Continue Reading »

Goa Carnival 2019 promises to be wheelchair accessible

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, January 18 2019

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India: The famous annual Carnival of Goa is round the corner and this year it promises to be super special. For the first time, the carnival beginning on 2 March, will be a wheelchair accessible festival with inclusive fun for everyone. The carnival is a four-day-long festival that starts from… Continue Reading »

University of Chittagong Inaugurated the First Accessible E-learning Center in Bangladesh

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, January 12 2019

Attending VIPs touring the Accessible E-Learning Centre

Bangladesh: Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice-Chancellor of University of Chittagong, inaugurated a state of the art “Accessible E-learning Center” for the visually impaired students studying at the University. A.K. Khan Foundation, a2i programme of Bangladesh Government and YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) jointly established the Accessible E-learning Center… Continue Reading »

Crawford Technologies Helps Braille Literacy Canada Establish a Permanent Endowment Fund

Americas, News, January 8 2019

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Crawford Technologies Helps Braille Literacy Canada Establish a Permanent Endowment Fund for the Edie Mourre Scholarship Program January 8, 2019, Toronto, ON – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announced it is supporting Braille Literacy Canada’s drive to make its Edie Mourre… Continue Reading »

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

Built Environment, Europe, Universal Design, January 7 2019

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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… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network conduct “Disability Supportive Work Environments” Workshop for Accor Hotels Group

Events, Middle East, News, January 4 2019

participants at Qaderoon workshop

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network conducted “Disability Supportive Work Environments” workshop on Thursday, 13 December 2018, which is a voluntary system launched by the Ministry of Labor for companies aiming to improve their work environments to become more supportive for persons with disabilities and increase their participation in the labor market. The… Continue Reading »