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

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, November 23 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

The Transformative Power of Literacy for Children with Visual Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, November 15 2018

student uses the RBI Low Vision Portable Magnifier

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… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, News, Universal Design, October 31 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Disaster, Universal Design, October 30 2018

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 17 2018

man standing using adult walker inside room

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… Continue Reading »

WIPO Illustrates How Innovation, Intellectual Property Can Support SDGs

Built Environment, Europe, News, Universal Design, October 16 2018

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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,… Continue Reading »

People with Disability at Risk of Being Pigeon-holed by Supported Employment Reform

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, October 11 2018

man sitting on chair in front on window during daytime

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan in July to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability. ‘We are… Continue Reading »

The World Federation of the Deafblind has Launched the Initial Global Report on the Situation and Rights of Persons with Deaf-blindness.

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, October 8 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deaf-blindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deaf-blindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and… Continue Reading »

UN Secretary-General Releases Strategy for Financing 2030 Agenda

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, October 5 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The UN Secretary-General has released a four-year strategy for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategy underscores the UN’s critical role in supporting and accelerating the mobilization of finance and focuses on three objectives to accelerate progress from global to local levels, linked to areas… Continue Reading »

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Built Environment, Universal Design, October 3 2018

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity

INTERNATIONAL: Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together… Continue Reading »


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