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Canada to Increase Accessibility at National Level

Americas, Assistive Technology, Universal Design, January 20 2018

Photo of wheelchair sign with instructions to deploy the ramp

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… Continue Reading »

SIGHT ME – Exhibition for “Visual Disability Technologies”

Assistive Technology, Events, ICT, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 18 2018

ribbon cutting ceremony

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,… Continue Reading »

Municipality preparing for a new code

Built Environment, Middle East, News, Universal Design, January 17 2018

Two people seated in wheelchairs overlooking a view of the city of Dubai

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… Continue Reading »

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

Europe, Events, Universal Design, January 17 2018

UDHEIT logo

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… Continue Reading »

Joyce Cook receives CBE for services to Sport and Accessibility

Built Environment, Europe, Tourism, Universal Design, January 3 2018

LONDON, UK: As midnight struck in London on 30 December 2017, the latest names to be recognized in the traditional Queen’s New Year Honours List were revealed: a mix of politicians, stars of music, culture and sport, and community champions. Among the list was the citation: Joyce Evelyn, Mrs. COOK,… Continue Reading »

Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like?

Americas, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, January 3 2018

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: Long-sought new accessibility law coming in 2018, but what will it look like? For full article visit the source: The Canadian Press http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/603260/long-sought-new-accessibility-law-coming-2018-what-will-it-look Linked with permission.

Local Grant Brings Universal Design Closer to the Valley

Americas, Universal Design, December 29 2017

Close-up view of a person's feet in footrest of wheelchair

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (USA)  A local Harrisonburg couple is working toward bringing Universal Design to the Valley. Universal Design makes plans for homes, communities, and activities inclusive for everyone. It focuses on people with physical disabilities, mental disorders, and aging in general. Universal Design also sets the stage for homes and buildings if someone… Continue Reading »

BCC Crafts Draft Disability Policy

Africa, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, December 22 2017

Morgan Tsvangirai addresses party supporters at the home of Budiriro Member Coster Machingauta of parliament

ZIMBABWE: The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has crafted a draft disability policy to cater for people living with disabilities (PWD), Southern Eye has learnt. In the draft policy, BCC said in order to ensure that the impact of all policy decisions addresses the specific interests and needs of PWDs, inasmuch… Continue Reading »

Government asked to fulfill pledge on disability friendly infrastructure

Africa, Universal Design, December 21 2017

Photo of Simeon Munde

MALAWI: Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has asked government to fulfill its pledge on considering people with disability when constructing buildings in the country. Munde said it is very unfortunate that some of the structures that government has been constructing are not disability friendly. He added that it is… Continue Reading »

International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Europe, Middle East, News, Universal Design, November 27 2017

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants – Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program. Significant time and contributions from recognized global industry leaders has resulted in… Continue Reading »


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