Universal Design

Detecting Inequalities from Space

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, April 9 2018

Aerial view of Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico

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… Continue Reading »

Sustainable Cities – Gateways for People on the Move

Built Environment, News, Transportation, Universal Design, April 5 2018

Aerial view of New York City

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… Continue Reading »

First Indian Sign language Dictionary of 3000 Words Launched

Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, Universal Design, March 27 2018

The Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal; Shri Ramdas Athawale and the Secretary, DEPwD, Smt. Shakuntala Doley Gamlin are also seen.

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… Continue Reading »

What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 21 2018

Photo of the subway stairs with signs indicating the way out, buses and carpark

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… Continue Reading »

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 14 2018

Yoocan CEO at ReelAbilities Film Festival New York. Left: Maria Bournias, Middle: Moshe Gaon, Right: Peter Gagliardo

NEW YORK, USA: “We should make our collaborative storytelling competition global next year!” yoocan CEO, Moshe Gaon, attended the ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York on March 10, 2018 to present the winner, Maria Bournias of last year’s “Film Your Story” competition. The competition was in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival:… Continue Reading »

IAAP: Leading the Way in Advancing the Accessibility Profession

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Universal Design, March 12 2018

CPACC exam taker using screen reader is receiving instructions from a proctor.

GEORGIA, USA: Through its inception in 2014, becoming a division of G3ict in 2016, to today, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) has been committed to promoting and supporting accessibility professionals around the world.  IAAP is a member-based, non-profit organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are… Continue Reading »

Deadline Extended to Monday, March 12th – Consultant for Safe and Accessible Mobility Study

Built Environment, Events, News, Universal Design, March 7 2018

Humanity & Inclusion logo

INTERNATIONAL: As some of you may already know, Humanity & Inclusion is now preparing a study project on safe mobility as a tool for our advocacy strategy on road safety, which will be launched at the 2018 High Level Political Forum. The study will focus on access to transportation systems… Continue Reading »

New exhibition opportunities at the Australian Universal Design Conference 2018

Asia-Pacific, Events, ICT, News, Universal Design, February 26 2018

www.universaldesignconference.com.au

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s third Universal Design Conference will be held from 4-5 September 2018, in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and for the first time will officially have exhibition space to enable products and services to be showcased. On the eve of the call for papers closing – closes 28 February,… Continue Reading »

Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, News, Universal Design, February 23 2018

Signs for washroom facilities for women, men, wheelchair accessible and changing tables

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… Continue Reading »

Tips to Build a Fully Accessible Driveway

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, February 22 2018

Accessible paved driveway leading up to a home. Surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers

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… Continue Reading »


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