Universal Design

New York Becomes the First City in the Nation to Offer ASL Direct to Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Yorkers

Americas, News, Universal Design, August 29 2018

NEW YORK, USA: On March 2nd, 2018, the de Blasio administration announced that New Yorkers who primarily communicate via American Sign Language can now obtain City services faster and more efficiently through the use of ASL Direct, becoming the first city in the nation to offer the service. The Mayor’s Office for… Continue Reading »

How Art Can Be Made More Accessible For Partially Sighted People

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 28 2018

A woman looking at artwork

ONTARIO, CANADA: Ontario alone has over 100 art galleries, and they’re by far some of the best in the world. With the National Gallery and the National Arts Centre located right here in Ottawa, meanwhile, people from all across Canada flock here to see amazing art. But as the Canadian National Institute… Continue Reading »

Qaderoon Network Contributes to the Launch of “Guide for Business on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” Globally

Built Environment, Middle East, News, Universal Design, August 10 2018

Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon Network issued the Arabic version of the Employers “Rights for Persons with Disabilities Guide”, which was developed jointly by the UN Global Compact and the ILO. The “Guide for business on the rights of persons with disabilities – How business can respect and support the rights of persons… Continue Reading »

Creating a Safe and Healthy Home for a Child with ADHD

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, August 9 2018

child running through a sprinkler

Helping Children Enjoy The Outdoors For A Healthier, Happier Childhood AMERICA: Today’s children spend less than 10 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play according to the NRPA.  Greater access to screen time and parental fears about the dangers of unsupervised play may be partly to blame, but whatever the reasons, the… Continue Reading »

Asharqia Chamber Hosts Almarai on its Best Practices in Including Persons with Disabilities

Events, Middle East, News, Universal Design, August 6 2018

Participants at the July 19th meeting seated at a conference table

SAUDI ARABIA: Asharqia Chamber, in collaboration with Qaderoon Business Disability Network, hosted a meeting about Almarai Company’s experience in the inclusion of persons with disabilities on 19 July 2018, and in the presence of representatives from the business community and companies. Where Mr. Ali AL-Qahtani Nationalization Manager reviewed best practices… Continue Reading »

Living Life in the City: UN DESA Announces Latest Urbanization Trends

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, July 18 2018

Skyline view at night of a large city

INTERNATIONAL: In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, more and more people decide to live their lives in cities. In 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population is residing in urban areas and by 2050, 68 per cent is projected to be urban. In the coming decades, further increases… Continue Reading »

Savola Group Employees Learn About “Inclusive Communication”

Events, Middle East, Universal Design, July 18 2018

Employees of Savola Group

SAUDI ARABIA: Qaderoon organized a workshop on Disability Inclusive Communication in the Workplace at Savola Group Head office in Jeddah on Wednesday 11 July 2018. This workshop was designed for those responsible for internal and external communication at Savola Group, who need to ensure successful communication with their employees and… Continue Reading »

Science and Technology – Engines to Spur Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

Americas, Events, Universal Design, July 12 2018

A drone flying in the sunset sky with a city skyscape in the distance

NEW YORK, USA: The power of science, technology and innovation to improve the lives of people and to help protect the planet is evident. But in order to drive progress towards the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its vision of leaving no one behind, innovative solutions will need… Continue Reading »

HLPF Blog Posts Highlight Smart Cities, DRR, Inclusivity in SDG Implementation

News, Universal Design, July 2 2018

Yanghwa Bridge in Seoul, South Korea

INTERNATIONAL: María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, has called for planning and participative management in all countries to address the needs of the 15% of the world’s population with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. Writing on the blog published in the lead-up to… Continue Reading »

DESA Announces 16 Members of High-level Advisory Board

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, June 29 2018

Pedestrians in a shopping street in Mexico City

INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs announced the membership of the UN High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, which was established following a request from the UN Secretary-General as part of reforms to the UN development system. The 16 members of the HLAB include… Continue Reading »


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