You are accessing an archived version of our website. This website is no longer maintained or updated. The Global Accessibility News service has been migrated here:

Headline News

Disability Board Asks Indian States, UTs, to List Accessible Public Buildings

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, July 12 2022

The fifth meeting of the Indian Central Advisory Board on Disability was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Union Social Justice and Empowerment (SJ and E) Minister Dr Virender Kumar; Minister of State, SJ and E, Pratima Bhoumik and Vice-Chairman of the Board and Secretary, DEPwD Anjali Bhawra,… Continue Reading »

New Taxi Accessibility Legislation in the UK to Focus on Inclusive Transportation Experience for Persons with Disabilities in England, Scotland and Wales

Europe, Transportation, July 11 2022

New laws will ensure the 13.7 million persons with disability in England, Scotland and Wales receive the assistance they need and will not be charged over the odds when using taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs). The new Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022, which came into… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada and the Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing Collaborate on Accessible Building Codes and Standards

Americas, Built Environment, June 28 2022

Accessibility Standards Canada and British Columbia’s Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to optimize efforts and resources dedicated to creating a barrier-free Canada. This MOU acknowledges a formal agreement to share information and harmonize accessibility standards related to building codes wherever… Continue Reading »

Landmark Settlement to Make 95% of New York City Subways Accessible by 2055

Americas, Transportation, June 25 2022

Only 25%, or 113, of New York City’s 472 subway stations are currently accessible to individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the stairs. But by 2055, at least 95% of those 364 inaccessible subway stations will become accessible following a landmark settlement agreement between disability advocates and the… Continue Reading »

Brazil: SMPED and CAU-SP Sign Partnership to Promote Architectural Accessibility

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, June 24 2022

The Municipal Secretariat for Persons with Disabilities (SMPED) and the Architecture and Urbanism Council of São Paulo (CAU-SP) signed a technical cooperation agreement last Tuesday (21) that establishes another partnership between the two bodies. The document provides for the dissemination of the concepts of accessibility and universal design among architects and… Continue Reading »

M-Enabling Summit 2022 | Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities, October 24-26, 2022

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, DIAUD Network, Disaster, Europe, Events, Global, ICT, Middle East, Misc., News, Tourism, Transportation, Universal Design, June 24 2022

Attracting leading advocates, corporate executives and accessibility professionals involved in digital inclusion, the M-Enabling Summit is an all-inclusive conference and showcase offering rich networking opportunities, fostering innovative technology that benefits more than one-billion Persons with Disabilities and an expanding population of aging adults globally. With its theme of “Digital Inclusion: Strategies… Continue Reading »

EXPLAINER: The difference between the blue badge and the V-15 in Spain

Built Environment, Europe, Transportation, June 23 2022

Do you know the difference between the blue badge and the V-15 in Spain? Here, we explain the differentiators and how you can obtain these cards. The V-15 sign is used to identify drivers who have reduced mobility. The shape (square with rounded edges), dimensions (21cm x 21cm), and colour (blue)… Continue Reading »

World Health Organization and International Telecommunication Union Announce Global Standard for Accessibility of Telehealth Services

Global, ICT, Misc., News, June 15 2022

Telehealth session in progress

Background The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telehealth as the “delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by distance. Telehealth uses information communication technology for the exchange of information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education… Continue Reading »

Joint Statement on the Situation of Older Persons in Ukraine

Disaster, Europe, Misc., June 14 2022

Since the start of the war in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, we have witnessed a devastating escalation of violence which has resulted in the large-scale displacement of close to 14 million people—within Ukraine, into neighbouring countries and well beyond. This is the largest refugee outflow in Europe since World… Continue Reading »

Armenia: Community Forum Explores Status of Disability Rights

Europe, Events, June 9 2022

Group of people standing together addressing a forum

On June 9, 2022 in Vanadzor, Armenia the local NGO “Equal Rights Equal Opportunities” (EREO) organized a Community Forum concluding the results of the action “Challenging stereotypes against disabled people through empowerment in Armenia” being implemented under joint European Union/Council of Europe project “Strengthening access to justice for victims of… Continue Reading »

Seamless Kiosk by Vision Kiosk Aims to Make Travel Experience Accessible for All

Assistive Technology, Global, Transportation, June 7 2022

Two persons, one in a wheelchair, using a kiosk at an airport

Vision-Box, a global industry leader in biometric recognition, digital identity, and seamless travel management, has unveiled its latest solution set to transform the travel experience: Seamless Kiosk – The New Generation of Biometric Technology. Seamless Kiosk has been developed to provide an exceptional user experience through its biometric and biographic… Continue Reading »

New Web Guide for Disability Access to Australian Beaches

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, June 6 2022

A new web directory has been launched to support those living with disabilities in finding information on the accessibility of Australian beaches, with support provided by Deloitte. The professional services firm teamed up with the non-profit organisation Accessible Beaches Australia to launch a new online guide detailing the nation’s disability-friendly beaches. The… Continue Reading »

Canada: Partnership to Encourage Accessible Tourism Experiences 

Americas, Tourism, June 1 2022

The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains tourism region, managed by Destination British Columbia, and Spinal Cord Injury BC are pleased to announce their partnership to support the long-term growth of accessible tourism experiences in the region. This new agreement will see the two organizations working collaboratively to enhance and promote accessible… Continue Reading »

Kenya: Report Highlights Increased Usage of Mobiles 

Africa, Assistive Technology, ICT, May 31 2022

Increased access to disability-friendly technologies has seen the number of Kenyans living with some forms of blindness using mobile phones grow faster than those with speech, hearing and cognitive difficulties. More than half of persons living with visual impairment used mobile phones more compared to those with communication and cognitive… Continue Reading »

UN Human Rights Report to the Secretary-General on implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy

Americas, May 26 2022

The UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS), adopted by the Secretary General in 2019, provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the work of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights, and development. The Strategy enables the UN system to support the implementation… Continue Reading »

Conference Lauds Bangladesh’s Efforts in Disaster Management 

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, May 25 2022

Group of people at a conference

The speakers said, the declaration that was adopted in Dhaka in 2018 under the Sendai framework on disaster risks reduction (DRR) in 2015 is the first declaration that talks about reducing risks of disaster for people with disabilities. The speakers said this at a side event of Global Platform for… Continue Reading »

DANI Project Offers Tech Solutions for Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Europe, Transportation, May 23 2022

Arrow Electronics has unveiled its new Data Analytics & Network Innovation Project, otherwise known as the ‘DANI Project,’ which is aimed at helping to improve the lives of wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Arrow unveiled the project at the recent ChangeNOW summit in Paris, which brings together visionaries… Continue Reading »

International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit 2022 Promotes Accessible and Inclusive Mobility

Europe, Events, Transportation, May 20 2022

The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event. Held from 18-20 May in Leipzig, Germany, it offered the perfect occasion to address the main challenges still preventing many people from having a safe and easy… Continue Reading »

Including Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction: A Research Study from Eight Countries of Africa, Asia and South/Central America

Disaster, May 18 2022

Cover of a report on Disaster risk reduction

Persons with disabilities are among those most impacted by natural hazards and climate-induced disasters, yet more likely to be excluded from disaster risk reduction (DRR) related decision-making and practice. In 2021, a consortia of Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. (ASB), Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), Christian Blind Mission (CBM), International Disability… Continue Reading »

New Guide on Principles of Accessibility Design for Landscape Architecture

Americas, Built Environment, May 17 2022

New ASLA Research Report: Free downloadable resource available for ASLA members. Self-study exam available for 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW). In order to lead the planning and design of inclusive, healthy, equitable, and safe environments, landscape architects have an obligation to be aware of and work in compliance with standards for… Continue Reading »