Built Environment

New Accessibility Requirements for Restaurants in Nova Scotia

Americas, Built Environment, October 15 2020

Amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code come into effect on Oct. 31 requiring any new restaurants, cafés, lunch counters and delis to be accessible to all Nova Scotians. In order to get a food safety permit, any new restaurant with seating will need to have accessible entrances, pathways and washrooms. These… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada Survey Open Until September 30, 2020

Americas, Built Environment, September 22 2020

CANADA: Accessibility Standards Canada creates and reviews accessibility standards for federally regulated organizations. It also supports and promotes innovative research that aims to identify and eliminate barriers, and to prevent new ones. Accessibility Standards Canada recently launched their first online consultation! Have your say. Take the Survey: Priorities for engagement, accessibility… Continue Reading »

Zero Barreras App Measures the Accessibility of the Common Elements of a Building

Built Environment, Europe, September 22 2020

Screenshot of an app

SPAIN:  The Fundación Mutua de Propietarios presents ‘Zero Barreras’ , the first application for mobile devices that allows to easily measure the degree of accessibility of the common elements of a building, identifying the architectural barriers that a person with reduced mobility must face when accessing it. Thanks to the implementation of… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Update from Maldives, Syria

Built Environment, Global, Middle East, Misc., News, September 21 2020

Image of a beach with blue waters and blue skies

1. Ahmed Irash, Maldives  Building a ramp at the main beach in Male City, Maldives: There is a new initiative that will take place in Maldives which will be to build a ramp to the beach to increase accessibility for all including persons with disabilities and special needs, who use artificial… Continue Reading »

Increased Focus to Make Buildings More Accessible for Persons with Dementia

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Universal Design, September 21 2020

NEW ZEALAND: Alzheimers NZ wants more focus on designing buildings, particularly commercial and government buildings, to reflect the needs of people affected by dementia. Chief executive Catherine Hall says buildings cater for physically disabled people – they should also cater for people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. “We’ve seen great progress… Continue Reading »

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Launches the World Alzheimer Report 2020

Built Environment, Global, Universal Design, September 21 2020

Book cover of a report

On September 21 – World Alzheimer’s Day, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) launched the world’s most comprehensive report on dementia-related design and the built environment. The first of its kind, the World Alzheimer Report 2020 is the most comprehensive and in-depth look at dementia related design and the built environment. It looks… Continue Reading »

IAAP’s Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Program – Registrations Open for Pilot Exam

Built Environment, Global, September 15 2020

Be recognized for your experience in Auditing the Built Environment, your knowledge of Accessibility Standards, Codes, International Legislation, and ability to effectively Report accessibility requirements and Recommendations to clients and building design teams. IAAP’s Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) program recognizes individuals for their universal design knowledge. Pilot exams… Continue Reading »

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative

Americas, Built Environment, News, Webinar, August 28 2020

ATLANTA (August 27, 2020) — IAAP, a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), is pleased to announce a new stream of resources for its membership.  The initiative leverages and expands on the impressive work of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a leading international… Continue Reading »

UNBC Professors Participate in Collaborative Effort to Make B.C.’s Outdoors More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, News, Universal Design, August 19 2020

Two persons standing in a park

CANADA: Several UNBC professors have been working to make outdoor spaces across the province more accessible to British Columbians. The research is being supported with a $24,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage grant. The professors, Drs. Mark Groulx, Shannon Freeman and Pamela Wright have been working collaboratively… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open: NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Transportation, Universal Design, August 12 2020

INDIA: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has announced the 11th edition of NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020 to honour contributions towards the cause of accessibility and universal design. Nominations for the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards are now open. This is a prestigious award given nationally every year to people who are… Continue Reading »


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