Built Environment

Aalto University Research Project Assesses Accessibility Legislation And Policy Needs In The Built Environment

Built Environment, Europe, May 25 2021

A Person in a wheelchair. This picture is illustrative.

FINLAND: The Finnish Prime Minister’s Office has commissioned a study on the status and needs of accessibility legislation in Finland. Finland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016. The agreement mandates non-discrimination and defines accessibility from a human rights perspective as a prerequisite for independent… Continue Reading »

Ghana: Government Provides Over 20,000 Wheelchairs to Persons With Disabilities

Africa, Built Environment, May 19 2021

Persons from the Ministry of Ghana standing for a photo with Persons in a wheelchair

GHANA: Government, in partnership with the World Bank, has handed over twenty thousand (20,000) wheelchairs to the Ghana Federation of Disabilities Organisations as part of ongoing interventions to improve their livelihoods and wellbeing. The manual and powered wheelchairs, to be distributed by the Ministry of Health through the various District Health… Continue Reading »

Australia: Minimum Accessibility Standards for Residential Housing & Apartments to be Introduced in the National Construction Code from 2022

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, May 4 2021

Photo of ACT Sustainable Building and Construction Minister Rebecca Vassarotti

Australia: A national reform to the construction code would require new houses and apartments to meet minimum accessibility standards, following a push from the ACT government. Most of Australia’s building ministers agreed to the accessibility standards at a national meeting on Friday. ACT Sustainable Building and Construction Minister Rebecca Vassarotti advocated… Continue Reading »

Portugal to Approve Strategy to Boost Inclusion

Built Environment, Europe, News, April 29 2021

photo of Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa wearing a mask and going over some official documents

PORTUGAL: At the opening session of the second day of the high-level videoconference on the European Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030, under the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, Costa considered the adoption of this instrument as “a milestone in the construction of Europe”.… Continue Reading »

UNESCO and Vulog Partner to Develop Smart and Inclusive Cities Tool

Built Environment, Global, Transportation, April 23 2021

Vulog and UNESCO have announced their partnership to develop a “Smart and Inclusive Cities Tool,” a project that will focus on the impact that mobility and technology have on fostering inclusivity for vulnerable populations in cities across the world. Transportation and mobility at the forefront of conversations around smart, inclusive… Continue Reading »

US: Study Reveals 42% of Older Persons Have Unmet Need for Assistive Bathing and Toileting Devices

Americas, Assistive Technology, Built Environment, April 22 2021

42% of older adults have unmet need for assistive bathing, toileting devices.

US: “In an older population, the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions like home modification, occupational therapy and physical therapy is robust. They prevent falls, improve quality of life, and reduce hospitalization — with effects that are more meaningful than things like vitamin D or aspirin, even though that’s what we are typically… Continue Reading »

Spain: Accessibility Study to Make Cities More Inclusive and Sustainable 

Built Environment, Europe, April 21 2021

Two persons signing an agreement on a table

The Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB) and COCEMFE Barcelona have signed a collaboration agreement this morning whereby the NGO will carry out an accessibility study in the Zona Franca de Barcelona. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 11, which seeks to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,… Continue Reading »

Spain: Government Report Explores Accessibility of Cultural Spaces in Madrid

Built Environment, Europe, April 21 2021

Theatre hall with red seats

The Office of Attention to Disability (Oadis), dependent on the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, has found in a report the lack of accessibility in theaters and other cultural spaces in Madrid, and that causes many people with disabilities to see their limited access to culture. “We are… Continue Reading »

Latvia: Study by Ministry of Welfare Suggests only 8% of Buildings in Latvia are Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

Built Environment, Europe, April 21 2021

A Person in a wheelchair. This picture is illustrative.

LATVIA: The study “Analysis of the Self-Assessment of Environment Accessibility in State and Local Government Institutions” compiled a self-assessment of a total of 2,249 buildings. In 8% of the buildings, space is fully accessible, in 26% it is partially accessible and in 67% it is not accessible. Most commonly accessibility is ensured in buildings… Continue Reading »

India: City Administration Plans to Establish Sensory Park

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, March 25 2021

The Chandigarh Smart City Limited will be coming up with a first-of-its-kind Sensory Park. In a tender floated by the Chandigarh Smart City Limited, the park will be developed at a cost of Rs 1.74 crore. These are specialised parks for all kinds of visitors, with special emphasis on children with disabilities,… Continue Reading »


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