Built Environment

Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks Working On Accessibility Improvements

Americas, Built Environment, Tourism, August 26 2021

visitor is reading a sign that includes braille translation along the General Grant Tree Trail in Kings Canyon National Park

UNITED STATES: Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks can offer a demanding landscape if you require a wheelchair or other aid in getting around the park and its facilities or reading interpretive displays. Park staff realizes that, and is working on plans to improve access and interpretation to some of the parks’… Continue Reading »

India: Partnership Aims to Build Inclusive Housing Project

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, August 11 2021

Photo of members of Special Child Assistance Network (SCAN), has tied up with real estate developer Akshaya Private Ltd signing an MoU at an event

INDIA: Who will look after my child after me? This is a common concern parents of children with disabilities have, especially in today’s world where nuclear families are the norm. And as these parents start getting older, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to care for their children on their own.… Continue Reading »

Australia: Government of NSW Updates Accessible School Design Standards and Guidelines

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, July 19 2021

Project summary Objective This project seeks to elevate the level of accessibility currently achieved by new school designs. Outputs will include: Clarification and itemisation of existing accessibility requirements of the Educational Facilities, Standards and Guidelines (EFSG). Updated review documentation and processes to ensure existing requirements are being consistently implemented. New… Continue Reading »

Australia: Geelong City Signs Up to Pilot Aimed at Increasing Accessibility and Inclusiveness in Sport

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, June 24 2021

(L-R): Cr Anthony Aitken, Noah Callan (Get Skilled Access Associate), Ben Pettingill (Sport4All Project Coordinator at Get Skilled Access) and Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher

AUSTRALIA: The City has put its support behind the national Sport4All program, as one of six Victorian LGAs to sign up to the initial pilot in the state. Sport4All aims to help sporting clubs and schools become more accessible and inclusive to enable people with disability to have choice and control… Continue Reading »

European Disability Forum Supports the New European Bauhas Initiative

Assistive Technology, Built Environment, Europe, June 23 2021

The New European Bauhaus is a creative initiative that aims to combine sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics. It is an environmental, economic and cultural project instigated by the European Commission. EDF is a partner of this initiative. We team up with the EU Commission, inspiring networks, associations, and organisations that are committed… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada Releases 2020-2021 Annual Report

Americas, Built Environment, News, June 21 2021

Accessibility Standards Canada is proud to release its second annual report, which recounts a year that saw real progress in advancing their mandate. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, tabled the report in Parliament on June 18, 2021. The annual report provides a detailed account… Continue Reading »

California’s New Emergency System Aims to Make Beaches More Accessible

Americas, Built Environment, Disaster, June 18 2021

USA: Randy Dean’s passion project started three years ago out of a beat-up plastic suitcase. A strobe light screwed into a case, a 6-volt battery, a switch and Dean’s desire to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing evolved into the Beach Emergency Evacuation Lights System. On Friday,… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan Government to Focus on Inclusive Environment, Education

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, June 16 2021

Children with disabilities dancing with pom poms in school

KAZAKHSTAN: According to the Ministry of Healthcare, there are about 705,000 people with special needs including 94,000 children in Kazakhstan. Some 37 centers for adults and 23 for children with disabilities operate nationwide. Overall, more than 500 medical organizations provide inclusive health services. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about the importance… Continue Reading »

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 »


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