Built Environment

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

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 accessibility EFSG requirements to include… Continue Reading »

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

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 over where and how they… Continue Reading »

European Disability Forum Supports the New European Bauhas Initiative

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 to act as promoters and… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada Releases 2020-2021 Annual Report

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 of the department’s accomplishments, engagement… Continue Reading »

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

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, the Los Angeles County Department… Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan Government to Focus on Inclusive Environment, Education

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 of the inclusive and public… Continue Reading »

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

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 life of a disabled person.… Continue Reading »

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

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 Directorates, will enhance personal mobility,… Continue Reading »

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

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 for the changes to the… Continue Reading »

Portugal to Approve Strategy to Boost Inclusion

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”. The prime minister highlighted some… Continue Reading »