Built Environment

Greek Acropolis to Improve Accessibility for All Visitors

GREECE: Work is underway to create a path for wheelchair users, elderly citizens and others with mobility problems to see the Acropolis in Athens up close. The project is funded by the Onassis Foundation, which also donated the improved  Acropolis illuminations. However, the cement on the archaeological site, stirred reactions on social media. In response, the Ministry of Culture and… Continue Reading »

New Accessibility Requirements for Restaurants in Nova Scotia

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 changes will be paired with… Continue Reading »

Accessibility Standards Canada Survey Open Until September 30, 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 standards and research from 2020… Continue Reading »

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

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 the latest technologies, such as artificial… Continue Reading »

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

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 beach for their therapies and… Continue Reading »

Increased Focus to Make Buildings More Accessible for Persons with Dementia

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 made for people with physical… Continue Reading »

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

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 at progress to date, pioneers… Continue Reading »

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

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 are being offered to early… Continue Reading »

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative

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 organization dedicated to promoting Accessibility… Continue Reading »

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

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 with Spinal Cord Injury BC’s… Continue Reading »