Europe

Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations: 2nd edition of the TUR4all Congress (Webinar series)

SPAIN: The Spanish Representative Platform for People with Physical Disabilities, PREDIF, and the Region of Valencia Tourist Board will once again be partnering to bring about the 2nd TUR4all Congress on the theme of “Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations”. From 9th to 30th November 2020, a total of 20 webinars will be held, highlighting the Autonomous… Continue Reading »

New LAV4ALL Design Seeks to Deliver Accessibility and Dignity

A new LAV4ALL design, developed by Austrian MRO provider FACC Aftermarket Services, seeks to make narrowbody lavatories accessible while occupying the same compact space as existing lavs. The design’s corner door, multiple handles, and clever use of space allows disabled passengers to enter the bathroom with their wheelchair and position themselves in and out of… Continue Reading »

County Council in U.K. Produces Interactive Guide to Assistive Technology

UNITED KINGDOM: Hertfordshire County Council has produced a visual guide to demonstrate how assistive technology can be used inside and outside the home to aid independent living. The interactive guide allows the user to click on different parts of a ‘technology house’ to view examples of devices and solutions that can be installed or worn. Examples include a flood… Continue Reading »

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum Set to Launch this Month

UNITED KINGDOM: The Disability Unit has established a new Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum to strengthen its engagement with disabled people. In a world where coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect usual ways of working, the Disability Unit is holding the first virtual Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum this month, chaired by the Minister for Disabled People,… Continue Reading »

‘World’s First’ Remote Assisted Living Lab Seeks Collaboration with Assistive Tech Suppliers

UNITED KINGDOM: Heriot-Watt University scientists are launching what they believe is the world’s first open and remote access living lab to research and create innovative independent living solutions for elderly and disabled people. Creating solutions for Ambient Assisted Living (OpenAAL), the multi-disciplinary lab will target the rapid co-creation of scalable and affordable assistive solutions to… Continue Reading »

European Parliament Calls for a New, Ambitious EU Disability Strategy

EUROPE: As the current EU Disability Strategy comes to an end, Parliament is calling on the European Commission for an ambitious post-2020 strategy. Discover its priorities. What the Parliament wants in the new EU Disability Strategy The European Parliament wants an inclusive society in which the rights of people living with disabilities are protected and… Continue Reading »

New Research Project to Explore Benefits of Assistive Tech for Older Persons

IRELAND: Carried out by researchers at Dublin City University, a new survey has been launched to explore and develop cost-effective assistive technology solutions to help elderly people to remain independent and safe in their own homes. Researchers at the Centre for e-Integrated Care (CeIC) and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at Dublin City… Continue Reading »

Transport Transition Plans – Operator Guide for Assisting Passengers with Disabilities

SCOTLAND: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) has published guidance for transport operators to ensure that changes to public transport services during Covid-19 take into account disabled people’s needs. The guidance emphasises that the 2010 Equality Act continues to apply and so the impacts on disabled people of any changes must be considered as… Continue Reading »

Regional Government in Spain Signs Agreement to Promote Universal Accessibility in Cultural Spaces

SPAIN: The Extremadura Regional Government has signed a new agreement with the CB Foundation , the Caja de Extremadura Foundation , the Extremadura Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Fempex) and the Association for the Care and Social Integration of People with Physical Disabilities in Extremadura (Apamex), with the aim of promoting universal accessibility in cultural spaces. The agreement has been… Continue Reading »

Greece to Ensure Accessibility in Tourism for Persons with Disabilities

GREECE: Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on Wednesday told parliament that the ministry had made accessibility for people with disabilities in tourism a priority issue. As he said, for the first time the tourism ministry will establish an accessible tourism committee, where the goal is to map out all any problems relating to accessibility issues in tourist… Continue Reading »