Europe

UK: New Research Update Provides Forecast for Accessible Homes

UK: The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has called on the UK government to make a series of changes to make housing more accessible for those with limited mobility, as well as more adaptable as their needs change with age. The committee recently published a report, which outlines a series of recommendations to government… Continue Reading »

Iceland: New Fund to Support Accessible Businesses

ICELAND: A new accessibility fund will provide financial support to Reykjavík businesses who want to increase the accessibility of their establishments. The fund was spearheaded by entrepreneur Haraldur Þorleifsson in collaboration with city authorities. Founder of design company Ueno, which was recently purchased by Twitter, Haraldur is a wheelchair user himself and recently moved home to… Continue Reading »

Leonard Cheshire Report Maps out the Future for Accessible and Inclusive Travel

Leonard Cheshire has worked with online travel agency Expedia Group to produce a roadmap for the travel industry to be more inclusive and accessible for disabled people. The two organisations commissioned the ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Travel’ report to call on the travel industry to be more inclusive of disabled people. Travel plans may be… Continue Reading »

Student Design Innovation Competition ‘Design the Change’ Launched in the UK

UNITED KINGDOM: Law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp has launched ‘Design the Change’, formerly called ‘Getting Back on Track’. The Student design competition intended to encourage innovation and raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges facing people with spinal cord injuries. The competition, which closes in April 2021, is offering winners a £3,000 prize, plus £2,000 for their university and… Continue Reading »

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 »

Micromobility Firm Tier to Add Artificial Warning Sounds to its Fleet of e-Scooters

Micromobility firm Tier will add artificial warning sounds to its fleet of e-scooters to alert blind and partially sighted people of their approach. The European e-scooter operator said it plans to roll the sound alert out across its vehicles in 2021.  Tier is working with national charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, which will fund Sight Loss… Continue Reading »

Maritime Agency Launches Passengers with Disabilities Satisfaction Survey

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published its 2019 Disabled Passenger Satisfaction Survey. The annual survey, now in its second year, has again been carried out to find out from those of reduced mobility about their personal journeys using ferry or cruise ship transport. The survey ran for a three-month period between 1st August… Continue Reading »

Professor Gerard Quinn Appointed as UN Disability Rights Rapporteur

Irish disability law expert Professor Gerard Quinn has been appointed as the UN rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. A qualified barrister and prominent legal academic, he is professor emeritus in law at NUI Galway, where he previously directed the world-leading Centre on International Disability Law & Policy. His appointment to succeed Costa Rican lawyer Catalina Devandas Aguilar has… Continue Reading »

Welsh Startup Launches New Range of Assistive Tech Products for Independent Living

Care Direct Technology has announced the commercial release of its suite of assistive technology products designed to make independent living more achievable for those who need extra help around the home. The release includes a set of IoT home sensors, a smartwatch, personal alarm, reactive cameras with a two-way microphone, and smart hub, which collect… Continue Reading »

New Measures to Ensure Motoring is Easier for Drivers with Disabilities

New measures designed to help the five percent of drivers with a disability include guides to motorway service areas with 360-degree images. Highways England plans to make it easier for disabled motorists to use UK motorways and A-roads. More than 100 service areas will be assessed on the accessibility of parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops… Continue Reading »