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Iceland: New Fund to Support Accessible Businesses

Built Environment, Europe, January 20 2021

Children skating down a ramp

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… Continue Reading »

WHO Provides Assistive Devices to the Government of Balochistan

Asia-Pacific, January 8 2021

Logo of World Health Organization

Pakistan: World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative in Pakistan, Dr Palitha Mahipala on Thursday handed over assistive devices to the government of Balochistan for persons with disability. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Palitha said that WHO is working with the Government of Pakistan to advocate change and public awareness regarding disability and… Continue Reading »

Ministry of Education in Peru Set to Deliver Accessible Educational Materials

Americas, Misc., News, January 4 2021

A person working on Braille

PERU: Texts adapted to the braille system will be delivered this year, reported the Ministry of Education. During 2020, the Ministry of Education, through the Directorate of Special Basic Education (DEBE), produced more than 1,100 accessible audios and about 500 educational materials adapted to the Braille system for girls, boys,… Continue Reading »

US Government Aims to Make Rental Cars More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Americas, Transportation, December 30 2020

USA: NHTSA believes its proposed rule will make life a lot easier for people with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that should make mobility far more accessible to those living with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The government… Continue Reading »

The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) Announces the GARI Design Challenge

Events, Global, ICT, December 22 2020

GARI Design Challenge – 2,500€ for helping people with disabilities easier find what they are looking for The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) established the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) in 2008 to provide information on the accessibility features in today’s devices. GARI now features an online database with information… Continue Reading »

New Unit to Enhance Communication with Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, December 21 2020

A person photographing people walking across a field

MALAYSIA: The Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Communication Unit which will be launched next year is aimed at improving the delivery of service and information to the community nationwide. Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the unit will work closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in various… Continue Reading »

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Employment Initiative for Inclusive Employment

Americas, Misc., News, December 17 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor on December 16 announced a new initiative designed to assist states in aligning policy, programs and funding across multiple state agencies to increase competitive integrated employment for people with mental health conditions. Led by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Advancing State Policy Integration… Continue Reading »

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

Europe, December 17 2020

The report draws recommendations based on interviews with disabled travellers and it includes examples of best practice at services, including hoteliers, airlines, and travel agents. It recommends designing barrier-free travel experiences – for instance in airports and hotels – for disabled travellers; making all information for disabled travellers clear; providing a more inclusive customer service; and including disabled people in the design and decision-making of products and services. Jezza Williams, Founder of inclusive adventure tourism company Makingtrax, was among those to contribute the report. She said: “After I became a tetraplegic in 2010, I looked at the outdoor industry and realised that there weren’t that many opportunities out there. “With a lifetime of experience, I wanted to open the adventure industry as much as I could. Inclusive tourism is key – we have to tailor our experiences to our clients and give travellers confidence that we can provide them with a great, inclusive adventure.” Marriott International shared its experiences of working with disabled travellers to assist with the design of accessible hotel rooms. As a result, it says, it instituted a new minimum height for beds at more than 200 hotels around the world as part of its ‘Room For All’ initiative. Verity Ayling-Smith, Training and Consultancy Advisor at Leonard Cheshire, who authored the report, said: “2020 has been a difficult year for the travel industry, and it is important for providers to be open to the widest possible group when the world emerges from lockdown. “Our report, we hope, gives providers the information and inspiration they need to start or continue their inclusion journey. We greatly appreciate Expedia Group’s role in taking the lead in educating the rest of the sector.”

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… Continue Reading »

Beaches in Vietnam’s Da Nang City to Incorporate Accessible Entrances

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, Tourism, December 10 2020

People at the My Khe Beach in Da Nang City.

VIETNAM: Entrances accessible to ambulant disabled people will be created in beaches along Da Nang City’s 30-km coastline, the city’s authorities said on Sunday. The work to install 24 such entrances at popular tourist beaches on Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa, and Nguyen Tat Thanh streets was approved at… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism Identified as ‘Game Changer’ for Destinations

Global, Tourism, December 9 2020

Cover page of the UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a “game changer” for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The organization is aiming to make clear the importance of placing inclusivity at the centre of… Continue Reading »

Accessible Tourism: UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Socio-Cultural Impacts of COVID-19, Issue I Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology, Disaster, Global, Tourism, December 3 2020

Ensuring accessibility for tourists with specific access requirements can be a ‘game changer’ for destinations around the world as they look to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic. A new set of  Inclusive Recovery Guides from the World Tourism Organization, produced in partnership with the European Network for Accessible… Continue Reading »

Fiji Becomes First In The World To Validate Target E On Sendai Framework

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, December 2 2020

Group of persons in a photo

A major milestone has been achieved today as Fiji takes lead in the world to validate the Target E data of the 2015 Sendai Framework. “Target E is a measure that estimates the number of countries and local actors that have Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies in place. Its goal… Continue Reading »

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

Europe, Events, November 30 2020

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… Continue Reading »

IDA Global Survey Report on Participation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

Global, November 27 2020

The International Disability Alliance presents its Global Survey on Participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in Development Programmes and Policies – Edition 2020. This new report presents the findings of the first-ever global survey led by OPDs on their participation in decision making processes of governments, the UN system and… Continue Reading »

Gap Analysis: Inclusion of Persons with Disability and Older Persons in Humanitarian Response (Beyond The Evidence)

Disaster, Global, November 24 2020

The Gap Analysis was commissioned by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) to build the evidence base on inclusion and to inform priorities for innovation. This was the first ever piece of work to systematically review the evidence on the inclusion of people with disability and older people across… Continue Reading »

Canada to Develop a New Accessible Homes Standard

Americas, Built Environment, November 24 2020

CANADA: The federal government, through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is providing $190,000 in funding to the CSA Group to support research and develop a national standard for affordable, adaptable, and accessible homes across the country. “Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to… Continue Reading »

New Taipei Builds Baseball Fields for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 22 2020

Image of a baseball field

TAIWAN: The city of New Taipei will open Taiwan’s first baseball and softball fields designed for people with disabilities at a riverside park in Shulin District on Sunday (Nov. 22), according to a city official. The city built the accessible fields in Lujiaoxi riverside park to cater to the growing number… Continue Reading »

Ontario Human Rights Commission Issues Statement on Accessible Housing

Americas, Built Environment, Universal Design, November 22 2020

CANADA: While the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the need for safe housing, Ontarians with disabilities have always lived with the harsh reality that their housing choices are extremely limited, chronically inaccessible and often substandard and unsafe. One in seven Ontarians have a disability. Yet, Ontarians with disabilities routinely face discriminatory… Continue Reading »

Buildings, Transport to be Made More Accessible in Punjab, India

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, November 21 2020

INDIA: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with disabilities by making government and public-centric buildings, public transportation and websites accessible to them. The Punjab Cabinet today approved the ‘Punjab Divyangjan Shaktikaran Yojana’ to provide a barrier-free environment to persons with… Continue Reading »

Sightsavers, European Union, & European Disability Forum Release Paper on Women with Disabilities in India

Asia-Pacific, November 20 2020

Group of persons together for a photo

INDIA: Global development organisation Sightsavers along with European Disability Forum (EDF) is implementing a project for empowering people with disabilities. This project is being supported by the European Union. Disabled women around the globe are more marginalised economically than disabled men or non-disabled women. This is based on both their gender… Continue Reading »