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Berlin Introduces Pedestrian Law Putting a Greater Focus on Inclusive Pedestrian First Mobility

Built Environment, Europe, Transportation, February 15 2021

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GERMANY: Berlin has introduced a law elevating the status of pedestrians and making its mobility ecosystem more usable for wheelchair users and the visually impaired. The so-called ‘pedestrian law’– an amendment of the city’s 2018 Mobility Act – was passed by the state parliament at the end of January and is the first… Continue Reading »

Canada: University Professors Research on Barriers to Justice Faced by Persons with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Americas, Misc., February 12 2021

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CANADA: In collaboration with ARCH Disability Centre, TRU with the help of the University of Windsor will pursue a new research project on the effects of COVID-19. TRU’s Dr. Ruby Dhand, a professor in the Faculty of Law, has partnered with Dr. Dipesh Prema, a TRU chemistry professor, and Dr. Tess… Continue Reading »

Steps Taken for Easy Access to Cultural Heritage Sites for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, February 12 2021

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INDIA: The basic public amenities like drinking water, toilets, signages, etc. are available at most of the Centrally Protected Monuments including World Heritage Sites. Further, wheelchairs, ramps, Braille cultural notice boards and disabled friendly public amenities have been provided to make these sites accessible to persons with disabilities. Following steps have… Continue Reading »

Nike Introduces Hands-Free Shoes in a Step Towards Inclusive Clothing

Americas, Universal Design, February 11 2021

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Americas: If you have a body, you are an athlete – according to the sports brand Nike, that is. It’s an inclusive outlook from a brand that is closely associated with elite athletes at the very peak of their physical prowess. And with the unveiling of the latest iteration of… Continue Reading »

Canada and Ontario Invest in Accessible Public Transit Infrastructure for Residents of Peel Region

Americas, Transportation, February 4 2021

A bus of the Region of Peel with a woman with physical impairments standing near it.

CANADA: Funding for two projects that will modernize and improve accessibility for Peel Region’s public transit system was announced by the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, on behalf of the Honorable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s… Continue Reading »

New Report by New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) Highlights Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19 COVID19

Asia-Pacific, News, February 3 2021

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NEW ZEALAND: A new report from New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) highlights the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency. The report, Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, Te Whakatinana i ngā Tika Hauātanga i te wā o te Urutā, examines New Zealand’s adherence to the United… Continue Reading »

16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities (TRANSED)

Americas, Events, Transportation, February 1 2021

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The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support by the U.S. Department of Transportation, invites your participation in the 16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (TRANSED), themed Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional… Continue Reading »

Uniqlo to Expand Disability Employment in China and ASEAN

Asia-Pacific, February 1 2021

Fast Retailing’s flagship Uniqlo Tokyo store has large fitting rooms that can accommodate wheelchairs. AKANE OKUTSU, Nikkei staff writerJanuary 21, 2021 14:10 JST TOKYO — Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing plans to expand employment of staffers with disabilities in Asia, in an effort to improve store services and product offerings as… Continue Reading »

2020 South African Health Review Focus on Healthcare for Persons with Disabilities

Africa, Misc., January 29 2021

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SOUTH AFRICA: The Health Systems Trust’s annual health review has been released. The 300-page document focuses on the challenges peoples with disabilities face when accessing healthcare services. Health24 has summarised some of the most important points of the report: A transformative approach to disability awareness driven by persons with disabilities The report says… Continue Reading »

G3ict/Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Update from Russia by Anatoliy D. Popko

Asia-Pacific, ICT, January 28 2021

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  Anatoliy D. Popko leads “Dialogue in the Dark” Moscow team and consults Bank of Russia and other prominent financial, cultural, and government institutions. Mr. Popko is a co-author of Russian national standard on digital accessibility based on WCAG 2.1. Accessible ICT and effective communication are two passions, thus he… Continue Reading »

McDonald’s India Unveils New EATQUAL Packaging Design

Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, January 27 2021

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INDIA: McDonald’s India unveils new EATQUAL packaging specially designed for customers with limited upper hand mobility – Becomes the first brand in the industry to undertake such an initiative McDonald’s EatQual McDonald’s India West and South, that announced the launch of EatQual – a special pack for customers with limited hand… Continue Reading »

Australia: Focus Group to Discuss ‘Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Technologies

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, January 25 2021

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AUSTRALIA: This research initiative by the Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) at La Trobe University, and supported by the AFDO, will utilise a short-term focus group to discuss ‘Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies’ (such as driverless cars) to identify ways these emerging technologies can improve personal and public transport options… Continue Reading »

New Whitepaper Focuses on Urban Air Mobility for All

Europe, Transportation, January 21 2021

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UK: Regulators, local authorities and industry groups will need to incorporate the views and priorities of disabled groups in their early planning phase if the promise – and full market value – of advanced air mobility (AAM) and urban air mobility (UAM) systems are to be fully realised, according to a white… Continue Reading »

UK: New Research Update Provides Forecast for Accessible Homes

Built Environment, Europe, January 20 2021

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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… Continue Reading »

Iceland: New Fund to Support Accessible Businesses

Built Environment, Europe, January 20 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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 »