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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

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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 »

Greek Acropolis to Improve Accessibility for All Visitors

Built Environment, Europe, Tourism, November 12 2020

three tourists of which one person is on a wheelchair.

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… Continue Reading »

The World Games 2022 to Include a New Initiative for Disability Inclusion

Americas, Misc., November 11 2020

Wheelchair rugby. Photo via Lakeshore Foundation

U.S.A: The World Games 2022 has joined Lakeshore Foundation in a new initiative for disability inclusion and access with A Journey to One World, One Games. What is the World Games? The World Games is an Olympic-style sports experience where elite athletes from all over the world compete for gold in 34 unique, multi-disciplinary sports.… Continue Reading »

Event: WHO Online Master Training Workshop for Measuring Access to Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, Events, Global, November 10 2020

The WHO Online Master Training Workshop for Measuring Access to Assistive Technology will take place on 17-19 November 2020. The workshop is an integral part of the development of the WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT). The resolution on improving access to assistive technology (WHA71.8) mandates WHO to develop the global report in the context… Continue Reading »

New Organization in Ghana to Support Teens and Young Adults with Hearing Impairment 

Africa, News, November 6 2020

people sitting in a meeting

GHANA: Most Def Foundation, a Ghanaian organisation that exists to support deaf teens and young adults was officially launched at the Antique Lemonade Art Space in Accra on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch, Founder, Franka-Maria Andoh described the launch as “one of the new beginnings for this year.” According to her,… Continue Reading »

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

Europe, Transportation, November 3 2020

image of three e-scooters parked on the sidewalk

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,… Continue Reading »

Uber to Offer 12,000 Free Rides to National Association for the Blind in 8 Indian Cities

Asia-Pacific, Misc., News, October 28 2020

INDIA: Ride hailing major Uber on Tuesday said it has partnered with the National Association for the Blind (NAB), Delhi to facilitate 12,000 free rides (worth over Rs 25 lakhs) to blind, low-vision and other disabled persons, as well as their caregivers and teachers. The association, which will be valid from… Continue Reading »

Disaster Survival Guide In Braille Released for Persons with Visual Impairment in Jamaica

Africa, Disaster, October 23 2020

Text global accessibility News

JAMAICA: A survival guide produced in Braille for persons who are blind or living with vision impairment was unveiled at a handover ceremony recently as part of an effort to ensure that they are not left behind when disaster strikes. The ceremony at the Salvation Army School for the Blind and… Continue Reading »