On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Physical Activity and Sport Task Force of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) is launching the Inclusion by Design Impact Awards. The goal of this award is to inspire and share best practices that demonstrate excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving more inclusion for children and adolescents with disabilities around the world.
In Brussels, Belgium on December 2, 2015, the European commission proposed the a European Accessibility Act which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.
Sina Bahram is an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include high-tech startups, fortune 1000 companies, and both private and nationally-funded museums. Sina is also a doctoral candidate in computer science at North Carolina State University. His field of research is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) focusing on multi-modal approaches for eyes-free exploration of spatial information.
Autism Speaks is offering $150,000 in prizes for belief-busting breakthroughs in housing and residential supports for adults with autism.
How I Walk is a movement to rebrand the word walking by challenging individual and societal perspectives.
The visual campaign aims to promote walking as an inclusive physical activity term that is individualized. There are various ways to walk, and now is the time to rebrand the word walking so that everybody is included in walking initiatives.
The Global AgeWatch Index 2015 presents a unique snapshot of the situation of older people in 96 countries of the world today.
It highlights which countries are doing best for their older populations and how this links with policies towards pensions, health, education, employment and the social environment in which older people live.
As the number and proportion of older people increases at an unprecedented rate, our third report shows what works for older people but also highlights how much work needs to be done. This year the Index focuses on the regions, hearing from older people themselves and looking at the widely varying geographical trends.
To download the report in several languages visit the Global AgeWatch Index website
The Center for Excellence in Universal Design part of the National Disability Authority of Ireland produced two new housing publications: "Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland" and "Universal Design Guidelines, Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers". They are online for free download on the Center for Excellence in Universal Design's website
As the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students, Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C., is the preeminent center of deaf experience, research and culture.
A new design competition for the historic core of the Gallaudet campus and adjacent public realm will focus on themes of cultural exchange and innovative placemaking.
In 2007, City officials convened a group of stakeholders, including representatives of taxi drivers, owner and passengers, to create a set of goals for the next New York City taxi cab, a project called the Taxi of Tomorrow. In December 2009, the TLC issued a "request for proposals," inviting auto manufacturers and designers to submit their best ideas for a purpose-built vehicle to serve as a New York City taxicab. On May 3, 2011 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky announced that the NV200, designed by Nissan North America, Inc., has been chosen as the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition. The City now will enter into final negotiations with Nissan to make the NV200 the first taxicab specially built for use in New York City and the City's exclusive taxicab for a decade!
The MIT class, 6.811, Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology, team's engineering students want to work with clients with disabilities to create customized assistive technology solutions. They are looking for clients with specific project ideas for their class this upcoming fall.