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Call for entries to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013
Photo of the awards trophy, three hands made out of metal in a wooden base We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013. The deadline for submitting entries is 17 February 2013. The main aim of the awards is to recognise the efforts of private companies, not-for-profit organisations and public bodies across the world to promote equal participation by all in the construction of society
Publication date: 12-12-2012.Read more: Call for entries to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013
The French city Toulouse joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Toulouse City Council logo "Mairie de Toulouse" Toulouse, France's fourth largest city, has joined the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”. In accordance with its commitment to the principle of accessibility of everything by everyone, the city works to implement accessibility improvements to public buildings and the public realm
Publication date: 12-11-2012.Read more: The French city Toulouse joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Launch of the Global Commitment towards a Society for All at the Fourth International Conference for Universal Design
Photo of four of the founding partners, Francesc Aragall holding a microphone, sitting in front of a screen with English and Japanese text Organised by the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD), the Fourth International Conference for Universal Design, which took place from 12-14 October in Fukuoka, brought together 11,400 participants interested in Universal Design from 22 countries
Publication date: 06-11-2012.Read more: Launch of the Global Commitment towards a Society for All at the Fourth International Conference for Universal Design
Avanti-Avanti joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
Photo of a hand holding a business card with the words "Avanti-Avanti Studio Design for All" and braille text The creative studio Avanti-Avanti, based in Barcelona and specialising in accessibility and Design for All, has joined the Network for Excellence: Towns and Cities for All. Avanti-Avanti develops strategies, identities, brand voices, catalogues, publicity materials and displays for museums and exhibitions
Publication date: 27-10-2012.Read more: Avanti-Avanti joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
Askersund Council awarded its fifth “Flag of Towns and Cities for All”
Photo of Per Eriksson and Francesc Aragall holding the flag On 7 September 2012, the town of Askersund in Sweden was awarded the “Flag of Towns and Cities for All” for the fifth consecutive year, thereby becoming the first municipality at the international level to have been awarded the Flag every year since its inception
Publication date: 12-12-2012.Read more: Askersund Council awarded its fifth “Flag of Towns and Cities for All”
The Associació Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (MMACA) joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
hoto of children playing with a ball made up of different-coloured pentagon shapes as part of a MMACA exhibition The aim of the Associació Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (Mathematics Museum of Catalonia Association) is to obtain a museum space dedicated to mathematics and to be a key means of disseminating human, story-rich, exciting, widely applicable and functional mathematics
Publication date: 20-07-2012.Read more: The Associació Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (MMACA) joins the Network for Excellence: "Towns and Cities for All"
ELISAVA signs a collaboration agreeement with the Design for All Foundation and joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Photo of the Santiago Albert, Manager of ELISAVA and Francesc Aragall, President of the Design for All Foundation shaking hands On 3 July, the Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona (ELISAVA), (Barcelona School of Design and Engineering) signed a collaboration agreement with the Design for All Foundation with the aim of widening the Design for All knowledge base, promoting and disseminating it in the field of education, professional development and research
Publication date: 20-07-2012.Read more: ELISAVA signs a collaboration agreeement with the Design for All Foundation and joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business
Image of the front cover of the publication, featuring photographs of many different people's faces, the book title and the author names “Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business”, written by Francesc Aragall and Jordi Montaña and published by Gower, provides an innovative method to support businesses wishing to increase the number of satisfied users and clients and enhance their reputation by adapting their products and services to the diversity of their actual and potential customers, taking into account their needs, wishes and expectations
Publication date: 03-08-2014.Read more: Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business
Urbaccess joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Photograph of Urbaccess' Albert Rey and Jean-Marc Maillez-Contoz with Design for All Foundation President Francesc Aragall Urbaccess, the European exhibition on accessibility and universal design, has become a member of the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”. Urbaccess offers an opportunity for French and European companies which specialise in accessibility, as well as associations and public-sector organisations, to share solutions, knowledge and examples of good practice
Publication date: 26-06-2012.Read more: Urbaccess joins the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Design for All Foundation Award 2012 winners announced
Photo showing the trophy, Francesc Aragall and the audience at the Design for All Foundation annual dinner 2012 On 19 April 2012 the third edition of the Design for All Foundation Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony was celebrated at the Foundation’s headquarters in Barcelona. The event was attended by representatives of private industry, public bodies and not-for-profit organisations associated with the Foundation, as well as many others interested in finding out more about our work
Publication date: 26-04-2012.Read more: Design for All Foundation Award 2012 winners announced
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) signs a collaborative agreement with the Design for All Foundation
Photograph of GAATES President Mukhtar Al Shibani and Design for All President Francesc Aragall shaking hands On 2 April 2012, the Design for All Foundation signed an agreement with the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), with the joint aim of promoting, accumulating and disseminating knowledge in the area of Universal Design, as well as encouraging the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Publication date: 05-04-2012.Read more: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) signs a collaborative agreement with the Design for All Foundation
Fadunito.com becomes a member of the “Towns and Cities for All” Network
Image of the company logo: the words "Fadunito" in red and "com" in yellow The Catalan theatre and circus company Fadunito.com, established in October 2003 by Ferran Orobitg Anglarill (Fadu) and Ivan Alcobda Piera (Nito) and specialising in spectacles for all kinds of audience, has become a member of the Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All”
Publication date: 12-03-2012.Read more: Fadunito.com becomes a member of the “Towns and Cities for All” Network
Saint-Étienne becomes the first French municipality to join the Network for Excellence “Towns and Cities for All”
Image of the Saint-Étienne logo - the words "Ville de Saint-Étienne" We are delighted to announce that Maurice Vincent, Mayor of the major French city Saint-Étienne, proposed the city’s membership of the international Network for Excellence “Towns and Cities for All”, and that this was approved by the city council in February 2012
Publication date: 12-03-2012.Read more: Saint-Étienne becomes the first French municipality to join the Network for Excellence “Towns and Cities for All”
New publication highlights best practice in accessible tourism
Image of the front cover of the publication, with a cover photo showing a group of people sitting around a barbecue next to a lake This new publication, Best Practice in Accessible Tourism: Inclusion, Disability, Ageing Population and Tourism, brings together a range of global perspectives regarding aspects of accessibility in the tourism sector, relating to planning, design and management, to inform and stimulate providers of travel, transport, accommodation, leisure and tourism services to provide a better service for disabled and older customers
Publication date: 09-03-2012.Read more: New publication highlights best practice in accessible tourism
Spanish company CSD joins the Network for Excellence “Towns and Cities for All”
Image showing the CSD logo: the letters "CSD" next to three petal-shaped graphics, with the words "Ingeniería para la innovación" beneath CSD (Company for Software and Development), an information and communication technology company established in 1996, has joined the International “Towns and Cities for All” Network. The company, which focuses on system integration, software...
Publication date: 07-03-2012.Read more: Spanish company CSD joins the Network for Excellence “Towns and Cities for All”
GAES becomes the latest Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All” member
Image of the "GAES Accesible" logo, showing the words "GAES Accesible" The Design for All Foundation is pleased to announce that the hearing-aid company GAES has become a member of its international network “Towns and Cities for All”. Established in 1949, GAES works to improve communication and quality of life for hearing-impaired people through personalised assessment, regular follow-ups and the latest hearing-aid technology
Publication date: 26-01-2012.Read more: GAES becomes the latest Network for Excellence: “Towns and Cities for All” member
International Design for All Foundation Awards 2012
Photograph showing the Design for All Awards 2011 ceremony The Design for All Foundations is delighted to announce the opening of the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2012. The awards recognise the efforts of private companies, not-for-profit organisations and public bodies all over the world to ensure that environments, product s and services respect and take into account all aspects of human diversity, so promoting the participation of all people in the construction of our society under equal conditions
Publication date: 23-01-2012.Read more: International Design for All Foundation Awards 2012
Access consultancy Crysalide joins the Network for Excellence "Towns and Cities for All"
Logo of the Access Consultancy firm Crysalide The access consultancy company Crysalide, with headquarters in Paris, has become a member of the Network for Excellence "Towns and Cities for All". Established in 2007, Crysalide counts with a multidisciplinary team that supports institutions, business and contractors to take accessibility into account at all stages of a development, which in turn forms part of a wider social project which goes beyond regulatory requirements
Publication date: 14-12-2011.Read more: Access consultancy Crysalide joins the Network for Excellence "Towns and Cities for All"
EO GUIDAGE joins the Network for Excellence "Towns and Cities for All"
EO guidage logo We are pleased to announce a new adherence to the Network "Towns and Cities for All", the French company EO GUIDAGE, founded on 1993 with the mission of offering solutions to achieve full mobility and a real autonomy for people with visual functional limitation
Publication date: 14-12-2011.Read more: EO GUIDAGE joins the Network for Excellence "Towns and Cities for All"
New technology allows the creation of truly tactile touchscreens
Image of a device incorporating the tactile screen with the inner parts shown alongside Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have developed tactile surfaces with relief effects, meaning that users can feel raised keys under their fingers. Scientists at the École’s Laboratoire d'Actionneurs Intégrés (LAI) in Neuchâtel managed to control the texture of a screen so that the “feeling” of specific areas could be modified
Publication date: 02-12-2011.Read more: New technology allows the creation of truly tactile touchscreens
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