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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
European Disability Forum launches its Freedom Guide 
Photo of the Guide launch, showing a woman speaking behind  a lectern with copies of the guide to one side and another woman signing On 29 February 2012, the European Disability Forum (EDF) launched its Freedom Guide: Paving the way towards free movement for persons with disabilities. The publication, one of the main outputs of the EDF Freedom of Movement campaign, aims to illustrate the fact that freedom of movement is still not a reality for many disabled people and that the internal market is still a place of exclusion due to the continued circulation of inaccessible goods and services
Publication date: 09-03-2012.Read more: European Disability Forum launches its Freedom Guide 
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”
French government launches accessibility resource centre
Image of the Accessibility Resource Centre logo, with its title and drawings of people of different kinds moving about The French Interdepartmental Observatory of Accessibility and Universal Design has launched an accessibility resource centre, which is managed by the Departmental Accessibility Delegation, part of the French governmental Department for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing
Publication date: 21-02-2012.Read more: French government launches accessibility resource centre
Inclusite, a new program by to make all not-for-profit organisations’ websites accessible
Logo Inclusite The Spanish Service company of Information and Comunications Technology CSD has started the social programme Inclusite, that wants to make websites of not-for-profit organisations accessible, for which it received the Corresponsables Award 2011 last november 3rd
Publication date: 01-02-2012.Read more: Inclusite, a new program by to make all not-for-profit organisations’ websites accessible
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"
Collaborative project aims to improve guide-dog services across Europe
Image of two guide-dog users walking down stairs According to research undertaken in the UK, blind people who own guide dogs are twice as independent as those who do not own guide dogs, participating more actively in society and being more likely to be employed. In spite of this, not all European citizens who need guide dogs are able to obtain them, often due to funding limitations in many states, which can result in inconsistent criteria and hence poorly trained dogs, or a shortage of instructors and therefore a lack of guide dogs
Publication date: 14-12-2011.Read more: Collaborative project aims to improve guide-dog services across Europe
The University of Vic and the Design for All Foundation sign a agreement to integrate Design for All into educational intiatives
Image showing the Rector of the University of Vic and President of the Design for All Foundation shaking hands On 18 October 2011, the University of Vic and the Design for All Foundation signed a collaboration agreement to carry out Design for All initiatives and educational programmes, and in so doing to work together to disseminate and share knowledge, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of society through teaching, continuing professional development and raising public awareness
Publication date: 21-10-2011.Read more: The University of Vic and the Design for All Foundation sign a agreement to integrate Design for All into educational intiatives
Design for All Foundation supports the EDF Freedom of Movement campaign
Image showing women wearing "Freedom of Movement" t-shirts Last month the Design for All Foundation pledged its support to the European Disability Forum (EDF) Freedom of Movement campaign. This campaign seeks to ensure that disabled people are able to take advantage of the same rights held by all European Union (EU) citizens to move, work, study and live in EU Member States
Publication date: 30-09-2011.Read more: Design for All Foundation supports the EDF Freedom of Movement campaign
ECOM Maria José Vázquez Personal Independence Awards
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, ECOM, an associative movement comprising organisations of physically disabled people, has announced the María José Vázquez Personal Independence Awards, which recognise the work undertaken by individuals, organisations, institutions and businesses to facilitate the personal independence of physically disabled people
Publication date: 01-09-2011.Read more: ECOM Maria José Vázquez Personal Independence Awards
Sumindes joins the Network of Towns and Cities for All
Logo Sumindes The company Sumindes specializes in the manufacture and distribution of objects made of foamy (also called eva rubber), and is in constant search of new design solutions which range from games for children and adults, up to articles for desks, the beach or promotional gifts, amongst others
Publication date: 11-05-2011.Read more: Sumindes joins the Network of Towns and Cities for All
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