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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”
Japan mourns Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of the Emperor of Japan and IAUD patron
Photo of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa The Japanese Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of Emperor Akihito, sadly died on 6 June at the age of 66 of multiple organ failure. Known in Japan as the “Bearded Prince” thanks to his beard, Tomohito was the son of Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko, and was sixth in line of succession to the Japanese throne
Publication date: 15-06-2012.Read more: Japan mourns Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of the Emperor of Japan and IAUD patron
ENAT requests feedback on draft plan for CEN Workshop Agreement: “Guidelines for Universal Design of Tourism Services”
Image of the ENAT logo The European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) has created a Draft Business Plan for a European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Workshop Agreement on “Guidelines for Universal Design of Tourism Services”. The aim of the guidelines is to enable tourism operators, agents and suppliers to make their services inclusive and accessible to all users, including disabled and older people and others with specific access requirements
Publication date: 24-05-2012.Read more: ENAT requests feedback on draft plan for CEN Workshop Agreement: “Guidelines for Universal Design of Tourism Services”
Marketplace for Innovative Ideas launched as part of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
Photograph of older people using computers while wearing headsets The pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing aims to increase the average healthy lifespan in the European Union by two years by 2020. As part of the Partnership, an interactive platform named the Marketplace for Innovative Ideas has been launched, with the aim of helping stakeholders to work together and develop innovative ideas
Publication date: 16-05-2012.Read more: Marketplace for Innovative Ideas launched as part of European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
IDeALL project: Improving the competitiveness of businesses through user-centred design
Image of the IDeALL project logo, a blue and white cube with the project title written inside The Integrating Design for All in Living Labs, or IDeALL, project, which is financed by the Directorate General of Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, aims to bring together the Living Lab community with the design through Design for All community
Publication date: 10-05-2012.Read more: IDeALL project: Improving the competitiveness of businesses through user-centred design
ITF Transport Achievement and Young Researcher Award winners 2012 announced
Image of the winners of the ITF Transport Achievement Award holding their trophy, with ITF Acting Secretary-General Michael Kloth From 2 to 4 May, the International Transport Forum (ITF) celebrated its annual summit, which this year was named “Seamless Transport: Making Connections”, and during which the Forum’s 2012 award winners were announced. The Young Researcher of...
Publication date: 08-05-2012.Read more: ITF Transport Achievement and Young Researcher Award winners 2012 announced
Designing outdoor spaces which welcome an ageing population: I'DGO presents research findings
Photograph of Baroness Sally Greengross at the launch of the research findings On 26 April, the Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO) consortium published a report summarising its findings relating to older people and outdoor space. The research, which involved 4,350 people across Britain, found that if a person aged over 65 does not find it easy or enjoyable to go outdoors, they are liable to have poor physical health, less social contact and a generally lower quality of life
Publication date: 02-05-2012.Read more: Designing outdoor spaces which welcome an ageing population: I'DGO presents research findings
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
JACCES-the Journal of Accessibility and Design for All
Journal of Accessibility and Design for All is a semestral, open access scientific journal that publishes theoretical and empirical peer-reviewed articles, which contribute to advance the understanding of phenomena related to all aspects of accessibility
Publication date: 29-03-2012.Read more: JACCES-the Journal of Accessibility and Design for All
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
New protoype tested in Gothenburg aims to find the bus of the future
Image of the prototype bus in Gothenburg In Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden, participants in the European Bus System of the Future project have been developing new solutions for modern bus systems. A prototype bus has been developed which aims to take into account passenger preferences, including easier boarding, shorter journey times and a more comfortable trip
Publication date: 30-01-2012.Read more: New protoype tested in Gothenburg aims to find the bus of the future
Scandic Oslo Airport: Winner of Norwegian Design Council Innovation Award for Universal Design
Image showing representatives of the award jury, Scandic Oslo Airport and the Norwegian Design Council In November 2011, the hotel Scandic Oslo Airport was presented with the Norwegian Design Council Innovation Award for Universal Design, which forms part of the Norwegian government’s strategy to create an inclusive Norway by 2025. To help ensure that the hotel, located in Gardermoen, would make every guest feel welcome, the hotel chain Scandic collaborated with the Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People and the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association
Publication date: 26-01-2012.Read more: Scandic Oslo Airport: Winner of Norwegian Design Council Innovation Award for Universal Design
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