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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
Using RFID technology to improve accessibility
Special city guide map for blind people A special city-guide map has been created for Flensburg Central Station. This audio-tactile city map allows visually impaired people an initial means of orientation in Flensburg. With 5.500 steel pins, all relevant roads and objects have been written in Braille and can be read
Publication date: 23-01-2012.Read more: Using RFID technology to improve accessibility
European Commission launches consultation on Europe-wide Accessibility Act
Image of EU representatives and a delegation from the European Disability Forum at a meeting at the EU on 6 December 2011 On 13 December 2011, the European Commission launched a consultation on a European Accessibility Act, planned for autumn 2012. The consultation is named “Your voice in Europe” has been designed to be accessible, and will remain open until 29 Februrary 2012
Publication date: 03-01-2012.Read more: European Commission launches consultation on Europe-wide Accessibility Act
Tactile graphic design: New project from FAD Incubator
Image of a tactile graphic, with Braille lettering below, being felt by a user FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) Incubator, an initiative in collaboration with the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (the National Department of Arts and Culture), aims to promote up-and-coming industrial designers and to champion the role of design as a social value
Publication date: 22-12-2011.Read more: Tactile graphic design: New project from FAD Incubator
Buenavista del Norte is awarded the Reina Sofía Awards 2011
Picture of winners with the queen The city Buenavista del Norte, inTenerife, has been awarded a Reina Sofía Award 2011 in the category of Universal Accessibility for towns with more than 100,000 inhabitants. The awards are organised annually by the Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad, and chaired by the Queen Sofía of Spain
Publication date: 16-12-2011.Read more: Buenavista del Norte is awarded the Reina Sofía Awards 2011
Salzburg wins Access City Award 2012
Mayor of Salzburg collecting the Award On 1 December 2011, the “European Day of People with Disabilities”, the Austrian city Salzburg was awarded the Access City Award 2012. This award, organised by the European Union (EU) in partnership with the European Disability Forum (EDF), recognises efforts to improve accessibility in the urban environment and to promote equal participation in society by disabled people
Publication date: 14-12-2011.Read more: Salzburg wins Access City Award 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
Barcelona City Council and BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny sign an agreement to promote sustainability and ecodesign within the business community
Image showing Pau Herrera, President of BCD, with Antoni Vives, Deputy Mayor, Urban Housing On 18 November 2011, Barcelona City Council signed an agreement with Barcelona Centre de Disseny (Barcelona Design Centre) (BCD). Under the agreement, member organisations of the Barcelona Agenda 21 Network can access the BCD Ecodiseny (Ecodesign) platform, allowing them to publish best-practice case studies, participate in knowledge-exchange events and gain access to a community of experts, among other services
Publication date: 02-12-2011.Read more: Barcelona City Council and BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny sign an agreement to promote sustainability and ecodesign within the business community
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
Towards a Humane City: Conference presentations and NOV I initiative
Image of presenters and delegates at the Towards a Humane City conference The conference Towards a Humane City, organised by the Department of Traffic Engineering at the University of Novi Sad, took place in Novi Sad, Serbia on 27 and 28 October. The conference had “travel demand management” as its theme, as the Design for All Foundation reported in September
Publication date: 30-11-2011.Read more: Towards a Humane City: Conference presentations and NOV I initiative
IndexSign: Accessible signage for streets and buildings
Image of a 3D map produced by IndexSign Companies working towards the removal of barriers which hinder development and quality of life for everyone in all different circumstances of life are increasing daily. IndexSign is one of these, creating a wide range of accessible signage of all types
Publication date: 16-11-2011.Read more: IndexSign: Accessible signage for streets and buildings
Barcelona: Reference point for accessibility in Europe
Image of the front page of the article on Barcelona in Dagens Samhälle In September, Swedish journalist Påhl Ruin published an extensive feature about Barcelona, presenting it as a leading example of a European accessible city, in the Swedish news magazine Dagens Samhälle. The article explains how Barcelona has evolved from its Roman origins, with narrow streets and hilly areas, into a city of the future which is both avant-garde and accessible
Publication date: 16-11-2011.Read more: Barcelona: Reference point for accessibility in Europe
International seminar: “From transport to sustainable mobility”
Image showing attendees at the seminar Lima City Council, as part of its Lima Ciudad para Todos (Lima, City for All) and CicloLima initiatives, hosted this two-day seminar at the end of September. The main topic of the seminar was the creativity and ongoing support necessary to develop a city with more sustainable and accessible transport
Publication date: 16-11-2011.Read more: International seminar: “From transport to sustainable mobility”
Rick Hansen Foundation launches Global Accessibility Map
Image of the Global Accessibility Map homescreen The Rick Hansen Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Vancouver, Canada, has launched a new Global Accessibility Map. This online ratings tool allows users to submit and obtain reviews on the accessibility of buildings and public services around the world, taking into account mobility, visual and hearing factors
Publication date: 27-10-2011.Read more: Rick Hansen Foundation launches Global Accessibility Map
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
New ISO standard for Accessible Packaging design
Image of older man with a selection of packaged items The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published a new standard, ISO 11156:2011, Packaging – Accessible design – General requirements. This intends to facilitate the design of packaging which is easier for everybody to use, by taking into account the varying physical and sensory capabilities of users
Publication date: 06-10-2011.Read more: New ISO standard for Accessible Packaging design
EBU nominations for Members of the European Parliament Awards 2011
Image of the MEP Awards trophies The European Blind Union (EBU) has announced its nominations of three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the MEP Awards 2011, which will be awarded in Brussels on 29 November, in recognition of their contribution over the last year to the advancement of disability rights in Europe through significant legislative advances
Publication date: 06-10-2011.Read more: EBU nominations for Members of the European Parliament Awards 2011
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