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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
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
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