The knowledge of most museum experts in the Western Balkans, about needs and requirements of persons with disabilities, is in many cases rudimentary. Museums and staff are not equipped to design or implement strategies to improve accessibility.Cultural Heritage without Borders trains museum professionals to improve access to their buildings, to collections and activities for persons with disabilities and enables positive participation while challenging negative stereotypes. Read more

 

The City of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has set up an implementation framework for its accessibility standards for the built environment that includes a comprehensive monitoring and enforcement system, from design to postconstruction. Read more

 

For persons with disabilities, traveling by railway can be challenging due to many unknown barriers. Not knowing what the railway station of origin or destination looks like or where the elevator is located makes journey planning difficult and discourages people from making journeys. The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has produced a map of the mainland National Rail network in the UK that provides at-a-glance information about the accessibility of many stations. Read more

 

All 54 Innovative Practices and all 15 Innovative Policies of the year 2014 on one worldmap. All of them work on accessibility issues and have been selected by experts from around the globe as most outstanding and innovative. Download high resolution in pdf

Physical and attitudinal barriers can make accessing museums challenging for individuals with disabilities. MoMA has won international respect for their unique efforts to make their extensive resources, collection and programs accessible to visitors with disabilities. Training on inclusive arts education is given to external institutions worldwide and disability awareness and equality training is delivered in-house. Read More

 

Digital exclusion is widespread. In many countries accessible websites, digital content, kiosks, and emergency services are not available. One of the biggest challenges the Arab world faced was that Arabic did not feature in assistive technology. Qatar’s eAccessibility Policy is well on the way to reducing a number of the most severe barriers. Read more

 

Regular wheelchairs are designed for the use on flat and even ground, not the rough terrain of most of the developing countries. Instead of pushing on the wheels like a regular wheelchair, LFC riders push on levers, which are biomechanically more efficient. The LFC is built out of steel and bicycle parts that can be found in any rural village in any developing country. This enables repair anywhere. A mass production manufacturing center for the LFC was established in 2012. Located in India, shipment of wheelchairs is in close proximity to developing countries all across Asia and Africa. Read more

 

In Spain, the world’s biggest public-private partnership between the government (Institute of the Elderly and Social Services, IMSERSO) and civil society (Fundación ONCE) concerning universal accessibility has been established, enabling not only millions of Euros of investment but a continuous flow of information and expertise between all stakeholders. Read more

 

Public transport is notoriously non-accessible for persons with disability, especially in countries with medium or low human development. Cape Town is different: When it became one of the FIFA World Cup 2010 Host Cities, a fully accessible Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network was to be established, including all 35 stations, all 161 bus stops and all 379 buses. Read more

Universal access of the MyCiTi system in Cape Town, South Africa © Guy Davies, Disability Solutions

Universal access of the MyCiTi system in Cape
Town, South Africa © Guy Davies, Disability
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Persons with intellectual disabilities face digital barriers in nearly every move they make. PIKSL from Germany is not only different, but turns the table around: The PIKSL laboratory aims to empower persons with intellectual disabilities to teach the use of PC and internet to the elderly and to cooperate with scientists. Read More