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GIS-based mapping and improving of accessible water, sanitation , and hygiene (WASH) facilities
ZWASH is conducting GIS-based mapping to assess the accessibility of toilet facilities in schools and health centres in Zambia. The data will be used by World Vision and government agencies to provide accessible toilets and WASH facilities where they are most needed. ZWASH will be rolled out in more than 40 other countries.
World Vision, Zambia Water Sanitation and Hygiene (ZWASH), Zambia
Improving access to electoral events
In 2014, New Zealand’s Electoral Commission finalized "Access 2020". This strategy takes the improvements made over the past electoral cycles and embeds them into a longer-term framework. In addition, it provides information and resources in accessible formats and maintains relationships with the disability sector.
Electoral Commission of New Zealand, ACCESS 2020 DISABILITY STRATEGY, New Zealand
Harmonization of ICT standards across the Atlantic
In 2004 the international standards cooperation was initiated to create a framework for developing a wide range of applications that will make ICT products and services more accessible in both continents. Moreover, it facilitates trade between these regions. By 2017, 90% of all standards have been harmonized.
United States Access Board, United States – European Union – U.S. Access Board & European Commission – International e-Accessibility Standards, United States of America
Voting and participating in the electoral process
With its two regulations, Spain has introduced a voting procedure for blind electors as well as basic conditions of accessibility and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities to participate in elections and political life. This latter legislation is a broader policy framework aimed at improving the implementation of participatory rights.
Spanish Ministry of Home Affairs, Department on Electoral Cooperation, ROYAL DECREE 1612/2007 ON AN ACCESSIBLE VOTING PROCEDURE FOR PEOPLE WITH VISUAL DISABILITIES & ROYAL DECREE 422/2011 ON THE CONDITIONS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN POLITICAL AND ELECTORAL PROCESSES, Spain
Inclusive club engaging with urban planners to create more accessibility for the blind
The Urban Mobility Club, initiated in Bucharest, is a pan-European community that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in the urban life through workshops and other activities. In addition to people with disabilities, representatives of the real estate sector and the administration are encouraged to participate.
The Alternative Methods of Social Integration Association, The Urban Mobility Club, Romania
This project takes a holistic approach to the accessibility of banking services: buildings, banking foyers, ATMs, bank cards and websites are made accessible for persons with all kinds of disabilities.
To make banking accessible there are no steps at the entrances to the branch offices, a tactile guiding system leads to the information desk and advice counters are equipped with induction units. The website is available in sign language and simple language and in 2011 a new bank card for blind and visually impaired persons was launched.
Unicredit Bank Austria AG, Towards fully accessible banking services, Austria
The BCA Universal Design Mark (UD Mark) accords recognition to the building owners and designers who go beyond the code compliance to create user-friendly buildings. It allows assessment of projects at design stage, thereby facilitating the incorporation of UD principles from the onset of project development.
To support an inclusive environment, the BCA launched the Accessibility Master Plan. The UD Mark is part of this and provides a two-stage assessment process: upfront credit for the concept design and subsequent award affirmation when the development is completed. A "self-help" checklist makes UD more tangible and easier to implement.
BCA - Building and Construction Authority, Certification scheme for Universal Design, Singapore
The Atatürk Airport Istanbul was made accessible through a holistic approach: tactile surfaces added; sanitary facilities renovated; induction loop systems implemented. Strong emphasis was laid on the training of the airport employees.
The specific needs of persons with disabilities were taken into consideration in order to make the Atatürk Airport accessible. A holistic approach was chosen, not limiting itself to the transformation of the physical space but also aimed at creating awareness within the organisation as well as amongst the general public.
TAV Istanbul, Airport accessibility for everyone, Turkey
Comprehensive accessibility programme for large refugee camps
Inclusive Rohingya Response was launched by the Centre for Disability in Development, a leading NGO in Bangladesh. It identifies inaccessible facilities in refugee camps of the Rohingya people and modifies them with locally available materials, provides training for staff members and health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.
CDD - Centre for Disability and Development, Inclusive Rohingya Response, Bangladesh
Cooperation of an IT-company with Uber for improving the accessibility of taxi services
The Indian IT group Mphasis developed two services joining forces with the taxix service Uber to make their services more accessible and financed their implementation: uberASSIST offers passengers assistance from trained driver-partners, and uberACCESS offers retrofitted, wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Mphasis F1 Foundation, Mphasis uberASSIST and uberACCESS, India