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Collaboration among museums in the Balkans to develop accessibility
BMAG is a peer-learning group of individuals that work in museums of five countries in the Balkan region. The aim is to develop knowledge about accessibility and implement appropriate accessibility measures in the museums. BMAG is supported by two disability advisors and a three-year training programme.
Balkan Museum Network, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Regional railway company becoming accessible and a role model for the whole country
LKA, the railroad company of the Łódź region in Poland, launched a comprehensive accessibility programme, including online sign language interpreters and induction loops on trains. Other rail companies are following suit, and representatives of the LKA are involved in developing national guidelines.
Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna, Railway accessibility in Łódź, Poland
Using analytic tools to make workplaces more accessible and jobs more inclusive
Helm is working with companies in Egypt to provide both job analysis for recruitment and accessibility consultancy services, including accessibility audits. By 2020, Helm had completed a total of 1,063 accessibility audits in a number of sectors and helped recruit 100 people with disabilities.
Helm, Workplace Inclusive Solutions, Egypt
Free online training for professionals on applying accessibility guidelines
The free online training teaches professionals and future professionals how to apply accessibility guidelines and technology within each of the professions. The courses also cover the legal implications of a lack of accessibility, and the economic and social importance of accessible technology.
ONCE Foundation, Open and Accessible Universal Design Training Courses, Spain
Standards for physical accessibility
Between 2009 and 2015 seven laws and decrees have been passed in support of persons with disabilities. Law 4.934/13, for example, mandates that all public and private spaces must be accessible to people with disabilities. The private sector is incentivised by fiscal benefits rather than obligations.
Saraki Foundation, Paraguay – Saraki Foundation & USAID – Seven laws improving accessibility standards, Paraguay
Planning and building accessible cities, simplified
In 2002 CCA began to publish graphic accessibility guides in the form of leaflets called "Accessible Thematic Files." By 2017, 13 Files have been published, supporting municipalities, planning institutions, and the public with the aim of accelerating the planning of accessible environments, buildings, and towns.
Corporación Ciudad Accesible, Graphic Accessibility Guides, Chile
Wheelmap.org is an online map which indicates whether or not a location is wheelchair accessible. It works like Wikipedia – many people help to collect and update information about the accessibility of places in the city.
Wheelmap.org is available online and as an app. The information provided empowers persons with mobility impairments to plan their day more efficiently, increase their mobility and participate more easily in society. The data collected is also a tool to raise awareness and help build a more inclusive environment.
Social Heroes e.V., Interactive city map for wheelchair accessibility, Germany
Replicating fully accessible and inclusive playgrounds throughout the country
Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) develops and provides innovative therapies and services for children with disabilities and their families. In 2006 BIS developed Friendship Park, Israels first accessible and inclusive playground. By 2017 the model has been replicated in 30 municipalities throughout the country.
Beit Issie Shapiro, Friendship Park, Israel
App facilitating citizen reporting of accessibility barriers
The AccesibilidApp was developed by COCEMFE and Vodafone and enables citizens to report accessibility and mobility barriers in their built environment. COCEMFE will then contact those responsible to remove these barriers. Since 2014 a total of 2,331 cases have been reported by 1,355 users.
COCEMFE - Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities, Accessibility App, Spain
Universal Accessibility Strategy for the whole of Dubai
In 2017 the Government of the Emirate of Dubai has begun to implement the Dubai Universal Accessibility Strategy and Action Plan involving fifteen governmental and semi-governmental local entities. The aim is to create full accessibility to the built environment and public transportation by 2020, based on Universal Design principles.
Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Government of the Emirate of Dubai – Universal Accessibility Strategic Plan 2017–2020, United Arab Emirates