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Accessible Canada Act: first federal accessibility legislation in Canada
ACA, the Accessible Canada Act, was passed in 2019 and aims to make Canada accessible by 2040. The ACA applies to all government departments, federally regulated agencies, and parts of the private sector, such as banking, telecommunications, and transportation.
Canadian Department of Employment and Social Development, Accessible Canada Act (ACA), Canada
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
Advisory board supporting the London Transport Authority in accessibility matters
The Independent Disability Advisory Group advises Transport for London, the main provider of public transport in Londong, in identifying and addressing issues and barriers to accessing public transport. In 2020, the 10 members of the group acted as consultants on 53 projects, like reconstruction of train stations.
Transport for London Authority, Independent Disability Advisory Group, United Kingdom
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
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
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
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
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
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