People with different disabilities on a boat.

Last week saw the release of the #Zerocon18 awardee Innovative Policies and Practices. If you didn’t know this, where have you been!? Accessibility is the widest-ranging topic of our four-year research cycle and even for us it can be difficult to get to grips with the sheer breadth of this category. With that in mind we’re going to walk you through some of the themes over the next few weeks to give you a flavour of the topics being discussed at the conference.

People with different disabilities on a boat.

Planet Abled from India provides accessible tours and matches “buddies”

Many projects make it easier to travel and sightsee, such as Scandic Hotels who are striving to make their whole hotel chain accessible, with their own dedicated Accessibility Director and an interactive training course on accessibility for all it’s 15,000 employees. Other organisations focus on tailored accessible tours and activities such as Europe Without Barriers and South America for All who offer accessible Itineraries and accommodation, or Planet Abled from India who offer tailored activities that you can carry out with your matched ‘buddy’.
The parallel session on accessible tourism takes place at midday CET on Wednesday 21st February.

A woman with visual impairments using a blind stick and wayfindr.

The International Standard on Indoor Audio Navigation from ITU and Wayfindr

Orientation and other services for the blind
The technology available to help persons with visual impairments navigate is improving at an ever-increasing pace. You can now navigate areas independently with voice messages being read through your phone using the LVE system, or even set up your own indoor beacon navigation system using the international standard from ITU and Wayfindr.
The parallel session on accessible orientation systems for the blind takes place on Wednesday 21st February at 13:30

Sample of communication boards.

Alternative methods of communication for investigations in Israel.

A small, but determined group of people are working around the world to find innovative ways to improve people’s access to fair and equal justice. In Israel, “The Right to Justice” helps persons who cannot use speech or writing to communicate in complex investigations. And in the Spanish principality of Asturias persons with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to understand complex court verdicts by having their own copy in easy-language.