April 2010 Archives

From ENAT:

A two-day congress fully dedicated to accessible tourism and its perspectives for the future will examine "Development of Tourism for All - Promotional Strategies and Good Practices in the Offer" at the Congress hall of the Ferrero Foundation.

The congress is addressed to all those (from the tour operators to the specialized journalist) who, in various ways, are interested in tourism for people with special needs, which in the next years can possibly become a key field in the travel and tourism economy.

The goal of this event is to characterize strategies that can lever the potential demand of over 50 million people in Europe, by providing touristic offers for all, drawing on examples of effective transformations, thanks to the work of bodies and institutions in different European regions.

The congress is jointly organised by the Association CPD (within the project Turismabile), the Association Sportabili Alba, the IsITT - Italian Institute for Tourism for All, with the support of the Regione Piemonte and of the Ministero del Turismo. The Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla will attend.

Speakers will include representatives of the United Nations, the UN World Tourism Organisation, The European Disability Forum, ENAT, Fundación ONCE, and many other significant tourism businesses and organisations.

The conclusions will be delivered by Giovanni Ferrero (Director of the Council of People with Difficulties Onlus), and the representatives of Enit, of the Ministry of Tourism and of the UNWTO.

Source:

http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.events.896


From e-Turbo News:

Spirit Airlines is on a roll. Recently they announced a new carry-on fee, and along the lines of another innovation that may not "sit well" with passengers, the airlines is switching over some of its aircraft to seats that do not adjust. Instead, the seats will remain stationery in a 3-inch, pre-reclined position.

The airline said the slim new leather seats are 30 percent lighter, which means they will use less fuel costs. The space under the seat is also 20 percent larger, which is a good thing since this is, for now, the only free baggage option on Spirit Airlines.

By eliminating a steeper recline, the airline said it can also fit more seats into the plane - 33 more passengers to be exact - in the airline's new Airbus A320 than in an older Airbus model with conventional reclining seats.

Source:

http://www.eturbonews.com/15827/recline-or-not-recline-not-option

Da Tribunal de Justiça (Portuguese)

A TAM Linhas Aéreas S/A terá que pagar 5 mil e 880 reais por danos materiais e 20 mil por danos morais causados a Rogério Costa Lima. A empresa ré havia sido condenada no 1º grau de jurisdição e recorreu da sentença ao 2º grau (TJRO), porém, os membros da 2ª Câmara Cível do Tribunal de Justiça do Estado de Rondônia mantiveram a condenação reformando apenas a reparação quanto ao dano moral que era de 30 mil reais.

Rogério Costa Lima teve sua bagagem extraviada quando viajava pela empresa, retornando de uma competição esportiva. Afirmou que, na bagagem extraviada, estavam seus pertences e o principal, a cadeira de rodas que utilizaria para o treinamento de competições de para-atletismo. Segundo o autor toda a bagagem foi localizada e devolvida, mas a cadeira de rodas ficou danificada, a ponto de não mais servir para os fins a que se destinava. A TAM, no recurso de apelação pediu a reforma da sentença para afastar a responsabilidade e, sucessivamente, a redução da condenação.

Para o relator, Desembargador Roosevelt Queiroz Costa existe responsabilidade objetiva do transportador aéreo quando este deixa de prestar o serviço contratado, ou seja, extravia a bagagem do passageiro. "Os danos materiais ficaram comprovados, pois a cadeira de rodas ainda encontra-se danificada, mesmo após a tentativa de conserto. Os danos morais também são evidentes prescindindo de efetiva comprovação. O passageiro, cadeirante e para-atleta, teve suas chances de competição desportiva prejudicadas pela falta da cadeira de rodas, sem mencionar a dificuldade de locomoção advinda do fato. Houve, sem sombra de dúvida, sofrimento emocional, abalo moral e transtornos tais que transcendem em muito o mero aborrecimento".

Fonte: Tribunal de Justiça de Rondônia

 
http://www.iob.com.br/juridico/noticia_integra_new.asp?id=155797 

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So far, no one is answering the question, "How accessible will this next generation of travel and booking infrastructure be?"

A battle is raging between Apple, Nokia, Amazon, Google, and RIM to develop a platform for the travel industry, and it has been reported that Apple has filed a patent for their version of such a travel application - iTravel. This application will book flights, hotels, and cars, as well as provide paperless airline check-in...

"As an airline these are the traditional information customers are looking for. A new trend will certainly start around the options new devices provide like location-based services, as well as integration of other services like social networks," Heucke had said. And this has been the case of late.

Earlier this year, Progress Software announced the launch of what is being described as the air travel industry's first real-time, location-based social networking solution for frequent flyers.

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Jaú deve ser o primeiro município brasileiro a receber sistema pioneiro de sinalização eletrônica, que permite a deficientes visuais o acesso aos serviços de transporte público, mediante anúncio sonoro. 

A nova tecnologia foi apresentada ontem, no auditório do Centro das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo (Ciesp), por representantes da empresa Geraes, de Belo Horizonte. O sistema será instalado por meio de parceria entre a Prefeitura e a Empresa Auto Ônibus Macacari. Segundo o representante da Geraes, Júlio Cezar David de Melo, a tecnologia, denominada DPS-2000, foi desenvolvida ao longo de 12 anos por Dácio Pedro Simões e contou com parceria da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, que trabalhou na pesquisa.

 O sistema é composto por um aparelho receptor, instalados nos ônibus, e um transmissor que fica com o usuário. O passageiro memoriza no aparelho o código da linha. Ao chegar ao ponto de ônibus, seleciona a linha desejada e o aparelho emite ondas de baixa frequência com raio de 100 metros, possibilitando ao motorista receber sinal luminoso e sonoro e parar. Ao estacionar no ponto, uma gravação automática informa o número da linha repetidas vezes, até que o usuário embarque. 

O custo unitário do aparelho receptor é de R$ 650 e do transmissor R$ 250. Quanto maior o número de aparelhos encomendados ao fabricante, menor fica o preço final de cada unidade. Estimativa inicial para a estação piloto de Jaú é de que cada receptor fique em R$ 400 e o transmissor caia para R$ 150. No projeto piloto seriam distribuídos 30 transmissores para pessoas com deficiência e idosos e os receptores instalados em pelo menos 50 ônibus circulares da Macacari. 

O cronograma de instalação do sistema em Jaú, que será cidade laboratório, prevê o início dos estudos e fabricação dos aparelhos em janeiro, quando a Prefeitura terá recebido o orçamento final para assinatura do contrato. O diretor da Geraes, Júlio de Melo, diz que o sistema poderá ser instalado em Jaú a um custo entre R$ 30 mil e R$ 50 mil, mas esse valor poderá ser reduzido, o que depende de uma série de variáveis, como o número de aparelhos a serem produzidos. 

"Precisamos ter um número preciso para fechar orçamento que possa ser apresentado e discutido", diz. Custo A secretária dos Direitos das Pessoas com Deficiência e Idosos de Jaú, primeira-dama Caroline de Toledo Franceschi, estima que a parceria com a Macacari permita que esse custo fique em aproximadamente R$ 19 mil. Em janeiro, a secretaria pretende iniciar censo para determinar o exato número de deficientes no Município, o que auxiliará a consubstanciar o projeto final. "Com base nesse cadastro, levantaremos o número de todos os que gostariam de ter o aparelho transmissor", diz. "Para os mais necessitados, a secretaria poderia doar e os que tiverem melhores condições podem adquiri-lo." 

O diretor da Macacari, José Eduardo Macacari, entusiasmou-se com a nova tecnologia e diz que a parceria e a instalação do projeto em Jaú são viáveis "Achamos que dará resultados." O empresário afirma que os receptores poderão ser instalados em 100% de sua frota, composta hoje por 61 veícuulos. A apresentação contou com a presença do prefeito Osvaldo Franceschi Junior (PV),o presidente do Conselho Estadual para Assuntos da Pessoa com Deficiência, José de Oliveira Justino, e do presidente do Conselho Municipal das Pessoas com Deficiência, Estevam Rogério da Silva.

A new excellent resource from Accessible Tourism Research:


An article has been published by the Journal of Sustainable Tourismthat links accessible tourism and sustainability to triple bottom line reporting (Darcy, Cameron, & Pegg, 2010). The article was one outcome from a broader study looking at the business case for accessible tourism funded by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) (Darcy, Cameron, Pegg, & Packer, 2008). 

While the article focuses on O'Carollyns Resort, Port Stephens New South Wales (O'Carrollyns, 2006), the report investigates business cases from the convention and exhibition, transport, accommodation and recreation provisions sectors. More importantly, the report provides a foundation on which to collect data to create business case studies for accessible tourism through triple bottom line approaches as the abstract the report states...

Find the whole article at:

To delve more deeply into research in this field refer to Simon Darcy's resource "Disability and Tourism: A Bibliography"

Beach Access Report

Wheels 2 Water is a southern California beach accessibility project:

 

Beyond the Waters Beach Party is a Chicago beach access project:
 

ENAT member Makis Polis gives a history of European beach access here. Follow About Swimminf if You are Disabled in Greek here. Here, in Greek, is a resource on beach accessibility.

Do blogue Tetraplegicos por Eduardo Jorge:


Em 2004, na sequência do Ano Europeu das Pessoas com Deficiência, teve inicío em praia.JPGPortugal o Projecto "Praia Acessível, Praia para Todos", visando harmonizar diversas iniciativas locais já existentes para tornar acessíveis as praias costeiras e fluviais (rios/interior) portuguesas às pessoas com mobilidade condicionada. Pois desde 1997 que já são especificadas as normas técnicas para o estacionamento, instalações sanitárias e rampas de acesso às praias, pretendia-se também criar condições de mobilidade no areal e na água.

Foram estes os critérios definidos para a atribuição da bandeira "Praia Acessível" às praias que se candidatem no inicio de cada ano:

• Ter fácil acesso aos pedestres e estacionamento ordenado e reservado;
• Garantir o acesso de nível ao areal / e área balnear por meio de rampas;
• Implantar passadeiras (esteiras) até aos toldos e outros equipamentos e o mais próximo da água possível;
• Disponibilizar instalações sanitárias adaptadas e situadas em local de fácil acesso;
• Garantir o acesso ao serviço de primeiros socorros e
• Garantir a presença de nadadores salvadores com formação específica.

"Innovative Activity-Travel Behavior Analysis for Universal Mobility Design" is the upcoming theme in the journal Transportmetrica.

Topics of interest

1) Task and time allocation
2) Activity generation
3) Activity space and accessibility
4) Chauffeuring behavior for children and elderly people
5) Joint activity participation and trip-making
6) Job choice and activity-travel scheduling
7) Travel information, etc.

Other general activity-travel behavior research topics are also welcome, but should
relate to the above-mentioned groups. Comparative studies are especially welcomed.
The length of each paper, including the abstract and references, may not exceed
8,000 words (note that each table, figure, or photograph accompanying the text counts as 250
words). 

Authors are further advised to seek guidance for Transportmetrica, prior to submitting
a paper for this special issue, from the following URL:

Process of Submission / Review:

Step 1: Extended abstract submission and review
Papers will be first selected on the basis of extended abstracts (about 1,000 words). The
abstracts will be reviewed mainly by the two editors.
Step 2: Full paper submission and review

Each submission of full paper will be double blind reviewed by at least two referees and
one of the guest editors. A two-phase review process is planned, to allow for revised
papers. Since each issue of Transportmetrica usually takes about 4-5 papers depending
on their lengths (in total, 80 pages), it is a competitive process and best papers will be
published.
Important Dates:

Submission of extended abstract due: Saturday, 20th June, 2009
Notification of acceptance of extended abstract: Wednesday, 15th July, 2009
Submission of full paper due: Wednesday, 30th September, 2009
Feedback from first phase reviews issued: Monday, 30th November, 2009
Revised manuscripts due: Sunday, 28th February, 2010
Feedback from second phase reviews issued: Wednesday, 31th March, 2010
Final manuscripts due: Wednesday, 30th June, 2010
Planned publication: 2010

The final deadlines for the submissions of extended abstracts and full papers are 20th June
and 30th September, 2009, respectively, but the editors strongly encourage early submission.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, as Word or PDF documents, to Junyi Zhang
at: zjy@hiroshima-u.ac.jp by the deadline dates.

Over at Planet of the Blind blog Stephen Kuusisto is wordcrafting:
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My new term for disability, or People with Disabilities is "Universal Citizens". You may take this news with or without irony. Meanwhile, since all people of all races, genders, creeds, orientations, affiliations, or political persuasions will likely become physically "different" as they age I believe that universal citizenship is the proper term.

Source:

When the wind is up he is at full sail:

Not every disability can be healed. I learned long ago that being "incurable" and being well are possible. But don't go looking for this anomaly in the rule book. In effect what you need to do is break the rules that have long been established for how to think of being well. I am for instance the best blind sailor in my family. Never mind that I'm the only blind sailor in my family. I did in fact teach my sighted wife how to dock a boat. There's no rule book for this.

I should add that I'm not opposed to healing. I believe in curing illness and in eradicating diseases. But I also believe in being tempered by physical difference and that it's possible to lead a vigorous life. Some ophthalmologists would see me as a patient who represents the failure of their profession. They weren't taught about how its possible to live well when you can't see. They don't know about the human equation that links imaginative direction and the unknown together in joyous motion.

Read more in "On Being Well."



Conforme se señala en el Artículo 35 de la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad, México presentará este año un informe exhaustivo sobre las medidas que se han adoptado en el país para cumplir con los compromisos asumidos en esta materia, ante el Comité sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad de la ONU.


Reportaje desde Mexico:

Núñez Quintan fundó Si tú quieres... ¡Yo Puedo!, una institución de asistencia privada que busca, desde 1998, la eliminación de las barreras físicas, sociales y culturales que limitan la integración de las personas con discapacidad en la vida productiva, y participa efectivamente a favor del "Programa Nacional para el bienestar y la Incorporación al desarrollo de las personas con discapacidad". 

Fue esta fundación la que logró, a través de un convenio con 10 delegaciones, la implementación de elevadores en puentes peatonales, pero ahora denuncia lo que consideran "un acto de discriminación premeditado por parte de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Trasportes (SCT), en la Estación Buenavista", en la que confluyen el Metrobús, el Metro y el Tren Suburbano, y que se denominará Sistema de Transporte Multimodal (Setram). 

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En su calidad de persona con discapacidad, Núñez Quintana comenta durante un recorrido con KIOSCO por la estación mencionada, que la SCT cometió un acto evidente de discriminación hacia las personas con discapacidad neuromotora, al eliminar del proyecto de Intercomunicación "Terminal Buenavista del Tren Suburbano-Terminal Buenavista del Metro", las facilidades que el proyecto original contemplaba para que personas con sillas de ruedas pudieran transitar libremente entre las terminales.

"El Tren Suburbano ciertamente cuenta con las medidas correctas de accesibilidad; sin embargo, éstas se rompen en las escaleras del Metro, que carecen de rampas". 

"En los planos originales se destaca que esta conexión sería totalmente accesible, que contaría con una rampa y elevadores que nos facilitarían el acceso. De nada sirven los esfuerzos si no son bien planeados y es inadmisible que nuestros gobernantes escatimen los recursos en proyectos que benefician a personas con discapacidad y se modifique el proyecto en la realidad", dice Julio César, quien especifica que la obra ya está avanzada y que, en caso de que se corrijan los planos, los gastos serían dobles. 

"De acuerdo con los planos del proyecto de remodelación de la Estación Buenavista, dicha intercomunicación contemplaba la instalación de un elevador para personas con sillas de ruedas, andaderas, carriolas o para personas con otro tipo de movilidad limitada; y aún en el caso de que no estuviera contemplado, tendrán que hacerlo", dice.

En este sentido, Núñez Quintana cuestiona si CONADIS puede garantizar que dicho acto de discriminación y otros similares sean compensados mediante la eliminación de estas barreras implementadas en la presente administración.

 De igual manera, pone en duda la adecuada aplicación del "Programa Nacional para el Desarrollo de las Personas con Discapacidad 2009-2012" y el Programa Integral de Accesibilidad y Diseño Universal, que indica que en 2012 90% de las instalaciones del gobierno federal contarán con condiciones de accesibilidad para personas con discapacidad. 

Las acciones

"En México se están empezando a realizar acciones a favor de las personas con discapacidad, pero éstas son aisladas. En 2001 se puso en marcha el Programa Nacional de Accesibilidad a Inmuebles Públicos, cuyo objetivo fue lograr la adecuación e implementación física, al transporte y a las comunicaciones.

Como parte de este programa, la Secretarían de la Función Pública emitió en diciembre de 2004 el acuerdo por el que se establecen los lineamientos para la accesibilidad de las personas a inmuebles federales, al que se unieron un total de 13 mil 535 inmuebles. 

Se efectuó un diagnóstico de las condiciones de accesibilidad de los inmuebles públicos a cargo del gobierno federal y se iniciaron acciones para eliminar barreras físicas y arquitectónicas para las personas con discapacidad; "sin embargo, el programa Global de Accesibilidad aún está en desarrollo. Están tomando en cuenta los edificios propiedad del gobierno federal y posteriormente pasaremos al programa Global de Accesibilidad está en Desarrollo", asegura. 

Fuente:

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/sociedad/5672.html

Always alert to developments in travel with a disability Sandra Rhodda of Access Tourism NZ has noted both the promise and the missed opportunity of a new study in New Zealand, Domestic Tourism Market Segmentation  Stage 2:


In a first, a new New Zealand Ministry of Tourism report, in recognizing that that Baby Boomers are New Zealand's largest domestic market segment, has also recognized the role that disability may play in travel by this group. .. 

To our knowledge, the first mention of the fact that "travellers in the older age groups will become even more significant in the future" occurred in the Ministry's International Visitors Tourism Sector Profile, in June 2009, so it is good to see that this research supports the importance of the older market.  

The report goes on to state that the "major barriers to travel (for this segment) are health or disability (their own or that of a travelling companion) as well as a lack of travelling companions" (page 30).  In this way, the report reinforces the idea that it is a person's disability that is a barrier, rather than  environments such as inaccessible transport and accommodation that are disabling, and which therefore reduce tourism and travel opportunities for people with disabilities.

Find the full story here.

Gonzaga Beach in Santos, Brazil just got a little more friendly for wheelchair-users. This new bit of infrastructure serves locals an visitors in the Baixada Santista area of this town in the state of São Paulo.


EIDD - Design for All Europe is the joint European platform for social planners, architects, designers and others who believe in the potentials of their professions to play a vital role in the necessary transformation of our societies into more cohesive, innovative and sustainable ones. 

The EIDD philosophy is that

...every design process should be collaborative, involving all the interested parties at every stage. The designer is the orchestra conductor who knows how to face up to the fascinating challenge of factoring all those apparently conflicting interests into a win-win situation. Design is not a profession for people who apply rulebooks and restrictive standards, but for people who think outside the box, applying their intellectual curiosity to take things further than their clients know how to expect.

Design for All starts from this precept to aply design thinking to facing the real challenges in today's multiethnic, multicultural, multiability and multi-everything society. Working to achieve and maintain social inclusion (note, that does not mean social integration if it is not wanted), our latest challenge is to maintain this agenda in the face of knee-jerk backtracking when economic times get hard.
Design for All starts from this precept to aply design thinking to facing the real challenges in today's multiethnic, multicultural, multiability and multi-everything society. Working to achieve and maintain social inclusion (note, that does not mean social integration if it is not wanted), our latest challenge is to maintain this agenda in the face of knee-jerk backtracking when economic times get hard.

All designers know that the world needs a lot of designing (consider the appalling mess it's in now), yet many lament a shortage of work. Why this oxymoron? Because so large a part of the design community tends to contemplate its navel, celebrate its brilliance and expect the world to take notice... without ever being told about what design can do for it. EIDD believes in taking the message about Design for All and its potential out into the world at large, informing, lobbying, organising conferences.

If any of this strikes a chord with you, or if you want to discuss it and push the agenda further in your part of the world, you are very welcome to join us.

More info:

Sedes de 2014 acessíveis, dentro e fora dos estádios

Divulgação
Estádio Governador José Fragelli, o 'Verdão', em Cuiabá: projeto segue normas internacionais de acessibilidade.

Copa para todos. Este é o objetivo da Campanha de Acessibilidade na Copa de 2014 promovida pelo Conselho Nacional dos Direitos da Pessoa Portadora de Deficiência (Conade), órgão que integra a estrutura básica da Secretaria Especial dos Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República. O alvo da campanha é adaptar as 12 cidades-sedes da Copa no Brasil ao conceito de acessibilidade universal.

Porto Alegre é a primeira cidade-sede a assinar o compromisso - a capital do Rio Grande do Sul foi indicada pelo Conade para servir de modelo para as outras 11 sedes. "Porto Alegre foi a primeira cidade brasileira a concluir o desenvolvimento de um Plano Diretor de Acessibilidade. Queremos fazer da cidade uma referência no tema em termos de preparação para megaeventos como a Copa do Mundo", afirmou José Fortunati, prefeito de Porto Alegre e secretário extraordinário municipal da Copa.

Além de ações específicas para a Copa, as sedes já possuem projetos de turismo e esporte em andamento voltados para este público, e têm se mobilizado cada vez mais neste sentido de olho em 2014. Ainda na capital gaúcha, um exemplo: no último fim de semana (dias 17 e 18), promoveu o 3º Circuito Nacional de Vôlei de Praia para Surdos, modalidade masculina, e o 1° Circuito Nacional na modalidade feminina. Com o apoio da Secretaria Municipal de Esportes, Recreação e Lazer (SME) e da Confederação Brasileira de Desportos dos Surdos (CBDS), os jogos foram realizados nas quadras de areia do Parque Marinha do Brasil.

A CBDS utilizará as pontuações dos jogos para o ranking brasileiro na seleção das duplas que disputarão competições internacionais, como o I Mundial de Vôlei de Praia para surdos, que será realizado entre 27 de agosto e 5 de setembro, em Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Já Curitiba criou em seu último aniversário, dia 20 de março, a Secretaria Especial dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência, responsável por articular as ações deste setor entre todas as secretarias municipais e outras esferas de governo e formar parcerias com a iniciativa privada e organizações não-governamentais. Durante a solenidade de lançamento da secretaria foi apresentado um projeto para instalar plaquetas em braille em todos os ônibus e táxis da cidade, afixadas na frente dos assentos reservados para idosos, gestantes e portadores de deficiência, e nos bancos dos táxis.

Na capital paranaense, cerca de 300 mil pessoas possuem alguma deficiência motora ou mental - o equivalente à população de uma cidade como Maringá, também no Paraná. Atualmente o turista com dificuldade de locomoção que visitar a capital deste Estado poderá circular utilizando o sistema de transporte público, já que 86% dos ônibus são equipados para atendimento destas pessoas.

Existem em Curitiba outras adaptações que permitem que moradores e visitantes com deficiência se locomovam com mais independência, como calçadas antiderrapantes e com rampas, pistas táteis nas calçadas, semáforos sonoros para deficientes visuais, frota de ônibus equipada com elevadores, paineis digitais e gravações em áudio que permitem ao passageiro saber onde é a próxima parada.

Em Fortaleza, a prefeita Luizianne Lins lançou em 2007 a Comissão de Políticas Públicas Municipais para Atenção às Pessoas com Deficiência (Compedef), composta por 13 pessoas com deficiência (física, auditiva, visual e intelectual), que tem como objetivo elaborar a Política Pública Municipal de Atenção às Pessoas com Deficiência (Padef). Hoje, a coordenação e o monitoramento desta política são feitos pela Coordenadoria de Pessoas com Deficiência, que integra a Secretaria de Direitos Humanos de Fortaleza (SDH).

A capital cearense já conta com uma frota de 350 ônibus adaptados com elevador e que não cobram tarifa dos passageiros com deficiência. Para tornar o serviço ainda mais eficiente, está sendo ampliada, junto ao Sindicato das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros do Estado do Ceará (Sindionibus), a capacitação de cobradores, fiscais e motoristas. O município possui ainda táxis adaptados com serviço inclusivo e acessível e, na Biblioteca Dolor Barreira, há acervo em braille, telefones para surdos e rampas.

Impulsionados pelos jogos mundiais de 2014, todos os novos projetos e obras da prefeitura de Fortaleza, principalmente ligados a mobilidade urbana, contemplam as questões referentes à acessibilidade previstas em lei, incluindo piso podotátil - diferentes relevos no solo para orientação de pessoas cegas. Locais como o Mercado Central, um dos principais polos de compras da cidade, já passaram por reforma: rampas foram instaladas e os banheiros, adaptados.

Outros pontos turísticos da capital do Ceará estão sendo adaptados, como o Jardim Japonês, o Centro Histórico, o Centro Urbano de Cultura, Arte, Ciência e Esporte (Cuca), o Paço Municipal e a Praia de Iracema.

O projeto acessível do Verdão, novo estádio de Cuiabá (MT)

A arena da capital mato-grossense que será erguida para receber as disputas de 2014 seguirá basicamente duas normas para a adequação à demanda de pessoas portadoras de necessidades especiais. "Seguimos uma norma internacional - Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds [below] -, recomendada pela FIFA, e a NBR 9050. As intervenções para acessibilidade são ajustes em dimensionamento de corredores, rampas e escadas; sinalização tátil; sinalização e comunicação visual; e nível e qualidade de iluminação", disse Alessandra Araújo, coordenadora-geral do projeto do novo Verdão.

Segundo a coordenadora, para a elaboração do projeto foram visitados inúmeros estádios europeus. "Para termos bons exemplos, sempre projetamos buscando atender às diversas normas, incluindo acessibilidade." Dois bons cases em acessibilidade de estádios na Europa são o Milton Keynes Dons, com mais assentos para amigos e familiares de cadeirantes, e o Wembley, que possui um ótima comunicação visual e tátil - ambos ingleses -, aponta Alessandra.

Ela ressalta que a acessibilidade deve ser garantida em todas as áreas, para todo tipo de público, sejam espectadores ou profissionais, para o que foi preciso desenvolver rampas e escadas especiais. Além da acessibilidade, o projeto também deve garantir evacuação da arena com segurança. Para a coordenadora-geral do projeto, "adequar todas estas necessidades foi desafiante, mas conseguimos viabilizá-las".

Plot #1: Rather than adopting Universal Design in its aircraft years ago as proactive customer service for the avalanche of aging travelers United Airlines falls back on "every person for him/herself." 

Let's make it a quiz:

You are a paid flight attendant for United Airlines, and a young disabled woman is brought to your airplane in a wheelchair (another part of her story). Do you:

1) Appreciate her business, take her at her word about her disability, and help her graciously when she asks for help putting her baggage in the overhead bin?

2) Distrust her because she doesn't "look disabled," but decide that you are, after all, an "attendant" and you might as well pretend to take her at her word?

3) Flatly refuse to help her with her luggage and tell her a passenger will probably help her sooner or later?

For the rest of the story:


Musical Interlude:


Plot #2: Taking their cues from airline bad practice public transit in New Zealand denies access to a wheelchair user:

A disabled woman is upset she could not take public transport between Clyde and Dunedin last Friday because bus companies refused to take her motorised wheelchair.
Bus companies' three main reasons were driver safety lifting the wheelchair, space restrictions, and the potential hazard of the batteries, Wellington woman Trish Harris said.

For the full story:

Plot Summary (Spoiler Alert!):

From a United Airlines employee to a passenger with a disability at San Francisco International Airport:

"If that's what you need, then perhaps in the future, you should make other travel arrangements."

Double Feature Closing Song on the the theme "I wish I never had."

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Lonely Planet has come to the aid of travelers stranded in Europe by the cloud of volcanic ash 
y making quality information freely available in the format where it is of most help - digital format. Lonely Planet  has made 13 of its European country guides available free at the iTunes app store until April 22.

The publisher has seen a need and responded to it gaining great publicity, gratitude, and future loyalty. While not necessarily intentional Lonely Planet has done a great service to travelers with disabilities now in Europe.

So why is India going backwards?

Access to the printed word is taken for granted by those with sight. In the case of the visually challenged, however such access is oftentimes very difficult, to say the least. An attempt has been made to overcome these obstacles with the advancement of technology where new software and hardware have made it possible for the visually challenged to access the printed word.

However in India, one important barrier that remains by way of accessibility for the print disabled is the Indian Copyright Act. Across the globe, individual rights have been enshrined under the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights and individual national legislation. Following from this, internationally, copyright laws have been amended to keep in mind the special interests of the print disabled within the set norms of agreed international copyright frameworks (e.g. Copyright exceptions within copyright laws in the United States, United Kingdom and European Union among others).

The following paper details proposed amendments to the copyright act with reference to the visually challenged and other print disabled which would conform to the Berne Convention's three-step process of providing exceptions in national copyright laws thereby also safeguarding the needs and requirements of the print disabled community . Given India's unique socio-economic, cultural and linguistic mix, it is imperative that enabling clauses safeguarding the interests of the visually challenged and print disabled persons be legislated upon. These clauses would be unique to India on account of the previously mentioned diversity

What we therefore recommend is that the law be amended to include the ability to access the printed word by the print disabled. Thus the clause/s among others, should include the following:

2.1

A non-restrictive clause with regards to special format allowing the print disabled to use the most appropriate format for them. Suggested Clause could read as follows (In lieu of the present suggested clause 52 ZA):

"The adaptation, reproduction or issue of copies, or communication to the public of any work in any format, including sign language, specially designed or not, but intended exclusively for the use of persons suffering from a visual, aural or any other disability that prevents the perusal or understanding or comprehension or enhanced enjoyment of such work in their normal form."

2.2

A clause that publishers make available an alternative accessible format (preferably an e copy) to meet the special needs of the print disabled. Such a copy could be made available to central repositories or provided on demand to the print disabled and organizations working for them.

The Constitution of India's commitment to human rights duly enshrined therein reflects India's commitment to create an equitable and just environment for the disabled community as outlined in the National Policy for Persons with Disabilities, 2006 as well as The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. It is therefore, only most appropriate that the copyright law in the country be also reflect this commitment.

(The file is in PDF format. If you have a problem with the file please contact us oninfo@xrcvc.org)

The XRCVC has also made a 7-minute awareness documentary 'The Blind Act' on the issue. Download film 'The Blind Act'

LEGISLATION

For more information on legislation, please visit below links

 

"RIGHT TO READ" CAMPAIGN

The 'Right to Read' Campaign is part of a global initiative by the World Blind Union (WBU), SightSavers International (SSI) and other organizations. In India it is being spearheaded by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Daisy Forum of India (DFI), Inclusive Planet and Xavier's Resource Center for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC).

Campaign Objectives

The XRCVC as part of its work in the field of creating an accessible and inclusive society and promoting print access is championing this cause mainly in Mumbai and Western India.

For more on India's copyright situation:

amends the Copyright Act, 1957 - Part 1

amends the Copyright Act, 1957 - Part 2

Accessibility Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Portland, Oregon
June 22-25, 2010

A comprehensive accessibility management program is the key to success 
for park and recreation agencies. This NCA training course is designed 
to give accessibility coordinators in parks and recreation a broad 
perspective and foundation for implementing an accessibility management 
program. This course is ideal for professionals with newly appointed 
responsibilities and for those looking to brush up on the latest 
information for accessibility compliance. Sessions will include 
discussions of the characteristics and needs of people with 
disabilities, legislative mandates and litigation, accessibility 
standards and common errors, the application of universal design to 
park and recreation environments, program access, considerations for 
conducting accessibility assessments, visitor use and marketing, and 
comprehensive planning. Examples and best practices in accessibility 
management will be presented throughout the sessions. A field exercise 
will give participants an opportunity to practice conducting an 
accessibility assessment along with discussing considerations for 
prioritization of physical and programmatic barrier removal.


2.4 CEUs are available.


For registration information, go to www.ncaonline.org

Do not overlook the senior market in travel.

All the work you have done to master the best practices of Inclusive Tourism (rather than mere accessibility as an afterthought) will pay dividends with this huge and growing demographic.

Whirlwind Wheelchairs teamed up with IDEO for this unprecedented design for a temporary sports stadium.

As part of its bid for the 2016 Olympics Chicago included plans for temporary stadiums. One design problem: What do do downstream with the waste?

Answer: How about reuse?

By building the seating from wheelchair frames the seating all becomes wheelchairs available to give away after the Games!


Via DPI:

Apr 14 2010 5:05PM 
The United Nations committee on the rights of people with disabilities today urged the Chilean Government and the international community to include needs of the handicapped in the reconstruction plans of areas affected by the earthquake that jolted the country in February. As a matter of priority, reconstruction plans should take into consideration access to physical space, information, communications, transportation, products and services, the Committee on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities said in a statement issued in Geneva.
 "Reconstruction in the areas affected by the devastating February earthquake and tsunami must also become a reality for the disabled," said the current committee's chairperson, Ronald McCallum. "A recent survey shows that an estimated 12.9 per cent of the Chilean population has disabilities, and many in the affected areas were persons with various forms of disabilities," he added. In a recent statement, the 12-member committee also recommended that relief measures take into account the special needs of persons with different forms of disabilities, in particular, in warning procedures, evacuation, information and communications. 
 "Equal attention shall be given to sign language and video captioning of public information regarding the emergency situation in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," it said. 
 The committee stressed the urgent need to provide services to the disabled, including post-traumatic stress care. It called for "special support in rebuilding their homes, whether in urban or rural areas and those sites that host associations of persons with disabilities and centres that serve them, which have been destroyed or damaged." It said it recognized the efforts of the Chilean Government in the earthquake emergency, but urged the country to "take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters." The committee is made up of independent experts who monitor the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which so far has been endorsed by 140 countries, including Chile. 
The Convention was adopted in December 2006 by the General Assembly, and entered into force in May 2008. 
 The 8.8-magnitude quake on 27 February claimed the lives of more than 480 people and triggered a tsunami that devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile.

Turismo de Aventura Especial: livro conta a história do novo segmento que oferece atividades de aventura para pessoas com deficiência

O jornalista e fotógrafo Dadá Moreira lançará na feira Reatech o livro "Turismo de Dada capa.jpgAventura Especial - História do Turismo de Aventura Adaptado", onde conta como a superação de limites em contato com a natureza tornou-se o principal meio de reintegração social e reabilitação na luta contra sua deficiência e como "Aventura Especial", mais que o nome da ONG que criou, passou a denominar um novo segmento turístico, hoje tido pelas políticas co Ministério do Turismo como prioritário para desenvolvimento e promoção nacional e internacional.

Na segunda parte, traz um GUIA ensinando como atender e adaptar as atividades de aventura. Aos 30 anos, debilitado pelos sintomas de uma doença degenerativa sem cura chamada ataxia - que compromete a coordenação motora, fala e visão - Dada viu sua vida pessoal e profissional se desmoronar, mas decidiu dar a volta por cima, buscou recondicionamento físico e começou a encarar os desafios dos esportes de aventura. "Foi um novo horizonte que se abriu. Voltar a sentir prazer com o corpo, a interagir com as pessoas e superar limites resgatou minha auto-estima e se tornou uma fisioterapia natural. Recuperei movimentos e funções que a medicina tradicional dizia serem impossíveis de se recuperar. Retribuo muito disso à reabilitação psicológica que as atividades de aventura oferecem a uma pessoa que havia perdido as esperanças, como eu.", declara.

Depois das primeiras experiências, ao procurar serviços especializados e constatar que não havia nenhum tipo de referências sobre adaptações em atividades de aventura e ecoturismo, criou a Ong Aventura Especial, uma iniciativa de sensibilizar a indústria do turismo para a questão da acessibilidade, estudar formas de adaptar as modalidades para pessoas com diversas deficiências e fomentar um nicho de mercado até então inexplorado.

Em 2005 o Ministério do Turismo, reconhecendo as necessidades de profissionalização e desenvolvimento do setor, apoiou o "Projeto Aventureiros Especiais", criado e realizado pela Ong, e em 2009 reconheceu o "Turismo de Aventura Especial" como novo segmento.

Sandra Rhodda at Access Tourism NZ spoke about our work in this month's Universal Design Newsletter. Her comments appeared in an article subtitled "Building the Case for Inclusive Tourism" (Access Tourism), Lindsey Scherloum:

"By founding and maintaining Tour Watch, Scott Rains has provided fora for those around the world dedicated to tourism for people with disabilities. His expertise, drive, reach and dedication are unparalled," said Sandra Rhodda of Tai Poutini Polytechnic (now Senior Research Officer at the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, and Director of Access Tourism New Zealand).

It all started with a conversation. Rains and his wife were talking about transitions into retirement. Already a traveller, writer and researcher, he realized he could take advantage of what he knew about accessibility from his own disability, and through tourism, make it internationally relevant.

The complete article is available here:
http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2010/04/access-tourism-hero-featured-in-universal-design-publication/

Rhodda, New Zealand's foremost researcher in the area of disability and tourism, participated in the 2009 UNESCAP conrence in Takayama Japan. She reports:

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will at its sixty-sixth session in Incheon, Republic of Korea (13-19 May 2010) review progress in the implementation of commission resolutions, including resolutions relating to social development.  This will include a review of Resolution 58/4, "Promoting an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for people with disabilities in the Asian and Pacific region in the twenty-first century". 

This resolution arose out of a congress held in Takayama, Japan in November 2009, at which Access Tourism New Zealand gave a presentation.  The ESCAP Takayama Congress on the Creation of an Inclusive and Accessible Community in Asia and the Pacific and its outcome document serves as a guide for promoting accessible tourism as an effective means to build inclusive communities in which all people, including persons with different types of impairments, older persons, families with infants and persons with diverse linguistic backgrounds, can participate equally in all aspects of community life, including the enjoyment of recreational and cultural activities. 

Source:
http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2010/04/unescap-to-review-progress-in-access-tourism/

From Abilities Canada:

Visitors to the home of Frank and Sharon Palermo are struck by the beauty of the house -

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open-concept design, hardwood floors, granite countertops and maple cabinetry in the kitchen, a deck off the dining room and another off the kitchen. The entryway is flooded with light from windows lining the four-storey stairwell that circles behind a central elevator. How decadent - an elevator!

It is only after Sharon comes to greet you in her wheelchair that you realize it is also an accessible house with some of the best features of Universal Design.

Full article:

http://abilities.ca/accessibility/2010/03/04/universal_design/

Carta de Naziberto Lopes:

Prezados, compartilho com voces um pouco de minhas bandeiras de luta frente a Secretaria de EStado dos Direitos das Pessoas com Deficiencia.
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Acho que alguns conhecem a Vereadora Mara Gabrilli, pessoa com tetraplegia que foi eleita com o maior número de votos para a cadeira que ocupa na Camara .

Foi também a primeira titular da Secretaria Municipal da Pessoa com Deficiencia e Mobilidade Reduzida, criada pelo então Prefeito José Serra.

A Mara é apresentadora de um programa chamado derrubando barreiras, acesso para todos, que é veiculado todas as segundas-feiras na Radio Eldorado AM. Neste programa ela entrevista pessoas que tem algum tipo de trabalho ou luta por melhor condição de inclusão e acessibilidade para todos e desta vez eu tive o privilégio de ser o seu convidado.

Em uma entrevista bastante extrovertida ela me questionou sobre meu percurso de vida, após o advento da deficiencia visual e naquilo em que acredito, defendo e sobre o qual estou debruçado ultimamente.

Quem quiser me dar a honra de ouvir um pouco dessa história, se bem que muitíssimo resumida, fiquem a vontade para entrar no link:

www.derrubandobarreirasacessoparatodos.blogspot.com/

Entre outras entrevistas voces encontrarão a minha, realizada hoje, dia 12 de abril. No entanto, tem muitas outras coisas legais para serem ouvidas por lá.

Para quem entrar e ouvir, agradeço e aguardo, se quiserem os comentários, de preferencia em particular ok?

Obrigado

Att.

Naziberto Lopes


Naziberto Lopes Oliveira
Skype: otrebizan2
MSN: consceg@hotmail.com
Visite: www.livroacessivel.org

Did you ever wonder how you might fare if you were marooned in a "Survivor" scenario? The castaways in Cast Offs play out that fantasy with a disability optic:

Cast Offs, a fictional programme in which six disabled people are marooned on an island, has been both applauded and criticised for being the first major television show to address the impact of social attitudes towards disability, towards minorities in general, using a

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disabled-only cast and written by two disabled writers. It is thought to have broken barriers for disabled people that want a career in front of the camera, and to work towards getting non-disabled people used to seeing disability onscreen.

Kiruna agrees: "I know it had an uphill battle in terms of people's perceptions of what it was going to be; it doesn't shy away from disability but doesn't get castrated by the concept of it either. People came up to me and said it made them think about things they'd never thought of before, about the relationship between able-bodied and disabled people. I am really proud of it. It's not perfect but it's really bloody good."



Source:

http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/living/features/kiruna-hitting-the-big-time/?searchterm=kiruna


Olympic Legacies Past and Future

The Vancouver Winter Paralympics and Olympics were a well-planned campaign of cultural inclusion. Beyond the macro-impact made by 2010 Legacy Now! and Measuring Up the North we are left with artistic expressions like Duet. Watch it here.

Looking ahead to Brazil's 2016 Olympics and World up 2014 we have a short period for open commentary. Brazilian Universal Design specialist Renta Mello runs the site (in Portuguese) Desenho Universal. To be certain that the legacy of her country is equally inclusive she asks for recommendations on stadium accessibility during the remaining 14 days of open commentary on the Brazilian document NBR 9050/04

Renata Mello can be reached at:

 renatamello.bioarq@hotmail.com



Visit Desenho Universal.at:


http://desenhouniversal.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network



Visite Desenho Universal.com em: http://desenhouniversal.com/

Thailand: Photos from Addsupa

Just for the visual pleasure of it, here are some photos from Addsupa from Thailand who travels using a wheelchair.


Find more photos like this on Tour Watch

Despite the fact that a wheelchair is one of the few means that allows mobility to physically disabled people, there is a great scope for improvement on its limitations, which causes numerous problems, such as body posture and pressure sores, to the users during long-term use.

 

 Futuristic wheelchair

Futuristic wheelchair



Making mobility easy and brisk for wheelchair users, designer Tomas Ross in collaboration with Dave Cochrane has come up with a smart mobility aid concept that combines a teardrop extrusion, located at the back, with Herman Miller's Aeron chair fabric, the Pellicle, to negate the negative effects of contemporary wheelchairs.

In addition, the futuristic wheelchair features a rear ball assembly that allows an almost zero footprint-turning circle for easy movement within or around the house. While a modified oleo based suspension, connected to the main drive and power pack beneath the seat frame, supports effortless movement on different gradients.

If the user doesn't wanna use his or her one or both hands, the radical wheelchair come integrated with an Apple iPhone-based control system. Moreover, users can employ their iPhone 3GS, mounted either on a suction cup or a flexible goose-neck device, to activate the voice control of the wheelchair. Moving on hubless wheels not only ensures optimum comfort and ease of use, but also adds style to the mobility aid.

 Futuristic wheelchair

Futuristic wheelchair


Source: http://www.thedesignblog.org

Accessible Walks in New Zealand

Bill Forrester reports:

The Department of Conservation has produced two guides to accessible walks in New Zealand, one for the North Island and one for the South Island

See his post Accessible Walks - New Zealand

Rea Team/ Adapt (Portuguese)

Desde Em Dia Com a Cidadaina:


www.nit.com.br


Wander é diretor do Grupo Adapt e está à frente da loja Rea Team/ Adapt, recém-inaugurada na Tijuca. O espaço é o primeiro do Rio de Janeiro a oferecer num mesmo local a venda de cadeiras de rodas e objetos adaptados sob medida, serviços de isenção de impostos na compra de carros especiais e adaptação veicular.

Também serão comercializados produtos como rampas, elevadores e plataformas elevatórias, para tornar empresas, estabelecimentos públicos e comerciais acessíveis a todos. Novidade que deve ser lançada em breve, a autoescola especializada na formação de condutores deficientes físicos será a primeira com essas características no Rio. Os instrutores já estão sendo treinados para atender esse público especial e o espaço físico também já está preparado.

A loja funcionará de segunda a sexta, das 8h às 18h, e aos sábados, das 9h às 14h. O endereço é Rua Haddock Lobo, 203 A, Tijuca. Mais informações pelos telefones 3273-1567 e 3296-1888.
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Emergency SMS in the UK

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From the web site:

Welcome to the emergencySMS

We are trialling a service that lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.

Simply by sending an SMS message to 999 you can call for help and the emergency services will be able to reply to you.

If this trial service is a success then the service will be launched during 2010.

You will need to register your mobile phone before using the trial emergencySMS service, click on the Registering your phone link above for more information.



http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/
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New ADAAG Changes

You can get insight into changes to ADAAG with Abadi Accessibility News:

The Department of Justice informed TRASA (Texas Registered Accessibility Specialist Association) in February that the 2004 ADAAG is expected to be signed into law by the end of 2010.  I know, I know...we've been hearing this since 2004, but  hopefully it will happen this year.  This newsletter will give you some examples of what to expect.

We are proud to announce the release of our book to explain the 2004 ADAAG.  It is called "The ADA Companion Guide" and will be released in April 2010.  
 
For our Abadi Accessibility News subscribers, the publisher is offering the book at 20% off the list price.  Please visit our website to purchase your discounted copy today.  Follow this link to purchase your copy at a discount

Focus Design Services is requesting proposals for c.e.u. workshops and presentations for the inaugural inclusive design conference "VIC 2010: Visions of an Inclusive Community" being held in Tampa, Florida on October 14-16, 2010.

VIC 2010 is a unique conference model designed to bring together members of the:

  • design/build community
  • the healthcare industry
  • the disabled community
  • governmental agencies
to facilitate the transfer of knowledge that will build empathy and identify opportunities for more inclusive design of products and spaces.


The educational tracks for this year's conference are as follows:

The Built Environment: Home, Work, Play
Inclusive solutions in residential structures, workplace design and areas and products designed for recreation

Community Engagement and Social Sustainability:
Shared public spaces such as cultural centers, educational facilities, entertainment venues, parks and outdoor recreational facilities, street design, green space design

Community Support Services:
Transit, disability support, eldercare services
Because the intent of this conference is interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and public outreach, proposals from diverse professional backgrounds representing the intended audience are desired.

A successful proposal will specifically address at least one of the above categories and will discuss innovative ideas, proven case studies, or successful models/educational methods regarding implementation of inclusive design. Continuing education courses for professional development are requested as well as classes and lectures designed to inform the design novice or community advocate.

Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the first conference in the state of Florida to focus on Universal Design, Inclusive Community Design and Social Sustainability.


Please visit www.vic2010.com for proposal submittal information.




On Wheelmap.org you can find accessible locations. Everybody can add a place and mark it as accessible, partly accessible or not accessible. We also collect information from other databases and add it to the map.

Wheelmap is an open project under an open license. That means you can use the data as long as you link back to http://wheelmap.org. We cooperate with openstreetmap.

The people behind Wheelmap.org are the SOZIALHELDEN.

If you'd like to share location data or are interested in working with us, please call or e-mail Raul Krauthausen:

phone: +49 170 770 23 88
e-mail: click here.



German version:

Was ist Wheelmap?

In Deutschland leben ca. 1,6 Millionen Menschen, die auf einen Rollstuhl angewiesen sind. Die Dunkelziffer liegt weltweit bei ca. 185 Millionen. wheelmap.org ist ein Verzeichnis für rollstuhlgerechte und nicht so rollstuhlgerechte Orte. Alle Benutzer, egal ob im Rollstuhl oder nicht, können Orte eintragen, verändern und finden. So, wie bei Wikipedia. Mit den generierten Daten wollen wir eine Grundlage bieten, die Ortsbesitzer zum Umdenken bewegt und motiviert über "Barrierefreiheit" in ihren Räumlichkeiten nachzudenken.

Denn von wheelmap.org profitieren nicht nur Rollstuhlfahrer, sondern auch Menschen mit Rollatoren und Familien mit Kinderwagen. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.wheelmap.org ist deutschlands erste offene Datenbank für rollstuhlgerechte Orte. Die Daten stehen unter einer offenen Lizenz und können kostenlos weiterverwendet werden. Wir arbeiten mit der freien Weltkarte OpenStreetMap zusammen, wo wir alle Daten ablegen.
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Access Adventure is a program of the Solano Land Trust, and also works with the Muir Heritage Land Trust in Contra Costa County. Serving the people of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the program operates on more than 16,000 acres of preserved open space lands. Solano Land Trust's Rush Ranch, located near Suisun City on 2,070 acres, straddles the Suisun Marsh, and is the headquarters for Access Adventure. The Muir Heritage Land Trust hosts Access Adventure as a user group on the spectacular properties they protect. Both land trusts have ample areas to explore with the horsedrawn carriages of Access Adventure.

From their newsletter:

The Carriage Association of America has developed an extensive system of carriage driving proficiency testing which has been adopted by ACCESS ADVENTURE  to enhance our training protocols.  Director Michael Muir, a graduate of the Level One and Road Proficiency testing in California, traveled to Florida for the Level Two testing and Instructor Certification held at Gloria Austin's beautiful horse resort and carriage museum.  The four hundred acre property is home to more than 160 exquisitely restored carriages.  Florida Carriage Museum and Resort website.

John Parker and Susan Townsend from England led an illustrious group of North America's most accomplished carriage drivers through three days of training and evaluation.  The Carriage Association of America is helping us build our library of instruction and research material.  Our goal is get our Rush Ranch headquarters certified as a Level One training and certification center.  The training protocols will serve as the basis of our volunteer education program.  Carriage Association of America website.

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Apollo Driving a CAATest with
Michael Muir & Marsoe LaRose

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It is official. No less than pioneer Mary Jo Peterson writes on the coming-of-age of Universal Design in home design.

Here is is the predicted Silver Tsunami of aging Boomers in alliance with home builders and remodelers that tipped the scales. It was predictable. Universal Design is a consensual statement on socio-political aspirations. It is the Disability Rights movement - a phenomenon of the Boomer generation - that spawned Universal Design.

They say a new technology takes about 30 years to reach the mainstream. With Universal Design being discussed as we started the first Disabled Students Association at the University of Washington in 1975 that prediction is proving accurate.

Now watch for the ubiquity of Universal Design in homes to force its adoption by the hospitality industry.

Then listen for the loud crash as counter-historical industries such as sports (see "Exposing FIFA's Shenanigans in South Africa" and airlines (see "What the Hell is This?") fall from the weight of their reactionary practices of discrimination.

Read about signs of hope from Mary Jo:


By Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS   April 2010

Although it sometimes may seem that everything to be said on the topic of Universal Design must surely have been said, this topic is so hot right now that I feel compelled to offer an update on current news and directions. 


Recently, including at this year's International Builders' Show, there were a number of new and notable products and product design improvements being shown.

Builders and remodelers - yes, builders and remodelers - are helping to drive the message, as are critical social impact powers, including AARP, with Livable Community Awards and outreach programs (www.aarp.org, search universal design). The design community has been embracing the active aging our boomer population is experiencing, and as one speaker at the Builders' Show said, "The wave is cresting, and it's a tidal wave."

Read Mary Jo Peteresn's excellnt summary:

http://www.kitchenbathdesign.com/print/Kitchen-and-Bath-Design-News/Convenient-Cache--Universal-Design-Going-Forward-/2$5502


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A reader just emailed me an astute observation. Not everybodyknows how to turn on YouTube automatic captioning.

In the case of the following three videos on the Ed Roberts Campus the information is all contained in the imagery. Google hasn't figured out how to do machine image description yet. Who knows, maybe that's something we will see emerge from Benetech's new DIAGRAM Project

The Ed Roberts Campus - 1

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Follow a bit of history in the making:

The Ed Roberts Campus mission is to ensure that people with disabilities can live independently and without discrimination. Located at a fully accessible transit hub, the Ed Roberts Campus will be a national and international model dedicated to disability rights and universal access. The Ed Roberts Campus will commemorate the life and work of Edward V. Roberts, an early leader in the independent living movement of persons with disabilities. Ed believed in the strength of collaborative efforts: He called it "working toward our preferred future."
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The Ed Roberts Campus - 2

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Aimee Mullins at the premiere of Baby Mama at ...

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"It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable." ~ Aimee Mullins


CNN reports on Aimee Mullins:

People come up to Aimee Mullins all the time and say, "you know, I have to tell you, you just don't look disabled." The record-setting athlete, actress and model says, "And it's sweet because I know that they're confused, and they're telling me this because they know I'm missing both legs from the shin down, but they're presented with this package of a highly capable young woman. This has happened all over the world."

And so it is.

A new film about to be released follows Andrew Shelley

... and his modified Frontier X5 all-terrain power chair through five countries over a two-month period, from November 2007 to January 2008. Along the way, we see all of his adventures, both joyful and hair-raising. He encounters shady characters while searching for lodging after midnight in New Zealand, visits the Taj Mahal, sails up the Mekong River, and nearly loses his wheelchair while trekking through Cambodia.

Why did he embark on this trip in the first place? Simply put, he was bored.

It took a lot of planning for Drew Shelley to 
be able to have this conversation in India.
It took a lot of planning for Drew Shelley to be able to have this conversation in India. For one thing, he adapted his chair to be easily broken down into parts that fit through narrow Indian train doors.

"I wanted more out of life than I was getting," says Shelley, 27, who has Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy.
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http://newmobility.com/articleView.cfm?id=11619
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The Traveling Wheelchair

Kenny Cieplik and team write The Traveling WheelchairTravelingWheelchair.jpg

Read about their travels and reviews at:

http://thetravelingwheelchair.com/


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From th descripion f DAISY protocol:

Architectural elements involved in the XML-RPC.

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The DAISY Online Delivery protocol grew out of the need for DAISY producers to be able to deliver content to clients and users in a timely and cost-effective way. The challenges associated with distributing content in physical mediums make these solutions difficult to implement, cumbersome to maintain and environmentally unfriendly.

Although DAISY Digital Talking Books are the primary component of the DAISY standard, the standard itself is evolving and the need to distribute various types of accessible media is one that is already faced by many members of the DAISY Consortium. As a result, the service architecture development for this protocol was done with the goal of getting resources from a provider to a reading system, a design principle that should also make the protocol useful as a content delivery mechanism beyond the sphere of accessible publishing.

The second main development objective was to ensure that the protocol was flexible enough to allow it to be customized and tailored to the delivery needs of any individual or organization. The minimal core functionality facilitates the development of simple services that can, for example, allow users to plug their reading system in at night and automatically download their new content. The expanded set of functionality allows for richer and more interactive models where users can browse for and download their own content.

The protocol was also engineered to facilitate the lending of content, not just its delivery. Libraries and other organizations that require a means to deliver content to users for a limited period of time will find a number of features that facilitate this kind of delivery model. The protocol also enables the use of the PDTB2 content protection scheme where explicit digital rights management issues are a concern.

The protocol has been built on a strong foundation of established technologies to reduce the implementation and maintenance costs for individuals and organizations looking to implement this content delivery model: the interaction between reading systems and services is carried out by SOAP messages over the HTTP protocol; the service operations are all defined by a normative WSDL document; and the protocol itself is compliant with WS-I Basic Profile 1.1.

One feature that could not be tackled in this version of the protocol is the discovery of DAISY Online Delivery services. The DAISY Consortium may develop a system and specification for tracking and locating online services at a later date, but currently no such functionality exists that could be integrated with this protocol
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