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i-CREATe 2010 - July 21-24, 2010

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i-CREATe, International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, will be held inShanghaiChina and is expecting larger than ever participations from representatives across the Asia Pacific regions and beyond.  The highlights are "Travel, Employment, Education, Leisure and Sports", all aiming to integrate people with special needs into the society. 

 

We would like to inform you that the conference will now be from 21 - 24 July 2010.  

UPDATE:

 

1. NEW Conference DATES

 

21 July 2010- Full Day Registration

22-24 July 2010- Exhibition and Scientific Programme

 

2. Early Bird Registration Extended                                                        

 

25 June 2010- Last Day of Early Bird Registration

 

Please find the attached i-CREATe 2010 Registration form for your reference.

 

For more details, kindly visit the link below.

 

http://www.icreateasia.org/

Unos 79.500 cordobeses, alrededor del 10% de los habitantes de la provincia, tienen algún tipo de discapacidad, de los cuales un 70% presenta problemas de movilidad y un 54,5% tienen más de 65 años, según refleja el informe realizado como base del segundo Plan de Acción Integral para las Personas con Discapacidad en Andalucía.

Todas estas personas, cuyas posibilidades de movimiento son de por sí reducidas, tienen que luchar a diario con una serie de obstáculos que a veces pasan inadvertidos para el resto de la población. Poniendo el foco en el acceso a la vivienda, cabe señalar que casi el 40% de los discapacitados han tenido que cambiar alguna vez de domicilio debido a barreras en el acceso a su vivienda o en el interior de su casa.

Pero ni todos han podido hacerlo, entre otras cosas porque escasean las viviendas adaptadas, ni para todos el cambio ha resuelto el problema totalmente. De ahí que el 78% de los afectados por movilidad reducida sigan teniendo dificultades para acceder a su casa, ya sea en el portal, en el acensor o, sobre todo, por la existencia de escaleras.

Al menos la mitad de los cordobeses discapacitados, unos 40.000, tienen además dificultad para desplazarse por la vía pública. El informe realizado por Igualdad y Bienestar Social recoge que la queja más frecuente se debe a los bordillos de las aceras, junto con otros obstáculos como papeleras, farolas o socavones.

Según Antonio Hermoso, presidente de Fepamic, en materia de accesibilidad "queda mucho por hacer", no solo para adaptar zonas antiguas sino para evitar que se construya sin tener en cuenta las necesidades específicas de las personas discapacitadas. Ocurre en todos los ámbitos: "Desde edificios públicos a viviendas, calles o lugares destinados al ocio". En su opinión, "el trabajo que realizan en Córdoba desde la Oficina de Accesibilidad municipal es impecable, pero insuficiente porque no está dotada con los recursos necesarios". El transporte público también sigue siendo deficitario. "Aucorsa tiene un número determinado de autobuses adaptados, pero si el circuito no está completo no sirve, ya que podemos empezar una salida con un autobús preparado y quedarnos a medio camino si el que te trae de vuelta no lo está". En cuanto a los taxis, la situación es parecida. También son pocos adaptados. Y de las comunicaciones con la provincia, mejor no hablar. "La normativa que regula la accesibilidad es pobre y solo se exige a los bares, hay que cambiar la ley para que dejemos de ser ciudadanos de segunda", concluyó.


Fuente:

Esta norma pretende reconocer el derecho de los destinatarios de
las políticas sobre discapacidad a la participación y decisión en el
diseño y gestión de las medidas que tienen relación con sus
derechos.

Desde la visión actual, el objetivo no es la integración sin más, sino
la inclusión en el diseño de una sociedad formada para hacer
frente a las necesidades de todos. La idea de inclusión significa
emancipación y equiparación en derechos para que toda la
sociedad cuente con las mismas oportunidades.

Jornada día 2 de marzo de 2010 sobre "Propuesta de Modelo de Ley Autonómica de Accesibilidad Universal"

Expertos del sector social de la discapacidad han perfilado una Propuesta de Ley Autonómica de Accesibilidad Universalpara garantizar el acceso a los bienes, servicios y recursos a todos los ciudadanos, incluidas las personas con discapacidad, independientemente de la Comunidad Autónoma donde resida.

La propuesta de ley ha sido debatida y ampliada en una jornada organizada por la Fundación ONCE y el Comité Español de Representantes de Personas con Discapacidad (CERMI) celebrada el día 2 de marzo de 2010.

Las ponencias expuestas fueron las siguientes:




II Seminário da série "Mobilidade e Transportes Sustentáveis"

A Saúde e a Mobilidade na cidade de São Paulo

 

 

O GT Mobilidade Urbana do Movimento Nossa São Paulo e a Comissão de Trânsito, Transporte, Atividade Econômica, Turismo, Lazer e Gastronomia da Câmara Municipal de São Paulo , dando continuidade a agenda, convida para o próximo debate da série de seminários sobre "Mobilidade e Transporte Sustentáveis".

O segundo seminário da série será no próximo dia 07 de junho, das 18h30 às 21h30, no Auditório Prestes Maia da Câmara Municipal, e terá como tema "A Saúde e a Mobilidade na cidade".

 

Com o objetivo de construir uma agenda para a cidade envolvendo sociedade civil e poder público, o primeiro seminário abordou os desafios da mobilidade em São Paulo, a avaliação dos indicadores técnicos, e agora será a relação entre transporte e saúde.

Os seminários seguintes, no segundo semestre, abordarão as propostas (vinculadas aos orçamentos municipal e estadual) para um Plano Municipal de Mobilidade e Transporte Sustentáveis.

 

Palestrantes confirmados até o momento:

 

 Mara Gabrili, vereadora, representante da Comissão de Transportes da Câmara Municipal;

 

Paulo Saldiva, médico patologista, Professor Titular de Patologia da FMUSP, coordenador do Laboratório de Poluição Atmosférica da FMUSP;

 

Inês Suarez Romano, coordenadora da vigilância em saúde (COVISA), orgão da Secretaria Municipal de Saúde; e

 

Henry Joseph Junior , Presidente da Comissão de Energia e Meio Ambiente da ANFAVEA. 

 

Serviço:

Seminário "Saúde e Mobilidade na cidade de São Paulo"

07/6, segunda-feira, das 18h30 às 21h30

Auditório Prestes Maia da Câmara Municipal de São Paulo - Vd Jacareí, 100 - Centro

 

 

Este Seminário poderá ser acompanhado ao vivo pelo site da TV Câmara, www.tvcamarasp.com.br.

 

Dúvidas e sugestões podem ser enviadas para transito@camara.sp.gov.br.

 

Acompanhe também pelo Twitter:  @dmsc_sp e @nossasaopaulo,

e pelo Ning do Dia Mundial Sem Carro: www.diamundialsemcarro.ning.com

 

Veja e divulgue o cartaz:

 http://www.nossasaopaulo.org.br/portal/arquivos/cartaz_seminarios_mobilidade_camara2010.pdf

 

Se possível, confirme sua presença pelo e-mail: andrea@isps.org.br

 Próximos seminários:

 0/9 - Plano Municipal de Mobilidade e Transportes Sustentáveis

21/9 - A Experiência de Mobilidade da Cidade de Bogotá

8/11 - Orçamento da cidade de São Paulo e do Estado para as áreas de transportes e mobilidade urbana

 


Benetech's Bookshare project has this great program with a twist on "travel-with-a-disability" - the Bookshare Summer Road Trip Contest!

They also have a new Benetech Fellow for 6 months -- me.


How many states can you visit this summer?

Enter the Bookshare Summer Road Trip Contest, and you could win cool prizes like: iPod Nanos, Victor Reader Stream Digital Book Players, and more! Enter today: http://www.tfaforms.com/156882

Students in grades K-12 with qualified print disabilities, such as blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, and severe learning disabilities that affect reading can join Bookshare as individual members and enter the contest.

How do you play?
1) Enter the contest: http://www.tfaforms.com/156882
2) Download and read a book about a state (book list live June 1)
3) Send us a short text about what you thought about the book (online form live June 1)

The more kids read, the greater their chance at winning awesome prizes! Winners will be chosen from grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Enter the contest today! http://www.tfaforms.com/156882

Still need a Bookshare membership? Sign up today with promo code - roadtrip: http://www.bookshare.org/signUpType

It seems the prison metaphor is popular on this site recently ( Under House Arrest?). Here's taking it to the skies as "Not one North American or European airline made the Skytrax list of the world's 10 best airlines":


Stepping on an airplane today -- especially those run by the U.S. airlines -- can seem more like a prison sentence than the start of a great journey. But hop on board an Asian or Middle Eastern airline and you are treated like royalty. Seats are larger, the food actually tastes good and the service is attentive.

Move up to first class and flight attendants are making passengers' beds, behind the doors of their private suites, with the finest linens. Pajamas are handed out along with skin care products from luxury brands like Bvlgari. And when passengers wake on one Middle East airline they can actually take a shower at 40,000 feet, ensuring they'll arrive fresh.

This stark difference in travel is highlighted in an annual ranking of the top airlines by Skytrax, a British airline consulting and research firm. Not one North American or European airline made the Skytrax list of the world's 10 best airlines.

The full story:

Judith Heumann, an international leader in the disability rights movement and a governmental representative to the USICD Board of Directors, will be joining the U.S. Department of State as their Special Advisor for International Disability Rights.  This position was announced last summer, when President Obama and Secretary Clinton declared that the United States would sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Heumann resigned her position as Director of the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia, and will assume her new position at the Department of State on June 7, 2010. 

"This is a significant step forward to the U.S. government's capacity to include disability in our foreign policy. The knowledge Judy will bring to the State Department will be invaluable to international development programs, U.S. ratification of the CRPD, and our country's approach to international engagement," says USICD President Marca Bristo. "As longtime colleagues and friends of Judy, the USICD Board of Directors is elated with her appointment and we wish her all the best in her new role."

Previously, Heumann was the Advisor on Disability and Development for the World Bank from 2002 - 2006, and served as President Clinton's Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services from 1993 -2001.  She was a cofounder of the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, California, and served there from 1982 -1993.  She was also a cofounder of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living, serving as their Deputy Director from 1975 - 1981.

In March 2010, prior to her appointment to the State Department, the Minnesota-based nonprofit Courage Center announced that they will grant Heumann the 2010 Medtronic National Courage Award this September.  Heumann was selected for the 2010 award in acknowledgment of her lifelong advocacy on behalf of children and adults with disabilities.  Heumann was the first recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award in 1990.

Arts Access Australia works with major performing arts stakeholders including the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA), Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), Live Performance Australia (LPA) and Touring Agencies to improve access to the performing arts by Australians with a disability in line with the objectives of the National Arts and Disability Strategy.

Key Findings


Responses to Arts Access Australia research were received from 134 organisations, including 25 of 28 (90%) Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) members and 77 of 112 (70%) Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) members.

Key findings include:

Responses to Arts Access Australia research were received from 134 organisations, including 25 of 28 (90%) Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) members and 77 of 112 (70%) Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) members.


Key findings include:

Key findings include:

* There is a high level of recognition for Arts Access Australia.

* The vast majority of organisations are attracting some people with disabilities as audience members and have some access services available.

* The vast majority of organisations do not promote productions to people with disabilities or monitor their attendance.

* While organisations generally have a very low usage of existing access resources and organisations, this is combined with a very high desire to find out more about access.

* People with disabilities have a low level of employment in surveyed organisations, and even lower participation on Boards and management committees.

* Regional and smaller organisations are often better at including people with disabilities than their metropolitan counterparts.
* The vast majority of organisations are attracting some people with disabilities as audience members and have some access services available.

* The vast majority of organisations do not promote productions to people with disabilities or monitor their attendance.

* While organisations generally have a very low usage of existing access resources and organisations, this is combined with a very high desire to find out more about access.

* People with disabilities have a low level of employment in surveyed organisations, and even lower participation on Boards and management committees.

* Regional and smaller organisations are often better at including people with disabilities than their metropolitan counterparts.
* The vast majority of organisations do not promote productions to people with disabilities or monitor their attendance.

* While organisations generally have a very low usage of existing access resources and organisations, this is combined with a very high desire to find out more about access.

* People with disabilities have a low level of employment in surveyed organisations, and even lower participation on Boards and management committees.

* Regional and smaller organisations are often better at including people with disabilities than their metropolitan counterparts.
* While organisations generally have a very low usage of existing access resources and organisations, this is combined with a very high desire to find out more about access.

* People with disabilities have a low level of employment in surveyed organisations, and even lower participation on Boards and management committees.

* Regional and smaller organisations are often better at including people with disabilities than their metropolitan counterparts.
* People with disabilities have a low level of employment in surveyed organisations, and even lower participation on Boards and management committees.

* Regional and smaller organisations are often better at including people with disabilities than their metropolitan counterparts.
* Regional and smaller organisations are often better at including people with disabilities than their metropolitan counterparts.

Read about the Sydney Morning Herald's Diplomatic Correspondent Cynthia Banham's enrollment in the disability community - and simultaneous banishment from her former world through the absence of Universal Design:


I know this first-hand. Catastrophic injuries from a plane crash changed my world forever. If not for the efforts of a family friend, a builder who extensively modified my home while I was still in hospital, I would not have been able to get in the front door, let alone my kitchen or shower.

But what really came as a shock was the impact my injuries had on visiting family and friends. 


The full story:

Share what you know and help develop accessible travel opportunities 

 

Below is an invitation to contribute to some market research as  tourism company in New Zealand determines how to enter into serving people with disabilities. Take a moment to fill out their survey.


Attached is a link to a five-minute survey which we would be very grateful if you would pass onto your association’s membership base.

The link to the survey is:

Information


We are a small New Zealand based tour company who specializes in providing services for accessible needs travelers and yes, we know all about the Rolling Rains Report and website even down here!!

We want to ensure travelers with disabilities get as many opportunities for fun and adventure as able-bodied travelers.

In order to develop the best services, we are asking disabled travelers (and those travelers that just need a bit of help to get around!) to fill in our quick survey.

 We are after answers from anywhere in the world! 

 The survey will be open until 15 June 2010.

Facts about the survey

    1. It will take five-minutes to fill in – no more, we promise!!
    2. Responses from anywhere in the world are welcome, our only criteria is that respondents have an interest in traveling with a disability.
    3. The survey is in English
    4. You do not have to have been to New Zealand to fill it out or be planning to travel toNew Zealand – we are interested in feedback from anybody with experience in traveling with disabilities
    5. Results will be confidential and not shared with anyone or any company – guaranteed
    6. The survey is open until 15 June 2010
    7. Please feel free to ask more questions by return email if you are unsure of any aspect of this survey

Fundación ONCE has been working since it was created to achieve full social inclusion of people with disabilities, giving effect to the principle of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.

 

In order to get this goal, the first International Congress on Tourism for All was organized in 2005 in Islantilla (Huelva), focussed the strategic importance of accessibility in tourism and communicating the competitive advantage of tourism for all because of the potential market on both the European and worldwide level.

 

Due to the success of the first event Fundación ONCE organized in 2007 with the newly created European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and also with the support of the European Commission, the 2nd International Congress on Tourism for all ENAT, held in Marina d'Or (Valenciain order to continue with the goals of the first edition and improve results.


We are starting to organize the third session, which will take place in Fair of Valladolid from 24 to 26 November 2010, coinciding with the XIV Fair of Interior Tourism, INTUR, scheduled from 25 to 28 November.

 

The backbone on the 3rd International Congress of Tourism for All will be the Cultural Tourism; it is therefore intended for all professionals in the cultural sector with the aim of enhancing their participation in the tourism sector, and the main goal of establishing Universal Accessibility and Design for All, to promote inclusion of people with special needs.

 

Therefore, we would like to send the Open Call to this congress in case you would be interested of being a speaker at it. If it were the case, we would request you to submit a summary / abstract of your paper by 30 May at the following email address turismo@fundaciononce.es . The final decision on acceptance of abstracts will be notified in late June.

 

We kindly ask you to extend this Open Call of participation to all of those people who might be interested in this congress.

 

In case you would like to get further information about past editions, please visit the following link, where you will check the program of the two previous sessions of the congress:


http://www.fundaciononce.es/ES/AmbitosActuacion/Accesibilidad/Paginas/Eventos.aspx .

 

Thanking you in advance for your invaluable collaboration.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jesús Hernández Galán

Director of Universal Accessibility

Fundación ONCE

From the Athens International Airport:


At Athens International Airport we aim to continuously upgrade the offered services, taking always into consideration your needs and expectations. Within this context, we are currently implementing an electronic survey related to the evaluation of our website

 

You are kindly invited to participate in this survey by sharing

 

  • Navigation
  • Content
  • Look & Feel 

Looking forward to receiving your replies until Friday, June 4th 2010

 

AIA's website "E-valuation"_ English version


With thanks to Gus Zografopoulis for submitting this news item



El secretario general del Consejo General de la ONCE, Rafael de Lorenzo, ha pedido a la Unión Europea (UE) que pase de las palabras a los hechos y ponga en práctica políticas que favorezcan la accesibilidad a todos los niveles, porque, enfatizó, "los derechos son algo sólo si se aplican".
 
De Lorenzo moderó una sesión plenaria sobre accesibilidad en la nueva estrategia europea, celebrada en el marco de la Conferencia de Discapacidad y Autonomía Personal que se está desarrollando en Zaragoza.
 
En su intervención, el representante de la ONCE señaló que si bien en los últimos 15 años "se ha avanzado mucho, seguimos estando muy lejos" de que la accesibilidad sea un elemento verdaderamente presente e influyente en la consecución de derechos como el de la educación o el empleo para las personas con discapacidad.
 
Y es que, subrayó, la accesibilidad no sólo es una política social, sino que se ha convertido en un eje central para conseguir el disfrute efectivo de derechos fundamentales como el de la educación o el del trabajo, por lo que ha de concebirse desde una perspectiva amplia.
 
Junto a De Lorenzo participaron en la mesa de trabajo Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, jefa adjunta de la Unidad para la Integración de las Personas con Discapacidad de la Comisión Europea; Carlota Besozzi, directora del Foro Europeo de las Personas con Discapacidad (EDF); Cristina Rodríguez-Porrero, directora del Centro Estatal para la Autonomía y Ayudas Técnicas (Ceapat), y Edit Rauh, secretaria de Estado de Igualdad de Oportunidades de Hungría.
 
AYUDAR A LA INDUSTRIA

Plasencia-Porrero abogó por la necesidad de que haya estándares de accesibilidad en todo el mundo y por que las organizaciones de estandarización impulsen una guía que ayude a la industria a crear en origen productos y servicios accesibles, que, según aseguró, no son más caros y benefician en cambio a toda la población.
 
Por su parte, Besozzi destacó que la accesibilidad y el diseño universal benefician, además de a los ciudadanos con discapacidad, a otros colectivos como el de las personas mayores, por lo que urgió a las administraciones a que no lleguen "demasiado tarde", como ocurre "a menudo", en la implementación de estos derechos.
 
A su juicio, es "crucial" mejorar la formación de arquitectos y diseñadores en accesibilidad y lograr una colaboración más estrecha entre el colectivo de las personas con discapacidad y las organizaciones de consumidores.
 
La representante del Ceapat, dependiente del Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (Imserso), hizo un repaso por los logros de España en las políticas de discapacidad y enunció como "metas" a alcanzar la concepción de la accesibilidad como un elemento transversal y común en todas las políticas, el cumplimiento de todos los mandatos sobre accesibilidad, seguir innovando y no dejar de trabajar nunca con Europa.
 
Finalmente, la política húngara destacó la importancia de saber ver que la accesibilidad mejora la calidad de vida de otros colectivos diferentes al de los discapacitados, como pueden ser el de las personas mayores o el de los padres con bebés, y abogó por que no se tienda a reparar lo creado, sino a diseñarlo en origen de forma que sea usable para todos los ciudadanos.

Fuente:

Estudantes, empresários, gestores e público em geral já podem se credenciar para a 5º edição do Salão do Turismo - Roteiros do Brasil, que acontecerá de 26 a 30 de maio de 2010, no Anhembi, em São Paulo (SP). Os visitantes que fizerem o credenciamento prévio pelo site[http://www.salao.turismo.gov.br/] terão acesso gratuito.

O credenciamento é rápido e fácil. No dia do evento é necessário levar o comprovante de credenciamento com código de barras ou o código de acesso, acompanhado do documento de identidade. O código é pessoal e intransferível. Os menores de 14 anos deverão estar acompanhados por um responsável com mais de 18 anos, e mediante compra de ingresso. Caso o acompanhante esteja previamente credenciado, basta apresentar o comprovante de credenciamento na entrada do evento.

Salão do Turismo 2010

O Salão do Turismo é uma estratégia de mobilização, promoção e comercialização dos roteiros turísticos, promovido pelo Governo Federal por meio do Ministério do Turismo (MTur). Os visitantes podem conhecer roteiros turísticos de todo o país, além de adquirir pacotes, produtos e serviços turísticos.

Mais informações podem ser obtidas por meio do e-mail:salao.turismo@turismo.gov.br

Importante

O Salão do Turismo não fornece certificado pra quem visitou o evento, somente certificado eletrônico para quem assistiu às palestras do Núcleo do Conhecimento e para voluntários. 

A programação das palestras do Núcleo de Conhecimento está disponível no site www.salao.turismo.gov.br. Para conhecer a grade será necessário acessar com o mesmo e-mail e senha informados no credenciamento de visitantes. 

Para informações de expositores, novidades e como chegar ao pavilhão, visite http://www.salao.turismo.gov.br/

Informações Importantes:


de 26 a 30 de Maio de 2010, Pavilhão de Exposições do Anhembi
Horário da Exposição: Quarta-feira (26) a Sexta-feira (28): das 14h às 21h, Sábado (29): das 11h às 22h e Domingo (30): da 11h às 20h, 
Av. Olavo Fontoura, 1209 - Santana
São Paulo - SP

2010 FIFA World Cup

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All wheelchair users travelling through the ACSA Terminals of O.R. Tambo International, King Shaka International and Cape Town International airports during the 2010 World Cup will be greeted with a gift of a wheelchair repair toolkit and the Rolling Inspiration magazine.

 

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), Rolling Inspiration magazine and CE Mobility have joined forces to provide this surprise package in order to keep wheelchair users mobile during the tournament. The football fans' wheelchairs, which may not be used to the pace of life in South Africa, will probably require some small maintenance or adjustment as a result of whizzing around the country to support their favourite soccer team.

 

"This unique project will introduce the Association to the global world and raise international, as well as national, awareness of the plight of many South African people with disabilities," says Ari Seirlis, QASA's National Director. "We hope the toolkit will be of assistance, but most importantly, we want people to become familiar with our Association, the work that we do and the support that we can offer."

 

QASA is a leading disability agency supporting the needs of thousands of quadriplegics and paraplegics across South Africa. Rolling Inspiration is a glossy publication, published by Word for Word Media and owned by QASA, circulated to 5,000 people with mobility impairments. It is the only glossy disability magazine on the continent and enjoys regular input from expert columnists as well as motivational and inspirational articles. CE Mobility is a national wheelchair manufacturer and leading supplier of assistive devices.

 

The partnership between these three organisations has ensured that people using wheelchairs and travelling through South Africa's major international airports will be supported with a small gift to ensure their mobility, a good read for their enjoyment, and the helpful services of the ACSA, Swissport, Bidair and Menzies staff. The project has the full support of ACSA, who will assist with the distribution of these gifts in the months of June and July. QASA enjoys a good relationship with ACSA, providing training for staff who assist passengers as well as advice on the management of people with disabilities in airport facilities.

  

A new helpline, 0860ROLLING, has recently been launched offering information on demand to people with mobility impairments.

 
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Da Revista Pulpito:

  Aos dezenove anos, uma doença colocou uma cadeira de rodas no caminho de Juliana Carvalho. Sem esconder os momentos dolorosos e a vontade de desistir, este relato Na Minha Cadeira.jpgautobiográfico extrai humor e esperança de situações difíceis e expõe a mistura de tragédia e comédia que caracterizam a sua - e a nossa - complexa condição humana.


  Na minha cadeira ou na tua? percorre as questões fundamentais do cotidiano dos cadeirantes, com informações sobre inclusão e acessibilidade e casos de lutas enfrentadas e por enfrentar e intercala narrativas sobre a vida da autora antes e depois da lesão medular. Antes dela, Juliana relembra pensamentos, brincadeiras e a relação ingênua com a família durante a infância e fala sobre a descoberta do amor e do sexo, as festas, a rebeldia e as bebedeiras durante a adolescência. Já adulta, após a grande virada, a readaptação, a convivência com os novos limites, a superação e a percepção de que uma cadeira não modifica o fundamental: o que o ser humano é além do próprio corpo.
 
  Um dos méritos do livro é o bom humor, mas Juliana sobe o tom quando, no último capítulo, se refere à condição de cadeirante na sociedade de hoje: "Podemos ter uma legislação pródiga, mas, na prática, estamos muito aquém do que está no papel. Muito aquém". E segue exemplificando: "No meu trabalho, o que não é adaptado, eu batalho pra ser. Tenho autonomia e um grande prazer em tocar o 'Faça a Diferença', programa exibido na TV Assembleia do Rio Grande do Sul, que aborda temas ligados à inclusão, respeito à diversidade e promoção dos direitos humanos".

Fonte:
http://www.revistapulpito.com.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2623:-livros-na-minha-cadeira-ou-na-tua-de-juliana-carvalho&catid=34:livros&Itemid=116

Finding accessible hotel accommodation and facilities for disabled people in Britain has just 

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been made a little easier.

Guoman and Thistle Hotels have been successfully engaging with Tourism for All during the past 18 months to enhance the information they provide to potential disabled guests.

Based on an Access Statement template developed by VisitEngland, Brian Seaman of Tourism for All Services Limited (the Consultancy arm of Tourism for All) has recently visited all the group's 38 properties in the UK in order to identify the facilities that may meet the needs of disabled clients.

Like other hotel companies, Guoman and Thistle Hotels vary considerably in style and design from property to property.  The group prides itself on presenting individual, interesting properties within both brands; the international deluxe brand Guoman is an inspirational collection of London landmark properties, whereas Thistle's 33 well-located properties across the UK form a high-quality portfolio of contemporary, yet relaxed full service hotels.

For example, some have Grade II Listed facades through English Heritage and have been open for business for over 100 years. Others have been developed in more recent times in a modern style, but have difficult access to some facilities.

Access to some properties is by a flight of steps straight up from the pavement, with no immediate way of overcoming these comfortably. However, by careful wording of the Access Statements this is identified at an early stage, and potential guests are referred to other properties where step free access is possible and their needs can be best served. Of the London properties the most accessible by wheelchair are currently Thistle's Marble Arch, and Guoman's Charing Cross and The Cumberland hotel.

Not only is this information likely to be of benefit to individual disabled people, but also to event organisers, it will also aid e-booking, central reservations, conference and banqueting staff and other front line staff at all of their hotels who are trying to identify what is available, either for their own benefit or that of potential guests.

The information contained in the reports includes relevant details of access to meeting and function spaces as well as leisure areas, the accessible public WCs, bedrooms and other public areas.

The Access Statements contain both text and images in a PDF format, one report for each property. The images may help to identify facilities for those who do not use English as their first language or to help individuals visualise the layout.

There are links to external websites to highlight local accessible transport options, parking and Shopmobility schemes (Shopmobility offers local hire services for mobility equipment and are often based in larger shopping developments in town and city centres), so that disabled guests can organise any equipment they might need to hire for sightseeing or shopping.

The Access Statements also set out to indicate the facilities that are available at each property for guests with a hearing loss or a visual impairment; including the range of auxiliary support devices for example: Big Button telephones, Braille and large print menus, vibrating pillow pad or alarm clock, or doorbells with a flashing light in bedrooms.

There are other elements of accessibility that are also being addressed by Guoman and Thistle Hotels. The Access Statements form a part of their overall strategic review of services and facilities for disabled clients, as they strive to enhance the guest experience for all.

Guoman and Thistle Hotels are not the only hotel company that have been reviewing information for disabled guests. Magnus Bergland of Scandic Hotels recently commented that all investments in greater accessibility have repaid themselves within a year to two years - and the recent update of information that they make available for disabled guests has repaid itself in three months. With that in mind we are confident that this will work for Guoman and Thistle Hotels.

The charity Tourism for All continues to strive to improve the information and services provided by operators in the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry for all users. Without the support of the industry this would not be possible and we are very grateful to our supporting Members - many thanks if you are one of them.

Further information about the progress being made by Guoman and Thistle Hotels is available at:

www.thistle.com/en/group/accessibility.html and www.guoman.com/en/group/accessibility.html

 

More information about developing accessible facilities may be obtained from:

Tourism for All - www.tourismforall.org.uk/Advice-for-Tourism-Businesses.html

Contact: Brian Seamanbrian@tourismforall.org.uk

 

A template for producing an Access Statement has been developed by VisitEngland -www.enjoyengland.com/corporate/corporate-information/Industry_Services/Sustainability-and-Accessibility/Accessible-Tourism/Access-Statements.aspx

Contact: Ross CalladineRoss.Calladine@visitengland.org

 

Information about equipment provided for shopping and sightseeing is available from:

National Federation of Shopmobility - www.shopmobilityuk.org/

Contact: Richard Ashdowninfo@shopmobilityuk.org

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Low on most people's list of leisure enjoyments is being locked out of one's home, trapped in an elevator, or buried alive. So long as commercial aircraft and airports do not adopt Universal Design there will be stories like the following:


United Airlines has apologized to a blind woman from Vancouver Island who was abandoned on an empty plane in Chicago.

Jessica Cabot of Courtenay, B.C., made headlines this week after she went public about being forgotten in an empty United Airlines plane on an April 7 stopover in Chicago.

The 18-year-old was waiting for flight attendants to escort her to a connecting flight to Florida when she heard the plane door seal shut. Ten minutes later two maintenance staff happened to find her on an unscheduled check of the plane.

She panicked in the plane, calling for help.

After a series of complaints, Cabot received a $250 airline voucher and the promise of an apology. Five weeks after her flight and a series of news stories later, she finally got one.

The full story:

Congratulations to Brazilian researcher Rio de Janeiro, Rafael Teixeira de Castro!


A summary of his Master of Science in transport engineering thesis as well as a brief bio has been posted at Dr Simon Darcy's Accessible Tourism Research:


The first International Congress on Tourism for All by Fundación ONCE was organized in 2007 with the newly created European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and also with the support of the European Commission. 


The 2nd International Congress on Tourism for all ENAT, held in Marina d'Or (Valenciain continued  the goals of the first event.


The third congress will take place as part of the Fair of Valladolid from 24 to 26 November 2010, coinciding with the XIV Fair of Interior Tourism, INTUR, scheduled from 25 to 28 November.

En base a la Convención Internacional sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad Villa María deberá trabajar en conjunto con instituciones especiales, gremios, organizaciones civiles y escuelas. Así se desprende del proyecto de declaración sancionado la semana pasada por el Concejo Deliberante, por el cual se adhirió a la Ley Nacional 26.378 que ratifica el Tratado aprobado por dicha convención.


La concejala Rosa Cámpora -del bloque unipersonal Ateneo Eva Perón- explicó a EL DIARIO ayer que el diagrama de trabajo contempla la realización de reuniones departamentales ampliadas con cada uno de los actores -escuelas, gremios, organizaciones civiles- para trabajar sobre las actividades en cada ámbitos de aplicación y luego realizar un encuentro general final para obtener conclusiones y plasmar un documento a los fines de elevarlo a la comisión provincial y a la Conadis.

El objetivo es "promover el reconocimiento de los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad, así como la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación y de todos los obstáculos culturales, de actitud y de otro carácter que impiden su desarrollo y su plena y efectiva inclusión en la sociedad". También, entre los ámbitos de aplicación, figura la promoción y el acceso a la salud, garantizar dicho acceso, en igualdad de condiciones a una educación inclusiva y de calidad, así como "promover la inclusión laboral plena, digna, productiva y remunerativa", tanto en sectores públicos como privados.

Además, busca asegurar "la plena y activa participación e inclusión de las personas con discapacidad en la vida pública y política", y también la eliminación de barreras físicas, arquitectónicas, de comunicación, información y transporte existentes, "promoviendo el uso del Diseño Universal para todos los nuevos proyectos y la renovación de infraestructura existente", para que las personas con discapacidad puedan vivir de forma independiente y participar activamente en todos los aspectos de la vida comunitaria y privada".

Fuente:

Universal Design

While the 125 Universal Principles of Design are not the same thing as the 7 Principles of Universal Design the "mental tongue twister" that results from mixing one concept with the other can be enteraining. 


One example is  Bella Martin in the Flexibility/Usability Tradeoff

First about Bella's site:

Because I never stop thinking about wicked design problems or obsessing about user experiences, I decided to share my ideas here.


An open letter on an Israeli home care and medical equipment lending service:


 
Yad Sarah, Israel's largest volunteer-staffed organization, is interested in identifying organizations capable of replicating its model of a Lending Service for Medical and Home care equipment. Manuals and technical assistance are available through the Yad Sarah organization to help NGO's and other organizations interested in pursuing the replication of this successful program. 
 The Lending Service currently operates out of 100+ branches in Israel and has been replicated in various communities in Africa, Asia. This is a community-based, cost-effective approach to the provision of medical and home care equipment, enabling people to remain at home and in the community, forestalling or shortening institutional stays, providing relief to family caregivers. 
 The organization is also interested in supporting the efforts of capable organizations to replicate its Exhibition and Guidance Center, a model apartment that features dozens of items that can facilitate the functioning of people with disabilities. 
 A stationary Center is located in the organization's headquarters; the organization also has a mobile unit for those not able to travel to Jerusalem. 
Web site  www.yadsarah.org 
Below is link to a short video of Yad Sarah in action.
 For more information, please contact: Adele Goldberg, ACSW Executive Director Friends of Yad Sarah adele@friendsofyadsarah.org
Video:
http://www.youtube.com/yadsarah#p/u/42/txzQhEgYksc

An open letter from Viviane Sarraf author of Museum Rehabilitation: Cultural Inclusion Policies 
Through Accessibility:


Dearest friends,

As your follow my carrer and researches, I'd like to share with you the release of my book "Museum Rehabilitation: Cultural Inclusion Policies through Accessibility", based on my master's thesis.

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The text analyses the relationship between museums and people with disabilities by the analysis of practices and theories about cultural actions and inclusive programs. It also investigates the accessibility and inclusion concepts in relation to museums and cultural mediation using for this objective the testimony of people representing the two sides of this system: people with disabilities - the target audience - and directors and cultural agents of public and private museums and cultural institutions.

I'd like to thank each of you who helped me to write this history with suggestions, show up the accessibility programs of your institutions and encourage me.

The book is available on Amazon.com and other international book stores.

I hope you enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Viviane Sarraf 

For some detailed and informed discussion on accessibility read Wally Tirado's blog Access and Accessibility:
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As Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS), We are licensed to perform plan review and inspection services on privately or publicly owned facilities for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for compliance with the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS). For more information please, visit our website. Visit our TAS forum at http://forum.eabservices.com

The blog:

Realizarán curso-taller de actualización profesional para universidades de la región sur: "La accesibilidad en los ámbitos universitarios, relevamiento, diagnóstico y propuestas de intervención", que propone pautas para la ejecución de un Plan de Accesibilidad en los edificios universitarios y públicos de Bariloche. Se hará en el Hotel Nevada (Rolando 250), el jueves 13, de 14 a 19, y viernes 14 de mayo, de 9 a 16 horas. La participación será gratuita.

La capacitación está organizado por el Programa de Apoyo a Políticas de Bienestar Universitario (SPU), el Área Infraestructura, DNCIEyPP (SPU), el Rectorado de la Universidad Nacional de Río Negro (UNRN), y se enmarca en el Programa de Accesibilidad para las Universidades Nacionales, que propone soluciones técnicas para intervenir en el medio construido respondiendo a los principios de la Accesibilidad Universal, estableciendo compromisos para alcanzar una universidad inclusiva.

El objetivo es "incorporar los criterios del Diseño Universal y las condiciones de seguridad funcional en las remodelaciones y nuevas obras a realizarse en edificios universitarios; intercambiar experiencias de los Talleres realizados con la participación de los usuarios con discapacidad y los profesionales de las áreas de obras y mantenimiento; analizar las posibles soluciones para convertir en accesibles los edificios universitarios, a partir de la identificación de barreras arquitectónicas, de uso y comunicación; entre otros objetivos", manifestaron en una gacetilla de prensa.

Explicaron que incluye tres módulos que se dirigen a funcionarios de la Gestión Pública (Bienestar, Infraestructura, Académica), Colegios de profesionales, personal Jerárquico del área Académica e Informática, funcionarios y profesionales de las secretarías de obras y mantenimiento universitario.

Las responsables del encuentro son la licenciada Liliana Díaz, Coordinadora Programa Discapacidad y Equiparación de Oportunidades dependiente de la Secretaría de Extensión Universitaria, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; y la arquitecta Nora Demarchi, Coordinadora Grupo Accesibilidad al Medio Físico, dependiente de la Secretaría de Extensión, Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata.

Hasta el momento, confirmaron su asistencia referentes de el Instituto Balseiro, la Universidad de Flores, la Universidad Nacional del Comahue, el Centro Atómico Bariloche, la Oficina de Gestión para las Personas con Discapacidad del Municipio de Bariloche, la Biblioteca Sarmiento, la Asociación Esperanza, el Centro de Día Aluminé, el Grupo Cre-Arte, los Colegios de Arquitectos e Ingenieros de la región, el Consejo Provincial de Discapacidad, la Cámara de Construcción de Río Negro y por supuesto, la Universidad Nacional de Río Negro.


Fuente:

http://www.anbariloche.com.ar/noticia.php?nota=14489


Int'l. Disability Film Festival

Gaia Arts Center -Berkeley

June 4 & 5, 2010 (Fri. & Sat.)

From Profound to Profane: Superfest Shines a Spotlight on 13 Remarkable Films in
2-Day Festival Celebrating Disability Culture June 4 & 5 in Berkeley


When a boy's fluttering eyelashes are finally recognized as communication, 16 years of silent isolation end and a soulful poet's life takes flight in Like A Butterfly (Poland, Best of Festival), a lyrical, intimate portrait that's a testament to the profound resilience of the human spirit; the adrenalin rush as the athlete pushes the limits, the awesome beauty of the snowy landscapes, the thrill as the snowboarder soars higher, the tricks, defying gravity, and then, Wipe Out (Canada, Merit) -- three compelling stories about life after your head hits the icy hard-pack; unflinching and raw, at times unhinged, The Last American Freak Show (UK, Merit) turns a voyeuristic lens on a low-rent troupe of self-defined freaks and outsiders as they hit the road in a revival of a marginalized "art form" that many believe should have been "bagged and tagged" long ago.


These are just three of thirteen remarkable award winning-films, a taste of what's in store at the 30th Superfest International Disability Film Festival, a community event celebrating disability culture June 4 & 5 in downtown Berkeley at the Gaia Art Center, 2120 Allston Way. The accessible and affordable event includes Friday and Saturday afternoon screenings of the 13 award-winning films, a lively "Q & A" with attending filmmakers, a meet and greet the film-makers reception and an award ceremony with live entertainment. The festival is presented by Culture!Disability!Talent! (CDT), a grass-roots non-profit dedicated to promoting quality, authentic films that represent the rich diversity of the world's disability community.


Top Honors
The Best of Festival and Excellence Awards go to three films representing the power, passion, craft and art of the documentary. Taking us to cultures as disparate as Poland, China, and California, these superb films remind us that there are no language barriers or national boundaries in our universal need to be heard, recognized, understood, accepted, and yes, loved and embraced as a valued member of the human family.


Best of Festival Award
Without gimmicks or artifice, Polish filmmaker Ewa Pieta delivers an intricate portrait, charged with brilliant moments of emotional intensity. Like a Butterfly tells the story of Przemek, a 23 year-old poet who spent his first 16 years of life trying frantically to communicate, get someone, anyone, to notice him. When an institution worker finally recognizes his persistent tapping and blinking as dammed up intelligence, his desperate isolation comes to an end. With training on a communication system, Przemek dives passionately into his longed for world of words, eventually earning national recognition for his poetry.


Excellence & Spirit Awards
Rhianon Guiterrez's When I'm Not Alone is as direct and down to earth as Sam Durbin, the extraordinary ordinary man at its center. Sam's life, like this story, is all about possibilities. He heads the consumer advisory committee for California's Department of Developmental Services and is a published author, achievements he never imagined while institutionalized or homeless. This powerful gem, which chronicles Sam's efforts to reclaim his life with the help of Integrity House, a clubhouse to help people with disabilities become self-advocates, also earned the Spirit Award, given to an outstanding work by a filmmaker with a disability.


In China, families with autistic children face hostility, discrimination, and financial ruin. Services don't exist. One small school, Stars and Rain, on the outskirts of Beijing, offers a ray of hope. Parents travel thousands of miles with their 5 year-olds to join this intensive 11-week residential course in skills and behavior, aimed at acceptance of the child by public schools. British director, Rob Aspey, skillfully draws us into how hard it is for the Children of the Stars to communicate their needs or show affection. We experience frustration, glimmers of hope, the joy of a father hearing "I love you" for the first time from his son, and our hearts travel with them as they leave and head home to an uncertain future.


The P. K. Walker Award
Named for experimental artist, Pamela Walker, a pioneer in the Berkeley disability arts scene, this award is given to a film that pushes artistic boundaries, that surprises us, that demonstrates innovation in expressing disability experience. With White Sound, Australian filmmaker Sarah Tracton, gives us a totally fresh take on what it means to hear, to listen, when she uses her own hearing loss as catalyst to visually explore the texture of sound.


Awards for Achievement and Merit
Two of the three Achievement Award winners provide windows into the experiences of people restarting their lives somewhere new. Miya of the Quiet Strength was life long activist Miya Rodolfo-Sioson, who first drew national attention as the sole survivor of a campus mass shooting before moving from Iowa to Berkeley to continue her fight for human and civil rights out of the spotlight glare. Filmmaker Daniel Julien's loving tribute captures the essence of this beloved and respected community worker and the family who supported her efforts. In Beyond Borders, children and adults from Iraq, Uzbekistan and Morocco immigrate to Belgium seeking much needed services or to escape oppression and war in their homelands. Director Brecht Vanmeirhaeghe introduces us to a boy with Down syndrome and his family, a mother who is developing multiple sclerosis and a young blind man determined to run a marathon.


The third Achievement winner and two of the five Merit Award winners are films that focus on the power of art to represent, challenge, and transform ideas about disability, films that call into question the nature of artistic expression. Achievement winner, The Portrait of a Disabled Man, is a documentary about the discovery of an unusual 400 year-old Austrian painting. The man's body is laid out, as if for a medical examination, but his head is turned to eye the viewer and challenge our gaze. Filmmakers Volker Schoenwiese and Bernd Thomas explore views by disability scholars, activists, and artists on the history and significance of the painting.


Two Merit Award winners also delve into the significance of the gaze that people with visible disabilities are subjected to in public, and how disabled artists can choose to refashion it into performance. Richard Butchkins takes us on a long and winding road trip with The Last American Freak Show, a rough, sometimes messy look at a troupe of unapologetic "freaks" who flaunt their differences and charge you to gaze. David Levitt-Waxman takes us inside The Art of Movement with the Bay Area's world renowned AXIS Dance Company. These dancers, with and without disabilities, know full well that the audience is at first absorbed by what they perceive as different and resist seeing their performance as art, so they raise the artistic bar and push the creative envelope until they astonish audiences with their innovative moves.


Challenging Assumptions
The three remaining Merit winners and the special award for outstanding emerging artist go to filmmakers for films that demonstrate a strong creative vision and powerful point of view. They are:

*My Friend Claude, driven by a bluesy sound track that serves as narrative, is Canadian Yves Langlois's unsentimental tribute to his close friend that captures his joie de vivre as he fulfils his bucket list;

*Wipe Out is Lionel Goddard's compelling, close-up of three young Canadians who were head injured through extreme snowboarding and are now involved in public education about safety measures;

*Far from Home is Elissa Moon's incisive look at life in Laguna Honda, and how a lawsuit against the country's largest nursing home enabled some disabled residents to escape institutionalization into independent living in the community; and

*Winner of Emerging Artist award Laurence Parent for Je me Souviens: Excluded from the Montreal Subway Since 1966, her passionate and poetic expose of a long, so far futile battle for accessibility of the Montreal subway.


Public Screening Schedule and Reception/Awards Event
Public screenings of the award-winning films will take place on Friday, June 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, June 5, 12-5 p.m., at the Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston (one block from the downtown Berkeley BART station) in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $5-$20/day sliding scale and will be sold only at the door. Please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented products. A "Meet the Makers" reception will take place on Saturday, June 5, 6-7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony with live entertainment from 7-9 p.m. The reception and awards ceremony are free and open to the public.


Access Accommodations Available
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Braille and large print screening schedules are available. All films will be audio described and most are captioned; check screening schedule. Film introductions, as well as the reception and awards event will be ASL interpreted.


For additional access information, or to get a copy of the SUPERFEST 2010 screening schedule, visit:http://www.culturedisabilitytalent.org/superfest/index.html, e-mail:info@culturedisabilitytalent.org, or call the CDT voice mailbox at 510-845-5576.


Sponsors
Superfest 2010 is made possible in part by the generosity of: AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, the California Arts Council, Gabriel Ledger, M.D., the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA, and the True North Foundation. CDT is also currently funded by the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program.


Press Contact
To schedule interviews or obtain DVD screeners and photos, please call Liane Yasumoto at 510-845-5576 or e-mail: info@culturedisabilitytalent.org.

Reportagem de Eduardo Camara no blog Mão na Roda:


Já fizemos a lista de táxis acessíveis do Brasil, e agora montamos uma dos motéis adaptados para cadeirantes! A lista ainda é pequena, mas com a ajuda de VOCÊS, ela pode ficar beeeem maior.

Então, galera, compartilhem o que vocês sabem e dêem as dicas. E se já visitaram algum dos motéis da lista abaixo, comentem sobre ele também!

Agradecimento especial para Toninho, Brunna , Tatiana e Sheila pelas dicas!

Atualização em 27/04/2010: o site Guia de Motéis também passou a publicar uma lista de motéis acessíveis!

Ver a lista:

The Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art is pleased to announce the sixth International conference on Inclusive Design.

Include 2011 will take place at the Royal College of Art, London, UK on 18-20 April 2011.

The theme for Include 2011 will be: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen

As a concept, social innovation has growing currency in society, government, academia and business. It manifests itself in many different ways in different contexts. Its meanings extend from public service and policy innovation to initiatives in assistive technology and to aspects of civic participation and creative entrepreneurship. 

In all of these areas, design has a key role to play. It can make policy visible and participation possible.

In particular, inclusive design can deliver innovations of social value to communities and markets. 

The Include 2011 international conference at the Royal College of Art seeks papers on all design aspects that catalyse social innovation, in particular:

  • Organisation - what design tools, techniques, frameworks and networks support and enhance social innovation?
  • Origins - how has social innovation emerged as a design construct and in what ways does it manifest itself?
  • Outputs - research studies and design exemplars of social innovation, drawn from public space, health, transport and other key domains.

Include 2011 is particularly interested in papers that explore the direct relationship between inclusive design and social innovation.

Details for submission of abstracts for papers and poster presentations can be found here.

More details on the Include conferences can be found here.

From Black Diamond Builders:


Some of the most moving, powerful words uttered. When I watch a video of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. say these words and understand the context from which he speaks, I get the chills. Every time.

Now I have a dream.

I have a dream that as our parents and grandparents continue to live longer, they can do so in the comfort and security of their own home, not made to move into a 'home' if that's not their wish.

I have a dream that injured breadwinners can remain living with their own families, not separated or relocated because their physical limitations force them to live in a 'facility' miles away.

I have a dream that disabled children live the most normal life possible including living in their own home surrounded by the care and love that only a family can give, not in an 'institution'.

I have a dream that homes will be designed to promote the dignity of all mankind, and not just accommodate the young and healthy.

I have a dream that I can live my entire life in the same house even if I'm disabled.

Now what? No marches in the beltway. Yet.

Read more here:

Blogging Against Disablism

Perspectives of a blind traveler:


I'm Damon, Welsh British, living in the UK in a quaint shire town in the West Midlands, I can see, but not too well as I'm visually impaired. I'm married, love writing and learning languages. I believe in trying to carrying with things as best as I can by myself with my visual impairment, and living as close to a normal life as I had before my eyes problems came, but realise my limitations. I don't like bright light (or often normal light depending on how pained my eyes are), so I often wear shades over my ordinary glasses.

It's been quite a year since I last blogged on disablism. There's so much I could blog on: I got married, work, service industries (such as banks: seriously, my local branch of Barclays Bank are absolute angels and are amazingly helpful, unlike a certain other UK high street bank), but for some reason this year, I'm drawn to the topic of travel this year. I can't cover everything, but with my poor eyesight I'll give my (blinkered) perspective on it, from my own personal experience.

It's been quite a year since I last blogged on disablism. There's so much I could blog on: I got married, work, service industries (such as banks: seriously, my local branch of Barclays Bank are absolute angels and are amazingly helpful, unlike a certain other UK high street bank), but for some reason this year, I'm drawn to the topic of travel this year. I can't cover everything, but with my poor eyesight I'll give my (blinkered) perspective on it, from my own personal experience.

Read on...

Chile para Todos (Spanish)

"Queremos proponer a la sociedad chilena, buenas prácticas en materia de construcción y diseño, ejecutando proyectos de accesibilidad integral, en espacios públicos y edificaciones, proyectos educativos, turísticos y diseño de objetos accesibles", señaló Alejandro Hernández, presidente de la Fundación Nacional de Discapacitados.

Y, Alejandro, queremos conoscer un Chile assi como turistas!

Desde El Mostrador:

La Fundación Nacional de Discapacitados (FND) y una oficina de arquitectos presentaronfoto.jpg de manera conjunta una propuesta para mejorar los accesos a las edificaciones del país, lo cual busca beneficiar a alrededor de 2,5 millones de personas con discapacidad...

La unión de la fundación con Prado Fuentealba Arquitectos se basa en la Convención Internacional de las personas con discapacidad y en la Ley 20.422, sobre igualdad de oportunidades e inclusión social de personas con discapacidad.

Hernández reconoció que existe la voluntad, por parte de organismos públicos y privados, de avanzar en esta materia, sobre todo porque legalmente el año 2013 vence el plazo para que todas las personas, sin distinción, puedan acceder sin problemas a todos los edificios.


Fuente:
http://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/pais/2010/04/14/discapacitados-y-arquitectos-proponen-mejorar-los-accesos-de-edificios/

Desde la COCEMFE:

Fecha : 14/04/2010

La Confederación de Personas con Discapacidad Física y Orgánica de la Comunidad Valenciana (COCEMFE CV), a través de su Agencia para la Defensa y Promoción de la Accesibilidad (ADEPA) exigirá el cumplimiento estricto de la normativa en las nuevas estaciones y trenes de la Comunidad Valenciana, así como en las remodelaciones de infraestructuras que se están llevando a cabo, para que sean accesibles.

En la imagen, estación de Sax

La Confederación ha señalado que "las inminentes inversiones en el sistema ferroviario de nuestra comunidad como son, las remodelaciones de las estaciones de Sax, Beniganim, Alcalá de Xivert, Catarroja y, sobre todo, la nueva construcción de la Línea de Alta Velocidad de Levante, con un coste de más de 350 millones de euros, deben contemplar la accesibilidad y el diseño universal en todos los ámbitos".

El presidente de COCEMFE CV, Carlos Laguna Asensi ha puntualizado que "nuestra comunidad va a experimentar un cambio excepcional en sus instalaciones ferroviarias y es momento de alertar y advertir que todo el proceso de diseño y ejecución de estas instalaciones y del material móvil, no debe ser ajeno a las necesidades de las personas con movilidad reducida, tanto para los que viven en la Comunidad como para los que vengan a visitarnos".
COCEMFE CV quiere recordar que, en su afán de exigir las garantías de un transporte público adaptado para cualquier persona participó, a finales de febrero, en una reunión con Francesc Romeu, director ejecutivo del Nuevo Plan Estatal de Accesibilidad de RENFE, para conocer de primera mano los aspectos más relevantes del citado plan en el que destacaba la adaptación de los trenes de cercanías, que tantas quejas ha generado en usuarios de sillas de ruedas por la falta de unas condiciones mínimas de accesibilidad.
En esta misma reunión, se le propuso la idea de poder visitar las instalaciones del nuevo AVE, antes de su apertura al público en general, con la finalidad de poder realizar sugerencias o modificaciones que garanticen la autonomía e independencia de todas las personas sin exclusión, propuesta a la que el director ejecutivo se mostró abierto con el fin de que las futuras instalaciones reúnan los requisitos de accesibilidad y diseño universal para todos.

Fuente:
http://www.cocemfe.es/noticias/vernoticia.php?id=6724

Playground Magic

Although volunteers did not quite finish constructing Freedom Playground last week, they came close.

As of Sunday afternoon the 12,000 square-foot play structure had taken shape and stood 90 percent complete, its turrets, bridges, slides and ramps clearly visible amid brand new athletic fields at Haverford Reserve.

... "I'm thrilled," said [Ann] Phillips, recalling that only "eight days ago this was an empty field with holes. It was amazing to see the community come out. ...The teamwork was unbelievable. Everyone has been enthusiastic ... and really worked hard."

Composed primarily of composite lumber and latex-free materials, Freedom Playground will accommodate typical and special needs children, offering 100 percent wheelchair accessibility. Its Universal Design features exceed ADA requirements, said consulting architect Lee Archin of Leathers & Associates.

Source:
http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2010/04/28/news_of_delaware_county/news/doc4bd858c08577f033497202.txt

Program announcement from Accessible World:
 
Wednesday May 12th: 8 pm EDT: You and Your Guide Dog hosted by Robert and Ruth Ann Acosta.  The topic for this month is: "Why I chose to travel with a guide dog."

Visit the Guide Dog Users Room at:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs2ccabdfcfd3a
 
Accessible World programs are archived on either www.accessibleworld.org or at www.radiooutofthepast.org
 
If you have any questions concerning the Accessible World Calendar, please contact Robert Acosta at the following e-mail address: Bob Acosta boacosta@pacbell.net

Malaysia Moves to center Stage

From the Malay Mail:


 
There was a glimmer of hope for the disabled at the National Conference for Universal Design and Accessibility last month.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil announced that Malaysia would ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in New York, the United States, sometime this month.

The minister promised that Malaysia would move forward to provide accessibility to the disabled.

Apart from opening up public places for this group of people, the convention spelled out their rights to be included in mainstream society and equal opportunities. Among the articles of the convention are ensuring that they are provided with suitable equipment to vote during elections and to enjoy 'friendlier' public transport.


Source:

http://www.mmail.com.my/content/35257-disabled-dont-shut-us-out

A Showcase Deep Green Demonstration Project


Green and Accessible

The Green Access Home at Suncadia, a Sustainable Preserve in the Pines is a showcase Built Green demonstration project is a 2,000 square foot family contemporary mountain cabin taking full advantage of the abundant sunshine and views. This home features full universal accessibility and is designed to be enjoyed by friends and family, with entertaining centered on cooking, visiting, and outdoor activities. The house is in-touch with nature, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors; and emphasizes affordable and cost-effective sustainability that has been seamlessly integrated into the design.

Some of the Key Green Attributes:

  • Deep green integrated with universal design
  • Focus on affordability
  • Small one-story home utilizing local, salvaged, durable and non-toxic materials, passive solar plus green energy systems and technologies
  • Limited site disturbance, pervious pavers and native landscaping
  • Ultra-low VOC levels including environmentally friendly paints, caulking and sealants for all indoor components of the home
  • Energy efficient insulation, windows and heating system
  • Energy Star appliances