Accessible Routes - Advanced Session (August 7)

laptop with Access Board logoThe next webinar in the Board's free monthly series will take place August 7 from 2:30 - 4:00 (ET)and will feature an advanced level discussion of the requirements for accessible routes in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. Presenters will address in greater detail topics and issues concerning accessible routes, including connection to required clear floor spaces, door maneuvering clearances, and exterior routes. They also will answer questions submitted from attendees in advance and those posed during the webinar session. Participants are encouraged to review earlier webinars onaccessible routes and accessible routes on sites in advance of the upcoming session.

For more information, including registration instructions, visit

PhotoAbility introduces Portfolios by West Coast Photographers Tiffany Mather and Aaron Paul Rogers that creatively reflect through their art of photography how models with disabilities smash perception commonly associated with disability such as sickness, frailty, and asexuality. To the contrary, these images will titillate, delight, and inspire viewers.

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Aaron's images are edgy, creative, and refreshing, while pushing the barriers of perception. He makes disability sexy and strong with images ranging from extreme adventure to a female model dominating in leather and whips from an antique wheelchair. Visit Aaron's Portfolio.

Independence and self-determination are characterized in Tiffany Mather's emotive and symbolic images which range from black and white studies on loss and loneliness to vibrant color images of various adaptive sports featuring archery, skiing, and wheelchair basketball. Visit Tiffany's Portfolio.

Tiffany Mather was recently named "Hero of the Week" by a local paper in Santa Clara, CA for her work as a volunteer and board member on behalf of the Triumph Foundation for the last six years.

Aaron Paul Rogers of LA, California also met his first model, Domonic Corradin, through the Triumph foundation. He coordinated with PhotoAbility owner Deborah Davis, a wheelchair user herself in Florida, to shoot Alanna Flax Clark in his studio. Alanna brought her friend Melissa, and with props brought in by Aaron, the ladies brought to life the vision he had long planned for...a modern and antique twist on perception of disability.

PhotoAbility often matches photographers with specific models in their area in an effort to more quickly create "Disability Inclusive Stock Photo Images" for their customers to choose from in their Library. Custom shoots can also be arranged by companies who wish to hire a photographer or model whose work they have seen through the website.

Photographers who are represented in the library receive top competitive royalties; have the option to create an individual portfolio hosted on the site, receive promotions of their businesses with links to their sites, and have the opportunity to become a featured portfolio monthly.

PhotoAbility feels that powerful messages imparted through imagery will bring about important social change with increased access and rights. Its Stock Image Library represents over one billion persons with disabilities worldwide, whose spending power has a substantial impact on travel and lifestyle economies all over the world. This demographic is seeking to be acknowledged in advertising and editorial images.

The goal of the Image Library is to give customers the wide selection of positive imagery reflecting the real lives of people with disabilities, encouraging further inclusion. The imagery contained within the pages have the effect of helping to eliminate the fear and negative stereotyping that so often permeates all levels of society.

PhotoAbility Sampler

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments - GAATES ( in collaboration with the Zero Project( is looking for innovative practices and policies that relate to Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR).


These practices and policies will be presented at the 2015 Zero Project Conference in Vienna, Austria alongside practices and policies pertaining to the Zero Project's own streams on Independent Living and Political Participation.


We welcome you to download the Disaster Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) nomination and instruction documents from the GAATES website at You can also download these forms, as well as the Zero Project nomination and instruction forms related to the Independent Living and Political Participation streams


Who can nominate a practice or policy?

Everyone can nominate a practice or a policy, including experts from the academic, public, private, and non-profit sector. Self-nominations are possible as well. Please note, however, that laws, regulations or public policies cannot be nominated by the responsible government, parliament, or administration.


What is the  Zero Project?

The Zero Project - For a World Without Barriers (, officially launched in 2011 by the Essl Foundation (, advocates the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. With its global outreach, the Zero Project monitors the national implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and highlights innovative practices and policies. The project is organised in partnership with the World Future Council ( and the European Foundation Centre (


The vision of the Zero Project is to work for a world without barriers, according to the principles and Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It does so by researching Innovative Practices and Innovative Polices worldwide that help to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, as well as researching social indicators that measure the implementation of the UN CRPD and the current situation in all countries of the world.


What is GAATES?

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international not-for-profit organization that brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting accessibility of electronic and communication technologies and accessibility of the built environment. GAATES' mission is to promote the understanding and implementation of accessibility of the sustainable built, social and virtual environments, including architectural, infrastructural design, transportation systems, habitat, and electronic information and communication technologies so that everyone, including people with disabilities and older persons are able to fully participate and contribute to society.


While recognizing the collaborative partnership of the Zero Project, GAATES is fully responsible for the DiDRR stream, including the preparation and distribution of the nomination form, the review and research of the nominations, and the development and presentation of the results report. GAATES will be using the Zero Project processes, evaluation system, reporting protocols and communication tools.


Please Distribute this email to your Colleagues and Associates in the DiDRR and Emergency Preparedness fields.

Marnie Peters
GAATES Executive Officer

Clips from a presentation on Inclusion tourism with news commentary in Nepali.


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In 2011 my friend, Brazilian psychologist Marta Alencar, visited Nepal.She has a project that introduces people to mobility impairments in a unique way. She created an imaginary character named Tina Descolada who is a doll in a wheelchair. ( Marta created a heartfelt slideshow for me to include in some of my presentations next week. You will find it here:

U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in New York City on May 15

This is a reminder that the U.S. Access Board will hold a town hall meeting in New York City on May 15. At the event, the Board will provide briefings on its work, including new guidelines it recently released on emergency transportable housing and guidelines issued last fall covering outdoor developed areas on federal sites. There also will be panel discussions on various topics and open question and answer sessions.

All events are open to the public and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan. People can attend all events or just those of particular interest. For further information, contact Kathy Johnson at, (202) 272-0041 (voice), or (202) 272-0065 (TTY). The Board requests that attendees refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other fragrances for the comfort of all participants.

U.S. Access Board Briefings and Panel Discussions
May 15, 9:30 - 4:00
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, 6th Floor, Conference Rooms A/B
26 Federal Plaza at Broadway and Worth
(Visitors should use the Boardway entrance and allow time to get through security.)

9:30 - 12:00

Opening remarks by Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Board Briefing: Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas
Panel Discussion: Taxicab Accessibility in New York City
includng: Jim Weisman, United Spinal Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program, and Marc Klein, Vice President, Airports Nationwide, Clean Energy
Panel Discussion: U.S. Department of Justice ADA Enforcement Actions 
featuring David Kennedy, Chief of the Civil Rights Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Public Question and Answer Period
1:30 - 4:00

Board Briefing: Supplementary Guidelines on Emergency Transportable Housing
Panel Discussion: Rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy
including: Susan Dooha, Executive Director for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, Rosemary Lamb, Director, Division of Advocacy, NY State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Edith Prentiss, Disability Advocate, and Marcie Roth, Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Public Question and Answer Period

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Check out Candy Harrington's new book "Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers"

($6.99, 6 X 9 paperback, ISBN: 978-0-69221-052-9; $6.99, Kindle,
ASIN: BOOK40L73K) is available at or

Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 June 2014

The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and  National implementation and monitoring.

This session will include:

Six meetings: 
(see Draft Programme:

  • Election of the Member of the CRPD Committee
  • Matters related to the implementation of the Convention:
    (a) General debate
    (b) Round Table 1. Incorporating the Provisions of CRPD in the post-2015 development agenda
    (c) Round Table 2: National implementation and monitoring
    (d) Informal panel: Youth with disabilities
  • Implementation of the Convention by the UN System

  • Provisional agenda  ((CRPD/CSP/2014/1)
  • Election of the members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (See online announcement:
  • Background Paper for Roundtable One: Incorporating the provisions of the CRPD in the post-2015 development agenda (CRPD/CSP/2014/2)
  • Background Paper for Roundtable Two: National implementation and monitoring (CRPD/CSP/2014/3)
  • Background Paper for the Informal panel: Youth with disabilities (CRPD/CSP/2014/4)

Civil Society Participation

Registration: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) must register online in order to attend this session. CSO representatives in possession of annual ground-passes should also pre-register. (Deadline: 30 May 2014)

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

NHRIs must complete and submit the Registration form for NHRI participation (Deadline: 20 May 2014


(Deadline for application for side-events: 15 May)

For more information on COSP7, please visit:

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Après avoir enflammé le public aux "Crystal Boot" en 2013, Alex et Jacqueline Glyn nous ont fait une démonstration lors des "Rencontres nationales de la country" à Issoudun samedi 22 mars 2014

Technical guides and animations on the ADA and ABA StandardsThe U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

"The Board is very excited to offer this series of technical guides and animations to help users understand the requirements of the ADA and ABA Standards and how they can be met," states Access Board Member Michael Graves, FAIA. "As a practicing architect, I know from experience how valuable this type of guidance is in following the standards and ensuring accessibility."

The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic "building block" technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

"These new resources not only explain requirements in the standards but also demonstrate their rationale," notes Graves. "Knowing the 'whys' behind various provisions is key to understanding what accessibility means and how best to achieve it."

The Guide to the ADA Standards covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standards addresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series.

See the story behind the disability rights action in Lisbon Portugal that has gone viral from  Lisboa (In)Acessível.

Staged in the Duke of Saldanha Plaza in Lisbon this bold action went on to become a meme gone viral. Parabens Portugal!

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