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The first World Summit Destinations for All took place at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal from October 19-22, 2014. More than 350 delegates from around the globe came together with one goal: to further develop and implement international standards to build an accessible world for everyone. 

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  • 366 participants from 31 countries;
  • 148 sessions and 6 panels underlying 3 main themes: tourism, culture and transportation for all;
  • The Declaration "One World for Everyone" was adopted at the end of the Summit, in the presence of representatives from the United Nations (UN), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), and the International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO);
  • A growing worldwide network.

The three main themes from the Summit, whether it was tourism, culture or transportation, led participants to discuss concrete ways to put good practices in place for accessibility for the present and future. 

The Summitt featured speakers such as Ann Frye, Jitu Thaker from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Pierre Jeanniot, a leading Canadian authority. They presented concrete solutions to improve the challenging issues involved in the transport industry, particularly air transport. 

Countries and regions like Belgium, England, Spain and the United States shared with us many different solutions available in their cities that make for a positive traveller's experience. The issue on culture was not ignored, with testimonials coming from France and Croatia for example. 

Accessibility and its effect on the economy were also touched upon, with the message loud and clear that marketing to the disabled population is indeed profitable. "We simply have just customers", said Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director of Scandic Hotels. This philosophy among hotel chains makes it an integrative model and success in the lucrative market. 

rganizations like the ENAT, the UNWTO and the UN. participated in fruitful conversations that took place during the 3 day conference, and brought their credibility and support to the discussions.

The Summit aimed to share good practices from cities, regions and accessible destinations, and establish a plan for the global development of inclusive tourism.


The event declaration, "One World for Everyone", was signed by the Summit's two co-chairs, Mr. Ivor Ambrose (ENAT) and André Vallerand (World Centre of Excellence for Destinations). Mr. Carlos Vogeler, Director-Executive Secretary for Members Relations at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) served as co-signing witness.

ENAT's president Anna Grazia Laura accepted, on behalf of her association, the responsibility to coordinate the creation of a World Network for Accessible Tourism.

Daniela Bas, director of UNDESA's Division for Social Policy and Development at the UN, states, "I return to the UN with great news. The goal now is to raise awareness of the feasibility for a world for everyone to the UN members from 193 countries."

André Leclerc, the visionary behind the Summit, was very clear about the future: "With this declaration, we intend to go even further. We must continue to work together to organize in achieving our goals, and to enforce the message of accessibility, a world for everyone! "

Our International Common Strategy

The declaration "One World for Everyone" that was adopted at the end of the Summit is the foundation for our international common strategy and action plan.

The declaration is now available in EnglishFrench, Catalan, and Arabic on the Destinations for All website.
We invite all of our partners to sign the declaration, either personally, or in the name of your organization that you represent. 
The online process to sign is now available:

We are also encouraging our partners to provide us with the translated versions of the declaration in their national languages. 


We kindly remind speakers to please send us your texts for distribution in the Summit Proceedings.
The deadline to submit your full paper based on your presentation at the Summit in Montreal is November 14, 2014. Please refer to the guidelines on our website here.

IUCN World Parks Congress


The upcoming World Parks Congress is a once in 10 year event with over 3000 delegates from around the world. On Monday the 17th of November there are two sessions on park accessibility and inclusion.

Diverse parks, diverse communities - parks and protected areas for everyone. 1:30 to 3:00pm in Hall 3B1

Learn about some fascinating and innovative programs that are being run in parks and protected areas to improve the health and well-being of diverse community groups. The variety of programs featured include social inclusion programs for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds; engaging and empowering communities through place-based education and activation; universal design of park facilities and how providing specialised equipment and detailed accessibility information can encourage people with a disability to visit parks and protected areas.

Key Speakers: David Stratton - TrailRider Advocate, Sam Cuff - Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service Australia, Aimee Freimanis - Parramatta City Council, Mr. Yoon, Sang-heon - Korea National Park Service, John Kenwright - Parks Victoria, Bill Forrester - Travability.

Creating and promoting accessible protected area experiences for visitors with disabilities. 

5:30 to 7:00pm Hall 3B1

This workshop will explore and discuss the common barriers to gaining protected area access information as experienced by visitors with disabilities. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the: • Growing international need for accessible protected area infrastructure and protected area experiences. • Type and range of protected area experiences and activities that visitors of all abilities are seeking. • Importance of compiling protected area accessibility information guides in a practical format for visitors. Participants will be encouraged to share their lessons learnt on protected area accessibility and give ideas for application in other protected area settings including both urban and wilderness parks. This workshop will also provide a toolkit for participants to learn how to evaluate the accessibility of their own parks and protected areas using a protected area evaluation manual developed by Parks Victoria and Travability. This workshop is led by Parks Victoria in conjunction with Travability.

For more:

The text of the Destinations pour tous summit on Inclusive Tourism in anticipation of several multi-year United Nations projects promoting Inclusive Tourism as a development strategy.


Destinations for All will feature over 130 speakers from around the world including world leaders and ambassadors in accessible tourism. This first-ever World Summit dedicated to Inclusive Tourism in destinations has just now published presentation abstracts.

Read through Then meet us there in Montreal.

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The aim of the Summit is to take stock of the achievements that have been made in the world's leading accessible destinations, regions and cities, to share and discuss best practices and methods and to chart a course for the development of One World of Inclusive Tourism for Everyone.

This event also aims to accomplish the following:

  • To make a decisive push forward on the determination of a set of international norms and standards with regards to accessible tourism and transportation;
  • To highlight the economic benefits for destinations to be fully inclusive and accessible, and to develop and enhance accessible tourist products;
  • To establish a world partnership and a common international strategy to develop universal accessibility1 for infrastructures and tourism services, transport services, and to increase the availability of information on different destinations' accessibility.

1 Universal accessibility, founded on an approach of inclusion for all, permits each person, whatever his or her capacities, to use services offered to the population at large in a manner that is identical or similar, autonomously and simultaneously.

Final Program:


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Dear Sir or Madam;

Tourism International Conference, Travel Mart Exhibition, Optional Tour & More

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in 5th International Conference on Accessible Tourism (ICAT 2014) with the theme TOURISM FOR ALL that to be held from 4 till 7 December 2014, at MBPJ Civic Hall, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

ICAT 2014 is an event that aims to bring the Elderly and People with Disabilities to the heart of a more inclusive global society, in the same time to create awareness on this potential and niche market.  It is the first of such world-wide international events organized in Malaysia and will positively lead to an increased recognition and encouragement of policies and actions to promote Accessible Tourism for all.

The purpose of this conference is to present a discussion forum to identify key policies, strategies, and to provide information to policy makers, industry players, consumers and the public on Accessible Tourism for all. At the meeting, international guest speakers will be invited to discuss on the implementations, as well as to share country reports and progress on the topic.

Pre-Conference Tour and Access Tour will be part of Conference program for participants to experience the exciting of touring in Malaysia and giving input for improvement. The tour will take the participants to explore the fascinating sights in and around the city. Enjoy visits to cultural & heritage places and cosmopolitan structures that will leave them enriched with an experience of Accessible Tour.

 During the course of the event, there will also be an on-going exhibition featuring the accessible tourist attractions in Asia Pacific Region, interesting packages and facilities on Accessible Tourism. One could easily plan for an exciting and accessible tour with all the information provided. Besides that, the exhibition of arts and craft and various traditional hand-made products created by PWDs would highlight the contribution of PWDs in the field of tourism industry. In the same time there will be International Disability Arts Festival, Singing and Dancing Contest for those who have talent in performance to take part.

Another important purpose of ICAT 2014 is to officially form the Asia Pacific Network On Accessible Tourism (APNAT), in order to build up a bigger and wider network to create greater impact of Accessible Tourism to the world. 

Below please find the Conference Fee, Hotel Room prices and details for Optional Tours. A draft program is attached for your reference. Further information is available on For all other enquiries, please contact


Registration Dateline: September 30, 2014



Conference Registration Fee (December 4-7, 2014)


Registration Fee
(Date Line: September 30th, 2014)



MYR 500

Group (5+)

MYR 400 each

Accompany Person

MYR 300


MYR 300


MYR 300


MYR 250 each



Accompany Person

MYR 250


MYR 250


Registration Equity



Accompany Person


Pre-Conference Tour with Lunch on Dec 4 (Only for International Participants register before September 30)


Welcome Dinner, Film & Photo Contest Prize Presentation on Dec 4


Disability Performing Arts Festival

Opening Ceremony on Dec 5

Main Conference on Dec 5 & 6

Break Out Session for Access Check or                        International Singing/Dancing Contest on Dec 6

Exhibition & Mini Mart on Dec 4 - 6

Awareness Walk on Dec 7

Closing Ceremony Dec 7

Lunch (3 days: Dec 5 - 7)

Coffee Break (2days: Dec 5 - 6 )

Conference Bag & Material

Relevant Information

Local Airport Transport (International Participants)






    Pearl International hotel

Room rate: RM 180/room/night (twin bed, include 2 breakfast)

    Hilton Petaling Jaya

Room rate: RM 280/room/night (twin bed, include 2 breakfast)




Optional Tours

(a)  KL City Tour, sightseeing and the experience of hardknock (making own pewter bowl) with lunch.

Price: MYR 210/person, Minimum persons: 10 persons, Date of tour: 04th Dec 2014


(b)  Selangor Nature Park & Fireflies Night View Tour with dinner.

Price: MYR 285/person, Minimum persons: 10 persons, Date of tour: 05th Dec 2014

(quite challenges, only for those who could do self-transfer)


(c)  World Heritage Malacca daytrip tour with lunch.

Price: MYR 260/person, Minimum persons: 10 persons, Date of tour: 06th Dec 2014


I am also attached here the tentative program and registration form for your perusal. We look upon of your participation as it will bring much support and contribution to the conference and to the disabled community. Thank you.



Yours sincerely,

Sia Siew Chin

ICAT 2014 Organizing Chairman

Executive Director, Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled.



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

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

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:

Alex et Jacqueline Glyn

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

True Grit - The 2014 Paralympics

"The idea of 'Sport Doesn't Care' is that sport is the great leveler," says Carlo Cavallone, ecd at 72andSunny in Amsterdam, of his agency's hard-hitting 90-second spot for Paralympics sponsor Samsung. 

 "Abled and other-abled athletes are exactly the same when it comes to competing," he tells AdFreak. "Paralympic athletes don't go to the games because they want to make a statement about their disability; they go because they want to win a medal. This is often missed in the communication about this event." 


O Comitê de Deficiência e Acessibilidade da Associação Brasileira de Antropologia convida para a apresentação de trabalhos e posters no GRUPO DE TRABALHO: ETNOGRAFIAS DA DEFICIÊNCIA, na 29ª Reunião Brasileira de Antropologia, em Natal, de 03 a 06 de agosto de 2014. 

083. Etnografias da Deficiência

Coordenadores: Debora Diniz (Universidade de Brasília), Adriana Dias (COMITÊ DEF ACESSIBILIDADE/AAA/UNICAMP)

A questão da deficiência sempre esteve presente na história da civilização, mas foi somente nas últimas décadas que as pessoas com deficiência passaram a se narrarem e a se constituírem como sujeitos de direitos humanos. Isso permitiu o surgimento, nas Ciências Humanas e Sociais, dos Estudos sobre Deficiência, um campo de investigação cuja proposta central é apreender os diferentes sentidos e significados da categoria deficiência em suas relações históricas e sociais e a articulação com outras categorias de análise, como o gênero, a classe, a raça/etnia, a sexualidade, dentre outras. Os debates que a envolvem incluem questões, diversas, transversais e interdisciplinares, tais como os desafios da formulação, execução e avaliação de políticas públicas para pessoas com deficiência, a inclusão escolar, o acesso ao mercado de trabalho, o combate e enfrentamento ao capacitismo, o suporte de vida independente, o incentivo aos esportes paraolímpicos, a participação em espetáculos de dança, o usufruto dos direitos sexuais e reprodutivos, entre outros. Neste GT almejamos trabalhos que possam criar uma interlocução com temas diversos em torno da deficiência, a partir do uso do método etnográfico e à luz de uma perspectiva antropológica focada nos Estudos sobre Deficiência, permitindo um debate mais intenso acerca da diversidade teórica desse campo de estudos.

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