International News

Feb 8, 2016

At Home with Autism: Designing Housing for the SpectrumThe University of Bristol, the Chicago University Press, has published a landmark book on designing homes for people on the Autism Spectrum, At Home with Autism.  The authors, Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen, have been exploring this issue with rare sensitivity and thoroughness for some years. This 320 page book is a tour-de-force with a thoroughgoing analysis of research and precedent, practical design guidelines, encyclopedic references, and an informed rationale for the importance of flexibility and variety. Kim Steele is a research and design consultant focused on improving quality of life through design. Sherry Ahrentzen is the Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies at the University of Florida.

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Dec 1, 2015

Sina Bahram giving a presentationSina Bahram is an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include high-tech startups, fortune 1000 companies, and both private and nationally-funded museums. Sina is also a doctoral candidate in computer science at North Carolina State University.  His field of research is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) focusing on multi-modal approaches for eyes-free exploration of spatial information.

Dec 3, 2015

In Brussels, Belgium on December 2, 2015, the European commission proposed the a European Accessibility Act which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.

Read the press release

Dec 3, 2015

Inclusion by Design Impact Awards in Sport and Physical Activity #committoinclusionOn the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Physical Activity and Sport Task Force of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) is launching the Inclusion by Design Impact Awards. The goal of this award is to inspire and share best practices that demonstrate excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving more inclusion for children and adolescents with disabilities around the world. 

Essex Study cover"This report is a very welcome and important addition to the literature on the need for good acoustic design of schools, providing conclusive evidence of the beneficial effects of improving the acoustic environment in classrooms.

"Problems caused by noise and poor acoustic design in educational settings have been recognised for over 100 years. If noise levels are too high or rooms are too reverberant pupils find it difficult to hear and understand their teachers, while teachers find it difficult to speak and often suffer from voice disorders as a result of continually raising their voice. Despite the introduction of various guidelines over the years aimed at ensuring good speaking and listening conditions in schools, many schools continue to be built which are acoustically ‘unfit for purpose’ with high noise levels and reverberant conditions creating difficulties for both pupils and teachers."

- Professor Bridget Shield

The Global AgeWatch Index 2015 presents a unique snapshot of the situation of older people in 96 countries of the world today.

It highlights which countries are doing best for their older populations and how this links with policies towards pensions, health, education, employment and the social environment in which older people live.

As the number and proportion of older people increases at an unprecedented rate, our third report shows what works for older people but also highlights how much work needs to be done. This year the Index focuses on the regions, hearing from older people themselves and looking at the widely varying geographical trends.

Sep 15, 2015

Global AgeWatch Index 2015: Insight Report CoverThe Global AgeWatch Index 2015 presents a unique snapshot of the situation of older people in 96 countries of the world today.

It highlights which countries are doing best for their older populations and how this links with policies towards pensions, health, education, employment and the social environment in which older people live.

As the number and proportion of older people increases at an unprecedented rate, our third report shows what works for older people but also highlights how much work needs to be done. This year the Index focuses on the regions, hearing from older people themselves and looking at the widely varying geographical trends.

To download the report in several languages visit the Global AgeWatch Index website

Sep 9, 2015

Center for Excellence in Universal DesignThe Center for Excellence in Universal Design part of the National Disability Authority of Ireland produced two new housing publications: "Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland" and "Universal Design Guidelines,  Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers". They are online for free download on the Center for Excellence in Universal Design's website

Aug 17, 2015

Taxi of Tomorrow exterior shotIn 2007, City officials convened a group of stakeholders, including representatives of taxi drivers, owner and passengers, to create a set of goals for the next New York City taxi cab, a project called the Taxi of Tomorrow. In December 2009, the TLC issued a "request for proposals," inviting auto manufacturers and designers to submit their best ideas for a purpose-built vehicle to serve as a New York City taxicab. On May 3, 2011 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky announced that the NV200, designed by Nissan North America, Inc., has been chosen as the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition. The City now will enter into final negotiations with Nissan to make the NV200 the first taxicab specially built for use in New York City and the City's exclusive taxicab for a decade!

Taxi of Tomorrow website

Jul 20, 2015

Two people look at architectural plans

Aurora Levins Morales, writer and poet, has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, which means she cannot live in conventional houses because they contain toxic chemicals that make her ill.  She has spent more than five years designing a 32 foot, non-toxic, sustainable house on wheels inspired by the work Leslie Lawrence and Justin Taylor have designed other kinds of non-toxic, mobile houses. Aurora needs help funding her new home and has started an Indiegogo page.

Watch Aurora's campaign video

Donate or learn more at Aurora's Indiegogo page