Accessible, Friendly and Useful Links
Disability and Human Rights
International Best Practices in Universal Design
On 21 June 2006, Canadian Human Rights Commission launched the "International Best Practices in Universal Design: A Global Review"; this report gives an insight into the latest trends in universal design. On a very practical level, it provides architects and designers with the tools and options to design buildings that are accessible to all users. It documents accessibility criteria in building codes and standards in Canada and around the world.http://www.chrc-ccdp.ca/pdf/bestpractices_en.pdf
Build for All Reference Manual
On 16 January 2006, Luxembourg National Disability Council launched the "Build for All Reference Manual" which aims to advise the public sector how to ensure that all its buildings will be accessible and usable by all EU citizens.http://www.build-for-all.net/en/reference/
The Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities is the umbrella body of non-governmental organizations for and of persons with disabilities in Hong Kong.http://www.hkcss.org.hk/rh/index_e.htm
Strenghtening Women's Rights Organisations through Inclusion: Lessons learnt from the Gender, Disability and Development Insititue - by Association for Women's Rights in Developmenthttp://www.awid.org./eng
Did you know April 2 was the World's Autism Awareness Day? Read a message from Ban Ki-Moon.http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sgsm11480.doc.htm
Children of Agent Orange Victims in Viet Nam - This is a 5-minute video A shocking video but a good reminder why CRPD is needed.http://www.newsweek.com/id/72882
Barriers faced by Deaf persons in banking (Document link: Hitomi Honda)
Please read to learn Disability is a rights issue!
1 May 2008 Update: Appointment of SRSG on Violnece Against Children
Child Rights: A Guide to Strategic Litigation - by CRIN
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Hong Kong drama in response to UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Please refer to the following link for more information:
SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN HAILS ENTRY INTO FORCE OF TREATY ON DISABILITY RIGHTS
UN HRC Louise Arbour welcomes entry into force of "ground-breaking" convention on disabilities - by UN Press Releasehttp://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/1AD533A6AB95F873C1257421003A8DA8?opendocument
UN OHCHR - Commitments towards employment of staff with disabilities - UN Enable (3 December 2007)
Disability and Development
Including Disability within the Context of Development: Opportunities, Challenges, Constraints and Strategies - by South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development
CBR Congress in Bangkok: 9-11 December 2008
Community Based Rehabilitation is a community-based effort and strategy towards inclusion of persons with disabilities. It is not only about rehabilitation or habilitation. NOs and SOs are encouraged to support CBR in ADP programme area!Learn more about Community Based Rehabilitation
Millions of Afghan normadic children, children with disabilities, street children and children living with their mothers in prison, are excluded from receiving an education, many of them girls. - by CRIN
Burkina Faso: Meningitis epidemics in vaccinated areas - by IRIN
While the number of victims of landmines and explosive remnants of war has dropped significantly in the last decade, continued support is crucial to eliminating the threat posed by these deadly devices and ensuring a mine-free world - UN News Center
Pakistan: Landmines ruin lives, leave hundreds dead - by IRIN
It is unlikely that the majority of the 20 countries supposed to clear all their mined areas by 2009 as signatories to the Mine Ban Treaty will make the cut - by ICBL
Protecting the Most Vulnerable
This article is about rights of children, including Romani children. When we look at Disability as an issue of rights, participation, discrimination or violence, we are naturally concerned of children in other marginalised groups as well, such as ethnic minority or indigenous children.
Marginalised groups must not be forgotten in response to food crisis - by UN News Centre Global food crisis has been a hot issue, but let us not forget to ensure marginalised and excluded groups in vulnerable communities are also supported
Videos for Excellence through Accessibility Awards 2007 Award Recipients by National Disability Authority (NDA)http://www.nda.ie/cntmgmtnew.nsf/0/7B050A1179EF2038802573A7003189EA?OpenDocument
Human Rights and Service Learning - Human Rights Education Associates and Amnesty International-USAhttp://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=105
Opening Doors: Empowering People with Disabilities - by the University of Kansas, Center of Research on Learning, Division of Adults Studieshttp://das.kucrl.org/wtw/Opening%20Doors.pdf
Checklist for Inclusion, a simple self-assessment guide - by Mobility International USAhttp://miusa.org/publications/freeresources/Checklist_for_Inclusion.pdf
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities - by American Red Crosshttp://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/disability.pdf
Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities - by Heperian Foundationhttp://www.hesperian.org/publications_download_wwd.php
Making PRSP Inclusive - by Handicap International and Christoffel Blinden Missionhttp://www.making-prsp-inclusive.org/
Community Services/ Charity Organizations
St. James' Settlementhttp://www.sjs.org.hk/
The Hong Kong Society for the Blind :
The Hong Kong Society for the Blind was founded in 1956 and has become the principal, government subsidised, voluntary organization in Hong Kong that provides comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired population. The Society provides eye care and low vision services, rehabilitation and career training, education support, employment consultation, adaptive technology, ICT applications, rehabilitation for multi-disabled persons and visually impaired elderly residential services.
Architectural Services Department, HKSAR.
Adaptive Environments Center
Adaptive Environments is a 27 year old educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Source of news, events, opportunities, projects and publications.
Age Concern is the UK's largest organization working with and for older people.
AGE - European Older People's Platform
Aims to voice and promote the interest of older people in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most.
Established in '99 to develop new technologies promoting healthy, independent living through the human lifespan. Research involved engineering, computer science, human factors, health and medical sciences, management, marketing, and the social and behavioral sciences.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Organization for mature adults 50 and above in the United States. Information on health, long-term care, economic security, independent living and residential design for the home.
Bobby is a comprehensive web accessibility software tool designed to help expose and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance with existing accessibility guideline.
Cambridge Engineering Design Centre
A project-based research website for inclusive design.
Center for Accessible Environments (CAE)
CAE is an information provider and a forum for collaborative dialogue between providers and users on how the built environment can best be made or modified to achieve inclusion by design.
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA)
School of Architecture, State University of New York at Buffalo
Center for Universal Design
Center founded by Ron Mace, FAIA, father' of Universal Design. Hold copyright to principles of Universal Design.
Cornell University - College of Human Ecology
Department of Design and Environmental Analysis
Hub of Academic cross-disciplinary inquiry.
Danish Center for Accessibility
The center offers information and advice about accessibility and inclusive @ design.
Design Center for Global Needs
@ San Francisco State University
Ricardo Gomes, Professor of Industrial Design created the Center for multi-disciplinary exploration of universal design, cultural identity, design for social responsibility and community design.
Design Council: About Design
A comprehensive knowledge-base covering key aspects of design.
Design for All Foundation
Working to achieve that everyone can enjoy open spaces, products and services with equal opportunities.
European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD) / Design for All European Network
Premier EU-wide organization Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to inclusive design. Annual product design competition
The EQUAL Research Network
A UK-wide EPSRC funded Network for Extending Quality Life of Older People and Disabled People.
The Helen Hamlyn Research Centre
The Helen Hamlyn Research Centre works to advance a socially inclusive approach to design through practical research and projects with industry.
Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) Universal Design Committee
Network with about 600 members.
International Association for Universal Design (IAUD)
Promotes practical researches on and the realization of universal design with the members from various fields, the advisors, and others.
National Center for Accessible Media [NCAM]
NCAM is a research and development facility dedicated to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities, to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations, and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students.
U.S. hub of research and advocacy, including design,. related to vision impairments.
A consumer-research agency with expertise in product evaluation for older and disabled people. Many reports on product evaluation by specialist user panels and usability experts.
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Important resource for research and product information relative to vision limitations including excellent telecommunications information.
RSA Inclusive Design
A 'one-stop' website bringing together new and existing information about inclusive design, suitable for newcomers as well as practitioners.
Raises awareness of good practice in urban and extra-urban green space design and management.
Travel guides for Tourists with Disabilities
Provide information on the existing tourism facilities for tourists with disabilities.
Universal Design Magazine (Japan)
English and Japanese, occasional publication.
Universal Accessibility - Best Practices and Guidelines
Traditional Chinese : http://www.archsd.gov.hk/chinese/knowledge_sharing/ua/index.html
Simplified Chinese : http://sc.archsd.gov.hk/gb/www.archsd.gov.hk/chinese/knowledge_sharing/ua/index.html
Architectural Services Department, The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Universal Accessibility-Best Practices and Guidelines
Codes of Practice and Design Manuals
Building Authority, The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Design Manual Barrier Free Access 1997
Documentation for the Workshop