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The third annual Moscow Government International Conference, the title of which was “Equal rights – equal opportunities. Universal Design: New concepts and best sampling projects¨, took place on 30 June and 1 July 2011.
The conference featured sessions discussing the accessibility of transport infrastructure and the built environment, including talks about incorporating universal design into the development of products and services, retrofitting historic buildings and implementing accessible housing. Other topics included facilitating access to sports and physical training, accessible tourism, inclusive education, adapting exhibitions for visually impaired visitors and the accessibility of information and communications technology.
Among the speakers at the conference were Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design, Mikhail Terentiev, Secretary General of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Andrey Efimov, of Moscow Architectural Institute and Francesc Aragall, President of the Design for All Foundation.

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The Urbaccess conference on assistive technologies, accessible transport, mobility and urban environment takes place in Paris, France on 19-20 January 2012.
More information at the event website.

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Authorities, organisations, practitioners, users and representatives from enterprises and research and development (R&D) institutions:
Welcome to Oslo June 11th – 13th 2012!
As organisers of Universal Design 2012 Oslo we are looking forward to receiving you in Oslo next year.
The strategy of universal design aims at dismantling physical and social barriers. This conference will focus on solutions and various impacts of implementation relevant to people in public spaces.
Topics to be addressed are issues related to universal design in planning, legislation, politics, education, buildings, outdoor areas, information and communications technologies (ICT) and public transport. The latest international practical knowledge and R&D results on universal design will also be presented.
Our aim is to make the universal design conference in Oslo a meeting place both for speakers and participants. By exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas we can build global connections and design networks that inspire, challenge, and empower future work on universal design.
More information on event website.

The ACCESS 2 ALL consortium is pleased to announce its first workshop. The ACCESS 2 ALL workshop aims to bring together all stakeholders in the area of the public transport including the special role of mobility impaired (MI) users.
The workshop’s programme will include presentations by key experts of the projects’ consortium and of external attendees, such as the European Commission and experts of the MEDIATE project as well as interactive parallel sessions involving all interested participants.
The topics of the workshop will revolve around the following thematic areas:

  • The overall problem of mobility in today’s societies
  • The addressed user groups and their needs
  • Experience through best practices and primary implementation scenarios
  • Accessibility as a universal concept
  • Moreover, open discussion and interactive sessions are foreseen.

    The workshop is being organised by the High Institute for Education and Sciences ISEC (PT) in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart (DE), with the support of the coordination team of the project. The workshop will be held at Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel, in Porto (Portugal), on 29th September 2009.
    Join the workshop and watch the state of the art presentations on research in accessibility of public transport, meet key stakeholders and industry’s representatives from around Europe and participate to open discussions with European Commission officers and National or European authorities. The participation is free of charge.

    To register, please visit www.access-to-all.eu.