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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

June 2021 | Issue 6
G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs and its initiative, Smart Cities for All (SC4A), continue to be active with cities and partners around the world. Explore our monthly 'Smart Cities for All at a Glance' newsletter and visit our website for more information. 

Project Update

Strategies, tools, and partnerships for more inclusive cities worldwide.

Inclusive Workplace of the Future
G3ict and Steelcase are partnering to convene global experts and create a Blueprint for Inclusive Workplaces of the Future. This work will challenge the current state of practice and create a vision for the future. The Blueprint will provide key stakeholders with valuable insights for designing and implementing workplaces that are not only safe and compelling, but also inclusive across different dimensions of diversity with a focus on persons with disabilities.
To achieve this objective, G3ict and Steelcase engage global leaders from multiple domains, e.g. human resource professionals, architecture and design firms, technologists, disabled persons organizations, private sector employers, property managers, policy makers, and others. Each group brings perspective on how to achieve safe, compelling, and inclusive workplaces of the future across diverse cultural contexts.
As part of this initiative, these experts participate in facilitated co-design sessions to map the most important concepts, stakeholder needs, and key actions that will result in workplaces of the future that are more inclusive of persons with disabilities. Together, these experts consider how diversity and design can converge to inform the evolution of hybrid workplaces.
The first expert roundtable to discuss the concepts related to safe, compelling, and inclusive workplaces in post-pandemic world was held on May 25. Experts from AT&T, Bank of America, Business Disability Forum (UK), G3ict, Government of Canada, The Keri Gray Group, Microsoft, NBBJ,
 Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Steelcase and World Enabled shared their experience, including personal stories, as well as their perspectives on what workplace of the future should look like to meet the requirements of safety, attractiveness, and inclusiveness.

Smart Ability Summit 2021 | Innovations and Partnerships for More Accessible Cities
Transportation and mobility play a critical role in supporting our rights, opportunities, and socio-economic outcomes, including access to education, employment, health services, housing, community involvement, public safety, and justice. However, too often, transportation and mobility in urban environments create barriers to access. The session on Innovations and Partnerships for More Accessible Cities at Microsoft’s Smart Ability Summit 2021 saw speakers Wendy Chisholm (Microsoft), Jarnail Chudge (Microsoft), Marie Trudelle (LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired), and James Thurston talked about how data, partnerships, and communities are changing the ways people and cities use technology to increase confidence in navigation, increase knowledge about the immediate environment, and increase access to sidewalks and pathways. Watch the complete panel discussion on YouTube.

IAAP and Smart Cities 

Explore the latest by IAAP to help professionals around the world build inclusive smart cities.

Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Credential
CPABE is now a credential within the IAAP portfolio of offerings.  While not a prerequisite, CPABE builds on IAAP’s foundational certification - ‘Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies’ (CPACC) - and identifies successful applicants as associate, advanced, or expert level accessibility professionals. Learn more about the CPABE Credential.

The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces
The Design of Public Spaces online course was originally created to provide instruction to professionals working in the built environment in Ontario, Canada on the requirements and application of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The concepts and technical details of this standard can be applied to public spaces universally. The goal of this course is to provide design professionals with the knowledge and understanding they need to effectively apply the AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces to their project work. 
Learn more and enroll in the Design of Public Spaces Course.

G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives Highlights

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our Country Representatives.
Extension of the network of Country Representatives
This Spring G3ict published a call seeking for G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives to promote the goals and objectives of G3ict, SC4A, and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in countries around the world. Representatives take part as subject matter experts for G3ict's various divisions in the development of specific project initiatives, education, certification, and mentoring. After careful review of the background and experience of the candidates and a series of interviews, 13 of them were selected to join the network of outstanding accessibility professionals from around the world. Stay tuned to be introduced to the new Country Representatives in the next issue of the newsletter.

Kristine France Zúñiga, Chile
Kristine is an architect with more than 17 years of experience in accessibility. She has advised architectural projects and existing buildings for applications of accessibility standards and development of accessible plans. Currently, she is the Head of the diploma program in Architecture and Universal Accessibility at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Last year, she was invited by the Zigurat Global Institute of Technology at the NexGen Cities event where she highlighted the importance of accessibility in smart cities.
Muhammad Atif Sheikh, Pakistan
Muhammad Atif Sheikh is the Executive Director of STEP (Special Talent Exchange Program), a cross-disability national organization based in Pakistan striving for the rights of persons with disabilities. On the occasion of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), he was interviewed for a
broadcast program on Accessibility for Technology by Indus News in Pakistan.
Meet Our Other Country Representatives

SC4A in the News

Presenting the latest articles where our has beenrecognized and published. 

How Can Cities Improve the Quality of Life of Persons with Disabilities?
The need to design inclusive cities is becoming increasingly clear across the globe. However, not all urban models being designed today meet this objective, particularly regarding disability. The article by Tomorrow City highlights the work by G3ict and it’s Smart Cities for All global initiative with the aim to establish and define the priorities of digital inclusion at a global level, in collaboration with institutions and multinationals.
Smart Cities for All at the Open Business Council Summit
[VIDEO] The Open Business Council Summit this year reflected solutions and ways for businesses and governments to foster sales and growth amid the challenges and changes that organizations and cities are facing with COVID-19. The panel on Access and Inclusion in Smart Cities and AI was moderated by Debra Ruh (Founder & CEO Ruh Global IMPACT) with speakers Lori B. Golden (Abilities Strategy Leader Ernst & Young), Ivo van den Brand (Global Brand Lead, CSR, Huawei Consumer Business Group), Darren Rowen (Global Program Manager and Accessibility Lead, Eli Lilly), and James Thurston.

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.

M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing
June 22, 2021

With the acceleration of the digital transformation of learning, universities around the world are at the forefront of innovation in ensuring that everything digital in their environment is fully accessible. The third M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing will focus on 'Universities at the Forefront of Digital Inclusion.' Participation is free and closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be available. Live stream captions will be available in Spanish, French, German, and Swedish. Find out more and register for the next Virtual Leadership Briefing.

World Blindness Summit 2021
June 28, 2021
By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, including 2 billion persons with disabilities and older persons. The session on 'Accessibility and role of OPDs in Building Back Better for/with everyone in the Decade of Action,' at World Blindness Summit 2021 will discuss why engagement around inclusive and accessible urban development is critical to build back better, and the indispensable key role of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) to influence how our cities are planned and designed to ensure that accessibility barriers are removed, and no new ones are created. Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius (World Blind Union) will moderate the session and will be joined by panelists Benjamin Dard (World Blind Union), Risnawati Utami (OHANA, Indonesia), Federico Batista Poitier (UCLG), Victor Pineda (World Enabled/Cities 4 all Network) and James Thurston.
Register for the World Blindness Summit.

IAAP Webinar on Built Environment Accessibility: Embedding Universal Design within the Built Environment
June 30, 2021

Eoin O'Herlihy (Managing Director - Senior Access Consultant, O'Herlihy Access Consultancy) will provide delegates with an overview of how to embed Universal Design within the built environment. It will provide an overview of how organizations can ensure that Universal Design is fully integrated within the organization and cover key topics such as raising awareness, training requirements, capital works, existing buildings, meeting the health and safety needs of people with disabilities and day to day operations of buildings. Find out more about the Webinar on Universal Design within the Built Environment.

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities.
[Video] Are we designing smart cities for All? Watch James Thurston at Smart City Experience 2020.
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit to measure inclusion in your city.
Learn more about the Accessible ICT Public Procurement Policy.
About Smart Cities for All: G3ict and the Smart Cities for All initiative work to define the state of ICT accessibility in Smart Cities worldwide. All content within this newsletter is the property of G3ict and Smart Cities for All, unless otherwise stated. No part of this newsletter may be reproduced, transmitted or copied in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of G3ict and Smart Cities for All. © 2021 Smart Cities for All. All Rights Reserved. Read Privacy Policy.

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