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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

May 2021 | Issue 5
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.

Digital Inclusion and ICT Accessibility in Museums Survey Report 
G3ict in partnership with the Russian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM Russia) and Microsoft Russia launched the ‘Digital Inclusion and ICT Accessibility in Museums’ Survey to determine how Russian museums understand the importance of digital inclusion and accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT), including identifying the most common barriers and means of overcoming them. The survey results show that the vast majority of respondents (97%) agrees that IT can enhance access to cultural life to persons with disabilities, are willing and ready to deploy IT in a museum to achieve this goal. However, they meet significant obstacles while moving to greater digital inclusion and ICT accessibility. The most significant are lack of funding (75%), lack of awareness regarding accessible technologies (43%), lack of digital inclusion strategy (32%). Some respondents also indicated lack of a business case for accessibility and inclusion (13%). The results of the survey confirm that museums in Russia are committed to achieving higher level of accessibility and inclusion but need training and support.
Explore the key findings of the Digital Inclusion and ICT Accessibility in Museums Survey.

Inclusive Sidewalks: Microsoft’s Open Data Campaign Highlights G3ict Partnership with Taskar Center 
In 2020, Microsoft launched an Open Data Campaign aimed at closing the data divide. It has now published a report that reflects on the lessons learned and share progress made in empowering organizations of all sizes to share and leverage data for the benefit of society. This report recaps the tremendous progress the Open Data Campaign has made over the past year. It provides compelling examples of how bringing diverse datasets together can help researchers, organizations, and governments understand and confront problems that cannot be ignored. One of the key projects highlighted is the OpenSidewalks project that aims to empower disability communities by working with global cities to collect quantitative data about sidewalks—such as width, surface composition, steepness, and shared traffic—and provide applications to make use of this data. G3ict has recently partnered with the University of Washington Taskar Center for Accessible Technology and Microsoft to improve urban mobility and the accessibility of sidewalks in five cities across the Americas. The partners and cities will be formally announcing the new project in the coming weeks.

Inclusive Workplace of the Future survey 
G3ict and Steelcase are partnering to convene global experts and create a Blueprint for Inclusive Workplaces of 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.
The first step of the project was the survey which provides valuable insights from a broad range of stakeholders that are critical to the project and the important work that follows to promote workplaces that are inclusive, safe, and compelling. Learn more about the
Blueprint for Inclusive Workplaces of the Future.

IAAP and Smart Cities 

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

IAAP and Fundación ONCE Announce Launch of the IAAP Chapter in Spain
The IAAP Spanish chapter will facilitate accessibility professionals to collaborate in equal access to both the built and digital environments. It will also assist in developing and advancing their careers by promoting and offering professional certificates, education, and opportunities for professional networking. 
Find out more about the Spanish Chapter.

G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives Highlights

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our Country Representatives.
Deepak Khatri Chhetri, Nepal
Deepak blogs about his experience as a trainer for a training session for trainers that focused on making homes accessible to all. Read Deepak’s blog on the Smart Cities for All website. Deepak is an architect and an active leader in the disability movement and a founding member of Independent Living Center Kathmandu, that leads Nepal’s efforts for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Deepak is also a registered life member of the Society of Nepalese Architects and the Nepal Engineering Association and an active member of the National Paralympic Committee and currently serves as its deputy secretary-general.

Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Bangladesh
Vashkar Bhattacharjee is a National Consultant for Accessibility in the a2i Program of Bangladesh Government. In March, he participated in a webinar jointly organized by the Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN) and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Disability Inclusive Skills & Employment Opportunities in the Private Sector. Recently, he highlighted Bangladesh’s experience in providing multimedia e-books in accessible digital formats in a featured article by UNESCO
Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.

IAAP European Union Refresh Webinar Series 2021
May 6-June 27
Susanna Laurin, Representative of International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) to the EU, moderates a
3-part webinar series with experts from around Europe. Join key players from policy, regulation, standardization, end user organizations, research, public private sectors, universities, and e-commerce.
 Register for the free webinar.

4th Australian Universal Design Conference: Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday
May 17-18, 2021
Centre for Universal Design Australia organizes the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference with this year’s theme being “Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday”. The theme provides opportunity for anyone working with or researching universal design and inclusive practice to contribute to this growing body of work. James Thurston, G3ict VP, will deliver the keynote presentation on Five Pillars of Inclusive Smart Cities.
Find out more about the conference

IAAP Webinar on Built Environment Accessibility: The Role of Universal Design, Accessibility and Engagement of Persons with Disabilities towards Inclusive and Accessible Cities for All 
May 25
Join Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius (Program Officer, Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union) and Benjamin Dard (Senior Advisor for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union) as they  present the global mechanisms used, existing global policy frameworks and how accessibility is integrated, and outline good urban policy and design practices, and showcase classic policy and design mistakes sustaining or reinforcing accessibility barriers in the urban built environment.
Find out more about the webinar on Inclusive and Accessible Cities.

M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing
June 22, 2021
The 3rd M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing on June 22 will focus on Universities at the Forefront of Digital Inclusion. Participation is free and Captioning and Sign Language will be provided.
 Find out more about the next Virtual Leadership Briefing.

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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