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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

October 2021 | Issue 10
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.
AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks
G3ict’s Smart Cities for All global initiative and the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) of the University of Washington are working with the city governments and other community leaders and stakeholders from Los Angeles, Quito, Santiago, São Paulo, and Gran Valparaíso on an innovative project using data, AI, and community to improve mobility. The AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks project is sponsored by Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility Program. For each of the five cities, TCAT has already transformed multiple data sources into usable accessibility information about city sidewalks. Currently, volunteers in each of the five cities are working to validate samples of that data using OpenSidewalks tools. Learn more about the project and its partners in each of the cities.
Blueprint for Inclusive Workplaces of the Future
On October 4, G3ict and Steelcase launched the Blueprint for Inclusive Workplaces of the Future. The Blueprint provides 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 G3ict and Steelcase Blueprint helps advocates and practitioners build greater awareness, knowledge, and comfort with key principles of more inclusive workplaces of the future. The Blueprint supports employers of all types and in all regions of the world in the design of inclusive workplaces that address both business and process goals as well as usability and accessibility objectives. Importantly, the Blueprint informs the development of needed trainings, tools, and indices to support inclusion as core to a range of work environments.
Read the Steelcase article on how to create compelling destinations where everyone can contribute and learn more about the project
G3ict and Steelcase are committed to build on this collaborative effort and move forward together with other leaders and organizations that share an interest in increasing inclusion in the workplace. As a next step, Steelcase and G3ict, through both its Global Policy Center and International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), have convened an Inclusive Workplaces Taskforce to explore and define how a global community of committed organizations and individuals might, together, drive greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in places of work around the world.
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IAAP and Smart Cities 

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

The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces 
The Design of Public Spaces online course aims to provide design professionals with the knowledge and understanding they need to effectively apply the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces to their project work. The concepts and technical details of this standard can be applied to public spaces universally. There are no prerequisites to take this course and the course is free for IAAP Members. 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.

India: Subhash Chandra Vashishth Wins the NCPEDP–Mphasis Javed Abidi Public Policy Award
Congratulations to Subhash Chandra Vashishth for being awarded the Javed Abidi Public Policy Award at the12th National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2021. The Javed Abidi Public Policy Award was instituted in 2018 by NCPEDP in memory of Late Mr. Javed Abidi, to recognize advocacy efforts to promote accessibility. Subhash is an Accessibility, Universal Design, and Diversity Inclusion Specialist, working on standards, capacity building, access audits, and advocacy. He is also the G3ict/Smart Cities for All Country Representative for India and a Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Level 3 - Expert Accessibility Professional. He litigates disability rights cases before judicial forums, lectures in architecture & engineering institutions and is empaneled as Trainer for Access Audits as a part of Accessible India Campaign. Subhash is Founder Director of Centre for Accessibility in Built Environment Foundation based in India. Read more about the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards

Meet Eoin O'Herlihy, G3ict/Smart Cities for All Country Representative for Ireland
Eoin O’Herlihy is a Chartered Engineer, an independent accessibility and Universal Design consultant/trainer and Managing Director of O’Herlihy Access Consultancy (OHAC). Eoin has over 18 years’ international experience advising on Universal Design and accessibility and is an IAAP Level 3 Certified Expert Accessibility Professional in Accessible Built Environment. He is passionate about accessibility and making all aspects of society more accessible and usable for everyone. Eoin recognizes that the barriers faced by people with disabilities and other user groups come in many forms (physical, attitudinal, technological, communication, transport, and employment) and aims to support organizations around the world to remove these barriers and create a more inclusive society.

Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.

M-Enabling Summit
October 4-6, 2021

The 2021 M-Enabling Summit is currently ongoing at Washington DC. With the theme “Strategies for Inclusive Digital Transformations,” the 2021 M-Enabling Summit will highlight major shifts in business, government, and education driven by the pandemic that will affect anyone involved in inclusion, accessibility, services to Persons with Disabilities, or compliance matters. If you have not been able to attend in person, gain access to the proceedings post the event with the Digital Pass, which grants you access to the three keynotes, eight key sessions, legal updates, international policy updates, and an overview M-Enabling Summit event highlight reel, as well as post event community discussion boards providing access to participating speakers and experts. 

Call for Abstracts | Universally Accessible Public Spaces for All
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts - October 15, 2021

The special issue, produced in partnership with the World Blind Union in line with the commitments in the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, seeks to raise awareness and foster learning around universal design, accessibility, and inclusion in public spaces. The issue is collecting research articles, case studies, and viewpoints from academia, city professionals, city managers and officials, urban planners, and civil society, including organizations of persons with disabilities (OPD). The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 15, 2021. Read the complete announcement on the Call for Abstracts

Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator Announces New Cohort on Disability Innovation | Applications Close November 1, 2021
Our partners Verizon and Alley have announced the Verizon #ForwardforGood Accelerator’s newest cohort: Disability Innovation. Applications are open for the entire month of October, which is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Verizon and Alley believe technology can do more than unlock access to a world with limits—together, they’re helping startups advance technologies that unlock opportunity for all. If you’re a Seed or Series A startup building technology for (and with) the disability community, then this program is for you. Selected startups will receive $50,000 in funding, hands-on technology coaching, industry mentorship, and additional resources to help scale their technology. Applications close November 1, 2021. Visit their site to learn more

Webinar Series on Assistive Technology
Starting September 2021, the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), in partnership with the Loughborough University, will organize a series of webinars organized in the build-up to the Southern Africa Assistive Technology Expo (SAATE) in September 2022. Find out more about webinar series

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities.
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit to measure inclusion in your city
Visit G3ict’s Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy
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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