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Smart Cities for All at a Glance

August 2020 | Issue 8
G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs 
and its global 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.

Webinar: Pushing for Greater ICT Accessibility in European Procurement
The multi-stakeholder discussion held on July 16, focused on public procurement as it directly impacts the daily lives of European citizens and explore why more progress has not been made on including accessibility in ICT procurements across member states. Global leaders including Hector Minto (Microsoft), Catherine Naughton (European Disability Forum), Ima Placencia (European Commission), Donal Rice (Ireland Centre for Excellence in Universal Design), Leah Glick-Stal and Jules Kuehn (Accommodation, and Adaptive Computer Technology Program, Canada), Patrick Sabourin (Policy, Governance, Compliance and Training, Canada) and James Thurston, (G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs) participated in the discussion that renewed the commitment for greater progress on implementing the European Procurement Directive and preparing for the European Accessibility Act. Watch the recording of the webinar on Pushing for Greater ICT Accessibility in European Parliament.

Accessibility to Government Services
The Council of State Governments (CSG) hosted a panel discussion to discuss accessibility to government services with guests Jenny Lay-Flurry (Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft), Karen Tamley (President & CEO, Access Living) and James Thurston (Vice President, G3ict). Watch the complete Panel Discussion.

G3ict pilots Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model
On July 7-9, G3ict has piloted its new Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model at the University of Massachusetts. For the first time, G3ict expert team visited its Amherst campus remotely through the series of Microsoft Teams meetings and was able to discuss both with administrative and academic staff the topics of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility.
G3ict’s Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model is a tool to help higher education institutions worldwide assess and benchmark their level of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility. The tool helps clearly evaluate progress towards achieving ICT accessibility and digital inclusion across a broad range of functions that are important to all universities, like procurement, training, and standards, etc. It defines key performance indicators and metrics to support advancing accessibility and digital inclusion. It lays out 5 distinct levels of maturity for digital inclusion and accessibility progress across multiple dimensions that are important to higher education institutions, i.e. technology, data, culture, strategy, and governance. G3ict’s Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model supports the development of roadmaps and strategies to grow and mature a university’s commitment to and capabilities on digital inclusion.
Before the end of the year, G3ict will pilot the maturity model with several other universities in the United States and globally.

IAAP and Smart Cities 

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

IAAP Launches Accessible Built Environments Initiative
IAAP - a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) has announced a new stream of resources for its membership. The initiative leverages and expands on the impressive work of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), which has redeployed its programming under G3ict since April 2019. Read the Press Release to learn more about the Accessible Built Environments Initiative.

Seeking International Volunteers | Join an IAAP Taskforce
IAAP continues to seek international volunteers to participate in two Taskforces. For the Strategic Leader in Accessibility (SLiA) Taskforce, IAAP is seeking members based outside of USA and UK. For the Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE), volunteers are welcome to apply from all world regions. If interested, please contact Tracey Shipman.

G3ict-SC4A Country Representatives Update

Learn more about the latest work and achievements of our G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representatives.

Katherine Michelle Chacón Martínez, Ecuador
As a PhD candidate on Urban Regeneration, Katherine remains actively involved in various projects on accessibility in the built environment. In August, she participated in a 
webinar with the Catholic University of Chile and highlighted her research about accessibility in the mobility system of Ecuador, that has contributed to the National Policy of "Urban and Sustainable Mobility". It is an analysis of the current situation on accessibility for persons with disabilities in ground transportation of passengers within the fields of the physical state of the modes of transportation, legal framework, and management in Public Administration processes. 

Deepak Khatri Chhetri, Nepal
Deepak is an architect and an active leader in the disability movement and a founding member of Independent Living Center Kathmandu, which leads Nepal’s efforts for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As an accessibility consultant for the World Bank-funded Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Project (EHRP),  he conducted a two-day sensitization workshop on accessibility for more than 45 engineers and architects in Nepal and contributed to a manual that helps technical professionals and construction workers to build accessible homes. Being a life member of the Society of Nepalese Architects, he shared his experiences during a one-day interaction on the topic of footpaths and walkable cities. He believes that the COVID-19 pandemic will create an alternate window to explore the importance of inclusion and accessibility in the ICT sector.

Vashkar Bhattachearjee, Bangladesh
Vashkar continues to remain at the forefront of accessibility initiatives in Bangladesh and around the world. Recently, he has conducted a rapid assessment on how COVID-19 impacted persons with disabilities in Bangladesh and facilitated the distribution of emergency supplies for over a thousand persons with disabilities impacted due to pandemic in Chittagong City Corporation. In addition, he developed DAISY Multimedia talking books on COVID-19 and distributed them across the Bangladesh through electronic communication. He has also supported UNDP Urban Development Program to make its website accessible. Earlier this year, he won the
Zero Project Award 2020 for Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) for “Capacity Building Activities for the Production of Books in Accessible Formats” and also presented a paper in Vienna, Austria.

Meet Our Other Country Representatives

Save the Date

Meet the SC4A team at these upcoming events and webinars.

M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing 2020
September 15 | Online event

The M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing will run under the theme “A New Reality for Digital Accessibility.” The Briefing will be a fast-paced, two-hour program featuring dynamic interviews with thought leaders, engaging discussions, live polls and moderated questions from the audience. The M-Enabling Summit leadership team has decided to postpone this year's in-person event until June 21-23, 2021. Learn more and register for the M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing.

Important Resources

Access and explore the latest resources for smart cities.

Online Architecture and Universal Accessibility Course
September 15 | Online event

The Diploma The Diploma in Architecture and Universal Accessibility from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) provides the tools to evaluate and develop architecture, public space, infrastructure and spatial orientation projects, which are focused on providing an efficient response to the needs of people with disabilities, as well as to the rest of the population. This diploma has the collaboration of Cities for All, IAAP, HearColors and G3ict, and its online version is open to participants from Latin America. Learn more about the Online Architecture and Universal Accessibility Course.
Access Information and Resources for Disability Inclusive Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Download the G3ict Smart Cities for All Toolkit for Measuring Inclusion in Your City
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. © 2020 Smart Cities for All. All Rights Reserved. Read Privacy Policy.

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