GAATES is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments, with an International presence and membership in six regions: the Asia-Pacific, Arab, North America, South America, European and African Regions.
If you would like more information on GAATES, the GAATES in Profile - 2013 booklet is available for download (4.2 MB).
Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population, live with some form of disability.
This year's theme highlights the importance of using a universal design approach to our environment. Accessibility is a crucial element for the inclusion of all persons with disabilities. Join us in promoting accessible environments, transportation and information technologies.
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - October 29, 2013
HANOI, VIETNAM: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) presented in the Women With the Wave High-Level Forum Series: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Media Inclusion of Women and Girls and People with Disabilities, October 23-24, 2013, Hanoi.
GAATES President - Mukhtar Al Shibani and Vice President - Aqeel Qureshi, presented on Inclusive ICT, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Early Warning Systems for people with disabilities.
The Forum was organized by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and was hosted by Vietnam Television (VTV), as part of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly & Associated Meetings (ABU GA 50), in partnership with GAATES, ABC, AMIC, AIBD, and UNESCO.
Mass media has an important role in promoting inclusion of people with disabilities by demonstrating broadcasting that can utilized by people with disabilities, specifically closed captioning for people who are deaf and audio description for people who are blind said Mukhtar Al Shibani, President, GAATES.
It is necessary to ensure that early warning systems and disaster risk reduction programs are accessible for persons with disabilities and meet universal design principles and UNCRPD, including provisions for access to alternative communication systems, said Aqeel Qureshi, Vice President, GAATES.
The two-day forum concluded with the adoption of a "Hanoi Declaration", creating a platform for cultivating networks, partnerships, policies, and funding supporting women and persons with disabilities working in ICT, inclusive DRR and Media.
Theme: International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR) 2013: Living with Disability and Disasters
October 13 each year marks the United Nation International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction , to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their exposure risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disability inclusive DRR. It is an opportunity to raise awareness on how everyone, as individuals and as part of the greater community, can take action to reduce their risk to disasters, and how disaster reduction agencies can ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities. IDDR 2013 focuses on persons with disabilities, and the need for Disability Inclusive DRR plans that include the needs of this community of persons.
GAATES along with partner organizations, the Asia Broadcast Union (ABU) and the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) are preparing a series of public service announcements, emergency preparedness videos and planning a webinar on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR).
October 1, 2013. Ottawa, Ontario CANADA.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to gather GAATES members as well as worldwide leaders in accessibility and disability, GAATES hosted its 6th Annual General Meeting in New York City in conjunction with the UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development, 23 September 2013.
The GAATES President's Report and Committee Reports presented during the meeting highlighted the advancement in global projects and reaffirmed the leadership position of the organization in the fields of accessibility of information technologies and the built environment. GAATES is currently working on projects and initiatives in many regions of the world, and has developed partnerships with governments and international agencies.
The meeting highlighted GAATES' growing network of representatives in all regions of the world, and board members who are leaders in the fields of accessible transportation, ICT, tourism and the built environment. GAATES leaders, country representatives and members are all working together to address the many challenge of creating accessible physical and virtual environments in a globally diverse society.
We take this opportunity to welcome our new Board Members:
With their advice and experience, our organization will reach new stakeholders and develop projects and solutions for persons with disabilities and other universal design beneficiaries.
During this Annual General Meeting a new project with a global reach was introduced: The GAATES International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment (ICAC-BE) certification program is under development and will enter a pilot phase with a dedicated website. This project is in response to a global demand from consumers and consultants to recognize the skills and experience of accessibility consultants. Further information on this important initiative will be available soon.
19 people attended GAATES Annual General Meeting, including board members, country representatives and members from countries including Ireland, Canada, Syria, Japan, USA, The United Kingdom, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Russia, Libya, France, Brazil and Greece.
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international not-for-profit organization that brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting accessibility of electronic and communication technologies and accessibility of the built environment. GAATES was incorporated in 2007 by an international consortium dedicated to promoting accessibility worldwide.
July 19, 2013. New York City, USA.
With great interest from participants and receiving offers to coordinate work with other international organizations, the Global Alliance on Accessible Technology and Environments held yesterday a successful Side Event at the United Nations 6th Conference of States Parties on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at the UN Headquarters in NYC, NY.
The side event was graciously chaired by Shuaib Chalklen, Special Rapporteur on Disability of the UN Commission for Social Development. The session included more than 30 participants from other leading international organizations and NGOs, including; the World Blind Union, Red Latinoamericana de Organizaciones No Gubernamentales de Personas con Discapacidad y sus Familias (RIADIS), Disabled Peoples International (DPI) and G3ict, among others. GAATES was congratulated for its vision and strategies for incorporating an accessibility and Universal Design approach in the Post-2015 development agenda.
News and information regarding GAATES' expanding network of country representatives and board members from all regions of the world was very well received. In closing, the session touched on major challenges and issues to be addressed in the near future, including raising awareness about Universal Design as part of the disability and development agenda, training and global capacity building of persons with disabilities, and forging collaborative efforts between organizations and institutions.
Last updated: October 8, 2013