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- July 2022 Final announcements from AEI (English, PDF)
These final announcements note the publication of the Spanish version of "Hispanic Children with Disabilities: Recommendations on School Transportation in the United States and Mexico;" the publication of a new report, "Access and Persons with Disabilities in Urban Areas," jointly prepared by the Institute for Transportation Development and Policy (ITDP) and World Enabled; and the transfer of AEI's remaining assets to Mobility Worldwide.
- December 2021 (English, PDF)
This is AEI's last Newsletter as we prepare to lay down our work in early 2022. NOTICE TO READERS: We plan to keep AEI's past Newsletters and publications available on this website at least through 2024. Highlights of this Newsletter: Announcing AEI's new report, "Hispanic Children with Disabilities: Recommendations on School Transportation in the United States and Mexico." South African cities expand access to public transport. Universal access at a Pakistan BRT. TRANSED conference in September 2022. Revision of "Enhancing the mobility of disabled people: Guidelines for practitioners" to appear in early 2022. Plus news from Mexico, the USA, Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, Hong Kong, India, Morocco, and Jordan.
- June 2021 (English, PDF)
A revision of "Enhancing the mobility of disabled people: Guidelines for practitioners," first published in 2004, is scheduled to appear later in 2021. TRANSED conference set for September 2022. AEI's "Bridging the Gap" guide to school transport now posted in simplified Chinese. Conference on mobility aid provision and distribution set for September 20-22 of 2021. Editorial promotes research on the platform-to-bus gap on bus rapid transit lines. Nigeria lags in access to public transportation. Work continues on AEI's school transportation guide. Other news from Pakistan, Argentina, France, Mexico, India, Japan, and other countries.
- January 2021 (English, PDF)
AEI releases two toolkits to assist riding and walking/rolling to school. We resume research on school transport in the contiguous USA and Mexican states that share our common border. How AEI began thirty years ago as part of a movement toward "citizen diplomacy." News from Uruguay, Brazil, Nigeria, the USA, Russia, and Mexico
- June 2020 (English, PDF)
AEI celebrates our thirtieth anniversary. Prototype accessible minibus in South Africa. AEI's guide promoting school transportation now available in Chinese version. Speculating about the "new normal" and its implications for transport for persons with disabilities. New accessible cyclotaxi in Mexico City. News and notes from the USA, Nigeria, Japan, and elsewhere.
- January 2020 (English, PDF)
Update on accessible transportation in India (photo-feature from Svayam). School transport: AEI's international team moves ahead on initiative for USA and Mexican border states. School transport: Report from Thailand, also reports from projects in India and Nigeria in cooperation with EquallyAble Foundation. Also news on accessible rail modes in China and roads congress in Abu Dhabi, plus items from Liberia, Rwanda, Mexico, Uruguay, USA, Spain, and more.
- June 2019 (English, PDF)
Outreach in Tijuana as part of AEI's initiative to improve school transport in border regions. New flyers to improve walking or riding to school for children with disabilities. Eden Social Welfare Foundation to publish AEI's "Bridging the Gap" guide in Chinese. TSD conference in Texas. AEI and ICSA's 20th annual Roundtable in Washington DC. News & Notes: BRT in Iran and Brazil, trikes in USA, equity in Ecuador, research in Chile, rating access in Portugal, paratransit in Russia, Paralympics in Japan.
- January 2019 (English, PDF)
South Africa faces the challenge of inclusive transportation (photo-feature from South Africa's Dept. of Transport). AEI considers a new initiative to promote inclusive school transportation in USA/Mexico border states. UN agencies introduce AEI's school transport guide in South America. Workshop introduces guide at TRANSED conference in Taiwan. New posters added to resources promoting school transport for children with disabilities.
- June 2018 (English, PDF)
Spanish version of AEI's school transport guide is introduced in Zacatecas, Mexico. Japanese version of the guide is now available. AEI provides workshops or presentations about our guide in Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, and the USA. In collaboration with AEI, EquallyAble Foundation Awards to improve walking and riding to school are granted to agencies in New Delhi, India, and Jos, Nigeria. World Bank report cites a growing disability gap in educational attainment. TRANSED2018 to be held November 12-15, 2018, in Taipei.
- January 2018 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Hindi version of transportation-to-school guide. EquallyAble Foundation announces grants. New videos by San Francisco State team promote school transport. 19th Annual Roundtable in Washington DC. TRANSED in Taiwan. Reports from South Africa, Tanzania, China, and Chile.
- June 2017 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Transportation-to-school guide published by AEI. Followup activities to promote school transport. TRANSED conference on accessible transportation to be held in Taipei in November 2018. A fresh look at accessible public transport in Moscow. News and notes from Asia and Africa: Rail in India and Indonesia, bus rapid transit in Cartagena, report from 18th annual roundtable in Washington DC hosted by APTA, and more.
- January 2017 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Mexico releases English version of report ranking accessibility levels of BRT lines in nine cities. New guide promoting transportation to school for children with disabilities targeted for distribution in February. San Francisco State University video crew plans "to put a human face"Â on school transport with filming in Mexico approved for June 2017. Lessons we have learned these past 25 years. 18th annual roundtable on inclusive transportation set for Washington DC. Thanking the volunteers who make our work possible. News and notes from around the world: Dubai selects Canadian team to work on accessibility strategy and action plan, Prague sets target for full transit accessibility, and more.
- June 2016 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
"Bus in the Classroom" orients children with disabilities for safe travel to school. Heads of schools in developing regions highlight cost, distance, and safety as the main transport issues. Mexico's sixteen BRT lines ranked according to accessibility. Pakistan's accessible cycle design challenge announces a winner. News and notes from around the world: Modi's Accessible India Campaign, Moscow's surface transportation fleet makes major gains, South America's inclusive "teleféricos," accessible taxis in Ecuador, and much more. Also the latest listing of AEI's publications in English and Spanish.
- January 2016 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Why school transport? Meetings in Tanzania, Bolivia, Pakistan, and the USA to enhance our guide to promote transport to school for children with disabilities. AEI works with Missouri State University on transport-to-school survey. Announcing AEI's 17th annual Roundtable in Washington. Accessible Cycle Design Challenge in Pakistan. Global survey of subway station access levels. Other news and notes from twenty countries.
- June 2015 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Editorial: Getting children with disabilities to school. News from Mexico: Case study of a school for children with disabilities. Updates on taxi, bus rapid transit, and metro accessibility in Mexico City. University project in Chimalhuacan. Last mile connectivity in Montería, Colombia. Accessible auto-rickshaw prototype in Pakistan. Other news and notes from Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe.
- January 2015 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
A guide is needed to enhance transportation to school for children with disabilities. Access to door-to-door transit on the agenda in Mexico. School transport in Curitiba, Brazil. Auto-rickshaw news from New Delhi, India; Karachi, Pakistan; and Tanzania. News and notes from 21 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and Latin America. AEI meets with stakeholders at ten Washington DC agencies.
- June 2014 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Smaller paratransit vehicles can reduce the cost of a trip for persons with disabilities living in poverty. BRT news from South Africa and Latin America. A new taxi startup in Bangalore. AEI's 15th annual roundtable in Washington DC. A pioneering survey by GAATES. News and notes from Latin America, Europe, Iran, Canada, and the USA.
- January 2014 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Paratransit using auto-rickshaws and other small vehicles. BRT in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Accessible city buses in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela. Transport access presentations at United Nations panel. News and notes from Brazil, USA, India, Philippines, Malaysia, and other countries. Access to air travel.
- June 2013 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Bus Rapid Transit systems in Latin America show the way forward. Meetings in Nigeria. Nigerian engineers visit accessible transport in the USA. New Spanish version of AEI's paratransit guide. Progress in Turkey. Collaborative approach in Kuala Lumpur. New and notes from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
- January 2013 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Paratransit Guide introduced in New Delhi. New Delhi TRANSED conference puts access on the agenda in India and beyond. Kuala Lumpur: A city works with the community to "make access happen." Accessible rail in Mecca. Wheelchair passport. Honoring access pioneers in California. Development banks pledge US$175 billion to support sustainable transport. Line 12 of Mexico City Metro. News and notes from Canada, USA, Brazil, Viet Nam, China, India, Tanzania, and other countries.
- June 2012 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
AEI preparing new Paratransit Guide. TRANSED 2012 in New Delhi. Rural accessibility. Roundtable in Washington DC promotes inclusive transportation. Muni # 1: l00 years old and accessible. Excessive gaps can block the way to "accessible" buses. Conference in Istanbul focuses on accessible transport. New vehicle (MV-1) provides access for all.
- January 2012 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Testing autorickshaws in India as possible lower-cost paratransit mode. September 2012 TRANSED conference in New Delhi. What do we mean by "inclusive" Bus Rapid Transit? Accessibility upgrade of our website by WiserUsability. Russian version of newsletter. News from the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Paris Metro expansion. 13th annual Roundtable in Washington DC.
- June 2011 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Megaposters in India. TRANSED 2012 in New Delhi. International cooperation in Cartagena and Medellín. News from Central and South America. News from Europe, North America, and Asia. Japanese researchers visit San Francisco. AEI's Paratransit Guide moves ahead. Marc Soto elected President of AEI.
- January 2011 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Curitiba and Uberlandia point the way toward fully inclusive mobility. 20th anniversary of Access Exchange International. TRANSED 2012 in New Delhi, India. News from AEI. News and Notes from around the world.
- June 2010 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Bus Rapid Transit in Colombia. New publication on BRT access. TRANSED 2010 in Hong Kong. ITF and World Bank transit access workshop. New research project on bus access. News and Notes from around the world.
- January 2010 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Transit Access Training Toolkit. Accessible mass transit in Peru. Expanded paratransit services in Sao Paulo. Guidelines for Inclusive Pedestrian Facilities and expanded rail access in India. News and Notes from around the world.
- June 2009 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
New Delhi Conference on Accessible Transportation and Tourism. Accessible bus rapid transit in Mexico and India. World Bank's Transit Access Training Toolkit. New paratransit and accessible services in Moscow. Guatemala City's TransMetro. News and Notes from around the world.
- January 2009 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Planning accessible bus corridors in South African cities. Mexico City trains bus drivers to serve disabled and senior passengers. Championing inclusive design in the World Bank. News and Notes from around the world.
- June 2008 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
Inclusive transport in China. Enhancing access on Mexico City's bus rapid transit (BRT) system. Progress and concerns in Istanbul. Philippines' National Conference on Accessible Transportation. San Francisco's accessible transportation system. News and Notes from around the world.
- January 2008 (English, PDF) (Spanish, PDF)
This month our newsletter was in PDF form, with pictures.
- June 2007 (English, HTML) (Spanish, HTML)
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Sri Lanka conference. TRANSED in Canada. International forum in Turkey. Viet Nam tests accessible bus models. Transport improvements in India. Planning for accessibility in Brazil. Bus Rapid Transit: Progress Amidst Problems. Plans in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Accessible buses in Shenzhen and Beijing. ITS conference in Beijing. Progress in Europe. International Best Practices in Universal Design. 97% of buses in USA cities accessible. Oregon State University offers graduate work in accessibility. New access standard in Mexico. Policy framework in Honduras. Seminar in Guatemala. Progress in Saint Lucia. The story of accessible transport in the UK.
- January 2007 (English, HTML) (Spanish, HTML)
Bus Rapid Transit Accessibility Guidelines posted on World Bank site. World Resources Institute conference in Mexico City. Metrobús BRT system in Mexico City. Hong Kongs door-to-door Rehabus system. Beijing group visits San Francisco. AEI expands web site. June 2007 TRANSED in Montreal. News and Notes: CODATU in France, Brazil conference and waterway norms. Trinidad and Tobago. Service routes in Querétero. Libre Acceso guide. United Nations Convention. USA publications on transit stop announcements and accessible taxis. India rail progress. Bus stops in New Delhi. Ho Chi Minh City bus route. Japan ferry access. Kuala Lumpur concerns. Cambodia report. Disability law in Turkey. Accessibility code in Pakistan. Policy framework in Zambia.
- June 2006 (English, HTML) (Spanish, HTML)
New Delhi conference, BRT in Dar es Salaam, rural transport in Tanzania and Kenya, Vietnam, Persatuan Mobiliti's door-to-door transport in Malaysia, June 2007 TRANSED. News and Notes: New ECMT publications, CODATU conference in Lyon, accessible transport legislation in France, UK contacts, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, Medelln Colombia, Bus Stop Accessibility and Safety toolkit, curb ramp design, wheelchair securement testing in Canada, Uruguay, China BRT, Beijing delegation, low-floor buses in Shenzhen, Japan universal design conference, Australia, India bicycle design, Singapore low-floor buses, Thailand airport, Israel regulations.
- January 2006 (English, HTML) (Spanish, HTML)
World Bank preparing accessibility guidelines for Bus Rapid Transit, Vietnam transit regulations, study tours from Japan and China, January 2006 Washington DC roundtable, June 2007 TRANSED in Canada, AEIs 15th Anniversary. News and Notes: Pernambuco, CalACT, CODATU, Velo Mondial, East Africa, Tokyo conference, Malaysia, Singapore, New Delhi workshop, Thailand, accessible interurban bus design, taxi design, Inter-American Development Bank accessibility guide in Spanish, Mexico symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Association of Travel Instruction, Peru.
- June 2005 (English, HTML) (Spanish, HTML)
Vietnam update, new accessible transport law in Brazil, disability law in Mexico, accessible transit forums in Argentina and Brazil, Transmilenio in Bogotá, Metrocable in Medellín, low-floor buses in Buenos Aires, Washington DC roundtable. News and notes from Thailand, Malaysia, China, India, Israel, Australia, Japan, ECMT report, rural transport in UK, St. Petersburg, 2007 TRANSED in Canada, Richard Weiner new AEI President, Kenyan safety laws. Call for research on unpaved rural bus stops. Adaptive Engineering