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Thanks for the FYI. Are you referring to I've checked out their website and don't see this concept noted as under development. We will be sure to get in touch with them to compare details and any lessons learned they can share.


Tracey commented on Universal Design (“UD”) Training Expertise in Nepal

Hi Ashley
Great question! We've come up with 4 top things that we will need to incorporate into our planning and implementation strategy to ensure sustainability of the program, which are:

• Successful negotiations with the local university to incorporate the program into their existing curriculum. GAATES representatives have had previous engagement and collaboration with the University and we are confident in this regard.

• Successful collaboration with international associations, such as the International Union of Architects (UIA), to ensure that content of the program remains current and relevant to the region of implementation, perhaps through bi-annual reviews of curriculum.

• Our GAATES country representative, with a trained UD group, will also work together with the National Federation of Disabled People. The purpose of this is to create the political momentum required to establish recognition of the program in each municipality. This will not only help to implement the required Universal Design requirements during rebuilding but also help program graduates to become employed as an accessibility consultant.

• Under the leadership of GAATES country representative, the first trained group of program graduates will create a task force to make proposals to the Ministry of Women Children and Welfare to conduct training/workshops throughout Nepal to produce local accessibility experts and amplify sustainability of the program at a local level.

Hope that this provides the level of details you are looking for. Please do not hesitate to contact me should more details of our submission be required.
Tracey Shipman

Hi Ashley
Thank you for your interest in GAATES and our submission to the OpenIdeo Challenge. We expect our timeline to be approximately 12 - 18 months, from initial research and planning through to implementation of the database with the following high-level milestones of note:
• Survey of existing online databases within the developed world
• Survey of the local communities, using several alternate formats, with regards to current practices and perform a gap analysis
• Engagement of local agencies, government authorities, and service providers to work collaboratively on the implementation plan
• Template created for the database working collaboratively with the community end-users
• Populate the database and prepare for distribution

I hope that this provides the level of detail you were looking for. Please don't hesitate to contact me for any further details required.
Tracey Shipman