Credits, contact and copyright information
This toolkit was developed by the UNICEF Disability Team, based in the Programme Group Leadership Team at New York Headquarters. It was prepared in close consultation with persons with disabilities, and through consultations and collaboration with accessibility specialists, UNICEF staff and other partners around the world.
The core team at UNICEF included Gopal Mitra (currently serving as Senior Officer at the United Nations Disability Strategy Secretariat, Executive Office of the Secretary- General, United Nations), Megan Tucker and Anna Burlyaeva. The toolkit was developed under the supervision of Rosangela Berman Bieler, Senior Adviser and Chief, Disability Section, UNICEF.
Colleagues from UNICEF country and regional offices and various headquarter divisions contributed substantially to the development of this toolkit. Thanks go to Carlos de la Espriella, Katinka Rosenbom, Ignacio Giménez, Kirstin Lange, Ahmed Ghanem, William Abi Abdallah, Heidy Martinez, Shirin Kiani and Besan AbdelQader.
UNICEF consultants with expertise in disability-inclusion, communication, accessibility and urban planning provided key input into the document, including Renata Zanetti, Daisuke Arao, Jens Aerts and Erika Trabucco, on behalf of Humanity and Inclusion.
An original draft that substantially informed this toolkit was created by the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), led by past president Betty Dion, with Bob Topping, LoriAnn Girvan and Marnie Peters, and the GAATES project team: Abdul Zazai, Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Chuck Letorneau, Mathew Fleet, Anjlee Agarwal, Aqueel Qureshi, Erin O’Herlihy, Aqueel Qureshi, Deepak KC and Janett Jimenez.
Thanks also to conversations and interviews with the Disability-Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) Group, which included Stig Langvad, Benjamin Dard, Kathy Kline, Lisa Stafford, Mano Karan and Megan Smith during the ninth World Urban Forum in Malaysia, which also informed the toolkit.
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Permission is required to reproduce any part of this publication. For more information on usage rights, please contact:
Disability Section, UNICEF
3 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY, 10017, USA
In addition to the PDF version, the toolkit is also available in a range of accessible formats: EPUB, Braille-ready file and accessible HTML.
Feedback and comments: This toolkit is a living document that will be updated and revised as it is used in the field to support UNICEF’s work on accessibility and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities. UNICEF colleagues and partners are invited to send feedback:
Editor and copy editor: Fabienne Stassen, EditOr Proof
Layout and graphic design: Big Yellow Taxi, Inc.
Web designer: Elias Constantopedos
Illustrator: Foteini Korre
Accessible formats: Prashant Ranjan Verma