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GAATES develops and presents workshops, seminars and training courses on accessibility issues including;
GAATES members are frequent participants and presenters at local, national and international conferences and we are able to customize our education and training sessions to meet the needs of our clients, from one-on-one training to accommodating large groups.
GAATES provides professional services to private sector organizations as well as government departments and agencies and civil society organizations. GAATES offers training and education workshops for designers, architects, urban planners and designers of spaces on Universal Design and accessibility and incorporating a sustainable approach that considers everyone, regardless of ability.
GAATES is able to customize the training to address just local and national legislation and codes, or expanded to incorporate international legislation, best practices and leading codes and standards. Depending on the size of the group, the level of experience and the extent of training required, training sessions can be 1-7 days.
GAATES has several members and consultants who are able to provide training on the accessibility of ICTs, the development of accessible websites and other user interfaces and accessible procurement policies.
GAATES members participate in the development of international standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, as well as contribute to ICT forums such as WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) and are members of professional associations such as G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs) and ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and UN-GAID (UN – Global Alliance for ICT and Development) events.
GAATES is able to provide training to front line staff of transportation organizations on providing accessible customer service to persons with disabilities and disability awareness for operators of transportation systems.
GAATES can also provide sessions on universal design and accessibility for engineers and designers responsible for the development of transportation facilities and vehicles to ensure that the whole range of human functioning is considered when designing passenger vehicles.
GAATES has undertaken training of first responders and emergency managers to ensure that disaster and emergency plans and responses are disability inclusive. Other training sessions have been presented to persons with disabilities to ensure they understand the importance of self-preparation, planning and evacuation so that they have the skills and information they need to stay safe until help can arrive.
GAATES can also work with Emergency Management Organizations on the development of Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness Policies, Plans and Protocols.
GAATES can work with broadcasters and Emergency Management Organizations to develop protocols and standard messaging for accessible early warning and the communication of emergency and disaster related information.
GAATES is able to work with public and private sector organizations involved in the tourism industry to ensure that tourism and recreation opportunities are Universally Designed, accessible and consider the needs and abilities of persons with disabilities. Training sessions have addressed customer services and the policies to address accessibility of facilities, tours and vehicles, etc.
In order to make an inclusive society a reality, it is necessary to identify and remove barriers to access.