Areas of Expertise
Betty Dion is the founder of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), an internationally recognized leading organization dedicated to the accessible design of the built and virtual environments.
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Betty has been a frequent speaker at the United Nations Conferences of States Parties (UN-COSP) meetings on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, accessibility of the built environment, emergency egress and fire and life safety and the design of assistive technologies.
Betty authored publications:
- World Bank: (Monogram on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
- Canadian Human Rights Commission: International Best Practices in Universal Design: A Global Review
- Delta Centre Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs: Toolkit on Key Indicators on Reporting on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Guidelines on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction for Persons with Disabilities
With a combination of consumer participation, an international perspective and professional architectural expertise in accessibility and fire and life safety, BDEL provides an exceptional team approach. BDEL offers service in English, French and American Sign Language.