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Andres Balcazar is a Mexico City based architect and consultant. He’s been accessibility and disability consultant for national and international organizations from the private, public and civil society sectors. Currently works for the Mexican Human Rights Commission as Director of Disability Affairs. His latest international assignments include participation in the development of the Kuwait Universal Design Code for Architect Taghreed AlZubaidi on 2017; and coordinating GAATES team for developing the Dubai Universal Accessibility Strategy and Action Plan during 2016.
Previously he worked for the Mexican National Council for Persons with Disabilities, a federal government agency in charge implementing disability related policies and programs, where he was in charge of coordinating specific taskforces at the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Education, the National Statistics Institute, and developing federal accessibility policies and regulations
Some of his publications and research include: A study about the situation of schools’ accessibility in Mexico; Accessibility Guidelines for the Ministry of Public Education; Report on the Situation of Human Rights of People with Disabilities in Mexico, for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Accessibility assessment of Bahrain’s rehabilitation center for persons with disabilities project. Accessibility assessments of several public and private facilities in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.
He has participated in international research studies on disability and accessibility, including development of guidelines and standards.