• Month: September 2017

    Google Glass app helps children with disabilities with social interactions

    A prototype Google Glass app can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. A new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI finds that the wearable technology can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. Moreover, children find it easy to… Continue Reading »

    New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

    TORONTO: The Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements. The portal is a key feature of Access Talent: Ontario’s Employment Strategy… Continue Reading »

    U.S. DOT Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts, totaling $6.185 million* for a period of performance through FY 2019, under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities. ATTRI is a multimodal departmental effort that has been at the leading edge of… Continue Reading »

    Connecting Communities and Mapping Accessible Places

    On September 6 2017 the DIAUD Network held the next in a series of virtual meetings, to discuss the opportunity to collaborate in preparation for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018.  Representatives from the PWD-PCG and the GAP participating in the High Level Meeting on the New Urban Agenda… Continue Reading »

    Grant creates postdoc fellowships for nursing researchers with disabilities

    SPOKANE, WASH.: Research scientists with disabilities are underrepresented in the health sciences, yet such scholars bring needed perspective to understanding and improving health policies and services for people with disabilities. A new federal grant will help WSU hire three post-doctoral students with disabilities to become academic researchers, with the goal of having them go on… Continue Reading »

    Ensuring Accessibility: Lessons from the BRT in Mexico

    The reliance on public transportation for the 81.2 million inhabitants concentrated in Mexico’s urban centers is estimated at approximately eighty-percent of their urban transit needs. Although the majority of urban inhabitants are dependent on public transportation, many of the features of these transport systems have been described as non-inclusive and inaccessible. Responding to the lack… Continue Reading »

    Metro to launch Abilities-Ride paratransit service to encourage accessible taxi use as alternative to MetroAccess

    MetroAccess customers will have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride program on Monday, September 18. The new program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi services–without sharing a ride–at a discounted rate. The Abilities-Ride program offers subsidized rides in… Continue Reading »

    Artificial intelligence thinks like people with autism, used to develop educational tools

    There’s a computer on the third floor of Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall that scans geometric patterns, deciding which missing shapes would be most likely to fit in. It fills in those blanks about as well as a human 17-year-old would, and it’s only getting smarter, thanks to a study of the way certain people on the… Continue Reading »

    Chennai gearing up for two new ramps at Elliot Beach

    CHENNAI, INDIA: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is building two new ramps along the stretch of Elliot beach thus paving way for more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. Until now, there were two ramps at both the ends of the beach which made it hard for people on wheelchairs to reach them as… Continue Reading »