• Month: February 2019

    Western Sydney Airport Recruits Wheelchair Rugby Players as Accessibility Consultants

    AUSTRALIA: Last week airport representatives announced a sponsorship agreement with the New South Wales (NSW) Wheelchair Rugby League that will see players act as accessibility consultants during development. In Australia, approximately 18.3 percent of the population has one or more disability. “We want to go over and above our legislative requirements when it comes to accessibility,” said Graham Millett,… Continue Reading »

    Toyota Improves Universal Design Taxicab for Quicker Wheelchair Access

    JAPAN: Toyota Motor Corp. has announced that it will improve its “JPN Taxi” universal design taxicab to enable wheelchair users to get into the vehicle more quickly — cutting the current maximum of around 20 minutes down to three minutes. The improvements, unveiled on Feb. 4, involve redesigning the car’s foldable wheelchair ramp and simplifying… Continue Reading »

    M-Enabling Summit Announces 2019 Program – Accessibility: Transforming Users’ Experience

    New accessible technologies are rapidly transforming the way users interact with digital interfaces. In a dramatic paradigm shift, alternative modes of communication and assistive solutions are made available to all users at an ever-lower cost due to the considerable economies of scale of the global mobile marketplace. Speech recognition, artificial intelligence, image interpretation, IoT solutions,… Continue Reading »

    Sensory Devices to Access Art at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum

    ABU DHABI: The Middle East’s states have recently invested a significant amount to create innovative and universal museums institutions in their territory. The 2017 opening of the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi and more recently the Qatar National Museum showed this. These museums aim to provide coherent accessibility solutions that are designed in a holistic… Continue Reading »

    Transport System to Cater for Persons with Disabilities

    KENYA: Nairobi county plans to revamp the public transport system to accommodate people living with disabilities. The Public Road Transport and Traffic Management Bill 2018 suggests that priority in boarding and alighting be given to persons with disability, elderly persons, pregnant women, and other special-needs people. It says PSV crews should reserve seats for people… Continue Reading »

    Machu Picchu Becomes Wheelchair Accessible

    PERU: Machu Picchu, the hugely popular Incan settlement in Peru, is finally wheelchair accessible thanks to a new tour. Wheel the World, an accessible travel company set up so wheelchair users could enjoy bucket list experiences previously off limits to them, launched its first ever Machu Picchu itinerary a few months ago. The business was set… Continue Reading »