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    Disability and engineering communities pair up for assistive technology hackathon

    CALGARY, ALBERTA:  TOM: Alberta, a subsidiary of Kadima Dynamics, just concluded their third annual makeathon event. Local engineers and designers worked with people living with disabilities to create open-source solutions for everyday challenges. 15 multidisciplinary teams from Calgary worked together for a continuous 72 hours from August 24-27 to produce functional prototypes. The teams had… Continue Reading »

    Google Maps turns to it’s user base to gather information on accessibility features

    Traveling without Google Maps seems like an impossible task in today’s world. Gone are the days when we would stop someone on the road and ask for directions. But more often than not it is difficult to know accessibility features of a place while traveling. Google now wants to make it easier for people with… Continue Reading »

    Leaving no one behind – achieving disability-inclusive disaster risk management

    Natural hazard events can occur in any country, at any time. At present, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are dealing with the aftermath of some of the worst monsoon flooding in years, which has left more than 1,200 people dead and millions homeless. At the same time, North America and the Caribbean region are responding to… Continue Reading »

    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 »

    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 »