• Americas

    New Legislation Aims to Promote Safe, Accessible Transportation

    A new piece of legislation has been introduced into Congress that aims to promote safety and more accessible transportation routes in all 50 states.  The bill would require states to use a portion of their federal highway money to create a grant program to fund safer and more accessible projects. The Complete Streets Act would mandate that states… Continue Reading »

    Concordia University Launches Inclusive Innovation Guide 

    When Enable Montreal wrapped up in June 2018, organizers knew they had to find a way to pass on the invaluable lessons gleaned from the project. The Concordia-hosted initiative challenged designers to find solutions for a more accessible and inclusive city. The result is a new Inclusive Innovation Guide, an open event-planning resource developed to help Concordians and those… Continue Reading »

    May Mobility Makes e-Shuttle Accessible by Wheelchair

    UNITED STATES: May Mobility that partners with Magna and has select funders such as BMW iVentures or Toyota AI onboard is moving its autonomous electric vehicle concept forward. To be exact, the company is developing a wheelchair-accessible prototype of its self-driving electric shuttle. The autonomous transportation startup just concluded an initial round of feedback gathering from… Continue Reading »

    Canada: Launch of Draft Strategy for Building Inclusive Workplaces

    Advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in Canadian workplaces have released a new draft pan-Canadian strategy for building an inclusive workforce.   The draft strategy is designed to promote and guide efforts across the country to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Working together, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, the Canadian Council… Continue Reading »

    Barbados Tourism Minister Looking to Improve Island’s Accessibility for Tourists with Disabilities, Locals

    Kerrie D. Symmonds, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport, told TravelPulse on Thursday that the island is looking into several initiatives to make disabled tourists more comfortable on vacations, while also improving the quality of life for its disabled locals. As part of Caribbean Week New York, which was organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO),… Continue Reading »

    The Portland Art & Learning Studio Encourages Diverse Projects by Artists with Disabilities

    The Portland Art & Learning Studio is a 10,000 sqft maker-space for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nearly 200 artists attend our program to work on their creative endeavors with freedom and support. Several of the artists were recently featured in an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum and Ricky Bearghost, who attends the… Continue Reading »

    RAZ Mobility Releases 3G mobile Phone for Persons with Disabilities

    Vienna, Va.-based RAZ Mobility recently released the Lucia phone, an unlocked 3G mobile phone designed to assist people who are blind, have low vision or are hard of hearing. Launched in 2015, the startup provides mobile assistive tech for people with disabilities. RAZ Mobility said in a news release that someone who is completely blind can fully and effectively… Continue Reading »

    Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

    An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year. The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility – for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of… Continue Reading »

    The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Launches New Universal Homes “Accessibility is Beautiful” Initiative

    The Cerebral Palsy Foundation launched a new initiative on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) called Accessibility is Beautiful, generously supported by CHUBB. This innovative accessibility initiative includes a YouTube video miniseries and Universal Design “Look Book” will feature the homes of disability advocates Pat Wright and Deb Zeyen, Karen Braitmayer, Leslie Haynes and Randy Earle, designed by architects Carol Sundstrom of Rom Architecture Studio,… Continue Reading »