Americas

New Universal Design Guide Aims to make Public Spaces Pleasant for All

UNITED STATES: When the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990, it set forth expectations around how buildings and public spaces should be designed to accommodate limited mobility. Over the years, the guidelines helped create more accessible parks, buildings, schools, and neighborhoods, but for many architects, the rules stop short of ensuring people with physical and… Continue Reading »

University Students Design Wheelchair Hand Warmer for Persons with Muscular Dystrophy

MANITOBA, CANADA: Aiming to enhance patients’ lives, a team of University of Manitoba biomedical students has produced autonomous designs — including a wheelchair hand warmer for those living with muscular dystrophy (MD). The overarching goal during the University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering Design (BMED) Team’s first year was to give students experience in design, public speaking, and device building, and to provide networking opportunities.… Continue Reading »

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act

MARYLAND, US: The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, today applauded the introduction of the Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act of 2019 (H.R. 3929) in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Mark… Continue Reading »

Tactile Printer for Persons with Visual Impairment

Since it is printed by foaming of a special capsule paper using a thermal printing method, it is small, quiet, and achieves a very high-quality finish compared to the conventional embossed method which makes braille by piling up from the rear side of the paper by a needle. You don’t need any special software. You… Continue Reading »

Researcher Works to Make City Streets Safer for Persons with Visual Impairment

A University of Minnesota researcher is trying to make streets safer for the visually impaired. Chen-Fu Liao, a researcher at the Center for Transportation Studies, is working to create an app that uses a Bluetooth system to help visually impaired pedestrians navigate city streets. Liao will be putting his work to the test in Stillwater… Continue Reading »

New Entrepreneurship Program for Persons with Disabilities

  Are you, or someone you know a person with a disability age 18-64, who lives in the tri-state area, is an innovative self-starter, has a great idea for a business/start-up, or simply has a deep desire to run their own business? If so, we have a new and exciting program that provides extraordinary tools… Continue Reading »

United Nations Calls for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Climate Change Debate

 A line of elderly citizens unable to board a bus to evacuate a senior home. People with limited mobility sitting helpless by the side of the road. Wheelchairs buried in mud after a flood. Scenes and accounts like these became the norm in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the deadliest natural disasters in… Continue Reading »

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 »