• Transportation

    Uber launches accessible services in Bengaluru

    Global cab company Uber on Tuesday launched two new products UberASSIST and UberACCESS in Bengaluru, India with the support of Mphasis, a leading cloud and cognitive services provider as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (CSR). Riders in Bengaluru can now request UberASSIST, an option designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities.… Continue Reading »

    Turkish Airlines to Provide Braille Boarding Passes to Customers with Vision Disabilities

    The Turkish Airlines (THY) has announced that it will provide boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet to its customerswho are blind or have low vision travelling from the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. The boarding passes will be printed by special check-in counters, which have been placed around the airport’s international terminals. THY CEO Bilal… Continue Reading »

    Brisbane Airport breaking down barriers for passengers with disabilities

    Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the first airport in Australia to open a dedicated ‘Changing Places’ facility for passengers with disabilities. Located on the central ground floor area of BNE’s busy Domestic Terminal (near Qantas Baggage carousel 3), the ‘Changing Places’ facility was officially opened this morning by The Hon. Jane Prentice Assistant Minister for Social… Continue Reading »

    Toronto Pearson Launches Innovative Technology to Support Accessibility for People with Cognitive Disabilities

    TORONTO, CANADA: As part of Autism Awareness month in Canada, Toronto Pearson is proud to be the first airport in the world to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides (Card Decks) for people with autism and other cognitive disabilities. The introductory Toronto Pearson set of ten Card Decks offers a personal step-by-step… Continue Reading »

    United Spinal Association Invites the Disability Community to Participate in a National Survey about Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse

    NEW YORK: United Spinal Association today announced an online survey for people who require accessible parking and/or have disabled placard or license plates. The online survey, Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse, takes about 10 minutes to complete and will impact policies related to parking for people with disabilities. United Spinal Association is part of a… Continue Reading »

    UB, NFTA working to make public transportation more accessible

    For many people who have a disability, taking public transportation is a necessity. But it can also be a nightmare. The barriers abound. It can be extremely difficult to get up and down the stairs on the bus. Riders who use a wheelchair often feel undue attention drawn upon them as passengers sit and wait… Continue Reading »

    Hovertravel Launches ‘Hovercare’ Program to Make Travelling More Accessible

    Hovertravel is announcing a major new initiative aiming at improving accessibility. Called HoverCare, this initiative starts with the world’s first accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft. Hovertravel staff will undergo training from the Barclays Accessibility Team, which will include the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have mobility, vision and hearing disabilities… 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 »

    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 »