Americas

Prototype Robodog from University of California, Berkeley Helps Persons with Visual Impairment Navigate Using Lasers

UNITED STATES: It looks like artificial intelligence and robotics might be on the verge of automating yet another job. A team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley has developed a four-legged robodog to safely guide the visually impaired, a New Scientist report explains. In a study published March 26, the researchers showed that their prototype pup can keep… Continue Reading »

Handiscover Releases Free Resource on Accessibility Standard for Hotels

United States: Handiscover, a leading accessibility and disability data organization, found that over a third of people with disabilities in America say that hotels have not met their accessibility needs. It is estimated that 60 million people in the United States live with a long-term illness or disability that requires specific accessibility requirements. With improved accommodations,… Continue Reading »

Government of Canada Increases Funding for Alternate Format Materials for Persons with Print Disabilities

CANADA: The Government of Canada continues to take important and decisive action to ensure that all Canadians are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know Canadians living with disabilities are facing significant challenges during this difficult time and that long-standing barriers to inclusion have been heightened. As we work together to restart the economy, we must continue to… Continue Reading »

Seven New Accessible Vehicles Launched by Lime for Persons with Disabilities to Access Micromobility

UNITED STATES: If you live in New York City and use a manual wheelchair, you may soon be able to use the Lime app to order a free rental of an attachment that turns it into a power vehicle. The design is one of seven adaptive vehicles the micromobility company recently developed to make its… Continue Reading »

Canada: University Professors Research on Barriers to Justice Faced by Persons with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CANADA: In collaboration with ARCH Disability Centre, TRU with the help of the University of Windsor will pursue a new research project on the effects of COVID-19. TRU’s Dr. Ruby Dhand, a professor in the Faculty of Law, has partnered with Dr. Dipesh Prema, a TRU chemistry professor, and Dr. Tess Sheldon, a law professor from… Continue Reading »

Nike Introduces Hands-Free Shoes in a Step Towards Inclusive Clothing

Americas: If you have a body, you are an athlete – according to the sports brand Nike, that is. It’s an inclusive outlook from a brand that is closely associated with elite athletes at the very peak of their physical prowess. And with the unveiling of the latest iteration of a shoe designed to be… Continue Reading »

Canada and Ontario Invest in Accessible Public Transit Infrastructure for Residents of Peel Region

CANADA: Funding for two projects that will modernize and improve accessibility for Peel Region’s public transit system was announced by the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, on behalf of the Honorable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Nando Iannicca,… Continue Reading »

16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities (TRANSED)

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support by the U.S. Department of Transportation, invites your participation in the 16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (TRANSED), themed Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience. Organized by TRB Standing… Continue Reading »

Ministry of Education in Peru Set to Deliver Accessible Educational Materials

PERU: Texts adapted to the braille system will be delivered this year, reported the Ministry of Education. During 2020, the Ministry of Education, through the Directorate of Special Basic Education (DEBE), produced more than 1,100 accessible audios and about 500 educational materials adapted to the Braille system for girls, boys, adolescents and young people with… Continue Reading »

US Government Aims to Make Rental Cars More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

USA: NHTSA believes its proposed rule will make life a lot easier for people with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that should make mobility far more accessible to those living with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The government agency will move to allow… Continue Reading »