An Autonomous Electric Shuttle Bus that Assists People with a Range of Disabilities
IBM, and an independent carmaker called Local Motors are developing a self-driving, electric shuttle bus that combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphone apps to serve people with vision, hearing, physical, and cognitive disabilities. The buses, dubbed “Olli,” are designed to transport people around neighborhoods at speeds below 35 miles per hour and will be sold to cities, counties, airports, companies, and universities.
From MIT Technology Review, April 13, 2017
Blind Developers Provide Experiential insight for Creating Technology for the Blind
Not long ago, technology for the blind consisted of bulky and expensive instruments. But a a growing number of blind developers are providing the experiential insight for creating technology for the blind.
From Metro US, April 12, 2017
Digital Accessibility: Working to Further Inclusion in the Workplace
In today’s highly connected digital world, accessing opportunity can be a simple push of a button away. But for millions of people that simple action can become complicated if the individual in question can’t see, hear, physically navigate, or cognitively make sense of the website or mobile app in front of them. That’s where digital accessibility comes into play. LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce and that includes making it possible for individuals with disabilities or impairments to access our sites and mobile apps.
From LinkedIn, April 11, 2017
Coping with Schizophrenia? Smart Home Tech Can Help
With the right combination of emerging technology, schizophrenia treatment could be on the brink of a major shift.
From CNET, April 10, 2017
Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Accessibility for People with Disability
By making web-based products and services more readily available to those that have a visual, hearing or physical impairment, organisations have the opportunity to grow their share of an expanding market. This is both socially progressive and financially rewarding.
From ProBono Australia, April 10, 2017
A Fifth of People with Disabilities are Living Without the Internet
People with disabilities are still significantly less likely to have internet access than those without a disability – despite an increase in the number of consumers with disabilities able to get online. A report has found that
a fifth of people with disabilities cannot get online. By way of comparison, 94% of non-disabled consumers have access to the internet.
From Cable.co.uk, April 07, 2017
Are we Building an Accessible Future?
With 11 million people in the UK having a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability, creating socially inclusive infrastructure should be a concern up and down the country.
From Construction News, April 06, 2017
How to Make Sure your University’s Online Content is Accessible to all
Despite advancements in online learning technologies and platforms, accommodations to make these technologies accessible to students and faculty with disabilities are not keeping pace. Though most institutions realize they must make accessibility a priority, figuring out the best approach and identifying funding sources can be daunting.
From e Campus News, April 05, 2017
To go Above and Beyond, Government Websites Must First go Back to Basics
A recent study found that 92 percent of the most visited federal web domains fail to meet basic standards for security, speed, accessibility and mobile-friendliness. These findings are troubling on multiple fronts, including questions on the priority accorded to accessibility.
From Fed Scoop, April 04, 2017
Digital Push Must be Disability-Inclusive
Poor accessibility due to lack of focussed information and political will has led to social exclusion of people with disabilities, exacerbating the negative impact of the existing digital divide. The new call for action of disability rights activists now is “Cause No Harm”, thus ensuring future generations are not excluded from mainstream activities due to a hostile infrastructure.
From The Hindu, April 03, 2017