Uber’s Wheelchair-accessible Service Launches in UK
The Uber ridesharing service is available in virtually every major city in UK and enjoys immense popularity. Earlier this year, Uber extended its wheelchair accessibility service to three new UK markets, including Manchester, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton. Now, it also includes Liverpool, Leeds, Bradford, and Newcastle.
From thenextweb.com, August 16, 2017
How Developers can Build Accessibility into e-Learning
The development of eLearning has created opportunities for a highly diverse population of learners. Today, instructional designers and course developers can use a variety of interactive multimedia to help students reach learning objectives, eliminating the need for rote memorization and repetitive courses consisting only of text and images. But all of these options come at a price: accessibility.
From E Learning Inside, August 15, 2017
Romania: Smartphone App using Beacon Technology to Assist Persons with Visual Disabilities Navigate Bucharest Metro
A smartphone app will now assist persons with visual disabilities safely navigate the metro unaccompanied in Bucharest. The app uses beacon technology and bluetooth beacons have been installed in the 53 metro stations, at locations that could pose a hazard. The beacons give off an audible beep and communicate with the smartphone through the application that sends guidance messages to the owner.
From Nine o Clock Romania, August 14, 2017
Queensland:Government funded Assistive Devices Hackathon sees Innovations for Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities
The Queensland Government-funded second Queensland Assistive Devices Hackathon at TAFE Queensland South West was developed to coincide with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Teams were given a challenge from a person with a disability and had to work around the criteria of innovation, scalability and affordability. The life-enhancing devices designed were innovations developed for independent living of persons with disabilities.
From The Chronicle, August 13, 2017
The Potential of IoT Technologies for People with Disabilities.
The proliferation of cloud-based technologies have paved the way for industries to take advantage of the benefits of the Internet of Things. Three areas of interest in the usage of the Internet of Things to create greater opportunities for independent living for individuals with disabilities have been home applications, healthcare applications, and security.
From IOT Business News, August 10, 2017
Persons with Disabilities in China ask Online Map Developer to Highlight Barrier-Free Facilities.
Persons with Disabilities in China are asking the developers of one of China’s most widely used online maps to mark the locations of ramps, elevators, platform lifts, and other tools that make navigating cities less daunting, as even when such “barrier-free facilities” exist, they are often difficult to find.
From Sixth Tone, August 06, 2017
Echolocation-based Smartwatch Aids Persons with Visual Disabilities
A smartwatch called the Sunu band is using echolation to make navigation easier for persons with disabilities. Sunu band uses a sonar sensor to detect objects and people within a 15-foot range. When it does, it gently vibrates to alert the wearer, changing intensity as an object or person gets closer. The band can help measuring steps, telling time, and helping users find frequently used objects and navigate.
From ARS Technica, August 05, 2017
Malawi: Call to Remove Limits on Accessibility, Embrace the Marrakesh Treaty
Malawi’s copyright law, adopted in September 2016 permits a range of library activities and services, but limits their ability to provide equal access to works on the same basis as those without a disability. Organizations are now calling on Malawi to to embrace the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty by dropping this legal requirement.
From Info Justice, August 04, 2017
Elderly & Australians with Disabilities are Increasingly Excluded from Online Services, Finds Report
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index, compiled by RMIT in partnership with Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact and Telstra, revealed that although online participation is increasing across Australia, gaps continue to exist- and widen for Australians with low levels of income, education and employment, as well as Indigenous Australians and people with a disability.
From PRObono Australia, August 02, 2017
6 Inventions Aiding Persons with Disabilities in the UK
From a pair of glasses that can help legally blind people see to the latest in prosthetic knee technology, here are 6 inventions helping persons with disabilities in the UK in their daily life.
From Buzzfeed UK, August 01, 2017