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Melbourne’s Brightest To Tackle Smart City Accessibility

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Submissions are now open for the six-week Open Innovation Competition, with $20,000 cash and up to $40,000 of in-kind prizes up for grabs for winning solutions. Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Knowledge City portfolio and Deputy Chair of the People City Portfolio, Councillor Dr Jackie Watts, said that the Open Innovation Competition aims to cultivate tangible solutions to make…

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What Would A Truly Disabled-Accessible Smart City Look Like

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What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like? Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift by Saba Salman To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that…

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Ohio State University, Partners Develop ‘Smart Paint’ to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Smart Cities

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In this installment of the Innovation of the Month series (read last month’s story here), we explore the use of smart technologies to help blind and visually impaired people better navigate the world around them. A team at Ohio State University has been working on a “smart paint” application to do just that. MetroLab’s Executive Director Ben Levine sat down…

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Talking Tech: Design Thinking for Accessibility

Talking Tech: Design Thinking for Accessibility: Associations Now

Talking Tech: Design Thinking for Accessibility     Accessible design enables people with disabilities to engage with digital products and services. Brightfind CEO Frank Klassen explains how associations can use design thinking principles to accommodate these users’ unique needs. Why should associations keep digital accessibility top of mind? One in five people in the United States has some sort of…

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What Do Accessibility and Universal Design Have To Do With Open Data and Smart Cities?

What Do Accessibility and Universal Design Have To Do With Open Data and Smart Cities?

Accessibility Series Part 1: Universal Design Matters in Open Data /.article__meta Open Data, Accessibility and Universal Design and interrelated concepts that tie into a general culture of inclusiveness and “openness.” We know what Open Data is, that’s probably what brought you here. But what do accessibility and universal design have to do with Open Data? This post will guide you…

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Digital Accessibility is a Civil Rights Issue

Digital Accessibility is a Civil Rights Issue

begin main content area Protecting digital accessibility ensures equal rights for disabled people toolbar By Lainey Feingold January 2018 features pagination logic primary story image on first paginated page Lainey Feingold. As the world has moved online, so have disability rights. Disability community activists use social media to spread the message of equality, opportunity, justice and inclusion. Disabled people and…

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Smart City Accessibility: Unlocking Potential | Smart & Resilient Cities

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“Smart City” is the concept that will change the way we see and live in cities. Thousands of experts worldwide analyze the advantages and disadvantages of this new technological and social revolution from all perspectives. To date, however, accessibility is still a nascent dimension of this movement and must firmly be incorporated into the very definition of a Smart City.…

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How to Create Polished Accessibility Experiences for Web Users in 2018?

How to Create Polished Accessibility Experiences for Web Users in 2018?

We have been successfully delivering web design and development services for more than a decade. Today we would like to discuss how you can make your website inclusive for the people with disability. What is accessibility? Accessibility basically refers to the experience of users who access or interact with things differently than a typical “user” does. To be specific, accessibility…

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Accessible #IoT and Universal Design Innovation

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Innovating for People With Disabilities: Why companies should invest in universal design. Sensor technology, automation, artificial intelligence and the evolution of natural-language processing have made our personal electronic devices more intuitive and functional than ever. In recent years, these technologies have converged to make up the Internet of Things (IoT)—that is, a movement to make everyday items “smart” by embedding…

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“Convenience For You Is Independence For Me” by @ToddStabelfeldt

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Universal Design and Accessible IoT  Brings  Independence. Technology designed for the convenience of people without disabilities can give people with reduced mobility and functioning unprecedented independence. That outcome, says Louchez of Georgia Tech, can reconnect people to a fundamental part of the human experience. “A corollary of independence is also dignity,” he says. “Because the more independent you are, the…

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Diversifying the Blockchain – Snoopy Tech

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Revere co-founded Maiden in part because of the lack of diversity in blockchain. The company’s mission is to diversify the blockchain industry, be that through teaching basic investing to smart contract development.  She wants to ensure this potentially revolutionary technology is understandable and accessible  to those who have historically been on the margins of society — people of color, LGBTQIA people…

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Smart Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans – Motherboard

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Smart Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans Cities need to be accessible to all, including those with hearing and sight impairments, and restricted mobility   The world’s cities and their populations are growing at an unprecedented rate. The United Nations predicts that by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urbanized areas, compared to just a…

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The Value of Incorporating Accessibility and Inclusion into Smart Cities From the Start

The Value of Incorporating Accessibility & Inclusion into Smart Cities From the Start

  The city nearly drowned. In the warm days of mid-June, about 160 years after the old river town was incorporated, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was hit with the worst flood in its history. One of those 500-year floods that no one thinks they’ll ever see. The kind of flood that evokes allusions to Noah, or Katrina. The Cedar River swelled…

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Smart City Accessible Platform | Digital Services Georgia

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At Digital Services Georgia, we believe we have a social responsibility to make government content readily available to everyone. Our platform, used by over 75 state agencies in Georgia, features code, structure, and designs that are optimized for accessibility. Partnering with subject matter experts from the AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center and the state’s ADA Coordinator’s Office, we make…

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States Can Help #SmartCity Vendors to Incorporate Accessibility | @NASCIO Report

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Calling on vendors to develop an information and communications technology policy to establish and maintain an organizational structure that ensures accessibility is integrated into their offerings. States have a unique opportunity to help make their websites and apps easier to use for people with disabilities: They can force their vendors to make it a priority. That’s according to a new report from the National Association of State Chief…

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Smart Cities Built for Everyone by @DLBLLC – @AustinStartups

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Smart Cities Built for Everyone Innovations in Accessible & Inclusive Urban Design These days, our cities are smarter than ever — still works in progress. With estimates suggesting that 15% of the world’s population live with disabilities (upwards of one billion people), redesigning our urban environments to be as welcoming as possible has never been more important. That’s why I’m celebrating the innovations that…

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Net Neutrality Accessibility & the Disability Community @SFdirewolf – The Center for Media Justice

The Center for Media JusticeNet Neutrality, Accessibility, and the Disability Community – The Center for Media Justice

Net Neutrality, Accessibility, and the Disability Community Let’s face it, social media can be a troll-infested, fetid dumpster fire polluting our timelines. There are days when I don’t want to be online. As I try to practice self-care, I invariably return to the Internet because it is my second home, my playground, my workshop. Net neutrality is important to me…

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Digital Accessibility Digest Archive – @Microassist

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Accessibility in the News—12/01/17. Does the Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted before the word “internet” became part of our daily vocabulary, require businesses to make their websites accessible? This year’s federal decisions say it does. This week covers a great deal in how that requirement is affecting various industries.  The debate continues on whether or not “ADA compliance” is a…

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