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HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility

HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility

The winner of this year’s HealthHack Smart Cities Challenge is aiming to make Edmonton more accessible to those who use wheelchairs. Professor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, Martin Ferguson-Pell, and his team have developed Click N’ Push – an app that shows just how difficult it can be to get around the city in a…

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Web Standards to Enable an Accessible and Inclusive Internet of Things

MIT IoT Accessibility

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to have an unprecedented impact on our daily lives. In particular, “smart environments” will change how we interact with our surrounding and with each other, including at home, in public spaces, and at the work place. This provides an opportunity to ensure equal access for people with disabilities. For example, operating doors, windows,…

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A Techies Guide for Monitoring Urban Accessibility in Smart Cities

Urban Accessibility

Abstract The present work discusses the possibilities offered by the evolution of Information and Communication Technologies with the aim of designing a system to dynamically obtain knowledge of accessibility issues in urban environments. This system is facilitated by technology to analyse the urban user experience and movement accessibility, which enabling accurate identification of urban barriers and monitoring its effectiveness over…

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How Can Smart Cities Contribute to a More Inclusive Cloud?

How Can Smart Cities Contribute to a More Inclusive Cloud

Implementing #ICT #accessibility standards & procurement policies, requiring documents, presentations, web content, apps & software solutions be created & maintained in a manner consistent with applicable #accessibility guidelines also contributes to a more #inclusive #SmartCity https://t.co/hnvFKcL3Gf — Smart Cities Library™ (@SmartCitiesL) May 7, 2018

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5 Initiatives Working To Make Smart Cities Accessible

5 Initiatives Working To Make Smart Cities Accessible

Share buttons by maFounded in 2006, the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in partnership with the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, and World Enabled, put together the SmartCities4All toolkit. The toolkit is one of many attempts to engage the wider urban community to use technology in a way that makes smart cities accessible for the differently abled.…

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4 Ways To Make Your Digital Design More Accessible To Everyone

Screenshot-2018-5-10 4 Ways To Make Your Digital Design More Accessible To Everyone Smart Cities Library™

At a recent user experience-focused meetup group in  PhillyCHI’s “Designing for Accessibility” Mikey Ilagan, an accessibility specialist at Think Company and Comcast. led a panel to discuss why accessible design matters. The panel shared insights and key factors for why  accessible design matters. Checkout the full article below from Generocity to discover four key takeaways to to help you become an accessible design advocate…

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Accessibility Guidelines For Designers, Engineers, Project Manages and More

Screenshot-2018-4-22 Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines

Accessibility Guidelines Making all things accessible creates a better experience across the board. Use this checklist to help build accessibility into your process no matter your role or stage in a project. There’s information and resources for: Designers, Engineers, Project Managers and more. There’s a a Quality Assurance Section and links to relevant Accessibility websites and toolkits. While visiting the…

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Tech Companies Are Expanding Accessibility Services

Screenshot-2018-4-22 Tech Companies Like Google and Airbnb are Expanding Their Accessibility Services

Nearly one in five individuals report having a disability. This number is expected to rise as the baby boomer generation continues to age. Technology is part of the answer to addressing the lack of overall accessibility the disability community faces on a daily basis. Tech companies have taken note and entered into a market that represents $1 trillion in annual…

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Web Accessibility: What You Say vs. What I Hear

Screenshot-2018-4-15 Web Accessibility What You Say vs What I Hear Think Company

My background is in web design and development. These days, I’m an Accessibility Specialist advocating on behalf of the user. I use assistive technology to audit, review, and examine software the way a person with a disability might use it. I then work with product teams to identify and resolve these issues. And I’ve noticed a recurring theme. Issues identified…

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Smart City Tech Guides Blind Transit Riders Right to the Bus Door

Smart City Tech Guides Blind Transit Riders Right to the Bus Door

Bluetooth technology, crowdsourcing, and connected devices are making mobility easier for blind, visually impaired or disabled transit riders. In Boston, transit officials, through a partnership with Perkins School for the Blind, have been contributing data to the app BlindWays, which combines GPS data with special clues to get users to the exact location of a bus stop. The clues are…

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University of Maryland Launches Smart City and Connected Communities Initiative

Screenshot-2018-4-13 University of Maryland – Google Search

COLLEGE PARK, Md.– University leaders, local government officials, community partners and academic researchers recently launched a new collaborative initiative aimed at using smart and connected technologies to improve the safety, engagement, accessibility and quality of life along the College Park areas of the Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) Corridor. Sponsored by the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) and the College…

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Accessibility with Imagination

  The Deaf communication specialist Eva Westerhof talks about inclusion by imagination: “We can fly through space. We can walk on the moon. But we cannot make or own world accessible? Accessibility does not affect a few people. It involves billions of people. It affects everyone. Sooner or later. Take accessibility in your mind with everything you do. Make sure…

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Social Factors in the Accessibility of Smart Cities and Urban Areas for People with Motor Disabilities

The UK must lead the way in accessible smart cities, says CIBES Lift UK’s Gary Sullivan – Smart Cities World

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities recognizes the right of people with disabilities to attain full social participation without discrimination on the basis of disability. Mobility is one of the most important life habits for achieving such participation. Providing people with disabilities with information regarding accessible paths and accessible urban places therefore plays a vital…

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City of Boston and Aira Partner to Offer Assistive Technology to the Blind/Low Vision

Screenshot-2018-4-6 City of Boston and Aira Partner to Offer Assistive Technology to the Blind Low Vision Smart Cities Libr[…]

City of Boston, Aira partner to offer assistive technology for residents and visitors with blindness or low-vision for One Boston Day and Boston Marathon. Do not add additional content to the following right column. Secondary content should be included in a new right column below the left (main) columAira’s app will be available for free use during the Boston Marathon…

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Improving Accessibility in the UK

Improving Accessibility in the UK

Whether it’s a temporary Christmas market or planning everyday routes, accessibility around the UK has steadily gained awareness over the years. Today it is a key concern for many people, from the government and local councils to public transport providers. Unfortunately, while the introduction of new laws and legislation such as The Equality Act 2010 has helped to drive action…

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Kiosk Accessibility: The Law is Paying Attention – Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Kiosk Accessibility: The Law is Paying Attention – Law Office of Lainey Feingold

.entry-header .post-thumbnail Website accessibility is important. Website accessibility is something that receives significant attention in the legal space. But digital accessibility is not just about websites, and the law is taking notice. This post highlights cases about kiosk accessibility. I use the term “kiosk” broadly to include tablets and any piece of technology offering services, products, and information. Who will…

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Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Screenshot-2018-4-1 Disability-smart the blog of Business Disability Forum

Accessibility can be seen in two ways. A set of rules and guidelines which say ‘Thou shall do x and thou shan’t do y’ or a way where we consider the needs and situations of the people who will be using our products and develop our products to ensure that we don’t disable them. By focusing on guidelines, standards and…

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Buy IT! Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology

Screenshot-2018-3-29 Buy IT —Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology

When it comes to fostering an ICT procurement process that prioritizes accessibility and usability, the first step is to set your procurement priorities. This involves committing to an accessibility mindset and gaining executive buy-in for this commitment. Then, you’ll be ready to set standards and plan your procurement strategy. This section of Buy IT! walks you through the following steps:…

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Accessible Mobility for All | Smart Cities Listen-Up

Accessible Mobility for All: Development Cooperation For Accessible Public Transportation

Accessible mobility—public transportation that can be used by anyone—is a critical component of future urban development. The New Urban Agenda calls for a significant increase in accessible public transportation, and accessible mobility is part of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Worldwide, more than one billion people live with a disability, 80 per cent of whom…

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Creating A Truly Inclusive and Accessible Smart City

Creating A Truly Disabled-Accessible Smart City

Creating a truly disabled-accessible city Accessibility should be and is slowly becoming a concern all over the world, but cities have often been behind the times. Despite the idea of smart cities rising in popularity and many urban areas embracing technology to improve everything from user experience to safety, accessibility hasn’t had the same attention as these ‘glamorous’ innovations. Today,…

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