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Accessibility and Inclusivity: Two Vital Elements of Mobility

Accessibility and Inclusivity: Two Vital Elements of Mobility

How many times in the past year have you heard someone say that the future of mobility is shared, electric, autonomous and connected? While this utopian view sounds like something we should strive for, we are missing two critical aspects of mobility, says Carol Schweiger, President of Schweiger Consulting and Chairperson of the New England Intelligent Transportation Society: accessibility and inclusivity. It…

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Artificial Intelligence Must Serve Everyone

Screenshot_2018-11-23 Artificial Intelligence must serve everyone – event report European Disability Forum

Tech companies and persons with disabilities gathered on the 16th November in Vienna to debate how not to leave persons with disabilities behind technological breakthroughs.  The purpose of the event was to take the opportunity to discuss how new technologies embrace human diversity, and how technological solutions can be designed for all, including for persons with disabilities.    It is an…

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Building An Inclusive Smart City Is Not The Same As Building For Everyone

Building An Inclusive Smart City Is Not The Same As Building For Everyone

Inclusive ‘smart city’ development doesn’t necessarily mean we should ‘build for everyone’. Many desire to design products and services ‘for everyone’ — the wider we cast our net, the more fish we’ll catch. This is not necessarily true. It’s far too easy to make assumptions about how ‘everyone’ fits into our ideal ‘smart’ environment. It is easier still to assume…

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How Friendly Are Public Places in India For People With Visual Disabilities?

How friendly are public places in city for the visually-impaired?- The New Indian Express

How friendly are public places in Hyderabad for the visually-impaired? Here is a  visually impaired guy’s two cents of the accessibility off the places which he visit frequently in the twin cities. Being able to move on one’s own is a great achievement for visually impaired people (EPS | Vinay Mavdapu) Express News Service HYDERABAD: Being able to move on one’s own…

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Inclusive Public Procurement Policies Will Help Create More Accessible ICT …

More Accessible ICT Will Help Create More Inclusive Smart Cities

Inclusive Public Procurement Policies Will Help Create More #Accessible #ICT —and More Accessible ICT Will Help Create More #Inclusive #SmartCities — Smart Cities Library™ (@SmartCitiesL) August 21, 2018

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How Can Governments and Companies Build Accessibility into Emerging Tech Like Iot and AI?

How Can Governments and Companies Build Accessibility into Emerging Tech Like Iot and AI?

Erich Manser has run 18 marathons and set an Ironman world record for a physically-challenged athlete. He’s also legally blind. For him—and all athletes who are blind—carefully navigating the swirling stampede of runners, the chaotic cowbell-banging crowds, and the crush at water stations can be exceptionally tricky, even with the help of a guide. So when Manser ran the Boston…

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The Inclusive Transport Strategy: Achieving Equal Access For Disabled People

The Inclusive Transport Strategy: Achieving Equal Access For Disabled People

Ministerial foreword A society that works for all Transport is at the heart of how we live our lives. It helps us get to work, stay in touch with friends and family, contribute to society and access vital services like healthcare and education. Easy access to transport is central to building a stronger, fairer economy. While many take for granted…

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Towards Inclusive Cities from the European Disability Forum

Screenshot_2018-07-17 New policy brief “Towards inclusive cities Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Eur[…]

EDF just launched its new policy brief titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”. The presentation of this paper took during a side event to the  High Level Political Forum 2018 on Sustainable Development. The side event ““Goal 11: inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies” was organised by EDF, in partnership with…

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To Speak Up For Inclusion, We Need To Speak About Inclusion

To Speak Up For Inclusion, We Need To Speak About Inclusion

We invited people from all walks of life to have a frank and honest conversation about inclusion. In order to #SpeakUpforInclusion, we need to speak about inclusion: Courtesy of Royal Bank of Canada  

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Can Smart Cities Be Equitable?

Can Smart Cities Be Equitable?

Around the world, governments are making cities “smarter” by using data and digital technology to build more efficient and livable urban environments. This makes sense: With urban populations growing and infrastructure under strain, smart cities will be better positioned to manage rapid change. But as digital systems become more pervasive, there is a danger that inequality will deepen unless local…

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This Is How Smart Cities Can Become More Inclusive

This Is How Smart Cities Can Become More Inclusive

For urban planners, data and technology are valuable tools in the drive to improve administration and services. But while these innovations are making urban environments more livable, they come with a hidden cost: the potential to deepen inequality among digitally marginalized groups. Around the world, governments are making cities “smarter” by using data and digital technology to build more efficient…

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Schoolhouse Tech: Why Smart Cities Must Also Be Inclusive Ones – Hypepotamus

Schoolhouse Tech: Why Smart Cities Must Also Be Inclusive Ones – Hypepotamus

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) on its annual LINK trip in my capacity as the ARC’s citizen board member for the City of Atlanta. The purpose of the trip is for more than 100 government, business and non-profit sector leaders to visit other cities to learn from their successes and failures in addressing…

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Toronto Conference Live Streaming: How To Make Cities Both Smart And Inclusive

Urban experts come to U of T for conference on how to make cities both smart and inclusive

Cities around the world are looking for smart solutions to urban problems and are embracing technology to help them do so. At the same time, the gap between rich and poor in urban centres is growing – driving low income residents farther away from city centres. An upcoming conference held at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus is exploring how…

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Building Age-Friendly Smart City Communities

Screenshot-2018-5-10 Building Age-Friendly Communities – YouTube

Building Age-Friendly Smart City Communities   Hear what members of our community want in an age-friendly community. Affordable housing and transportation, access to health care and social activities, respect and much more.   Thank you to Tufts Health Plan Foundation Boston Neighborhood Network, Ethos and Massachusetts Senior Action Council for their help in producing this video.

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Age-Friendly Smart Cities

Screenshot-2018-5-10 Age-friendly cities help seniors shine through their golden years

Age-friendly cities help seniors shine through their golden years Cities are great places for young people, but they’re also wonderful places to spend your entire life. In fact, more and more people are staying in cities for good, and enjoying their retirement in a vibrant atmosphere. As a result, cities are taking senior-friendliness seriously. They need to provide residents with…

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Inclusive Smart Cities: A Smart City For All Capabilities

Inclusive cities: a smart city adapted to all capabilities – Intelligent Infrastructure

Most of us think of ourselves as normal because we are part of the norm. Nicely installed in the majority, we often don’t realize that cities must be designed for all, and not only for the majority of “normal” citizens. For the small percentage of people who are born deaf, who cannot move about on their own, or who need…

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What Can Smart Cities Do To Meet Growing Needs Of Aging

Aging Population Will Cause Significant Strain for Texas. Time to Act Now. | UT News | The University of Texas at Austin

Every day the population of the United States, including Texas, is getting older. This poses important challenges to Social Security, Medicare and a host of state and local programs. In fact, the Census Bureau recently announced that it projects there will be more older people than children in the United States by 2035. We can’t afford to wait 17 years…

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Haben Girma ‘Why I Work To Remove Access Barriers For Students With Disabilities’

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  The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is…

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Apps and Technologies That Make Smart Cities More Inclusive

Smart cities and smart citizens: the apps and the technologies that make cities more inclusive and open | URBACT

Even just walking on Via del Corso in Rome or on Esplanadi in Helsinki it is possible to notice how much people live their city through the smartphones, but we rarely focus on how the use of the new technologies is contributing to promote inclusion and participation to the life of the urban contexts. The metropolitan areas of Helsinki and…

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Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Are smart cities another fad that benefits only big tech companies, or can the power of citizen sensing help make life better for all who call the city home? Who would have thought frogs could be enlisted in the fight against household mould? It happened in Bristol in the United Kingdom when a digital ‘damp’ sensor in the form of…

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