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The Experiences of People with Disabilities and Urban Safety

The Experiences of People with Disabilities and Urban Safety

Creating safe and secure urban spaces is a core concern for city managers, urban planners and policy workers. Safety is a slippery concept to pin down, not least because it is a subjective experience. It incorporates our perceptions of places and memories, but also norms in society about who is expected to use spaces in the city, and who is…

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The Challenge Of Redesigning Cities To Adapt To An Ageing Population

The challenge of redesigning cities to adapt to an ageing population

Age-friendly cities are those that design and adapt their communities so they are suitable for everyone, regardless of age or abilities. That is, barrier-free, inclusive and cohesive cities, designed for diversity.

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ICT Access Still A Hurdle For People With Disabilities

ICT access still a hurdle for people with disabilities | Deccan Herald

Accessibility to some key information and communication technologies (ICTs) like TV, websites, books, assisted medical devices, mobile phones and apps for persons with disabilities (PWDs) remain a mere lip service, according to users and experts in the field. India is ranked 46th in the world and 9th amongst lower-middle-income countries behind Egypt, Kenya, Angola, and the Philippines according to the…

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“Access” a Short Film About Accessibility

Announcing “Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility

Access, is Chris Higgin’s short documentary about accessibility. It follows Cory Joseph through a typical day, showing how he uses his smartphone, Braille display, tactile watch, and guide dog (named Vine) to navigate the world. I hope you watch it, and I hope it inspires you to make your work more accessible to more people….

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Here Are The Ways AI Is Helping To Improve Accessibility

Here Are The Ways AI Is Helping To Improve Accessibility

Today marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a celebration of inclusion and digital access for people with disabilities. Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a gaming controller designed to accommodate a range of special needs, and Apple announced that its Everyone Can Code curricula for the Swift programming language will come to schools with vision- and hearing-impaired students.…

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Inclusive Design and the Importance of Designing for ‘One Size, Fits One”

Screenshot-2018-5-2 #13 Microsoft Design Director, Kat Holmes, on the importance of designing for one-size-fits-one

Kat Holmes was most recently Microsoft’s Principal Director for Inclusive Design. In this episode, we define inclusive design, explore how to apply it to our own work and discuss the importance of designing for ‘one size, fits one.’   Source and Transcript at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h42RThsvXxs&feature=youtu.be

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What You’re Getting Wrong About Inclusive Design

What You’re Getting Wrong About Inclusive Design

Inclusivity. It’s one of the biggest buzzwords inside corporations right now. But the person who brought the practice of inclusive design to Microsoft–Kat Holmes–isn’t so sure that companies really get the idea yet. Holmes has since founded an independent design practice focused on inclusive product developing, become a judge for our 2018 Innovation by Design Awards, and penned the upcoming book Mismatch. I…

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