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Making sure Smart Cities mean inclusive cities for the world’s one billion disabled people | AbilityNet

Screenshot-2017-11-21 Making sure Smart Cities mean inclusive cities for the world’s one billion disabled people AbilityNet

As we’ve previously reported, making our cities smarter and more inclusive will become increasingly important in the next decades.

“Current projections are that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and with an ageing population comes higher levels of ill-health, impairment and disability.

“Futurists, tech visionaries and urban stakeholders have been talking about ‘smart cities’ for a number of years …and they could transform the lives of those with disabilities,” said Robin Christopherson, AbilityNet’s head of digital inclusion.

But, at a Smart Cities NYC conference in New York last month, there was concern that mobile apps, government services and other smart city tools aren’t properly incorporating the needs of disabled people.

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How to build inclusive and accessible smart cities for people with disabilities

SMART NYC 2017 with Dr. Pineada

Smart Cities NYC ’17: How to make urban areas inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities Length: 2:00 | May 9, 2017 Every city should have a chief accessibility officer to ensure inclusiveness for people with disabilities, according to Victor Pineda, president of World Enabled, which partnered with Microsoft for the creation of the Smart Cities for All Toolkit Video Source:http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/share/smart-cities-nyc-17-how-to-make-smart-cities-inclusive-and-accessible/

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