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Before Cities Become Smart, They Must Become Accessible

Before Cities Become Smart, They Must Become Accessible — Mobility Management

In the summer of 2018, start-up companies Lime and Bird flooded the streets of my hometown of Dallas with their electric scooters, which were followed by Razor scooters in the fall. Lime brands itself as “Smart Mobility for the Modern World,” and its Web site says that the company “is founded on the simple idea that all communities deserve access…

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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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The Importance of Inclusive Tech for Seniors: A Conversation with the CTA Foundation

The Importance of Inclusive Tech for Seniors: A Conversation with the CTA Foundation

Whether for work or personal enjoyment, reading has long-lasting social and cognitive benefits. However, for seniors experiencing barriers to reading such as low vision or a physical impairment, using traditional print materials is a struggle, if not impossible. Benetech’s growing library of over 685,000 accessible titles, Bookshare, enables seniors to read in ways that work for them, choosing from a…

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Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities

Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities | Inter Press Service

Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities This article is part of a series of stories on disability inclusion.   – Even though over six billion people—nearly one billion of whom will have disabilities— are expected to live in urban centres by 2050, many of the world’s major urban cities have a long…

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Smart Cities Could Be Lousy To Live In If You Have A Disability

Smart Cities Could Be Lousy To Live In If You Have A Disability

Cities sometimes fail to make sure the technologies they adopt are accessible to everyone. Activists and startups are working to change that. Victor Pineda travels the world to make speeches and advise governments on urban planning and development. But when he encounters a touch-screen kiosk, he’s stymied. For people like him, who use wheelchairs and have limited use of their…

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The Infinity Park – An Inclusive Playspace

The Infinity Park – An Inclusive Playspace

An initiative to create Chennai’s first inclusive play space was inaugurated today via videoconferencing by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. A park for children of all hues A park that welcomes every child Play experiences for those who move on wheels … and for those who don’t. Swings and sand pit, slides and seesaws, Merry-go-rounds and climbers, basketball and…

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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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Ride-Hailing’s Long Road to Accessibility

Ride-Hailing’s Long Road to Accessibility

If you want to complain about your commute with Valerie Piro, chances are she’ll one-up your horror story. “Recently, there was an issue on an express bus with getting me off the bus and this loud alarm started blaring for, oh, a solid five minutes while the driver got me off,” said Piro, who’s working on her Ph.D in medieval…

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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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The Future of More Accessible and Inclusive Smart Cities

The Future of More Accessible and Inclusive Smart Cities

Watch the Video!   In our third public talk, author and community organizer Jane Farrow will moderate a conversation with three accessibility experts who are challenging cities to incorporate principles for inclusive design and ensure accessibility for all: Luke Anderson – Founder & Executive Director – StopGap Foundation; Consultant – AccessAbility Advantage Darren Bates – Founder – Smart Cities Library™;…

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Smart Cities Aren’t About Sensors – They’re about Private Public People Participation:

Smart Cities Aren’t About Sensors – They’re about Private Public People Participation:

“Smart cities are all about PPPP – Private Public People Participation,” said Professor Yasser Helmy, head of Smart + Connected Communities, APAC region, Cisco, adding that in order to deliver a better city for the citizens, costs to run cities need to be brought down and cities need to attract FDI to create jobs and improve the quality of social…

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Smart Cities May Now Be Rated On Infrastructure Offered To Differently-Abled

Smart cities may now be rated on infrastructure offered to differently-abled

After launching the Ease of Living Index and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry plans to rank the 100 smart cities on their accessibility quotient for the differently-abled people or ‘divyang.’ “We need to do some sort of a survekshan – swachh survekshan, ease of living index, a garbage-free index and now an accessibility index across the…

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Inside Melbourne’s High-Tech Vision and Smart City

Inside Melbourne’s High-Tech Vision and Smart City

Take a walk down one of the trendy little laneways in the heart of Melbourne, flat white in hand, and imagine: What will the city look like in five years? “The thing that people love about Melbourne is Melbourne as a place and an experience”, says Ben Rimmer, Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne. We are sitting in his…

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Reinventing Obsolete Urban Spaces As Smart Cities Of The Future: Key Steps To Succes

Screenshot_2018-08-30 Reinventing obsolete urban spaces as smart cities of the future key steps to success

A renewal of public spaces is underway and underpinning this is new technology. Throughout history, public spaces have enjoyed many different roles in social, political and economic life, changing to suit the needs of the time. We know the ancient Greek agora and Roman Forum as the primary political centres of the city and the spatial cradle of democracy. In…

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Zach Anner ’s Quest For The Rainbow Bagel Shed’s Light On Accessibility

Zach Anner ’s Quest For The Rainbow Bagel Shed’s Light On Accessibility

Zach Anner ’s quest to get a rainbow bagel in Brooklyn sheds light on New York City’s accessibility issues.  

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Do Smart Cities Have an Accessibility Problem?

Do Smart Cities Have an Accessibility Problem?

As a student, the daily walk up London’s Exhibition Road, past its profusion of popular museums, was hindered by groups of tourists that stood four-abreast on the pavement, eager to learn more about the cretaceous period, or space flight, or ornamental Renaissance metalwork. I was therefore pleased when, one spring, the street was quickly transformed from a bustling thoroughfare for…

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Manifesto For Human, Creative And Smart Cities Presented In Brazil

Manifesto For Human, Creative And Smart Cities Presented In Brazil

OASC Brazil publishes a Manifesto to raise awareness among city leaders and stimulate the implementation of social, economic and digital policies. The Manifesto has been shared with Brazilian authorities. A joint collaboration of OASC Brazil and OASC Portugal: Cláudio Nascimento (at speaker desk, left) and Margarida Campolargo (1st from the right) have presented the Brazilian Manifesto for human, creative, and…

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Using Apps and Data to Help the Disabled Navigate Cities

Screenshot_2018-07-11 Access all areas Using data to help the disabled navigate cities

Technology can help people with disabilities get around cities – but it must provide reliable information tailored for varying needs BARCELONA – Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. “Many…

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Pokémon Might Become the New Smart City Urban Accessibility Master

Screenshot_2018-07-06 Pokémon GO

Pokémon Might Become the New Smart City Urban Accessibility Master Not just a child’s game anymore. For the estimated 53 million U.S. adults living with disabilities, moving around and within a city may feel like an obstacle course. Hilly terrain and elevated pathways can prove daunting for people with disabilities (PWDs). There’s also the problem of cracked sidewalks and poorly designed…

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Mobility-Accessibility Panel Shows How 5G Will Enable Greater Personal Autonomy

Mobility-Accessibility Panel Shows How 5G Will Enable Greater Personal Autonomy

For many people, the work day doesn’t begin without addressing a serious challenge: commuting. This can mean highways stacked with traffic, or crowded trains and buses. For people who are blind, everything is more complicated. They must rely on a ride from someone else, or if traveling by rail, someone to lead them to and from the train. Soon, this…

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