A dedicated assisted travel lounge has opened at Birmingham New Street station in our latest effort for our Access for All Programme.
Navigating through airports was daunting. The wide-open unfamiliar spaces, the free-flowing and chaotic pedestrian traffic, the numerous shops and restaurants can make the airport experience uncomfortable for blind travelers.
Daman Wandke, started a website called Abilitrek that finds hotels that have the right accommodations for travelers with disabilities.
The best accessible destinations for your holidays in 2017, as chosen by disabled travelers.
Tiramisu, literally meaning “pick me up” in Italian, is a crowd-sourced app that informs users of the arrival time and seating availability for buses.Tiramisu uses a smartphone’s GPS to display nearby bus stops, which can be shown on a map or in “list view” for increased accessibility. Users select a particular bus stop to find out bus arrival times, which are based on reports from current riders, historic data, or the transit service schedule. Users can also get information on bus fullness to determine if they are likely to find an empty seat or room for a mobility device. Once on the bus, users can report on bus fullness and “record” their journey using their phone’s GPS, thereby helping to inform other Tiramisu users still waiting for a bus.
Blue Badge Style is a website and app created by Fiona Jarvis, who believes that accessibility can and should be stylish. The Blue Badge Style app reviews the accessibility of venues in and around London; including bars, restaurants, galleries, hotels, theaters and more. The Blue Badge Style app is available from iTunes and Google Play for free. The Blue Badge Style website also reviews travel destinations, products, mobility aids, interior design and fashion for people who are less able. Blue Badge Style reminds us that beauty and elegance should be truly inclusive.
Until recently, the only way for people to find out about accessible venues was through word of mouth or by reading usually outdated accessibility guidebooks maintained by local disability advocacy groups. AbleRoad™ is a new website and app that uses the power of crowd-sourcing to find a better way to connect people with accessible places. Anyone can use AbleRoad to easily locate, rate and review the accessibility of community places like restaurants, stores, hotels, grocery stores, salons, theaters, medical facilities and more.
Access Engineer David Dropkin of Buro Happold and Rosa D’Alessandro of AEG give an insight into the process behind ensuring that this exciting visitor attraction is accessible to as many people as possible.
A project in São Paulo, Brazil, is planning to collect images of the city’s sidewalks and integrate them into Google Maps so that people can easily checkout the accessibility of a route before heading out the door. The project will work in the same way as Google Map’s Street View, which currently lets users around the world see 360 degree views of streets from the perspective of a car driving down the street. Accessibility View will provide similar photographs of sidewalks from the perpective of a wheelchair user, allowing viewers to identify any potential obstacles along the route, like a lack of curb cuts or a hill that is too steep.
Originally designed to be used on a bicycle, the Morph Wheel is a foldable wheel compatible with any wheelchair that can accommodate a quick-release axle. When folded, the wheel is compact enough to fit in tight spaces, like a sports bag or under a seat on an airplane. In this state, the diameter of the wheel is reduced from 24 inches to 32 x 12.5 inches. There are no tools necessary to fold or unfold the wheel, which makes for a user friendly experience.