As we design street improvements & prioritize pedestrian safety, it’s important to do our best to understand how people with different abilities use our sidewalks & street crossings.
Tag Archives: wheelchair
Disabled people want disability design—not disability dongles
At first glance, a high-tech stair climbing wheelchair might seem like a cool innovation. But for Liz Jackson, it’s another example of what she refers to as “disability dongle.”
My Disabled Body Is Not a ‘Burden.’ Inaccessibility Is
“If I fought to change everything that wasn’t accessible to my disabled body, I would have to mold society between my warm palms, stretch it like putty, and reshape its very composition. I would have to ask, make a request.”
Parsons Alumni Launch FFORA, a New Brand for the Disabled Community
In recent years, the fashion industry has made attempts to address the lack of fashionable and functional products for disabled people, a traditionally under-served community, with adaptive designs such as magnetic closures and easy-to-zip pieces.
Wheelchair Securement Gaining Popularity with Occupational Therapists
The relationship between Occupational Therapy (OT) and the wheelchair securement practice has been gaining ground as more and more OT’s are increasing their skill-set to include training mobility passengers and operators this critical element of transportation safety.
The future of inclusive design: From AI wheelchairs to smart caption glasses
The finalists in this year’s Inclusive Design Award demonstrate the amazing quality of entries in this year’s AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards, including cutting edge tech, a groundbreaking Government team, a business and a theater company. Sponsored by Scope, the Inclusive Design Award celebrates those who are thinking about inclusion from the very start of their project and is the first time it has been part of the Tech4Good Awards.
My husband is not restricted by his wheelchair – it’s the lack of access that’s the problem
My children’s school, restaurants, aisles and footpaths – I lose count of the times each day I think ‘that would be hard for him’
Examining perceptions of accessibility symbols
The perpetual association of current symbols with wheelchair users has been criticized for insufficiently representing individuals with other disability types.
Advocate for ‘universal design’ urges developers to make apartments accessible for all
Jane Earl was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 26, a week before her wedding. “I will continue to get weaker, I am destined to be in a wheelchair,” she said. “How do I have the best quality of life from a wheelchair?” That question led her to a concept known as universal design, which aims to create accessible, welcoming spaces for all.
The tech empowering disabled people in cities
Cities are difficult to navigate at the best of times, but for people with disabilities they can be like an obstacle course and a maze wrapped into one.