Thursday, August 13, 2020

Tag: Accessibility

Paralyzed People Control the Robot Waiters at a Japanese Cafe

Published: December 12, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In a win-win outcome for patients with spinal cord injuries and Japanese startup tech company Ory Lab, robotic waiters are working full shifts, allowing spinal cord injury sufferers to work by proxy.

Technological innovations, whether nano-sized or full-scale, have been offering a range of surprising capabilities that offer improvements in quality of life or life expectancy.

In fewer areas, the impact has been more dramatic than with people suffering from various spinal cord injuries.

Use your voice to access the world with a new Android app

Published: October 2, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Everyone can benefit from hands-free support when using technology, but for the 62 million people in the U.S. with motor and mobility impairments, it can be a vital requirement. For Stefanie Putnam, a quadriplegic and a para-equestrian driver, tasks like taking photos, sending texts and composing emails could be daunting.

Stefanie was one of several people the Google Accessibility team worked with to test early prototypes of a feature which allowed people to control their Android device using voice-only commands. Her feedback—and that of other testers—was instructional in shaping a new product we’ve just released called Voice Access.

Freewheeling bush adventures in a wheelchair

Published: September 13, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wheelchair access gets a whole new meaning

Her studies were almost over and alumna, Helen Smith, had plans. Then a single event meant she had to reach her goals via a very different path. Now she’s pushing against the barriers.

In many ways, the bushwalk through Wolgan View Canyon in Wollemi National Park was like dozens of others that Helen Smith (BSc(Hons) ’09 PhD ’15) and her friends had previously done together.

Access Trax – Beach Trax Portable Temporary Wheelchair Pathway

Published: July 25, 2018

Beach Trax is a lightweight, foldable temporary pathway designed to increase access for wheelchair users over uneven terrain such as sand, gravel, dirt, or grass.

The latest design provides universal access to wheelchair users, pedestrians, carts and strollers. With Beach Trax, you can spend more time doing the things you want and need to do, instead of worrying how you’ll get there. Our pathway provides Access for Life.

Modified wheelchair that climbed Snowdon crowned at Remap awards

Published: July 6, 2018

A modified wheelchair pieced together so that a campaigner could use it to climb Mount Snowdon is one of the winning pieces of equipment at the Remap awards, which took place recently.

The “Snowdon Push” is a fund-raising challenge organized by Back Up Trust – a charity that supports people with a spinal cord injury.

Teams of between 10 and 16 people aim to conquer Mount Snowdon, which at over 3,500 ft is the highest mountain in England and Wales.

Retracting Staircases Transform Into Wheelchair Lifts Democratising Access Across London

Published: May 29, 2018

In an inspiring example of inclusive design, Sesame Access offers a solution to one of wheelchair-users biggest difficulties when navigating the urban environment. The UK-based company creates invisible wheelchair lifts, concealed within bespoke staircases which transform at the touch of a button.

Using cutting edge engineering technology Sesame Access has installed lifts across Cambridge Universities, Kensington Palace, Tate Britain and Sotheby’s Paris, among other locations. The lift is called by pressing a button, causing the steps of the staircase to retract, revealing a platform for wheelchairs to be elevated to the desired level.

The 10 Best Cities for Accessibility

Published: May 16, 2018

The 10 Best Cities for AccessibilityMetro DC, Salt Lake City, and Tampa are leading the way in accessibility for housing, public transit, attractions and healthcare.

With Global Accessibility Awareness Day around the corner, we took a look at the most accessible cities throughout the country. The Social Security Administration estimates that one in five Americans is living with a disability, which can pose a specific set of challenges during everyday life. Although legislation exists that requires accessibility in public housing like hotels and university dorm rooms, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require all community features to be accessible.

Building better maps for the disability community

Published: April 6, 2018

Google and a slew of startups are including accessibility information in apps to help people navigate the world if they use wheelchairs or have other disabilities.

Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday last year, she turned her passion into action.

Raffel had worked with disabled clients for years in Philadelphia. It wasn’t till late 2016, however, when she became more involved in advocacy, that she learned how difficult it was to find meeting spaces that could accommodate people of varying abilities. It’s particularly challenging in an old city like Philadelphia, where many of the buildings were built more than 200 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.

Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: January 25, 2018

This webinar will highlight a range of topics pertaining to adaptive automotive equipment for personal use and information for allied health care practitioners and other stakeholders in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions.

No Flipping Excuses

Published: January 4, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Changing the lives for those that are living with a disability.