Accessibility

Accessible Tourism: A Competitive Opportunity

Accessible Tourism: A Competitive Opportunity

“Accessible Tourism is relevant for everybody,” says Accessible Tourism Consultant Chris Veitch. On NewMind.com, Mr. Veitch presents a detailed discussion about travel and tourism, and people with disabilities, including the money they bring to business. According to England’s tourism agency, VisitEngland (https://www.visitbritain.org/), travellers with disabilities tend to stay longer, with an average length of stay of 3.3 nights compared to 2.9 for the market as a whole.  Their average spending is also higher per night away, compared to the average spending level.

Accessible Meetings and Conventions

Accessible Meetings and Conventions

People with disabilities are active members of the workforce and often need to participate in offsite meetings and conventions, an article on Skiff.com wants to remind hospitality professionals. “Meeting and event planners must ensure they are accommodated,” says David Dikter, CEO of Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), an organization representing manufacturers, sellers, and providers of assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Making Curriculum Accessible

Making Curriculum Accessible

Apple has announced that its Everyone Can Code course materials are now accessible to students who are blind and deaf. Everyone Can Code teaches coding in Swift, a programing language. The simple, fun coding lessons can be modified to suit students from kindergarten to college. It’s also fun to use, because it lets you see what you’re creating with code as you write it - as the user types on the left, he or she immediately see the result on the right. 

Accessible Railway Services

Accessible Railway Services

In Wales, train cars are being updated and modified, as part of a plan to make sure rail services are fully accessible for customers with reduced mobility. By the end of 2019, all trains in Wales will be compliant with EU regulations known as Persons of Reduced Mobility. The regulations were created to ensure there are no barriers for using public transport.

The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

In its magazine The New Standard, watch designer (and retailer) Eone gives an eloquent answer the question “What’s the Difference Between ‘Inclusive Design’ and ‘Accessibility’?” Although this is a marketing piece, the approach and tone conveyed are thoughtful and sincere.

Reimagining Accessibility in Canada

Reimagining Accessibility in Canada

“Accessibility isn’t just a moment in time for Microsoft,” says Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada. “One in seven Canadians has a disability. This is a sobering statistic, and according to the federal government we can only expect this number to grow given our aging population.”

How Can Airlines Improve their Websites for Passengers with Disabilities?

How Can Airlines Improve their Websites for Passengers with Disabilities?

In 2015 North American travelers with disabilities spent $17.3 billion on travel, significantly more than $13.6 billion in 2002. At the same time, complaints about airlines made by passengers with disabilities have doubled to more than 30,000 per year. Amadeus, a travel industry technology company, released a report on barriers to accessibility across stages of the passenger journey that may hold some answers as to why.

Creating Accessible Technology for All to Easily Utilize

Creating Accessible Technology for All to Easily Utilize

In South Korea, consumer electronics manufacturer Samsung is looking at ways that technology, including artificial intelligence, can help people with disabilities. Samsung says its developers are “listening closely to the feedback of those with disabilities, and developing tests so they can directly experience the inconveniences themselves.” Samsung says it is developing a number of technologies with an eye to ensuring accessibility for anyone and everyone, that have the potential to dramatically help those with disabilities, the elderly, and many others.

Is My Workplace Inclusive and Accessible?

Is My Workplace Inclusive and Accessible?

The state government of Western Australia, like the Province of Ontario, is making a point of encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. Its Count Me In strategy was launched in 2009, with an aim for “all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.”

Downtown Accessibility Ramp Project Kicks Off

Downtown Accessibility Ramp Project Kicks Off

In Owen Sound, Ontario, free portable ramps will soon make downtown shops more accessible for people using wheelchairs, wheeled walkers and pushing strollers. The first ramps were placed in front of two Owen Sound shops in the spring, for a ceremonial kick-off to promote use of the ramps downtown this summer. “It’s a no-brainer,” said one of the recent ramp recipients. “Why would I want to keep anyone from my store?”

Wheelchair- Friendly Tiny House Is a “Big” Option

Wheelchair- Friendly Tiny House Is a “Big” Option

Housing is an ongoing challenge for many people with disabilities, as the cost of housing keeps rising – exponentially in many communities. On her blog Free Wheelin, writer Karin Willison describes the “tiny house” on wheels as a solution that is affordable and can be easily worked into existing communities.

App Aims at Better Accessibility Around the City

App Aims at Better Accessibility Around the City

People with disabilities navigating the streets of Edmonton will soon have a new tool to try out. The  “Click ’n’ Push” app will measure how much force a person in a wheelchair exerts while navigating the city, and then predict the degree of difficulty of a route, taking into account the user’s strength.

Housing: When Accessibility Becomes the Norm and not the Exception

Housing: When Accessibility Becomes the Norm and not the Exception

A Toronto builder has caught onto the idea of intentionally designing condos that are easily modified to accommodate people with disabilities. Most builders don't currently offer accessibility as a standard option, and adding such features or retrofitting an existing unit can run to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

Introducing the Accessibility Inspector for Firefox

Introducing the Accessibility Inspector for Firefox

On “Marco’s Accessibility Blog,” Mozilla blogger Marco Zehe gets into deep detail about Firefox’s new web site accessibility inspection tool. The Firefox Accessibility Inspector allows web developers to review how well a website works with assistive technologies.

Windows 10 Accessibility: What to Expect in the year ahead

Windows 10 Accessibility: What to Expect in the year ahead

If you use the accessibility tools and features within the Windows 10 Operating System, Microsoft’s recent blog is full of good news. The tech giant says it has been collaborating with assistive technology partners to bring more assistive technology to the Microsoft Store.