Accessibility

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.

Skype Plans Accessibility Improvements

Skype Plans Accessibility Improvements

Skype has several improvements to its accessibility on the way, as part of Microsoft’s mission to “make technology more accessible and empower people to achieve more.” According to an article on Microsoft’s news site ON-MSFT, the Skype development team has been using user feedback and comments to address “accessibility issues.”

Video Games and Accessibility

Video Games and Accessibility

Video game developers are taking changes to accessibility rules into consideration. At the spring 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, game developers from Owlchemy gave a presentation called “Accessibility in VR: How It Can Be Better.” The developers shared their own research on the subject gathered from a total of 82 virtual reality games. For each of those games, they attempted to play both sitting and standing, examined the availability of options and what they offered, gauged the reliance on audio, and recorded how much bending or reaching was required to play. 

Is Your Online Job Application Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Is Your Online Job Application Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Lexology.com is a website written for and by the legal profession. This is an excerpt of an opinion piece that recently appeared on the site, warning employers about the potential for lawsuits from people with disabilities should their job postings not be fully accessible by screen readers.