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Megan Wildhood

21 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Crowdsourcing data allows developers to help those with limited mobility find accessible routes. The AccessMap Seattle project, in collaboration with the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the University of Wa...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

29 June 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library is a branch of the New York Public Library system that offers a wide array of services for vision-impaired adults and children. They hold the largest physical colle...

The New York Times

Julie Weed

22 April 2019

United States

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As the number of people over 60 years old continues to rise, airports and hotels around the country are implementing features and senior-friendly design into their spaces. Some of the changes are simple – new benches,...

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Carl Hunnell

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26 February 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Assistive technology meant to support senior citizens looking to age in place is getting better at responding to senior needs. Security systems, health monitors, and more advances are helping seniors live independentl...

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Adele Peters

22 January 2019

Worcester, United Kingdom

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Microsoft recently piloted the Code Jumper, a kit that allows children with visual impairments to learn how to code using tactile and auditory responses. The Code Jumper kit features several "pods" that correlate to a...

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Casey Ross

10 January 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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With little progress made on a successful treatment for Alzheimer's and prices for monitored care and medications rising, several technology companies are focusing on better ways to manage care. Through tactics such a...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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A specialized digital tablet allows blind students to draw, erase, and learn in a new, tactile way, creating opportunities for students to more effectively master complex math, engineering, and architectural concepts....

The New York Times

Benedict Carey

31 October 2018

France

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People with severe spinal injuries have gained some movement after having a small device implanted that sends signals to muscles that mimic communication from the brain. While further research is needed, improved capa...

Talk Africa

Mercy Odada

26 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In 2016, the Kenya government instituted a broadcast programming code that required reporting programs to include sign language interpretation. Through this code, people with hearing impairment have access to news and...

BBC

Ammar Ebrahim

23 October 2018

London, England

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Assistive, wearable technology has been developed to send tactile or visual information to the brain in order to address mental or physiological challenges. One company has made a bracelet that can calm or energize a ...

FastCompany

Melissa Locker

4 October 2018

London, England

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Through the use of smart glasses, the London’s National Theatre is making theater going accessible to the hard of hearing. A play’s dialogue is displayed in the glasses, and software links the timing of the words bein...

NBC News

Maggie Fox

24 September 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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At least five people who were paralyzed are walking, thanks to a pain stimulator and physical therapy. The stimulator, which is implanted in the body, sends electricity to the spine, and combined with therapy, can r...

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Jessica Hinchliffe

11 September 2018

Brisbane, Australia

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A new app provides a way for visually impaired people to see into space. Using sound and vibration, the app Astreos provides the location and information about heavenly bodies in the night sky.

The Guardian

Priti Salian

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24 August 2018

India

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Using audio descriptions of a movie’s action, the XL Cinema app increases the accessibility of movies to a vision impaired audience. The free app has been used thousands of times and production studios are interested ...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

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19 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles County is offering trackable bracelets in a voluntary program for people with conditions—such as autism and dementia—that can lead to wandering and becoming lost. In this way, people who may have difficult...

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Dawn Kawamoto

6 July 2018

United States

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Governments and schools are investing in technology to better serve people of different abilities. Innovations include text-to-911 for deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens, robotic telepresence for remote students, and t...

AzerNews

Karla Pequenino

16 June 2018

Portugal

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ColorADD is a system of symbolic shapes representing colors for those that are challenged to perceive shades or are colorblind. The system is used extensively throughout Portugal on subway maps, crayons, and other app...

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Kumasi Aaron

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31 May 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Ride service hailing can help increase access to healthcare for those without reliable transportation. Partnering to reduce ride fares, Uber and hospitals are working to increase patient access to transportation. Mill...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

18 May 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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MoGo, a bike-sharing program in Detroit, listened to user feedback and launched an adaptive bicycle pilot program. Though only 13 bikes are part of the program, they will make urban biking accessible to people with li...

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Shiho Fukada

5 February 2018

Tokyo, Japan

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With a rapidly aging population, Japanese senior services are turning to innovative technology to expand the capacity to care for seniors as well as increase quality of life. VR technology takes seniors on trips to lo...

BBC

William Kremer

17 December 2017

London, England

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When you step on an airplane, you might not be thinking about people who use wheelchairs, neither are airlines. People who need to use wheelchairs have faced a number of challenges on airplanes, like lost and damaged ...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

7 October 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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Two major pharmaceutical companies are offering discount cancer drugs in some African countries in an initiative modeled on the aids campaign. In African countries access to cancer treatment is scarce due to high pric...

The Guardian

Gordon Darroch

12 July 2017

Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands

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In the Netherlands, city councils are piloting remarkable new technology to make roads safer and friendlier for cyclists and pedestrians through the use of apps that improve the efficiency and sensitivity of traffic l...

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Jana Klimova

24 June 2017

Lostice, Czech Republic

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A family business in the Czech Republic is manufacturing what they call an Elbee car, an "urban micro-car designed specifically for disabled drivers." It's a vehicle that opens at the front to allow for wheelchair use...

Bright Magazine

Priti Salian

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12 April 2017

Bangalore, India

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The intensive, alert care low weight infants need is often complicated by overstressed parents and overstretched hospital workers. A bracelet that monitors an infants temperature--and gives an alert when the temperatu...

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