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Tactile paths giving voice commands via a smart stick and a mobile phone app
The LVE system is made up of tactile paving integrated with radio frequency tags. The user holds a Bluetooth-equipped smart stick, which receives instructions from the radio tags when it touches the path. These instructions are then sent via Bluetooth to an app, which reads out voice instructions, based on a downloadable map.
JKJ S.r.l. - Plastic Solutions, LVE smart stick system, Italy
International airport that provides a diverse accessible airport experience.
IGA Cares is an Istanbul Airport programme that includes a broad variety of measures and services to make the airport accessible for all. Services include a navigation app, info kiosks in sign language, and a map that gives people who are particularly sensitive to noise access to quiet spaces.
Istanbul Airport, IGA Cares, Turkey
A tool to teach blind children how to read and write by using Braille
Braitico teaches children the use of Braille in a fun and simple way. Therefore it uses an accessible app along with a combination of learning tools, such as stories and games. The programme uses a step-by-step approach right from infancy up to 12 years. Between 2017 and 2019, 106 children have used Braitico.
ONCE Foundation, Braitico (Braille learning tool), Spain
Rating the accessibility of buildings using a well-known seal system
BPASS carries out accessibility assessments of objects and public spaces based on a 300-question checklist for 11 different beneficiary groups. The actual state of the building or public space is visualised with a colour scheme and a rating. In addition to German, BPASS is also available other languages.
EUKOBA - European Competence Centre for Accessibility, BPASS, Germany
Making the cinema accessible for all throughout Colombia
By reducing regulatory hurdles and providing financial incentives, the initiative wants to encourage cinema owners to make their facilities more accessible. The Ministry also developed an app offering audio descriptions, sign language, and subtitles corresponding to the audio-visual content of "Cine para todos".
Colombian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Colombia – Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Colombia – Cinema for Everyone, Colombia
Accessible phone calls for the Deaf for private and professional needs
Pedius is a communication system that enables hearing impaired people to make telephone calls independently and at any time. Pedius Work Inclusion offers special features, such as subtitled conference calls. Founded in 2013, Pedius now has over 35,000 users in 13 countries and supports seven languages.
Pedius, Pedius Work Inclusion, Italy
Trip Advisor-style accessibility mapping of venues, transport and festivals
Mobility Mojo lists the accessibility of points of interest, events, and transportation for persons with mobility, visual, and hearing impairments in Ireland. Site and app include a mixture of self-uploaded information from establishments and from user reviews. By 2017 over 600 business and over 1000 services were listed.
Mobility Mojo LLC, Ireland
An indoor navigation system for the blind and visually impaired
In 2014, PoiLabs launched an indoor navigation system to make complex indoor spaces accessible for blind users. The system uses beacon devices and voice-guided navigation on a mobile phone. To provide it, PoiLabs partners with Turkcell, the largest telecommunication company in Turkey.
PoiLabs, Visually Impaired Navigation System for Indoor Venues, Turkey
Improving research and training on urban accessibility and Universal Design
The project involves publishing research on Universal Design, improving the curricula and training of planners and surveyors undertaking university study, plus assessing cities on accessibility criteria. As of 2019, two studies and one paper have been published, and four university courses have been modified.
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Teaching Universal Design, Serbia
Sign language relay service with a successful scaling strategy
DeafTawk is a technology start-up that has developed a mobile application that connects deaf users with certified sign language interpreters in real time and around the clock via video calls. DeafTawk is available on both IOS and Android, and in 2020 has 14,600 users in Pakistan as well as in Singapore.
DeafTawk, DeafTawk, Pakistan