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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
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
Digital-based support group for parents of children with disabilities
The Parent Network is a community-based support group for parents of children with disabilities, accessible through a dedicated app but also in person through designated volunteers. Launched in 2020 by Shonaquip Social Enterprise from South Africa, it already had some 1,000 participants in 2022.
Shonaquip Social Enterprise, Parent Network, South Africa
Haptic technology to improve mobile app accessibility
Tencent Holdings is a technology and entertainment company from China that has developed ‘MTGPA Haptics’, a technology that transmits vibro-tactile signals to its users and can be used for notifications or as an orientation aid. By 2022, MTGPA Haptics had been installed in over 240 million smart phones.
TENCENT Technology Co,. Ltd., MTGPA Haptics, China
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
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
Creating bilingual storybooks in written and sign language
With the VL2 Storybook Creator deaf children can use touch screen tablets to read independently, but also to learn and even create texts in both sign language and printed text. The programme, also trains and supports the deaf community to develop vital skills – including filming, editing and translating.
Gallaudet University, VL2 Storybook Creator, United States of America
Teaching skills to children with autism using animated video
In 2013, Signes De Sens from France together with the Centre Ressources Autismes Hauts-de-France created ‘Ben the Koala’, a cartoon character that teaches children with autism everyday tasks such as brushing teeth and getting dressed. Dissemination takes place via videos, mobile apps, and printed materials.
Signes de sens, Ben le Koala, France
System to use any Android device without touching the screen
In 2017, Mouse4all developed a device for people who can neither operate a touchscreen nor use voice or eye commands. Instead, users control an input device using horizontal and vertical cursors, as well as icons and pictograms. By 2022, Mouse4all had users in 41 countries.
Mouse4all, Mouse4All, Spain
People with intellectual disabilities co-designing digital innovations
The co-design toolkit of Ireland’s Saint John of God Liffey Service (SJOG) enables people with intellectual disabilities to co-create mobile apps that support their daily lives. Launched in 2016, the co-design programme had 70 participants and more than 30 apps being developed by 2022.
Saint John of God Liffey Services, Co-Design Toolkit for Designing Inclusive Apps, Ireland