Self-Driving Cars Should Be Designed For People with Disabilities

Self-driving cars should be designed at the outset for people with disabilities. “Transportation is probably one of the top three barriers that people who are blind face—being able to get anywhere and do it independently,” said Kim Charlson, who usually uses ridesharing services when she needs to get around. “We think that when [autonomous vehicles] […]

The Hidden Costs of Disabilities

People living with disabilities have extra costs of living that others do not have. They have higher medical expenses and may need personal assistance or assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or hearing aids. They may need to spend more on transportation or modified housing, or be restricted in what neighborhoods they can live in to […]

Disability vs. Impairment

Most people aren’t aware of the term “ablism” and don’t realize what life is like from the perspective of someone who has a physical impairment. Patty Berne and Stacey Milbern have an interesting conversation about the difference between having an “impairment” (physical) and a disability (societal). When provided with accessibility (universal design, adaptive devices, elimination […]

Equal Access to Information: Facebook

Meet the Blind Engineer who is Helping the Visually Impaired “See” Photos on Facebook. I’ve written before about Facebook’s attention to accessibility for people with disabilities. Here, once again, I’d like to give them a shout out for their work in creating technology that will audibly describe photos for people with visual impairments. This initiative […]

Nonprofits Should Help Get Out the Vote!

Many nonprofits have social missions of education, service, and social uplift. Encouraging voting and other forms of participation should be a natural part of every nonprofit’s mission. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than one million registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that employ over 13.5 million people, rely on 61 million […]

Re-Framing Disability

People see disability always as a diminished form of normalcy or a form of normalcy that has to have this pathos around it. But a disabled person’s experience is as complicated as any given life. It’s got heartbreak, sadness, joy, and frustration, and every possibility and experience in it. If you see that, then you […]

Glasses for the Blind?

Gaming technology has uses beyond virtual reality — by making sight real for people who are legally blind. People with peripheral vision may now be able to see clearly again! Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/25/sharp-vision-new-glasses-help-the-legally-blind-see/

I’m Speechless!

Nonprofits that advocate on behalf of people with disabilities struggle with changing the public’s misperceptions. The TV show Speechless seems to have found an answer. The show is funny, super smart, and engaging, but that’s not all. It nails so many misperceptions and sacred cows per episode, it’s truly hard to keep up. THIS IS […]

Crossing the Political Line for People with Disabilities

Most nonprofits try to stay out of politics so they don’t upset their donors. But when an organization states it advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, and has nothing to show for it, playing it safe through inaction may come back to haunt it. A recent article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer brings awareness […]

Driverless Cars for People with Disabilities

The potential of driverless vehicles to liberate Americans with disabilities from transportation issues, bring more people into the workforce, and save substantially on health care, is vast. By engaging with government and private industry to make sure that tech firms and carmakers address the needs of drivers with disabilities, new transportation options can be designed […]

The Soft Exoskeleton of the Future

One of the biggest problems for people with disabilities is the cost of producing specialized devices for a small market: such as clunky, heavy motorized wheelchairs. But when there are multiple uses for something (a wider market), there’s a better possibility it will be produced at a lower price and higher quality. Researchers are working […]

She’s Taking a Stand

The photo above is of Mia Ives-Rublee as she competes in the Working Wounded Games. She’s taking a stand for disability rights. “I’m 37, my whole life I’ve benefited from disability rights,”she said. “Only forty years ago they didn’t exist like they do now. I know there’s the risk of turning back the tides to when we […]

Google is Helping to Make the World Accessible

Here’s a story of interest for nonprofits and causes trying to improve the quality of life through inclusion: ‘Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,’ the company boasts. Rio Akasaka says he wants to make sure that ‘even those with access needs’ benefit from this. By day, Akasaka […]