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Fighting against the misuse of the European parking card

Photo: Sign for disabled parking space [31/08/2015] SIMON is a demonstration oriented project that started in January 2014, with three large scale pilots in Madrid, Lisbon and Parma. SIMON aims at promoting the independent living and societal participation of mobility impaired people in the context of public parking areas and multiple transport modes, through the adoption of specific navigation information and access-rights management solutions.Fighting against the misuse of the European parking card - Read more

"Persons of short stature need to find their own kind of mobility"

Going to the movies at night or for a beer at the pub around the corner – participation as equal members of society is defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and many persons with disabilities view this as a given. In many areas of life, participation is also tied to mobility. Persons of short stature have very different approaches to this."Persons of short stature need to find their own kind of mobility" - Read more

Mobility barriers in public transport

It plays the same role in the lives of persons with disabilities, senior citizens or even parents with strollers: mobility. It ranges from your own physical mobility all the way to overcoming short and long distances. But what happens when your mobility is being restricted?Mobility barriers in public transport - Read more

Traveling with disabilities: Vacation without limits

You need to be mobile if you want to travel. A fact that also applies to persons with disabilities. Yet the choices for accessible travel are slim. Oftentimes things also don’t work out because of inadequate service and poorly trained staff. That’s why the Weitsprung travel agency in Marburg, Germany, made it their mission to make travel dreams come true for everyone.Traveling with disabilities: Vacation without limits - Read more

Accessibility and independent living come to Armenia

Photo: Accessible city bus in Armenia [25/02/2015] Independent Living activists celebrate a significant success in the capital city of Armenia. February 20, 2015, was the day when the first ten accessible city buses started running in Yerevan.Accessibility and independent living come to Armenia - Read more

Older drivers can stay safe for longer

Photo: Elderly woman driving a car [25/02/2015] Older drivers who lack confidence on the road could benefit from a new training plan being developed by researchers at Aston University. The project will target older drivers’ ability to pay attention to different locations when at speed – known as their 'attentional switching flexibility'.Older drivers can stay safe for longer - Read more

StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for the blind

Photo: Blind woman at a bus stop [20/08/2014] A program called StopInfo integrates with OneBusAway and provides specific information on location, safety features and stop closures for each bus stop in King County. In particular, it seeks to collect and share information that blind people have identified as important when they ride the bus. It relies on bus riders using the application to update and provide information about each stop.StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for the blind - Read more

App to help elderly people get around on public transport

Photo: Demonstration of the app [25/07/2014] Getting around in a town or city is a necessity in order to carry out everyday tasks. However, knowing which is the most convenient bus to get to the centre or when you have to change buses is not always a straightforward task. This is now much easier for elderly people because the Tecnalia research centre has produced an app that offers the best alternative by providing clear information.App to help elderly people get around on public transport - Read more

Mobility is (not) a matter of course

Going by bus, train or using your own car? Many people, who want to be or have to be mobile, ask themselves this question. People with disabilities usually do not make this decision easily and rarely spontaneously. After all, every means of transportation has its drawbacks, when it comes to independent mobility. Here is a brief summary.Mobility is (not) a matter of course - Read more

Mobility: "Germany needs laws for inclusion and accessibility"

Quickly hopping on the underground or taking a taxi to get from A to B? For wheelchair users this is generally not possible without a great deal of planning – at least in Germany. But how are things in other countries?Mobility: "Germany needs laws for inclusion and accessibility" - Read more

 
 

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