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Articles Tagged: Accessibility

Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

Published: April 24, 2017 | Category: News

For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices.

Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or a stroke, the original Tecla product could only work with one device at a time. Continue Reading »

The Sargood Effect – Revolutionising Holidays for People With Disability

Published: March 1, 2017 | Category: News

Sargood on CollaroyEveryone loves a good holiday. But for many people in a wheelchair, going on vacation can often be a very stressful undertaking.

With much of the available accommodation and attractions lacking the resources to properly assist, a quick getaway can turn into a luxury that gets put in the too-hard basket.

But that could be set to change.

In what is being hailed a world-first, a new accessible resort designed specifically for people living with a spinal injury has opened it’s doors on Collaroy Beach in New South Wales. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair World

Published: January 23, 2017 | Category: Links

WheelchairWorld.info

We can all help each other to travel more comfortably by sharing our experiences!

WheelchairWorld features holidays and travel reviews and resources for and  by wheelchair users. It was started by a wheelchair user and it invites contributions from other wheelchair users ,

There are loads of excellent reviews and resources out there for wheelchair users, produced by and used by other wheelchair users. In addition to giving individuals a space to share their experiences, Wheelchair World provides links to other great wheelchair users sites, useful information and service providers! Continue Reading »

Golf: A game for everyone

Published: January 10, 2017 | Category: Information

After becoming a quadriplegic in 2008, Sydneysider James Gribble’s is on an inspiring journey to make golf accessible for all abilities.

Everything changed in James Gribble’s life when an accident in 2008 left him with a broken neck. But one thing remained the same – he’s still a golfer.

Though it wasn’t easy for the quadriplegic.

For four years, he endured intensive rehabilitation, proving a series of doctors wrong to achieve significant recovery milestones – walking short distances on crutches and, most importantly, swinging a golf club. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic retrofits truck to accommodate special needs

Published: December 28, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Baetke's modified accessible truckLingering cleanup chores, tasks he didn’t attend to during the holiday weekend, consume Ryan Baetke’s Monday night at his home just north of Davenport.

From the seat of his motorized wheelchair, the 48-year-old sweeps the floor of his garage as his “sidekick,” a golden retriever named Annie, gnaws on a bone. As he scoops the dust into a garbage can, Baetke motions to another sidekick nearby.

At first glance, the 2015 GMC Sierra parked in the adjacent bay doesn’t appear to be anything special. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair accessible? Just ask Google Maps

Published: December 19, 2016 | Category: News

Google is relying on crowdsourcing to make the world more wheelchair-friendly.

The search giant has launched a new feature through Google Maps that lists whether a location is wheelchair-accessible. Available only in the US to start, the feature relies on users to answer questions about the accessibility of a place they visit.

The new feature could impact millions of people in the United States. There are 2.2 million people in the US who depend on a wheelchair, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue Reading »

Beach resort to cater for people with spinal cord injuries

Published: December 2, 2016 | Category: News

A new holiday centre will cater for people with disabilities and their families.

A world first facility has opened on Sydney’s northern beaches to support people living with spinal cord injuries.

The $22 million centre will help people with disabilities reconnect with everyday life.

The pristine resort has breath taking views and a very special clientele, only people with spinal cord injuries and their families can stay. Continue Reading »

World-first resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries Sargood On Collaroy set to open

Published: November 25, 2016 | Category: News

sargood-on-collaroyA WORLD-FIRST resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries is nearing completion on the northern beaches.

The $22 million Sargood On Collaroy has uninterrupted views of the beach and includes 17 specially built, self-contained apartments.

The resort will be partly owned by the State Government’s Icare, the Sargood Foundation and an unknown philanthropist. Continue Reading »

How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

Published: November 4, 2016 | Category: Answers

apple-watch-wheelchair-workoutsPeople in wheelchairs no longer get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Apple Watch’s fitness-tracking features. With the recent watchOS 3.0 update, which brings lots of big changes to the fitness-oriented wearable, Apple Watch wheelchair workouts can be tracked after a quick and easy setup.

Part of Apple’s wide-ranging accessibility initiative, these new Apple Watch features make it possible to track wheelchair exercise just like you would a typical run.

Apple Watch’s wheelchair mode puts people with physical disabilities on a level playing field with other athletes — and it’s super-easy to use. Continue Reading »

Archer’s Challenge Has Able-Bodied People Use Wheelchairs to Highlight Inaccessibility

Published: October 11, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

chikage-windler-archers-challengeThis week, hundreds of able-bodied people in Austin, Texas, will spend the day in a wheelchair to raise awareness of the accessibility issues people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices face on a daily basis.

The initiative, known as Archer’s Challenge, was started by 20-year-old Archer Hadley, who has cerebral palsy. Archer’s Challenge began in 2015, after Hadley was frustrated by the lack of automatic doors at his school. Continue Reading »