Airbnb buys ‘Airbnb for disabled people’ startup Accomable in accessibility upgrade

Airbnb, the accommodation and travel startup that is now valued at $31 billion, is today announcing an acquisition that points to how it wants to address the travel needs of more kinds of customers. It has bought Accomable, a startup based out of London that focuses on travel listings that are disabled-friendly. Along with the announcement Airbnb is refreshing its own accessibility features as the first stage in how it hopes to develop them. Continue reading Airbnb buys ‘Airbnb for disabled people’ startup Accomable in accessibility upgrade

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Grad student created an amazing Rubik’s Cube prototype for the blind

A 1974 invention is getting a very inclusive makeover.

Reddit user, Notafakeinterpreter, who is a graduate student from the University of Massachusetts had an interesting assignment for her Intro to Vision Rehab Therapy class. She was assigned to create an adapted recreational game for someone who is blind. In a flash of inspiration, she created a Rubik’s Cube with tactile inputs so people with limited vision could still use it. Continue reading Grad student created an amazing Rubik’s Cube prototype for the blind

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Braille Institute Los Angeles Celebrates Holiday Season with Student Arts and Crafts Fair

Braille Institute Los Angeles celebrates the holiday season by showcasing the artistic talents of its students at the annual Creative Visions Holiday Boutique. The five-day holiday boutique runs Monday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 741 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029.
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Toyota​ ​Mobility​ ​Foundation launches $4M prize for mobility tech targeting lower-limb paralysis

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Toyota​ ​Mobility​ ​Foundation,​ a charity set up by Toyota in 2014 to help bring about “a truly mobile society,” has launched a $4 million competition to encourage the development of new smart mobility technology to support the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis. Continue reading Toyota​ ​Mobility​ ​Foundation launches $4M prize for mobility tech targeting lower-limb paralysis

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Huntington Beach, CA Sailor kicks off Special Olympics event in Japan

OKINAWA, Japan- Master-at-Arms Seaman Joseph Van Haverbeke, second from right, assigned to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa’s security department and a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., carries a torch during a formation run from White Beach Naval Facility to Kadena Air Base to kick off the Kadena Special Olympics (KSO), Nov. 3.

All four services participated in the KSO, which is an event for special needs athletes to challenge themselves in various Olympic-style events, and inspires courage, teamwork and friendship between the U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor/Released)

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Source: Navy Outreach

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