Today’s Solutions: May 22, 2024

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Canada's landmark move toward free contraception

On Saturday, March 30th, in a historic step toward improving women's health, Canada unveiled a breakthrough effort to provide free contraception to all women of reproductive age. During a press conference in Toronto, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland emphasized the government's commitment to Read More...

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Inclusive learning through play: Lego introduces braille bricks for vision-impaired children

Here at The Optimist Daily, we often tout the many wonderful initiatives spearheaded by well-known Danish toymaker Lego. From its commitment to sustainable practices, its efforts to encourage the next generation to raise its voice in the fight against climate change, its dedication to removing Read More...

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Emergency shelter transformation for disability-inclusive disaster response

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) in Edison, New Jersey, responded to the dismal truth that emergency shelters were often inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, resulting in fatal outcomes. Carole Tonks, ACI's executive Read More...

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Explore nature this summer: Adventures in 8 of America's most accessible national parks

Summertime is the perfect time to hit the road and see some of the 63 magnificent national parks spread across the United States. However, these fun summer activities shouldn’t be off-limits to those with different accessibility needs—accessibility and inclusion are crucial so that all visitors Read More...

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Not Impossible—A new way for deaf individuals to feel music

Over a year ago, Daniel Belquer, a musician and theater artist, was asked to join a team whose objective was to improve the live music experience for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Witnessing these concertgoers' inventive workarounds, such as feeling vibrations through balloons or Read More...

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British Vogue makes a bold move with braille edition for blind readers

The world is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of life, and the fashion industry is no exception. In a groundbreaking move, British Vogue released its first-ever braille edition and an audio format of the May issue to ensure greater Read More...

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Why this year’s New York City Marathon will be the most inclusive yet

The New York City Marathon announced plans to make the event more accessible soon after the Boston Marathon introduced a new nonbinary category for runners in its 2023 edition. Earlier this month, the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the organization in charge of the New York City Marathon, Read More...

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Video games are becoming more accessible for players with disabilities

According to the World Health Organization, there are over a billion humans living with a disability, around 15 percent of the global population. With such a high number of people in this group, it is encouraging to see the number of fields that are improving their services to accommodate the Read More...

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Ease menopause by listening to music

Going through menopause can be an extremely challenging time, where the world you’ve known for most of your life is turned upside down. Not every person's experience of menopause is the same, with symptoms ranging in frequency and severity. These include depression, sexual dysfunction, joint and Read More...

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New study helps rocket us towards inclusive space travel

The AstroAccess project has taken flight, set up to understand what more inclusive space travel looks like. 26 percent of the American population have a disability according to the CDC, though 8.4 percent of the country’s employed scientists and engineers are disabled. The point of this project Read More...