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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

British Vogue makes a bold mov

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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NASA’s plan to make space more accessible to all

Last year, one study rocketed forward the understanding of inclusive space travel. The AstroAcess project looked at requirements for sending people with different kinds of disabilities into space by creating a space-like environment in an aircraft free-falling from 32,000 feet down to Earth. It was 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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16-year-old codes speech app to help his nonverbal sister communicate

Families of individuals who have conditions that make it difficult or impossible for them to communicate verbally can attest to the fact that going through diagnosis and treatment can be astronomically expensive. So, when the tools and apps that can facilitate communication for those with verbal Read More...

Renowned Brazilian pianists re

Renowned Brazilian pianists regains ability to play thanks to bionic gloves

Due to a mugging incident, it has been more than 20 years since internationally acclaimed pianist João Carlos Martins has played his beloved instrument with 10 fingers. But the Brazilian maestro is finally able to play his favorite Bach sonatas once again thanks to innovative “bionic gloves” Read More...

Scientists develop an AI syste

Scientists develop an AI system that translates thoughts into text


If you haven’t heard of locked-in syndrome, it is a rare neurological disorder where the patient is awake and conscious but “locked-in” their body, due to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body, but with a normal exception being their eyes. In a bid to aid communication Read More...

Google to donate 100,000 smart

Google to donate 100,000 smart speakers to people with paralysis

While smart speakers have made a lot of people’s homes more comfortable, for people with disabilities these state-of-the-art gadgets can be life-changing. The hands-free, intuitive nature of this technology allows people to control light switches, thermostats, locks and more with just their Read More...

Thorkil Sonne: Autism entrepre

Thorkil Sonne: Autism entrepreneur

President of the Party of European Socialists and former prime minister of Denmark, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen nominates Thorkil Sonne for his work in helping those with autism thrive in the workplace. | Jan/Feb 2010 issue Thorkil Sonne. Founder, Specialisterne. Copenhagen, Read More...