Information is KEY!

Of late, I have noticed a number of innovative ideas geared to assist people with various disabilities being promoted on crowdfunding sites. While the ole adage, need is the mother of invention, is alive and well in the world of crowdfuning, it could not be more true than for those who...

Access Awards

We had a brief chat with Brad Howcroft, the Co-Chair of the Guelph Barrier Free Committee, about the recent Access Recognition Awards provided to individuals and organizations who are helping to make Guelph a more accessible environment and inclusive community. This longstanding, hard...

Soundhawk

Here is a great new device to help zero in on sound and filter out extra overriding noise. Hearing aids user will know all about this frustration. I think this Soundhawk is a sound idea! Hearing loss affects a huge number of people, and not just the elderly. Those who often attend rock...

ON Budget – lets ...

If you are wondering how the Ontario Budget looks under the lens for people with disabilities and the work toward improving accessibility  – we regret to inform you this is yet another example of being left out and let down AGAIN. Here is an article that explains it in more detail...

Air Canada Customer Ser...

Traveling and in particular flying can be very difficult for people with disabilities. Especially if traveling by oneself. I know this first hand, but I must say that Air Canada was always on the top of my list of choices. Their customer service people always provided me with excellent...

Sight Saver

Goon news for people losing their vision because of age and other factors. This bionic eyeball might look like it’s been plucked from the skull of a movie android, but it’s really a symbol of hope for millions of people with retinal disease and age-related macular...

Wheelchair friendly car...

What was once old is now new again! The newer version of a soon to be available electric car for people with disabilities is somewhat of a rebirth of what used to be known as a British Invalid Carriage. A motorized, 3-wheeled fiberglass shell designed for driving on the road. However, it...

MRI – it can be f...

If you have ever had an MRI or CT scan then you will relate to some of the difficulties people face when they first see the machine they will be slid into for a short period of time. The test length depends on the particular test and the area of the body being scanned. Regardless of the...

Books for ALL Eyes

Here is new book concept that obviously strived for equality when designing how their final product would be accessed by both those who can see and those who cannot. A children’s book from Thailand called Mr. Light and Mr. Dark uses a typeface that combines regular text and Braille so...

Accessible Mexico!

Having spend 3 months of one winter in Mexico I can attest to the fact that for the most part access was not top of the list in most areas and at most resorts. Things are slowly changing thanks to the aging travel population and I came across this interesting article about a resort in...

Mariposa Festival 2013

The Grande Dame of Canadian folk festivals is all set for its 53rd annual edition taking place July 5-7, 2013, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada and Accessibility Matters will be going! Mariposa is a very accessible festival and even better they always welcome my suggestions to...

Blood Work Robotics

How do you feel about going for blood work? Many people are squeamish when it comes to having blood drawn; they don’t like the sight of blood, the feel of the plastic tube wrapping around their arm and look away when the needle is about to be inserted. Overall it is harmless yet...

Body AS Art

For people who use prosthetics and are tired of trying to fit in this is new twist on body AS art. UK’s Alternative Limb Project is helping that particular audience express them self and boost their self-esteem, with fashionable, unconventional prosthetics. This company/project was...

QRamp

QRamp™ is a relatively new ramping system that is making quite a bit of buzz for itself in the accessibility world and rightly so because it is simply a fantastic product hands down. It meets all the checks and balances and then some. We had the pleasure of interviewing Derek McGivern...

How Change Could Happen...

If Canada and Ontario in particular really wants to encourage business to be accessible they might consider offering tax incentives like the United States offers to businesses.It is not rocket science; we all know it is all about the money. Personally I don’t think forcing business out...

Diversity Dolls

Toys help children learn about their environment, understand about social relating and hopeful instill the joy of stretching their imagination. Technology has certainly made a huge impact on the business of toy making but even so children still need hands-on objects. After all, it is...