Ed Roberts Campus: Building Community

“Designing for a diverse community is an opportunity to be creative and to open the world for more people.”
–Susan Henderson, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Ed Roberts Campus is the first building of its kind in the nation—a non-profit community center serving and celebrating the Independent Living / Disabled Rights Movement. Located at a regional public transit hub in Berkeley, California and integrating advanced strategies of Universal Design and Sustainable Design, the project welcomes and supports people of all abilities.

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It Belongs in a Museum

Today was SUNNY finally!!!  We started the day by presenting our lesson plan outline and it seemed to go well.  We’re nearing the end and it all of a sudden seems like it went so fast!

After class, I was privileged enough, to meet with the Director of Accessability. She answered so many questions and offered advice and support. She also inviteded me to another meeting for version 2.0 of the American Stories App. They all asked for my input and for my ideas. I actually got to collaborate with the Smithsonian! And they seem very keen to help the Science Center with our accessibility! I am on cloud nine right now. 😀 The entire seminar has been good, but this was just amazing!

Afterwards I made a quick stop at the NASA and NASM gift shops… and said hello to a few old friends.  I’ll head back to NASM…

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Playable

This is one of those short pieces that shows video-games can be amazing for some people.

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The Mobility Project

Jeseok Yi produces powerful messages for social change that not only stop and make you think in that moment, but will follow you long after that…

Toronto’s MANY mountains include this entrance to the Yorkdale Subway Station

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Reme Le Hane - Front-end Web Developer

You know they help make pages more accessible for people using assistive technologies, but do you know *how* ARIA’s Landmark Roles work? Accessibility consultant Leonie Watson offers a quick demo of exactly how ARIA’s Landmark Roles make life easier for people browsing with assistive…

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WinAhead's World

The eyes free typing app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch called Fleksy is now free on the App Store.

To read the full post visit:  Eyes Free Typing App Fleksy Now Free

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Accessibility Man Says...

Wheelchair ramps are invaluable pieces of architecture for those that need to use them. They are meant for smooth, SAFE transitions from walkway to building interior. EVERYONE KNOWSwheelchair ramps are a great idea! They are great not only for those with wheelchairs, but for those that find steps hard to negotiate (think recent knee replacement recipients), also great for making toddlers and other kids run up and down to tucker them out before bedtime (provided they aren’t getting in anyone’s way). Ramps are a way to get EVERYONE into and out of a building – not just those in wheelchairs. Why is it then that some ramps seem like this:

Obviously, I’m poking a little fun here – unless you’re in the wheelchair, then you wouldn’t think so – but there are more ramps out there that are properly done than not. I’m not even talking about those that someone built in their…

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MINISTRY MOMENTS

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By Linda Baldwin, Branch of the Vine Software

Assistive technology is widely used in the K-12 school setting to improve learning and to help students compensate for disabilities. But in the church? Not very often. And yet, if assistive technology helps individuals learn, comprehend, communicate and interact in the school setting, isn’t it equally important to offer the same tools to individuals in the church setting, where learning has eternal value.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association offers the following definition of assistive technology:

“Assistive technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Assistive technology helps individuals compensate for disabilities.  Those who have difficulty reading will comprehend better when text is highlighted and read aloud.  Others will benefit from pictures to supplement the message.  Those who cannot speak may…

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Superior Remodeling - 952.292.7267

universal bathroomUniversal bathrooms have come into the forefront of interior design as the need to make homes more accessible for all occupants has increased.  This need is made evident by  the first wave of a rapidly aging population reaching the age of sixty in the early part of the 21st century. It is the largest senior population ever in U.S. history. Reasons for choosing to create universal bathrooms in many Minneapolis homes include more accessibility for everyone, higher home values and better resale probability.

Important design elements

What are some of the important design elements prevalent in a universal bathroom? Obviously, a traditionally designed bathroom is not easily accessible to many people because of the common barriers to mobility such as walls, partitions, doorways, fixture height, bathing accessibility, flooring choices and more. A universal bathroom addresses all these areas without compromising aesthetics and visual appeal.

Universal bathrooms are generally constructed with…

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Design at SF State

The academic goals and objectives of the Design Center for Global Needs are to enhance the curriculum development in the Design and Industry Department at San Francisco State University, while stimulating the social awareness and responsibility of our students.

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