The scope of innovation in this world is vast. Taking a more inclusive approach and broadening the idea of accessibility can enable people with disabilities to live independently and participate in society on an equal basis with others. As we bid farewell to 2021, let’s take a look at the main highlights of the year in accessibility and inclusive design.
McDonald’s India unveils new EATQUAL packaging design
The brand has released a heartwarming brand film created by DDB Mudra that shows how EatQual makes the experience of eating McDonald’s burgers easy and delicious for its guests who have limited upper mobility. McDonald’s India kicked off the packaging by welcoming people with reduced mobility to their restaurants in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai who enjoyed their favorite burgers in the new EatQual packaging.
Learn more about the Eatqual packaging
Innovation Challenge to encourage startups to create a cloud-based web accessibility reporting tool
The Indian government has launched an innovation challenge for the development of a cloud-based web accessibility reporting solution as part of the Digital India initiative. It was the first time that a challenge focused and encouraged startups to come in and create an accessibility tool capable of bridging the accessibility gap in India.
Learn more about the innovation challenge
Document on the inclusion of people with disabilities in climate action
The COP26 advocacy document on inclusive climate action for people with disabilities highlights the disproportionate impact of climate change and the possible adverse effects of climate change mitigation and adaptation activities on people with disabilities. It also proposes measures to ensure the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and their representative organizations in climate-related decision-making.
Learn more about the COP26 advocacy document
WeThe15 global disability rights campaign unites 30 countries
Several leading international organizations have come together to launch WeThe15 ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. It aimed to be the largest human rights movement in history, representing the lives of 1.2 billion people with disabilities around the world. More than 125 monuments from around the world were bathed in purple light on Thursday evening, including the Colosseum in Rome, the London’s Eye, the Empire State Building in New York and the Skytree Tower in Tokyo. It marked a moment to honor the 1.2 billion people with disabilities around the world.
Learn more about WeThe15
The partnership aims to build an inclusive housing project
SCAN, the Chennai-based support group for families with children with disabilities, and property developer Akshaya Private Ltd have teamed up to start an inclusive housing project for people with disabilities. The larger vision of the project is to promote inclusion in all aspects of life.
Learn more about the inclusive housing project
Nike launches new GO FlyEase hands-free trainers
Nike launched GO FlyEase – a wrap-around zipper solution that opens the back of the shoe near the heel counter, making it easier to slide the foot in and out. It also offers sufficient locking and eliminates the need to tie traditional laces. The “easy to put on” slip-on sneakers require no hands, making them accessible not only to people with disabilities, but to everyone.
Learn more about hands-free trainers
Covid-19 Accessibility Bug Bounty by BarrierBreak to promote digital accessibility
The information can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but not everyone has equal access to vital information about the pandemic. This is because most of the websites and applications related to COVID-19 around the world are inaccessible to people with disabilities. To celebrate World Accessibility Awareness Day on May 20, BarrierBreak, leaders in offshore digital accessibility testing and consulting announced the #CovidAccessibilityBugBounty campaign. It gave people around the world the opportunity to put their accessibility skills to good use. All they had to do was take the time to test COVID-19 websites and mobile apps in their countries and identify accessibility bugs.
Learn more about Covid Accessibility Bug Bounty
AstroAccess successfully completes ZERO-G parabolic flight with a crew of 12 disability ambassadors
AstroAccess, an initiative dedicated to promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in space exploration, and Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) successfully completed a parabolic flight with a crew of 12 ambassadors with mobility disabilities, of vision and hearing on Sunday, October 17. ZERO- Aircraft G climbed to an altitude of 32,000 feet at which time the vehicle began parabolic maneuvers. The Ambassadors performed planned demonstrations over 15 arcs, experiencing several minutes of weightlessness.
Learn more about parabolic flight
Apple rolls out new accessibility features for people with disabilities on World Accessibility Awareness Day
Apple has announced a range of new accessibility features designed for people with disabilities. This includes people with mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive impairments. These features were announced to mark World Accessibility Awareness Day. Apple also announced a new sign language interpretation service called SignTime.
Learn more about Apple’s announcement
Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology – Shopping Made Easy for People with Disabilities
Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology is a new way for consumers to shop at a grocery store. Consumers can use an app to walk into the Amazon Go grocery store, then pick up whatever they want off the shelf. They don’t have to queue for a cashier, but all they have to do is hand over what they don’t want and walk out of the store.
Learn more about Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology
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