31 May

What Makes an Ideal Bike Pathway


An ideal bike pathway is seamlessly incorporated into city infrastructure, easily serving cyclists and pedestrians without hampering motor vehicle traffic. Preferably in bright contrast with its surroundings, this bike pathway stands out from the pavement to provide recognizable traffic patterns that keep cyclists and pedestrians safe.  

Urban planners have explored many options for bike pathways in order to determine the best option for commuters. 

12 May

Digital Tourism: Today’s More Accessible World


Most people equate tourism to traveling, but the internet has offered a new possibility to wannabe travelers by bringing other countries to your living room and personal device. Companies are experimenting with their offerings and content to share with individuals. So is it possible to travel without traveling?

Digital tourism offers travelers the ability to get an often 360-degree digital tour of the place they want to see in real life without actually going. This is powerful because it opens up a world of possibilities for individuals with mobility issues.

02 May

What Factors Make an Accessible City?


An accessible city benefits all individuals who live, work, and play in that city. This means that the public spaces must be accessible to all, no matter their level of ability. When urban planners design the infrastructure for a city center, several problems and corresponding solutions must be considered to benefit the city as a whole.

15 Apr

How To Protect Your Business And Be ADA Compliant


The Department of Justice is charged with upholding and enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with compliance regulations, lawsuits, and more. However, without a specific department for enforcement, it often relies on local governments to enforce ADA compliance. Since ADA covers several accessibilities rules for public spaces, this is a huge undertaking.

02 Apr

Camping for All: Summer Camps Built for Every Ability Level


In the United States alone, over two million school-aged children have a disability, and studies show that this number is growing. With this population on the rise, it is important that society keeps up by providing accessible activities at every level, including in school activities and extracurricular opportunities. One of the ways that this can be done is by creating summer camps that are accessible to all children of all abilities—this helps normalize all levels of ability for all children.

30 Mar

Tourism Changes 2021: How Traveling Has Adjusted


The 2020 pandemic altered travel and affected so many tourism changes for towns, cities, and countries. Most vacations were canceled, and staycations, aka shutdowns or stay-at-home orders, reigned supreme. 

Social distancing guidelines severely decrease how many people can be in any building at any given time, which has hurt restaurants, entertainment centers, and more. Not only do these changes impact brick and mortar stores — tax revenue and government budgets are also affected.

18 Mar

How Eyes Perceive Color


Objects do not possess color of their own. Our eyes perceive color as different wavelengths of light that bounce off things, and our brains process that information to help us interpret the world we see in vibrant color. 

The visible spectrum lands between ultraviolet light and red light for humans, but scientists believe that humans can recognize up to 10 million colors. 

03 Mar

The History of the Detectable Warning Dome Tile


Tactile paving, now known as detectable warning dome tiles, was first developed by Seiichi Miyake in 1965 to help people with vision impairments navigate public spaces.  Major cities and transportation networks throughout the world use detectable warning dome tiles.
 

03 Feb

What Causes Vision Loss?


Vision loss or impairment can be caused by a number of injuries, illnesses, and more. Some cases happen gradually while others occur suddenly. In some situations, vision loss can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. But for most, vision loss is a frustrating experience for many as it dramatically changes their way of life.

Age may also play a part in vision loss, usually changes become apparent after 40 years of age.

Here are some common causes of vision loss.