29 Apr

Curb Ramps: Every City’s Vote for Accessibility


A sidewalk without a curb ramp presents a dangerous decision to a person who uses a wheelchair or a similar mobility device. Without a curb ramp, a person could lose their balance while trying to navigate the sidewalk curb or opt to use the road to avoid the curb altogether, risking an accident with vehicle drivers.

No one should have to make this decision.

A curb ramp allows individuals with impairments to merge safely from a curbed sidewalk to the street and back again. This short ramp makes the world accessible to anyone with a mobility device.

04 Apr

An Ode to Seiichi Miyake: The Inventor of Dome Tiles


On Monday, March 18th, Google Doodle featured the Japanese inventor of detectable dome tiles, Seiichi Miyake. His invention changed the world by empowering and protecting individuals with visual impairments to cross streets with greater ease. Fifty-two years have passed since the first dome tiles were installed, and these detectable warning tiles are now part of many cities throughout the world.

21 Feb

The Most Common Issues for People with Impairments


Life’s tough. For those who live with disabilities, life can be tougher. Sometimes it can be difficult to envision how everyday situations and interactions can be even more complicated for people who live with low or no vision. Here are a few of the most common issues that people with impairments deal with on a daily basis.

07 Dec

The Etiquette for Interacting with a Blind Person


Just as societies innately understand the subtle rules of social interaction, there is also an etiquette for interacting with a blind person or someone with low vision. People with vision often struggle to interact with others who have vision impairment. People freeze, uncertain of what to do, or communicate in a demoralizing way. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

People with vision need to know how to best interact with someone who cannot see, and these social cues can be a helpful guide to making a city more accessible.