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5 Part Series – NAAW2024 the Journey Indoors

Celebrating National AccessAbility Week 2024 with Gateway Navigation National AccessAbility Week 2024 runs from Sunday, May 26th to Saturday, June 1st. This week, beginning on the last Sunday in May, is dedicated to recognizing achievements, raising awareness, and advocating for accessibility and inclusion in our society. To commemorate this important event, Gateway Navigation is posting […]

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Review: Waymap Indoor and outdoor Navigation App

Washington, DC Metro Transit Deployment Editor’s Note: It is crucial to emphasize that while technology such as Waymap is a significant stride in enhancing independent indoor travel for individuals with vision loss, it does not substitute proper orientation and mobility training, nor the use of mobility aids like a white cane or guide dog. A […]

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NAAW2024 Post 5: Gateway Navigation and Living Accessibility Lab Model

Living Accessibility Labs: Innovating Inclusive Spaces Introduction to Living Accessibility Labs Living Accessibility Labs are dynamic environments where innovative accessibility solutions are tested and refined. These labs are set up in real-world settings, such as public spaces, workplaces, and schools, allowing researchers and developers to observe and improve how accessible technologies perform in everyday situations. […]

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NAAW2024 Post 4: Gateway Navigation and Buy Social Canada

Gateway Navigation: Social Procurement Supplier Introduction to Buy Social Canada Buy Social Canada is a forward-thinking program that supports social enterprise businesses that focus on making a positive social impact alongside earning profit. By encouraging organizations to purchase goods and services from social enterprises, Buy Social Canada helps to drive positive social change and build […]

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NAAW2024 Post 3: Market-Ready Accessible Digital Indoor Navigation Apps: Empowering Independent Travel

Accessible Digital Indoor Navigation Apps: Empowering Independent Travel Accessible navigation apps are enhancing the ability of individuals with disabilities to travel more independently and confidently. These apps provide real-time information and guidance tailored to users’ needs. Gateway Navigation is dedicated to connecting developers, venues, and people with disabilities, including those who are blind, deafblind, partially […]

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NAAW2024 Post 2: Camera Vision, Smartphones, and Wearables 

Camera Vision – Transforming Accessibility  Introduction to Camera Vision Technology  One of the most exciting recent developments is camera vision. This technology, using smartphones and other devices with smart cameras, assists people who are blind, deafblind, and partially sighted to explore and navigate more effectively and independently.  For simplicity, we will refer to all accessibility […]

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NAAW2024 Post 1 – Accessible Digital Maps

Accessible Digital Maps: Enhancing Navigation for All Introduction to Accessible Digital Maps For people with disabilities, digital maps are powerful tools for indoor and outdoor navigation, but they often lack accessible user interfaces and crucial accessibility information. Ideally, accessible digital maps provide alternate user formats (audio, braille, high-contrast, large print, voice and/or gesture commands, virtual […]

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Unleashing the Symphony of Interoperability: The Dance of Digital Harmony

Greetings, Innovators! Editor’s Note: We have tapped AI in the style of Steve Jobs to inspire and engage discussion on the design and inter relationship between interoperability, accessibility, universality, dance, harmony and the Cosmos. Big thank you to Steve and AI for tying it altogether. So, as AI Steve eloquently writes below. Let’s join forces […]

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Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) White Cane Week – Enhancing Accessibility in Our Neighborhoods

Dear Inclusive Design Community, Editor’s note: At the end of the post below, click on the link to Margaret Gallaghers, host of CBC Radio’s North By Northwest episode Telling the story of Karim’s and Fraser’s journey as blind and partially sighted individuals navigating the streets near Metrotown in Burnaby, BC. First, a big thank you […]

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Navigating the Holidays with Visual Interpreter Apps

A Comparative Review of Aira Explorer, Be My Eyes AI, and Seeing AI from Microsoft Dear Inclusive Design Community, Editor’s Note: Generative AI is groundbreaking, but does produce errors often referred to as hallucinations and should not be  relied upon as being error free. As we immerse ourselves in the festive spirit of the holiday […]