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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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Digital Information Innovation

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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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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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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Built Environment Digital Information Review

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 […]

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Built Environment Review Transportation

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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Advancing Tactile Graphics: A Glimpse into the Future of Dynamic Tactile Displays

Hello, Inclusive Design Community, At Gateway Navigation, we are excited to share some remarkable developments in the world of digital tactile graphics. These innovations are particularly groundbreaking for the millions of students who are blind or partially sighted worldwide. As we continue to strive for more inclusive and accessible technology, we are delighted to draw […]

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Navigating the Pros and Cons of Floating Bus Stop Design

Floating Bus Stops: An ExplorationEditor’s Note: In this post, we delve into the advantages and challenges of Floating Bus Stops, considering their impact on accessibility and drawing from my personal experience as an individual with a disability. To begin, let’s clarify what a Floating Bus Stop entails: it’s a design solution that incorporates a bus […]

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Gateway Navigation’s Inclusive Design Community

Creating an Inclusive World:Editor’s Note: Blog Post follows this time-sensitive volunteer opportunity for individuals who are blind or partially sighted and are involved in monitoring or trading in the stock market. Posted on July 14, 2023. My name is Jano Fu, a Master’s student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, […]

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Review: Goodmaps Explore Indoor Navigation App

Enhancing Independent Indoor Travel for People with Vision Loss For people who are blind or low vision, navigating unfamiliar or complex indoor spaces can be a challenging task. However, over the last few years, there has been an emergence of location-based indoor wayfinding technology that has the potential to revolutionize how people with vision loss […]

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Year in Review and Outlook for 2023

New Way to See Digital Graphics via Internet Multimodal Access to Graphical Exploration (IMAGE) Hello, IMAGE Community! This is Cyan Kuo, Usability Research Lead of the IMAGE Project (https://image.a11y.mcgill.ca). Thank you again for all your help and support this past year. Your contribution is critical to our research and we hope that we can continue […]

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Digital Information Innovation Internet

A11Y (Internet Accessibility)

Ground-breaking Web Graphics Technology Launches at CSUN 2022, North America’s Largest Assistive Technology ConferenceAnaheim— March 16, 2022 — Today at the CSUN 2022 Imagine trying to visit a web page full of interesting and informative graphics if you couldn’t see. You would get the text read out to you with a screen-reader, but descriptions of […]