TOMORROW’S MOBILITY, INNOVATION IN FAVOUR OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES OR LOSS OF AUTONOMY
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
According to the World Health Organization, 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability. That’s roughly 785 million people, while 20-40% of people with disabilities in high-income countries do not have their everyday needs met. These statistics remind us that when societies prioritize inclusiveness, everyone wins. But there is still work to be done. Only 24% of countries worldwide have legislation to prohibit discrimination against the disabled.
However, there are countries making great strides. In France, CGI and JobinLive are working toward actualizing life-changing ideas with La Handitech, a foundation devoted to supporting startups, schools, institutions, partners, labs and investors committed to developing disability-focused innovations. By considering the hurdles disabled people face on a daily basis, the private and public sectors can work together to envision ideas and craft solutions to benefit society as a whole.
WORKING IT OUT TOGETHER
This year’s LA Handitech competition is sure to see some game-changing ideas in the realm of accessible mobility. Judges will deliberate on October 8, 2018, so keep an eye out for those winners on the LA Handitech website.
RAMPING DOWN THE ROADBLOCKS
CHALLENGE → SOLUTION
- Some people with disabilities have difficulty
going out and may be more inclined to stay at home. → A virtual-reality program that allows users to visualize their destination — be it a subway station, a mall or a restaurant — and plot their route ahead of time.
- Many people with disabilities are often
isolated, and may require a monitoring system to check their vital signs daily. → An interactive object users could carry around with them every day, which would not only be able to communicate but could also monitor the user’s heart rate.
- Some people with disabilities may require
regular help with menial tasks, which could result in feelings of guilt or dependency. → A matchmaking app that pairs able-bodied people with those with limited mobility to help them carry out various tasks, from shovelling their driveways to sweeping their floors, or accompanying them to go out for a coffee.
- Not all public or private spaces are equally
accessible to people with disabilities, which could prohibit them from visiting new places. → A Waze-style app that maps out routes for individuals with limited mobility, helping them plan ahead when visiting a destination for the first time.