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Meet Olli! A self driving bus that speaks sign language & provides other accommodations

A new self driving bus, named Olli, is in the works that does a lot more than taking people places. An accessible version of the bus, called “Accessible Olli” will be using IBM’s artificial intelligence powered Watson technology to communicate with passengers since there will be no driver or staff on it. For example, when…

Graphic novel/pop art style photo of Stephanie Thomas, a smiling woman with her hair in a top knot, with her hands folded and resting elegantly under her chin. CFILC logo in the top left corner and the header, BLACK HERITAGE MONTH in gold block letters is at the top. Ms. Thomas’ speech bubble reads, “THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY MUST INCLUDE DRESSING WITH DISABILITIES. IT EMPOWERS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO COMPETE FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR POSITIVE SELF-EFFICACY.” The box below it reads, “STEPHANIE THOMAS: PRESIDENT OF CUR8ABLE AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPECIALIZING IN DRESSING WITH DISABILITIES. MS. THOMAS IS A CONGENITAL AMPUTEE MISSING DIGITS ON HER RIGHT HAND AND FEET, AND HAS FOLLOWED CLOTHING AND RETAIL TRENDS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SINCE 1992.” The black stripe below reads #BHM2018 #DisabledAndProud.

Fashion For Every Body

Stephanie Thomas, Disability Fashion Stylist For over 25 years, Stephanie Thomas has researched clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities. What started as a Miss America preliminary pageant platform grew into a hobby, and now two decades later, has morphed into her life’s work. Although there are many adaptive designers around the world (and…

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World Braille Day

Written By: Tatum Tricarico, Point Loma Nazarene University Student & Author Two hundred years ago, someone decided that what the world had to offer him and his disability wasn’t enough. So after putting in a lot of work, Louis Braille changed the world for all blind people. That is why today, and each year on…

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Making the Kitchen Wheelchair Accessible Part 1: Food Prep

Written by: Jason Biddle, The Helping Home  Thanks to the concept of Universal Design first introduced in the 1960’s and the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines in 1992, designing with accessibility in mind has become increasingly prevalent throughout the United States. Unfortunately, much of the country’s existing housing stock still lacks the accessibility design elements…