Google maps will show accessible routes for people in wheelchairs


This type of navigation was implemented because the technology considers that there are sites that represent a challenge for people who use wheelchairs.


As of this Friday, Google Maps has accessible routes for wheelchairs, in transit navigation, to facilitate travel to people with mobility needs.

In a statement, the technology platform explained that there are sites that represent a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or have special mobility needs, so he built this type of navigation.

He explained that all you have to do is find the destination you want to reach in Google Maps, select "directions" and choose the public transport icon; click on "options" and below the routes section you can find "wheelchair accessible" as a new type of route.

When the option is selected, the platform shows a list of possible routes that take into consideration the mobility needs of the people.


This function will be implemented in metropolises around the world, starting with Mexico City, London, New York, Tokyo, Boston and Sydney.


"We are looking to work additionally with transit agencies within the next few months to bring Google Maps more accessibility routes for people in wheelchairs," the application clarified.


He clarified that the initiative is to make life easier for people who use wheelchairs, with the help of transit agencies around the world, as well as people, who contribute with local knowledge and move towards a more accessible world. everybody.

Wheelchair and prosthesis: Apple designs new emojis to represent people with disabilities


Apple has designed a total of 13 new emojis to represent people with different types of disabilities, from hearing problems to blindness or those who use limb prostheses. The company has asked Unicode to include them in the standard list of emojis.


The idea of the company is to help represent more and more people with emojis, regardless of their gender or skin color. Among the emojis is one to represent sign language, one to represent guide dogs and people in traditional and electric wheelchairs. There are also emojis to represent the mechanical prostheses of legs and arms.

Although there are 13 emojis (between male and female versions), each one representing people will have different skin tones, which means that in total there are 43 new emojis, including several skin tones for the emoji of an ear with a hearing aid for hearing problems.

These are all the new emojis that we could see coming to smartphones and tablets in the near future. According to Apple, this is just a first step in the representation of more and more people with disabilities. [Emojipedia via Buzzfeed]

An Australian in a wheelchair arrived at Everest base camp


An Australian in a wheelchair reached an Everest base camp by his own means and declared himself "honored" to be the first paraplegic to make this ascent essentially without help.

Scott Doolan, 28, on Sunday reached the south face of the highest mountain in the world, on the Nepali side, at 5,364 meters, a place that can usually only be reached on foot or by helicopter.

He needed ten days to ascend, barely more than a person without disability, moving on a rocky, high-altitude terrain in a wheelchair when possible, either with his hands or being taken on occasion.

During his journey he suffered a fracture of the coccyx.

Near the finish line, "it was hard for me to breathe because I was on my hands, but I remember just looking up and seeing about twenty people. When I arrived, everyone began to applaud me, "explained Doolan, who said" honored. "

When he moved on his hands, he wore five pairs of gloves.

But despite all the efforts to prepare, it was "100% more difficult" than I had imagined.

"I did not expect the terrain to be so difficult. I had never seen him before and I never trained on such a terrain, "he explained.

From the base camp, Doolan was taken by helicopter to Kathmandu where he was hospitalized.

He is already thinking about his next adventure: he would like to swim under the colors of Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Chinese climber still climbing mountains in a wheelchair


A motorcycle accident deprived Lai Chi-wai of mobility in her legs, but not of continuing to enjoy her favorite sport

Lai Chi-wai was one of the best climbers in Asia when a motorcycle accident paralyzed his legs. It was 2011 and accumulated four awards in the Asian climbing championships in addition to being the first Chinese athlete to win a title in extreme sports games X-Games. When seeing himself in a wheelchair, he tried some adapted sports such as boxing, fencing or table tennis. But none managed to kill the worm he felt for climbing, a sport to which he was still linked as coach of the Hong Kong (China) team.

Despite getting some recognition as a technician, Lai was not resigned to stay down while others climbed walls and so in 2014 made a surprising announcement: he was ready to climb with his wheelchair the Lion Rock, a mountain of 495 meters in the Special administrative region of China.

The dream was fulfilled two years later, on December 9, 2016, coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the accident that had changed his life so much. That day Lai became the first paraplegic athlete to climb the granite rock that for Hong Kong is synonymous with unity and resilience.

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In Mexico, a ballet company promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities


The curtain rises and, to the rhythm of the music, the dancers of the play "La Danza de la Resistencia" come on stage, an inclusive show in which everyone has a leading role.

The work is presented in the theater of the city of Puebla, in Mexico, with the aim of sowing awareness about disability and raising funds for the creation of workshops for people with different abilities.


The group, which is growing larger, recreates a piece of the story "Alice through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll.

"The group has grown a lot, now we are thirty dancers, we have a lot of people working," says Andrea Carmona Hernández, artistic director of the Inclusive Ballet.

Lorena, a 25-year-old girl has more than ten performances and her desire is to become a professional dancer: "I'm excited to go out in the theater because they are dances that start my career, it's like a feeling I have and I dance," she says. .

Smiles that impress the public with a lesson in the background: if the disability does not limit me, that society does not do it.