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Suggestion for a mission statement for the Atlanta Accessibility Group

Talyah A.
user 40913142
Atlanta, GA
Post #: 1
Hi all, I thought I sent this after the May meeting was canceled but I guess I didn’t. What do you think about this Mission Statement?

To share our interest and knowledge in Universally Designed Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), with big and small organizations and service providers, in order to assist them in making their products and services more accessible to individuals and communities who have access and functional needs.

Talyah
Bill C.
BCurtisDavidson
Atlanta, GA
Post #: 2
I like this a lot, Talyah. However, I suggest we add "in the Atlanta region" right after the words "service providers". So, it would read:

To share our interest and knowledge in Universally Designed Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), with big and small organizations and service providers in the Atlanta region, in order to assist them in making their products and services more accessible to individuals and communities who have access and functional needs.

Thoughts?
Bill
Arthur M.
user 9827196
Atlanta, GA
Post #: 1
Bill and Talyah,

I'm a bit slow with thoughts, but I have two:

First thought is simple: A Question - Next Meeting Date? Last one was canceled (chaos for many of us…) But, another resurrection would be great.

Second thought (as possible focus for the next meeting):

Sometimes "Projects" can provide focus. The basic idea is spurred by Talyah's work at the airport, recent research at Duke University, and related work at Georgia Tech.

Potential Project: Indoor Way-finding for Travelers who are Blind

Arrive in a new airport: the classic questions are:
• How do I get from the main terminal to my departure gate;
• How do I get from my arrival gate to the main terminal;
• How do I find the location of my checked baggage;
• How do I locate the transportation option(s) that I need.

Note: GPS level navigation systems do exist for people who are blind.

Can we improve the interfaces, the cloud-based data bases ((interior maps); and use the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as a test venue?

UnLoc -Research Project at Duke University

UnLoc (short for unsupervised indoor localization) relies on “invisible” landmarks in indoor environments that can be detected by a smartphone’s sensors.

Duke Blurb

Durham, NC - GPS has been a tremendously successful technology for positioning users in outdoor environments. But attaining GPS-like accuracy indoors has eluded telecommunication researchers for years.

URLs

http://www.gizmag.com...­ GizMag Article

http://synrg.ee.duke....­ Video / Demo
http://today.duke.edu...­ Looking for the Elevator? There's an App for That

Relevant URLs:

http://www.here2there...­ Here2There Software
http://www.humanware....­ Handheld talking GPS


Talyah A.
user 40913142
Atlanta, GA
Post #: 2
I like your ideas in particular the Atlanta Airport one. The question is how to proceed with this. Whom do we need to meet / collaborate with in order to achieve the goals that you mentioned in your response.
We can do work for visually impaired persons but also for people who find the Airport environment hostile because they don’t speak English, they have back problems, they have a very back sense of direction etc.

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