The CEO of an accessibility app had her wheelchair damaged by Air Canada: ‘Imagine someone basically chopping off your legs when you arrive somewhere’

Air Canada passengers have complained about the loss of their luggage. Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images An Air Canada passenger says her independence was stripped after the airline damaged her wheelchair.  Maayan Ziv was flying from Toronto to Israel to attend an accessibility conference. "Too many disabled people have faced this trauma," she said. […]

Behind the quest to control a wheelchair with a smile

Facial recognition software has earned a difficult reputation over the past few years, what with its massive privacy implications and ease of being misused by governments and retailers alike, but the technology has just as many beneficial applications. Take the Wheelie 7, for example. While travelling a few years ago, Dr. Paulo Pinheiro was struck […]

Intel’s AI wheelchair can be controlled by facial expressions

Motorized wheelchairs are traditionally controlled by a joystick or sensors attached to the user’s body, but now innovation in artificial intelligence is helping severely disabled people drive their chairs with their facial expressions. Working in partnership with Intel, Brazil-based Hoobox Robotics has created the Wheelie 7, a piece of AI-leveraging kit that allows disabled people […]

Watch Canada compete at the wheelchair basketball world championships

Click on the video player above on Saturday at 6:15 a.m. ET to watch live action from the 2018 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships. CBC Sports will stream all of the Canadian men's and women's games at the tournament in Hamburg, Germany. Women's preliminary schedule Friday, Aug. 17 – 8 a.m. ET – Great Britain def. Canada, 64-56 Saturday, Aug. […]

Watch the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships

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Canada's wheelchair curling team clinches Paralympic playoff spot

Canada’s wheelchair curling team are guaranteed a Paralympic playoff spot after a 6-2 round-robin victory over Germany on Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The Canadian squad, led by skip Mark Ideson, surrendered an opening-end steal to the Germans but gained back control of the match with three in the third end to take a 3-1 lead.  […]

Scientists recall stories of how they crashed into Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair

AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove   The scientific community in Australia paid tribute paid to Stephen Hawking who died aged 76.See the rest of the story at Business Insider NOW WATCH: Why we knock on wood, and the truth about 7 other common superstitions See Also: Stephen Hawking had a ‘sense of humor as vast as the […]

Lyft faces lawsuit over lack of wheelchair access in SF

Uber was sued at least thrice over the past year for failing to accommodate passengers with wheelchairs, but a new lawsuit proves that it’s not the only ride-hailing service with poor accessibility. Non-profit org Disability Rights Advocates has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on behalf of Independent Living Resource Center and two wheelchair […]