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Materials for a debate on our lifes with body techniques and technologies for collective (self-)care, independent living & urban accessibility
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Soporte | En torno a la silla | “Deconstruyendo el Manifiesto Maker”

Soporte | En torno a la silla | “Deconstruyendo el Manifiesto Maker” | Technocare | Scoop.it

No se trata de abandonar la palabra apoyo, tenemos con ella una relación estrecha porque atraviesa mucho de lo que hacemos. Los dispositivos de apoyo o sostén son primordiales, como escribe Judith Butler “no podemos actuar sin apoyos y sin embargo tenemos que luchar por los apoyos que nos permitan actuar”; pero es necesario reconocer qué tipos de sostén estamos requiriendo y construyendo porque–en particular en el caso de la diversidad funcional–el uso acrítico del término deriva en jerarquías de las que hacemos todo lo posible por huir: si hay un sostén hay un sostenido, si hay un usuario de apoyos hay un fabricante, si hay un demandante de apoyos hay un experto y, por último, si hay una necesidad (un problema) hay una respuesta (una solución).

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Són de tothom els carrers?

Són de tothom els carrers? | Technocare | Scoop.it
'Els carrers seran sempre nostres' és un dels hits de les mobilitzacions prèvies i posteriors a l'1 d'octubre. La proclama, però, amaga més una reivindicació que no pas una realitat. Parlem amb tres activistes que ens relaten com, a dia d'avui, els carrers dels nostres pobles i ciutats no estan pensats, per exemple, per a les dones, les persones racialitzades o aquelles amb diversitat
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Una 'app' guía a ciegos por cientos de tiendas y museos de Barcelona

Una 'app' guía a ciegos por cientos de tiendas y museos de Barcelona | Technocare | Scoop.it
Barcelona estrena una red abierta de sensores de internet de las cosas, los llamados 'beacons'
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The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion - Actar Publishers

The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion - Actar Publishers | Technocare | Scoop.it
101 Things that Open?and Close the City. 50 leading experts provide tools for analyzing how the Open City is made and unmade. Urban History 101 teaches us that the built environment is not the product of invisible, uncontrollable market forces, but of human-made tools that could have been used differently (or not at all). The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia of the human-made tools used by architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, real estate brokers, activists, and other urban actors in the United States to restrict or increase access to the spaces of our cities and suburbs. The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion inventories these tools—or what we call weapons—examines how they have been used, and speculates about how they might be deployed (or retired) to make more open cities in which more people feel welcome in more spaces.

The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion includes minor, seemingly benign weapons like no loitering signs and bouncers, but also big, headline-grabbing things like eminent domain and city-county consolidation. It includes policies like expulsive zoning and annexation, but also practices like blockbusting, institutions like neighborhood associations, and physical artifacts like bombs and those armrests that park designers put on benches to make sure homeless people don’t get too comfortable. It includes historical things that aren’t talked about too much anymore (e.g., ugly laws), things that seem historical but aren’t (e.g., racial steering), and things that are brand new (e.g., aging improvement district). With contributions from over fifty of the best minds in architecture, urban planning, urban history, and geography, The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion offers a wide-ranging view of the policies, institutions, and social practices that shape our cities. It can be read as a historical account of the making of the modern American city, a toolbox of best practices for creating better, more just spaces, or as an introduction to the process of city-making in The United States.
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Futuristic smart roads will make streets safer for pedestrians

Futuristic smart roads will make streets safer for pedestrians | Technocare | Scoop.it
A high-tech pedestrian crossing that monitors and reacts to cars, people and cyclists has been developed. The Starling (STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearnING) Crossing, created by Umbrellium, is designed to make roads safer for pedestrians. The road surface at the crossing is embedded with LEDs that are bright enough to attract the attention and “fill their field of vision” of pedestrians that might be distracted by their smartphone, the company says. 
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The Crosswalk Of The Future Moves And Changes To Prioritize Pedestrians | Fast Company

The Crosswalk Of The Future Moves And Changes To Prioritize Pedestrians | Fast Company | Technocare | Scoop.it
The Starling Crossing is designed to reshape streets by responding in real time to pedestrian movements.
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Secrets of the sidewalk — what pavements say about a city

Secrets of the sidewalk — what pavements say about a city | Technocare | Scoop.it
They reflect a city’s people and power and are a symbol of civilisation — but conceal a murky underworld
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L’urbanisme amb perspectiva de gènere: una assignatura pendent

L’urbanisme amb perspectiva de gènere: una assignatura pendent | Technocare | Scoop.it

L’urbanisme amb perspectiva de gènere: una assignatura pendent. Si partim de la base que la igualtat de drets és innegociable, el dret a gaudir de les ciutats també hauria de ser igualitari, sense que importi el gènere, la procedència o la condició física de qui hi viu, per posar alguns exemples. Això no obstant, una revisió dels espais públics i la construcció de les ciutats des de la perspectiva feminista ens diu que la igualtat es teòrica, però no pràctica

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La reinvención del chaflán

La reinvención del chaflán | Technocare | Scoop.it
El visionario Ildefons Cerdà generalizó el uso del chaflán en su plan para el Eixample de Barcelona. Este recurso urbanístico avanzó, en la ciudad que se extendía más allá de las muralla
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A better world for wheels on Google Maps

A better world for wheels on Google Maps | Technocare | Scoop.it
Starting today, we’re calling on Local Guides, a community of people who contribute their expertise about places on Google Maps, to add more wheelchair accessibility attributes to the map.
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Chuchos que salvan vidas

Chuchos que salvan vidas | Technocare | Scoop.it
Los perros desarrollan cada vez más labores de asistencia y terapia a personas con discapacidades
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Anxo y Daniel desde su silla de ruedas: "Los bienes y servicios no están preparados para todas las personas"

Anxo y Daniel desde su silla de ruedas: "Los bienes y servicios no están preparados para todas las personas" | Technocare | Scoop.it
Ambos cuentan cómo todavía se incumplen directamente las normas que deberían garantizar la integración de personas con diversidad  "Que no podamos bajar al metro como ciudadanos cualquiera me parece un desprecio", explican Las leyes prevén sanciones para empresas e instituciones que no se hagan accesibles pero las multas no llegan, denuncian las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad
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Open Source Estrogen

Open Source Estrogen | Technocare | Scoop.it
The goal of Open Source Estrogen is to explore the various ways that estrogen performs molecular colonization of human society, our bodies, and ecosystems. Estrogen is the most ancient of sex hormones. Therefore the mutagenic effects of environmental estrogens disrupt species across all animal taxa, including humans. In response to the ongoing molecular colonization of xeno-estrogens, the project aims to demonstrate how our collective mutagenesis necessitates civil action through DIY/DIWO practice. Three possible approaches are: 1) SYNTHESIS - Are we able to circumvent governments and institutions to gain hormone access? What are the ethics behind self-administering self-synthesized hormones? 2) DETECTION - What are the ramifications of estrogen de-regulation? How can biosensors play a role in mobilizing citizen surveying of local water sources? 3) EXTRACTION - How can citizens remove the hormonal toxicity in the environment that is currently mutagenizing human and non-human bodies? Can the xenoestrogens be recycled back into our bodies? We are looking for collaborators across ALL disciplines: biochemical knowledge for extraction, biotoxicology, cross-species endocrinology, ecological interactions, analysis of biological samples from local water sources, building of low-cost biosensors for detecting and mapping estrogenic waters -- these are a couple of examples. Collaborators: Paula Pin, Gaia Leandra, Amanda Padilla, Carlos Gamez
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All Technology is Assistive

All Technology is Assistive | Technocare | Scoop.it
Designers should not view disabled as “them,” but solve problems for “us.”
Tomás Sánchez Criado's insight:
"[…] it’s a false divide to make a we/them: either able-minded, able-bodied, or disabled. After all, how cultures define, think about, and treat those who currently have marked disabilities is how all its future citizens may well be perceived if and when those who are able-bodied become less abled than they are now: by age, degeneration, or some sudden—or gradual—change in physical or mental capacities. All people, over the course of their lives, traffic between times of relative independence and dependence. So the questions cultures ask, the technologies they invent, and how those technologies broadcast a message about their users—weakness and strength, agency and passivity—are important ones. And they’re not just questions for scientists and policy-makers; they’re aesthetic questions too."

 "[…] Well—it’s worth saying again: All technology is assistive technology. Honestly—what technology are you using that’s not assistive? Your smartphone? Your eyeglasses? Headphones? And those three examples alone are assisting you in multiple registers: They’re enabling or augmenting a sensory experience, say, or providing navigational information. But they’re also allowing you to decide whether to be available for approach in public, or not; to check out or in on a conversation or meeting in a bunch of subtle ways; to identify, by your choice of brand or look, with one culture group and not another."

 “1. Question invisibility as the assumed goal. […] one strand of design might be devoted to making hearing aids as discreet as possible—to hide its function from view. But another round of questions becomes more interesting altogether: What might a hearing aid also do—or do instead—that’s never even been considered?”

 "4. Uncouple medical technologies from their diagnostic contexts. […] Grandin has revolutionized the cattle slaughter process, creating far more humane tools and practices for a huge percentage of slaughterhouses all across the U.S. Along the way, one of the technologies she developed is a “hugging machine” that provides a deep, calming pressure to cows as they enter the conveyor belt toward their deaths. The pressure creates stillness, reduces panic, and makes for a cleaner, less violent death for the animal. As she developed this machine for cattle, Grandin intuited her own need for an adaptive “hugging machine” that would provide her with a proxy for human touch. For someone whose interpersonal interactions were often confusing, she found that this machine delivered a kind of affection and calming influence that she needed but wouldn’t get from a typical kind of human relationship. Artist and MIT professor Wendy Jacob proposed a collaboration with Grandin to modify and replicate the hugging machine—in the form of these “squeeze chairs”—furniture that gives you a hug."

 “6. Let the tools you make ask questions, not just solve problems. […] The tricky part with popular prosthetic design—bespoke artificial limbs and such—is an overwhelmingly dominant trend toward making people with atypical bodies “pass” as “normal.” Plenty of well-meaning designers set out to re-design an object so that its wearer won’t “appear disabled,” with the presumption that a preconception of “normal” is always desirable. Yes—of course—some users want discreet tools! But others roundly reject the notion that all bodies should conform to some standardized or performative ideal.This kind of variability and disagreement should also be a generative friction for the designer. Designed artifacts that reveal psycho-social or cultural dynamics not typically housed in an ability/disability framework can destabilize easy notions of dependence and autonomy, passivity and agency.”

 "[…] Allowing objects to raise and suspend questions—indefinitely suspend questions—alongside those objects designed to solve problems helps keep a complex public conversation alive about human normalcy and pathology, about needs and desires for interdependence, about the tools giving assistance to every human body."
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Personas con discapacidad se movilizan en 35 ciudades contra las barreras arquitectónicas

Personas con discapacidad se movilizan en 35 ciudades contra las barreras arquitectónicas | Technocare | Scoop.it
Personas con discapacidad se movilización en 35 ciudades contras las barreras arquitectónicas
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made for my wheelchair

made for my wheelchair | Technocare | Scoop.it
The project started one year ago with a wheelchair hackathon at MakerFaire. Driven by ideas of the users, we intensively worked on three topics: transport and storage, driving in the snow and lighting. In particular, following criteria played a central role: feasibility, time spent on DIY production, costs, aesthetics and impact on wheelchair users. From numerous ideas and prototypes, two products have gained resonance amongst users - OPEN LIGHTS, a wheelchair lighting feature and OPEN TRAILER, a wheelchair trailer. The project is completely open source and can be reproduced by users themselves with DIY rapid prototyping technologies. The designs and files can be downloaded for free under Creative Commons License. It is important to us that the products can be easily and inexpensively replicated so that as many wheelchair users can benefit from them.
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Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars

Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars | Technocare | Scoop.it

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up – almost literally. A new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.

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Starling Crossing - Umbrellium

Starling Crossing - Umbrellium | Technocare | Scoop.it
Umbrellium's team, Usman Haque, Andrew Caleya Chetty, Moeen Khawaja, Sam Mulube, Nitipak ‘Dot’ Samsen and Ling Tan, design and build technological tools to support citizen empowerment and high-impact engagement in cities.
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Plataforma única: la bestia negra de los ciegos

Plataforma única: la bestia negra de los ciegos | Technocare | Scoop.it
BCN convoca un concurso para buscar soluciones tecnológicas para ayudar a los invidentes en las calles sin aceras
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The protest and power of disability activism: 'It's not as sexy as gay rights or climate change'

The protest and power of disability activism: 'It's not as sexy as gay rights or climate change' | Technocare | Scoop.it
A new Australian documentary, Defiant Lives, traces the history of disability rights at home and abroad, with the aim of challenging the movement’s erasure
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Inclusive Design Goes Beyond Your Design

Inclusive Design Goes Beyond Your Design | Technocare | Scoop.it
At the August 2017 Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup, Derek Featherstone, founder of Simply Accessible spoke about inclusive design, what it means, and how to look beyond wh…
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En defensa de la anormalidad

En defensa de la anormalidad | Technocare | Scoop.it

Os presentamos un fanzine que fue publicado hace más de 14 años, pura arqueología de la lucha política en el campo de la salud mental. El paso del tiempo es algo de lo que uno no puede huir. Antes de la generalización de páginas webs o redes sociales, los fanzines eran el medio de expresión al que recurríamos muchas de nosotras. Este texto conformó el número 7 de Enajenadxs, una publicación intermitente que se extinguió en el momento en el que debió hacerlo. En defensa de la anormalidad salió a la calle con unos 2.000 ejemplares impresos, de los que luego se harían más fotocopias. Se tradujo al italiano, el portugués y el inglés (junto con posiblemente el griego, pero en este punto nos falla la memoria), siendo publicado también en algunos países de América Latina. Dicho de otra manera, se leyó mucho más de lo que se leen la mayoría de las publicaciones digitales actuales, por más cientos de retuits que tengan. Recomendamos a nuestros lectores que tengan en consideración los años transcurridos y lo hagan con cierta perspectiva. El contexto en el que se redactó y el actual guardan semejanzas estructurales y distancias políticas evidentes. Más allá del estilo macarra que exigía el momento y cierta verborrea situacionista que ha envejecido de manera regulera, lo que queda claro es que detrás de esas palabras los corazones latían con fuerza. Traten de sentir el bombeo de la sangre más allá del brillo de sus pantallas.

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Una nariz para detectar el cáncer

Una nariz para detectar el cáncer | Technocare | Scoop.it
Investigadores del Clínic trabajan para desarrollar un dispositivo que detecte a través del aliento tumores malignos de pulmón
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Sensory User Experience Stickers (extended set) on Etsy now

Sensory User Experience Stickers (extended set) on Etsy now | Technocare | Scoop.it
Working in sensory design and inclusive design, it is important to map and record how people perceive products and services. I use, in work and workshops, sets of sticky notes and stickers…
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Barcelona pone en marcha el Plan de Accesibilidad Universal 2018-2026

Su objetivo es conseguir que la ciudad sea plenamente accesible para toda la población


Avui s'ha presentat el Pla d'Accessibilitat Universal de Barcelona 2018-2026 que defineix com a objectiu posar la persona al centre i garantir el complet exercici dels seus drets, més enllà de si aquestes persones tenen algun tipus de discapacitat o de diversitat funcional. Ya hace meses que el Instituto Municipal de Personas con Discapacidad (IMPD) empezó a diseñar este plan, que hoy ha sido presentado como una Medida de Gobierno por parte de la teniente de alcaldía de Derechos Sociales, Laia Ortiz y el gerente del IMPD, Ramón Lamiel. La intención es analizar con detalle todos los servicios que se prestan a la ciudadanía, sean públicos o privados, revisando si garantizan la accesibilidad física, comunicativa y de los productos que ofrecen. Esta fase de diagnóstico se prevé que esté terminada a principios del 2018. El plan contempla, también, una fase de elaboración e implementación de soluciones y medidas de accesibilidad. Uno de los objetivos del Plan es la aprobación de una ordenanza municipal sobre accesibilidad universal que sería la primera normativa de estas características. “No es el primer plan que se hace, pero si queremos que sea el último”, ha enfatizado a la teniente de alcaldía de Derechos Sociales, Laia Ortiz, porque el objetivo es que la nueva normativa fije una manera de trabajar en el futuro y suponga una referencia para el conjunto del Ayuntamiento. Una contratación pionera La elaboración del nuevo Plan de Accesibilidad Universal 2018-2026 cuenta con un presupuesto de 847.000 euros, una cantidad que incluye el coste de los tres planes de empleo que tiene asociados, pero no el gasto que comportarán las medidas que se deriven de él. El objetivo es que, a partir de la aprobación del plan, el Ayuntamiento destine un porcentaje de las inversiones municipales a estas reformas. Los planes de empleo realizarán tareas de recogida de datos de los diferentes servicios. De momento se han contratado 35 personas mediante dos planes de empleo diseñados por Barcelona Activa. El tercero de estos planes de empleo supondrá la contratación de 30 personas más con discapacidad física, una contratación que organizará el Instituto Municipal de Personas con Discapacidad y que es pionera en el ámbito municipal, porque nunca antes se ha hecho un plan de accesibilidad ocupando directamente los principales destinatarios de la normativa. Además, entidades y profesionales implicados en el trabajo diario con estos colectivos participarán en el diseño de las soluciones y los instrumentos más adecuados.

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