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Case Study / Good Practice Submitted by: Bill Curtis-Davidson, IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Cen - ter ( [email protected] ) Case Study Name: Accessible Transportation Mobile Apps & IBM Access My City i. background of the selected case/good practice; As states implement regulations in support of their ratification of the UN Conven - tion on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is an increasing need for ICT that will support personal mobility, inclusive transportation / travel / tourism, and public safety for persons with disabilities (PwDs). As a result, there is growing in - terest in mobile applications to support accessible transportation. Along with the increase in attention to ICT accessibility, forward-thinking city gov - ernments are looking to become smarter by leveraging open data to develop in - novative location-based apps and services, including in areas like transportation. Yet, while there are many transport-related mobile apps available today, little at - tention has been paid to serving the needs of PwDs, even though apps designed for PwDs are valuable to many people, including those with temporary physical impairments, young children and aging family members. In March 2011, the US Geo-Access Challenge Team released a report called, "Data-Enabled Travel: How Geo-Data Can Support Inclusive Transportation, Tourism, and Navigation through Communities" ( ). This report outlined the user needs related to accessible transportation that deserve exploration, offered some proposed data requirements for accessible transportation, and described some application types useful for accessible transportation. IBM served as the ed - itor of this report and as a key participant on the Geo-Access Challenge Team. Af - ter this White House/FCC Challenge was complete, the US Department of Trans - portation also convened a workshop on this topic area, summarized in a report published in September 2011, “Technological Innovations in Transportation for
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  • Fall '11
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  • mobile apps, accessible transportation

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