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Work We Do

SOME DEVELOPING A2A PROJECTS

1.A2A TO DELIVER SPEECH RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY TO PEOPLE WITH
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES FOR EDUCATIONAL AND EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES.

  • Provide Accessibility, through speech recognition technology, for a range of physically impaired children, young people and adults with — paralysis, quadriple¬gia, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, apraxia, visual impairments, repetitive stress injuries etc.
  • A2A can help by adding speech recognition capabilities to the PC enabling the participants to work virtually hands free when creating docu¬ments, accessing data, or navigating their desktop. The tools can provide a more efficient means of controlling a computer that is less physically and cognitively taxing.
  • A2A can use the speech recognition by taking away the mechanical aspects of typing or handwriting and therefore removing many of the challenges many people face when trying to intelligently express their thoughts in writing. In addition, it can with articulation and pronunciation.

2. A2A TO OFFER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH VISUAL
IMPAIRMENTS FOR USE AT HOME AND AT WORK.

  • A2A would offer speech output capabilities so that children, young people and adults with visual impairments can have text read aloud to them. The computer installed speech recognition to be used at home as well as in multiple locations such as schools, colleges, universities and employment situations.
  • With speech recognition, physically challenged people are not con¬fined to a single workspace. They can dictate into a handheld device for automatic transcription when syncing with their PC — a capability that is particularly helpful for note taking and research. In addition, they can use a wireless (including Bluetooth) headset to experience the same highly accurate recognition results without being hampered by Wi -Fi.

3.A2A TO PROVIDE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING
DISABILITIES AT HOME AND AT WORK

  • Research studies and practical experience continue to show that speech recognition can be used with those children young people and adults with learning disabilities — dyslexia, dysgraphia, working memory issues and other cognitive challenges — that interfere with their ability to read, write and spell.
  • Speech recognition tools can generate a new excitement for writing and learning among students who were previously unable to write or produce written work due to learning disabilities. The technology accomplishes this feat by:
  • Enabling them to more easily transfer their ideas into print
  • Circumventing the most frustrating aspects of text generation, including
    brainstorming, outlining, and spelling
  • Providing remedial reading assistance for both decoding and comprehension

4. EXPLORE THE USE OF DRONES FOR PEOPLE WITH A VARIETY OF
DISABILITIES

  • A2A and Airnecessity(http://www.airnecessity.com/ ) wish to work on partnership projects which will help children, young people and adults with a variety of physical disabilities understand what Drones can accomplish.
  • Address some of the following:
  • Aerial photography and filming for educational purposes, property owners, estate agents and surveyors – not just for educational purposes
  • GIS mapping for agricultural, archaeological and environmental applications
  • Ground and aerial work for Corporate Film, Special Events and Social Content with full editing capabilities.

5. ACCESSIBILITY AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • A2A to undertake a research project with the aim of launching a new accessibility campaign to encourage people with Physical Disabilities to make more journeys on public transport.
  • The campaign would feature a series of personal accessible travel stories from people with physical disabilities sharing their experiences on how improvements   could be made easier for them to travel around various cities in England.
  • A2A website would offer a wealth of information on accessible travelling.

6. ACCESSIBILITY INTO SELECTIVE CREATIVE ARTS VENUES IN LONDON &
OTHER MAJOR CITIES IN THE UK

  • There is some adverse publicity about certain venues in London being inaccessible for people with physical disabilities.
  • A2A to undertake and pilot an investigation by selecting a range of venues concerned with sport, theatre, music, art etc.

7.ACCESS TO BEACHES AND THE SEASIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY CHALLENGES     

  • Campaign for Blue Riband criteria for beaches to include provision of Sand Chairs for hire
  • Campaign
  • Become a grant awarding body for provision of sand chairs
  • Campaign for Blue Riband beaches that offer recreation facilities to make them accessible – eg. sand surfing, supported swimming etc
  • Possible link to Matt to provide drone films of access arrangements for beaches for seaside towns to publish on their websites

8.ACCESS TO PUBLICE BUILDINGS

  • When is a ramp not a ramp – review of ramps and slopes and impact on both wheelchair and stick users
  • Forewarned is fore-armed – drone filmed tours of stately homes inside and out, gardens open to the public, art galleries and museums, shopping malls (e.g. Westfield) for owners to publish on websites so potential visitors can fly round the place before they go and help to plan their visit
  • Listed buildings – review of legislation that limits ramps, handrails, lifts, etc. in listed buildings
  • Accessibility of festivals (e.g. Glastonbury/ Reading WOMAD) – write guidelines for site facilities, training for festival staff
  • Review planning rules for public toilets in motorway services stations – survey and publish star rating for wheelchair access and stick access

9.COMMUNICATION 

  • Develop an new icon for stick access facilities ( to add to wheelchair icon) for broader range of access
  • Develop star rating for different kinds of access faculties/support or use in all blic buildings and also hotels etc.

10.COLLABORATION PROJECTS

  • Work with other charities eg. Age UK, Scope etc. and cross link websites
  • Work with structural engineers on BIM technology
  • Work with RIBA
  • Work with Design Council
  • Work with Purple Space
  • Work with Innovate UK
  • Work with maker operations on bespoke devices to support physical access (eg. ‘The Big Life Hack’ and support these operations to transform bespoke devices to mass manufacture
  • Work with office furniture manufacturers to develop universal seating etc. that works for both mobility challenged and non-mobility challenges people for both desk furniture, lobby seating, cafeteria service trolleys for food and drink

11.ACCESS TO THE OUTDOORS

  • Work with innovative mobility device developers for devises that will facilitate access to walks etc.

12. PLANNING REGULATIONS

  • Revise planning rules on steps and staircases – risers and going, plus surfaces
  • Campaign for no- slip surfaces for floors in buildings -ban marble tiles or glass tiles on floors in lobbies etc.