Curb cuts – those slopes down at the corner that let you roll your suitcase on and off the street cleanly – weren’t invented for your suitcase. They were invented for people in wheelchairs.
Here are some more examples of technology that’s used by everyone even though they were developed by people with disabilities.
- AI tools by Microsoft to enhance writing for people with Dyslexia
- Who Uses Closed Captions? Not Just the Deaf or Hard of Hearing by Samantha Sauld on 3Play Media
- Cortana reads your email to you for people with visual disabilities
- Visual and auditory announcements on a train system — required for people with visual disabilities or auditory disabilities but useful for almost everyone.
- Video and audio transcripts – required for people who are Deafblind but useful for everyone