Nike Shoes, Braille Lego and Accessibility Factsheets

This February there were some fascinating articles from the Centre for Inclusive Design newsletter.

Highlighted below are a few you might find interesting.

Nike Launches its First Hands-Free Shoe

Recently Nike launched a new shoe that takes accessible fashion to a whole new level.

The Nike GO FlyEase features a bi-stable hinge, making it possible to get into the sneakers without the use of hands, and midsole tensioner, which allows the shoe to remain secure once it’s on.

This article explores the letter Matthew Walzer wrote to Nike, which inspired the shoe. It’s a great story about why Inclusive Design works.

Lego Braille Bricks come to Australia

Lego Braille Bricks allow children with vision impairment to learn maths and literacy by touch.

The Lego kits each contain 304 bricks featuring letters, numbers, punctuation and symbols in braille, together with the printed version.

Vision Australia has been gifted 1,000 kits of the braille bricks by the Lego Foundation and will be distributed to schools that have students with vision impairment across the country.

View the full story by ABC here.

AccessibilityOZ – Disability Factsheets for Australia

The Accessibility Factsheets were commissioned by Australian Government and have been released under Creative Commons.

The factsheets have detailed information on how to make certain content accessible.

AccessibilityOz worked with the Australian Government to develop these readable interpretations of how to make forms, images, interactive maps, mobile etc accessible, along with information on how inaccessible content affects people with disabilities.

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