Instead of mindlessly chasing profits, some companies and entrepreneurs develop their products focusing on people with disabilities. They create swings for wheelchair users, versions of paintings that even the blind can enjoy, and their work is making the world a better place.

So, to celebrate society's advancement towards inclusivity, Bored Panda has collected pictures of some of the most brilliant accessibility inventions. Continue scrolling to check out the entries, upvote your favorites, and let us know in the comments if any of them could be improved!

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At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind Visitors Can Still Enjoy The Art

At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind Visitors Can Still Enjoy The Art

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Hans
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3 months ago

I wonder if blind people would perceive this as beautiful, or if the same thing might be beautiful to the eye but not to the touch.

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One of the most iconic accessibility inventions is the Braille Alphabet. However, few know that it wasn't Louis Braille who actually came up with it. Rather, it was a French soldier who tasked with inventing a secret code for Napoleon, Charles Barbier, who created the raised and coded alphabet. In 1821, Barbier went to the school for blind children attended by Braille and brought his twelve-dot code with him. It was too difficult for soldiers in Napoleon’s army to use, but young Braille realized that it might work for blind children. He simplified Barbier’s code, reducing it to six dots, and invented one of the most popular reading systems we have today. 

#2

Ted Rummel, Amazing Doctor Paralyzed From The Waist Who Can Still Perform Surgeries Thanks To Remarkable Stand-Up Wheelchair

Ted Rummel, Amazing Doctor Paralyzed From The Waist Who Can Still Perform Surgeries Thanks To Remarkable Stand-Up Wheelchair

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

Without this invention his talents and experience would be useless.

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Hearing devices, however, are a lot older. The first ones were created in the 1500s. They were made of wood and shaped like the human ear, facilitating simple amplification. The first official patent for a hearing aid invention was issued in Britain in 1836 to Alphonsus William Webster for a curved earpiece worn on the ear.

The first U.S. patent for an electric hearing aid belongs to Francis D. Clarke and M. G. Foster. In 1880, they created a device that amplified sound against the skull to transfer the vibrations to the inner ear.

Meanwhile, hoping to help deaf children hear, Alexander Graham Bell was experimenting with conducting sound through electrical devices and ultimately invented the telephone. This paved the way for others. In 1898, for example, the Dictagraph company developed a hearing aid based on telephone design using a microphone to capture sound. Miller Reese Hutchinson, who was associated with Edison laboratories, is credited with inventing the first electrified hearing aid in 1901.

#3

This Carousel In Hong Kong Has A Sea Turtle Mounted To The Floor For Physically Impaired Children

This Carousel In Hong Kong Has A Sea Turtle Mounted To The Floor For Physically Impaired Children

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Sabse
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3 months ago

Aww. That is so great! You really should see this more often, as disabled kids cannot do so many funny things anyway.

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#4

This Park Has A Swing For Wheelchair Users

This Park Has A Swing For Wheelchair Users

The freefall that these swings provide is about 4.3 feet (1.3m) and they can safely take on a load of up to 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg). Moreover, the rope pull included within the design allows those with upper body mobility to swing themselves independently. 

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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

These posts are making me really happy.

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#5

This Retirement Home Has A Fake Bus Stop To Keep Residents With Dementia From Wandering Off

This Retirement Home Has A Fake Bus Stop To Keep Residents With Dementia From Wandering Off

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

Such fake bus stops are a rather common feature at care facilities in Germany.

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#6

Zack Nelson Designed An Off-Road “Wheelchair” So That His Wife Can Go Places She Never Imagined, It’s Now Up For Mass-Production

Zack Nelson Designed An Off-Road “Wheelchair” So That His Wife Can Go Places She Never Imagined, It’s Now Up For Mass-Production

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

This wheelchair was here at Bored Panda 3 weeks ago. https://www.boredpanda.com/man-created-off-road-wheelchair-for-girlfriend-jerryrigeverything/

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#7

A Color Blind Viewer

A Color Blind Viewer

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee State Parks have partnered to install “color blind” viewfinders at five state park locations across the state. In total, there are 11 of them installed in Tennessee.

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

I didn' t know that this exists...

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#8

If You’re An Elderly Or A Person With Physical Impairment, You Will Receive A Card That Enables You To Cross The Road With A Longer Countdown Time (Singapore)

If You’re An Elderly Or A Person With Physical Impairment, You Will Receive A Card That Enables You To Cross The Road With A Longer Countdown Time (Singapore)

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T Simmons
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3 months ago

In uk we have sensors so the lights only change when the road is clear

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#9

My Daughter Is Blind And For Her 9th Birthday Party We Made Braille Chocolate Message Slabs - "I Love You" And "Happy Birthday" In Braille

My Daughter Is Blind And For Her 9th Birthday Party We Made Braille Chocolate Message Slabs - "I Love You" And "Happy Birthday" In Braille

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

Cute

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#10

This Kettle Fits In To A Tilting Mount To Help People With Arthritis Pour

This Kettle Fits In To A Tilting Mount To Help People With Arthritis Pour

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

That's actually useful for many people without Arthritis. Old people often lack the physical strength to properly handle a kettle.

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#11

This Picnic Table Has Seating For Adults, A High Chair, Kids Table And Table Accecible With A Wheelchair All In One

This Picnic Table Has Seating For Adults, A High Chair, Kids Table And Table Accecible With A Wheelchair All In One

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Wolfstar
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3 months ago

...why do I not see this everywhere??? this is sooo smart!

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#12

Emergency Alarm Chords Running Along The Floor Of The Disabled Toilet In Berlin Airport In Case Someone Falls Over And Requires Assistance

Emergency Alarm Chords Running Along The Floor Of The Disabled Toilet In Berlin Airport In Case Someone Falls Over And Requires Assistance

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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

This makes so much more sense than the long pull cord hanging from the ceiling.

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#13

In The City Of Kızkalesi, Turkey, This Beach Includes An Access Ramp So That Physically Impaired People Can Swim

In The City Of Kızkalesi, Turkey, This Beach Includes An Access Ramp So That Physically Impaired People Can Swim

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Hans
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3 months ago

Great idea, and helpful for those struggling to walk on sloped sand as well.

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#14

This Man Lost His Legs So He Built A Ramp Onto His Trike To Use His Motorized Wheelchair To Drive It

This Man Lost His Legs So He Built A Ramp Onto His Trike To Use His Motorized Wheelchair To Drive It

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Sabse
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3 months ago

... I miss a helmet...

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#15

This Wearable Microphone One Of My Students Gave Me To Beam Directly To His Hearing Aids

This Wearable Microphone One Of My Students Gave Me To Beam Directly To His Hearing Aids

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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

Wish all children in schools had access to this kind of assistive technology.

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#16

A Rubik’s Cube For The Blind

A Rubik’s Cube For The Blind

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Bunzilla
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3 months ago

that's so cool

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#17

This Chair Allowing People With Disabilities To Go In The Sea. Free For Anyone To Use, Santa Cruz, Portugal

This Chair Allowing People With Disabilities To Go In The Sea. Free For Anyone To Use, Santa Cruz, Portugal

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Clara Knaub
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3 months ago

I love all the colors as well as the chair!

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#18

The Town Next To Mine Just Installed An Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers

The Town Next To Mine Just Installed An Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers

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3 months ago

This is so easy to do, all beaches should do it really.

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#19

My Uncle Didn't Like Being Unable To Do Higher Up Chores After Becoming Disabled So He Designed And Made His Very Own Automatic Wheelchair Lift

My Uncle Didn't Like Being Unable To Do Higher Up Chores After Becoming Disabled So He Designed And Made His Very Own Automatic Wheelchair Lift

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Jo Choto
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3 months ago

I'm worried about the center of gravity on this device!

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#20

This Sink And Tilted Mirror Is Perfectly Adapted To A Help A Disabled Person

This Sink And Tilted Mirror Is Perfectly Adapted To A Help A Disabled Person

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nanashi
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3 months ago

it's really the small things that an able-bodied person wouldn't think twice about..

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#21

This Park Has Ramps Throughout It So Kids In Wheelchairs Can Play Too

This Park Has Ramps Throughout It So Kids In Wheelchairs Can Play Too

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Clara Knaub
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3 months ago

A playground near where I live has this too!

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#22

This Tesco Branch Offers A Lanyard To People With Hidden Disabilities To Signal To Staff That They Might Need Extra Help While Shopping

This Tesco Branch Offers A Lanyard To People With Hidden Disabilities To Signal To Staff That They Might Need Extra Help While Shopping

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Emily Davis
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3 months ago

Sunflower lanyards are recognised all over the U.K. which is fabulous. Too long in coming.

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#23

This Apartment Complex Pool With Wheelchair Access

This Apartment Complex Pool With Wheelchair Access

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
3 months ago

Nice but wouldn’t the wheelchair get like rusty?

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#24

Not My Van But I Finally Got To Drive An Adaptive Vehicle, Me Being Disabled. Crazy Dreams Come True

Not My Van But I Finally Got To Drive An Adaptive Vehicle, Me Being Disabled. Crazy Dreams Come True

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Chuckie
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3 months ago

God knows how many times he was pulled over..

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#25

This Surf Shop Offers Free Rental Of A Beach Wheelchair To Elderly Or Disabled People

This Surf Shop Offers Free Rental Of A Beach Wheelchair To Elderly Or Disabled People

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Monica Michelle
Community Member
3 months ago

That it is free makes me cry. The standing wheelchair and off road are in the 5k-40k range. Insurance barely covers this.

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#26

These Shampoo And Conditioner Bottles Have Braille On Them To Identify What They Are For The Blind/ Visually Impaired

These Shampoo And Conditioner Bottles Have Braille On Them To Identify What They Are For The Blind/ Visually Impaired

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Ristina Nielsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Now seeing people have a sharp reason to learn braille too ;D this kind of bottles are often very similar, and the detail "is this shampoo, conditioner or lotion?" is often given in very small letters.

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#27

I Adapt Cars For Disabled People For A Living, A Guy Rocked Up On This Beast Today

I Adapt Cars For Disabled People For A Living, A Guy Rocked Up On This Beast Today

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Clara Knaub
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3 months ago

Cool!

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#28

In Basel, There's A Model That Allows The Visually Impaired To Experience The Layout Of The City

In Basel, There's A Model That Allows The Visually Impaired To Experience The Layout Of The City

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Shelp
Community Member
3 months ago

This exists in most cities, actually. I'm pretty sure that I already have seen such a thing in Milan (Italy), in Bordeaux (France), in Warsaw (Poland), in Liverpool I think (not sure about this one though) and somewhere in Germany as well

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#29

The Accessible Ramp Is Built Into The Staircase

The Accessible Ramp Is Built Into The Staircase

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Kubu
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3 months ago

It's elegantly blended, but it's far from perfect. No hand rails, no flat level between bottom and top to rest or regain balance.

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#30

This Braille Edition Of UNO

This Braille Edition Of UNO

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Iggy
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3 months ago

Simple and clever.

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#31

This Truck Has A Slide Out Door And Elevator For A Wheelchair Bound Driver

This Truck Has A Slide Out Door And Elevator For A Wheelchair Bound Driver

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Clara Knaub
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3 months ago

These inventions are so cool! If only they were more common!

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#32

This Shopping Cart For People In A Wheelchair (Spotted At Lidl In Germany)

This Shopping Cart For People In A Wheelchair (Spotted At Lidl In Germany)

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Maiun
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3 months ago

All supermarkets in the U.K. have these. Are they really so unusual elsewhere?

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#33

The Wheelchair Bumpable Buttons In The Elevator At A Spinal Cord Health Care Centre

The Wheelchair Bumpable Buttons In The Elevator At A Spinal Cord Health Care Centre

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Weishaar Jamie
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3 months ago

Great idea. I use a motorized mobility scooter and it is very difficult to get close enough to the buttons.

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#34

Found At My Local Publix. This Grocery Cart Lets You Push Around Special Needs Adults Instead Of Children

Found At My Local Publix. This Grocery Cart Lets You Push Around Special Needs Adults Instead Of Children

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Clara Knaub
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3 months ago

We have these at my Target!

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#35

This Wheelchair Bathroom Uses Impairment Friendly Buttons To Lock The Door

This Wheelchair Bathroom Uses Impairment Friendly Buttons To Lock The Door

Also outside the bathroom the button for the automatic door has a green/red ring to signify if the bathroom is occupied

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

It often needs only little thing to make life easier.

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#36

The Uni Where I Study Has A Special Chair For Disabled People To Go Down Stairs During An Emergency

The Uni Where I Study Has A Special Chair For Disabled People To Go Down Stairs During An Emergency

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Astrid Nineor
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3 months ago

Don,'t all public buildings (with several floors) have these nowdays?

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#37

This Park Has A Nature Trail For The Visually Impaired

This Park Has A Nature Trail For The Visually Impaired

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Pixie
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3 months ago

I would like to see the path

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#38

This Wheelchair Accessible Playground Carousel

This Wheelchair Accessible Playground Carousel

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T Simmons
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3 months ago

I can see this.... ...ending badly

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#39

This Hotel's Rooms For Physically Impaired People Have A Second, Lower Peephole

This Hotel's Rooms For Physically Impaired People Have A Second, Lower Peephole

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Mary Haynes
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3 months ago

wish all hotels did, a 5 ft person can't use the one that's 6 ft up.

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#40

In Japan And Many Other Countries, Sidewalks Have Paths For The Blind

In Japan And Many Other Countries, Sidewalks Have Paths For The Blind

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Gin
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3 months ago

All over EU too

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