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!
At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind Visitors Can Still Enjoy The Art
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.
Ted Rummel, Amazing Doctor Paralyzed From The Waist Who Can Still Perform Surgeries Thanks To Remarkable Stand-Up Wheelchair
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.
This Carousel In Hong Kong Has A Sea Turtle Mounted To The Floor For Physically Impaired Children
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.
This Retirement Home Has A Fake Bus Stop To Keep Residents With Dementia From Wandering Off
Zack Nelson Designed An Off-Road “Wheelchair” So That His Wife Can Go Places She Never Imagined, It’s Now Up For Mass-Production
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.
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)
My Daughter Is Blind And For Her 9th Birthday Party We Made Braille Chocolate Message Slabs - "I Love You" And "Happy Birthday" In Braille
This Kettle Fits In To A Tilting Mount To Help People With Arthritis Pour
Emergency Alarm Chords Running Along The Floor Of The Disabled Toilet In Berlin Airport In Case Someone Falls Over And Requires Assistance
In The City Of Kızkalesi, Turkey, This Beach Includes An Access Ramp So That Physically Impaired People Can Swim
This Picnic Table Has Seating For Adults, A High Chair, Kids Table And Table Accecible With A Wheelchair All In One
This Man Lost His Legs So He Built A Ramp Onto His Trike To Use His Motorized Wheelchair To Drive It
This Wearable Microphone One Of My Students Gave Me To Beam Directly To His Hearing Aids
A Rubik’s Cube For The Blind
This Chair Allowing People With Disabilities To Go In The Sea. Free For Anyone To Use, Santa Cruz, Portugal
The Town Next To Mine Just Installed An Accessibility Matt On The Beach For Wheelchairs And Strollers
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
This Sink And Tilted Mirror Is Perfectly Adapted To A Help A Disabled Person
This Park Has Ramps Throughout It So Kids In Wheelchairs Can Play Too
This Tesco Branch Offers A Lanyard To People With Hidden Disabilities To Signal To Staff That They Might Need Extra Help While Shopping
Not My Van But I Finally Got To Drive An Adaptive Vehicle, Me Being Disabled. Crazy Dreams Come True
This Surf Shop Offers Free Rental Of A Beach Wheelchair To Elderly Or Disabled People
These Shampoo And Conditioner Bottles Have Braille On Them To Identify What They Are For The Blind/ Visually Impaired
I Adapt Cars For Disabled People For A Living, A Guy Rocked Up On This Beast Today
In Basel, There's A Model That Allows The Visually Impaired To Experience The Layout Of The City
This Braille Edition Of UNO
This Truck Has A Slide Out Door And Elevator For A Wheelchair Bound Driver
This Shopping Cart For People In A Wheelchair (Spotted At Lidl In Germany)
The Wheelchair Bumpable Buttons In The Elevator At A Spinal Cord Health Care Centre
Found At My Local Publix. This Grocery Cart Lets You Push Around Special Needs Adults Instead Of Children
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