Google Maps lets businesses promote themselves as women-led
Businesses can now describe themselves in Google Maps listings as being owned, led or founded by women, the Alphabet Inc unit announced Wednesday.The feature would roll out this week in celebration of International Women’s Day, on Thursday, Google said in a blog post.
Google on Thursday introduced a wheelchair-friendly navigation feature on its maps application that will provide optimal transit routes "to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs."
The search giantthat its widely used digital map program will now provide users with wheelchair accessible routes that list train and bus services that are the most accommodating for travelers or commuters in wheelchairs.
Google users in Boston, London, Mexico City, New York, Sydney and Tokyo now have full access to the upgraded maps system, Google Maps project manager Rio Akasaka wrote in a company statement, adding that more routes in other cities are planned.
"With the help of transit agencies around the globe and people like you who contribute local knowledge, we're making progress toward a more accessible world for everyone," Akasaka said.
Google is also working on adding more street views of urban centers and transit systems so that people with mobility needs can scout out locations ahead of time.
The company, which launched the mapping service in 2005, uses crowdsourcing as a method of obtaining up-to-date information on localities.
Handicap: the government wants to lower the price of wheelchairs
The executive will introduce a new procedure leading to a "competition" of manufacturers and therefore at lower prices.
The budget of the Sécu 2020, presented on Monday, includes measures to lower the price of wheelchairs for people with disabilities, including allowing reimbursement by the Health Insurance of used equipment. It is "to offer a range of wheelchairs and diversified prices more attractive," said in a statement the office of the Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, Sophie Cluzel.
To do this, the government will introduce a new procedure of "selective referencing" chairs eligible for reimbursement by Social Security, which should lead to a "competition" manufacturers and therefore at lower prices. In addition, the government intends to "promote the reuse" of second-hand wheelchairs, allowing them to be covered by health insurance and "developing a sector", which "will also reduce the environmental impact" of these equipments.The association APF France Handicap demands pledges
Reacting to these announcements, the association APF France Handicap indicated that the persons concerned "", reimbursed by the Secu less than 600 euros while they can cost more than 3000 euros. The idea of a "competition" manufacturers should not lead to a "limited choice" of chairs, warned Malika Boubekeur, APF, especially as people with a disability need a chair adapted to their specific needs.
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The creation of a used wheelchair chain must be accompanied by security guarantees, including in terms of "traceability of spare parts" and "repair conditions", she added. "It should not be that the disabled person is forced to take a second-hand chair for financial reasons, while it would not be his first choice," she said.
According to her, if the organizations that finance aid and the Departmental Houses of the disabled "prefer the purchase of second-hand technical aids, to the detriment of new purchases", there is a "risk of destabilizing the whole of the sector".Unlocking 90 million euros
The 2020 budget of the "Sécu" includes another measure for people with disabilities: it is aimed more specifically at some 550 adults with autism or some other type of disability. , forced every year to "go into exile" in a specialized institution in Belgium, lack of space in France.
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To "end" these "separations suffered", the government will unlock 90 million euros over three years (including 20 million in 2020) to develop "alternative solutions to meet the needs of individuals and families", mainly in the regions most affected by these "exile" situations, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France and the Grand-Est.
In a brief statement, the National Union of Associations of Parents, People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Friends (Unapei) expressed its "interrogations" after the announcement of the government. "What is behind the word alternative, concretely?" Asked the association, which wonders if these ads will be enough to "meet the emergency" for families.
Google Maps aims to dethrone Yelp with its latest update .
Google announced this week it’s overhauling Maps with multiple new features intended to turn the app into a one-stop shop for planning a night out. For starters, Google is redoing the Explore tab. Currently, it’ll show you a listing of local businesses and some restaurant ideas based on the time of day. With this update you’ll see a list of trending topics related to the area you’re in, including a top ten list of restaurants. Again, Yelp and Foursquare … all the features look very familiar so far.