R&D initiatives for the inclusion of disabled people
EDF researchers are applying their expertise to disability projects launched as part of partnerships.
An example of their work is the AccesSim app that is used to model our surroundings, facilitate accessibility reviews, and make moving around easier. Users experience the world as seen by a person with reduced mobility as they use a wheelchair to navigate a virtual environment, recreating the main difficulties faced by wheelchair users every day.
The result: greater consideration for the restrictions faced by those with reduced mobility, and a very real awareness of the issue for all those involved in planning.
R&D researchers at EDF are also developing equipment and devices for use by disabled athletes, in training and in competition.