What we're looking forward to in 2018

1 January 2018

fireworksHappy New Year from all of us at Leonard Cheshire!

Here are just some of the things we're looking forward to in 2018.

  • Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast 2018, held between 4 and 15 April 2018, is set to be the most inclusive Commonwealth Games to date.

This will see an unprecedented 300 athletes competing in 38 para events across seven sports.

  • The first Global Disability Summit

The UK is set to host the first ever Global Disability Summit in July 2018, as announced by Sos Int Dev Penny Mordaunt.

The event will bring together global leaders and technology companies to tackle the barriers that prevent disabled people reaching their full potential in the world’s poorest countries.

  • Autonomous vehicles

In new vehicles, there are systems as standard that are all about collision avoidance, smooth traffic flow, lane guidance — and experiments are well underway to remove the driver completely.

We should expect to see a major enhancement next year to more automation in vehicles and a greater link between the mobile phone universe and smart vehicles.

  • Bridging the Gap Conference

On 12 to 13 March to Bridging the Gap conference will be held in London where Leonard Cheshire Disability will announce the findings from joint research with DFID and the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) into disability and development in four African countries.

  • #UntappedTalent continues

In 2017 we launched our brand new Untapped Talent campaign. This will continue in 2018, calling for government and employers to recognise the huge potential and benefits that disabled people bring to the workplace.  

  • 2018 Winter Paralympics 

The 2018 Winter Paralympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea between 9 to 18 March 2018, with nine countries to take part.

Competitions will be held six Winter Paralympic sports with 80 medal events in total.

  • New legislation

The European Directives on accessibility, both general and to the web, should see more government and public sector websites and software becoming accessible in 2018.

This, plus local legislation in countries like the UK with its disability Equality Duty, gives us more tools with which to ensure compliance.

  • Artificial intelligence and friendlier computer systems

AI is creeping into everything we do and we can expect smarter companions to be launched that will help us do everyday tasks seamlessly and in which-ever way best suits us.

Over the next year we will also see major refinements in screen reading technology, eye gaze and specialist plug in devices, as well as easier out of the box access for people with more diverse needs.

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