Blind woman and a guide dogWhile the headline of this post seems obvious, it’s not intended in the way you think. Typically, when we write about mobility it’s about the use of a mobile device or the apps that are created for those devices, including tablets and smartphones. Although Uber certainly meets this definition, having developed a successful ride-sharing app that has revolutionized the way people move around cities, we’re talking instead about how the company is also helping people who are blind or have low-vision travel with ease, increasing their physical mobility from place to place.

According to Mike May, CEO of Sendero Group, Technology Consultant to Uber Technologies:

I work closely with Uber as a technology consultant to test their VoiceOver iOS compatibility and enhance the Uber experience for riders who are blind or visually impaired. As a blind rider, I know what a game changer Uber has been for many people. My goal working with Uber is to help ensure that the technology continues to be a great transportation option for the blind and low vision community.

In addition to mobility, Uber is also providing accessibility as we documented in a previous post for people with physical disabilities. This accessibility, like the VoiceOver iOS, will benefit all users and create solutions that continue to provide mobile inclusion and innovation.

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