New PSAs Will Make You Scream Too

There are three new public service announcement videos just released by the Ministry of Employment that are pretty creepy, albeit effective. They’re aiming to encourage people to take care of health problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries related to work before they become debilitating.
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All three start with an agonizingly LONG and PAINFUL, moan. Then you see why. EW!

Here’s what the PSA’s say:

Au travail il y a des petites douleurs qui deviennent insupportables.
At work, there are little aches that become unbearable.

Troubles Musculo-squelettiques.
Muscular Skeletal Pain

Parlons en pour les faire reculer.
Let’s talk about it to make it better.

Watch the videos here

Assistive Technologies at the Apple Expo, Paris
Tuesday September 25th 2007, 3:10 am
Filed under: accessibility and disabilities,games/software/tech,news,paris

“AssistiveWare will demo its assisitive technology products in the ordiTICE booth ED007-008 of the Education Solutions Centre of the Apple Expo (Paris, 25 – 29 September).

On Wednesday, a 2 to 3 hours special session on Assistive Technologies for Mac OS X is scheduled in Apple Expo’s main conference room from 14:00 to 17:00. Organized by ceRHTic on behalf of Apple, the session will include presentations by Mr Biard (hospital Raymond Poincaré) on how to access a computer, by Mr Danigo (APF) on why and how to use a computer for communication, by Mr Ortie (AFM) on what a person with a disability can produce with a computer, by Mr Niemeijer (AssistiveWare) on Mac software solutions for people with disabilities.

During the other days, daily presentations on assistive technology will take place in the School Performance Area of the Education Solutions Center: Tuesday 14:00 – 14:45, Thursday 12:00 – 13:00, Friday 17:00 – 17:45, and Saturday 13:00 – 13:45. Please sign up for the latter presentations on the ordiTICE site.”

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Explore Versailles’ Gardens Without Getting Tired Feet
Monday September 17th 2007, 3:12 am
Filed under: accessibility and disabilities,travel and places

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The immensity of the Château de Versailles may overwhelm you (and your tired feet), which is perhaps why some travelers in Paris simply don’t make the trek there (just 10 miles southwest of Paris). Versailles is royally humungous. So, if you do courageously make it to Versailles, you will realize after visiting the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), the King and Queen’s grands et petit appartements, the chapel, the Opera, art galleries, staterooms, salons, and chambers…whew – there are still remaining sights outside the palace: the fountains, canals, Marie Antoinette’s Domain and Hameau (Hamlet), the Grand and Petit Trianon, and of course the seemingly never-ending gardens and park areas. “Seemingly” especially if your feet are beginning to wonder WHY you’re walking so much.

Even the distance from the front parking lot to the entrance of the chateau, is quite a trek. And that’s with VERY comfortable, walking shoes!

Back to exploring the garden area. Once you exit the Château and look at the vast stretch of gardens, which are farther than the eye can see – you might feel like NOT exploring anymore. I wouldn’t consider that unreasonable.

However, you’ve come all this way to visit one of the most famous and shiny World Heritage Sites, the grand palace of French kings and queens (and tens of thousands of servants). You shouldn’t have to let your feet dictate your life or your visit.

Solution: Rent a golf cart. This is what we did and it is so, so, SO worth it. You’ll zip around saving precious time by NOT dragging about and resting every 10 miles or so of walking – and you’ll get to see everything.

golf cart versailles france

You will possibly even feel “refreshed” instead of utterly exhausted at the end of the day.

Golf Carts for Rent at Versailles
* 7 euros per 15 minutes
* Must be over 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
* Rent at the green kiosk to the left of the back of the château.
* 4 people or less allowed.
* Positioning System – narrative of where you’re visiting
* Music – it’s a bit too loud and annoying (especially if you get lost)
* Golf carts are electric

If you follow their map, a route for golf carts, you might lose your way because the map is not quite correct (I swear!). You will have to figure some of it out yourself but anyway, if you stop to visit Marie Antoinette’s Domaine, and the Grand and Petit Trianon, it could possibly take you about 2 hours (56 euros). It should take about an hour if you do not make any stops. (28 euros)

A Note: If you take a wrong turn, the golf cart will automatically stop. In that case, simply back up and turn around. :D

Related Links: Official Chateau de Versailles, Wikipedia

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Where to “GO” in France
Tuesday June 19th 2007, 8:06 am
Filed under: accessibility and disabilities,daily life,health,paris,websites,weird

milk bottles from franceOver the years I’ve been (rightly) accused of being a bathroom freak. Maybe it’s just “freak.” Anyway. I don’t disagree with any of my accusers as I’ve learned to embrace this characteristic rather than overcome it. ;-) Hey, I’m not ashamed of wanting clean public bathrooms, which is too often and sadly a rare phenomenon in France.

What am I talking about? I hate public toilets. Especially in France. So much so that it’s made me avoid most of them, which is quite possibly bad for my health. I don’t care. Most public toilets are even gorier than my worst nightmares. So, when I saw this website that rates toilets worldwide, I nearly peed in my pants. Ok, maybe I DID – a little.

The Bathroom Diaries scours the globe to rate the world’s toilets. You can now find out which bathrooms to avoid like the plague (quite possibly BECAUSE of the plague) and which ones are useable. Yay! Their database is pretty extensive and they claim to be the world’s largest database of restroom locations. I believe them. Call it blind faith.

To see restroom locations in France and in Paris by arrondissements (districts) and elsewhere, visit The Bathroom Diaries.

On a related note, this gadget is an extra “finger” to do your dirty work.

E-books for disabled people in France: A digital librarian’s report
Sunday February 18th 2007, 1:39 am
Filed under: accessibility and disabilities,books/magazines,daily life,paris

ebooks for disabled people in franceFrom Teleread:

“…How can you read a paper book if you’re quadriplegic and can’t use your hands? And what if your only way of communicating is through blinking?

People with those and other disabilities, including visual impairments, are of special interest to us here at the Landowski Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine, France) in the western suburbs of Paris… Since 2001, with our special users in mind, we have…”

Read the article

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