New Zealand: Government Review of Building Access for People with Disabilities
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia said the review will look at how the standard which outlines how people with disabilities can access buildings aligns with the Building Code and how the code represents the needs of disabled people.
From http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2013/10/nz-government-review-of-building-access-for-people-with-disabilities/, October 21, 2013
International Day for Disaster Reduction: UN Secretary-General's Message for 2013
“Persons with disabilities are the biggest untapped resource for disaster planners around the world.” These are the words of Firoz Ali Alizada, a double amputee from Afghanistan who responded to a United Nations survey which uncovered scores of stories that speak to the ingenuity and drive of persons with disabilities to manage risk from disasters.
From http://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/2013/sgmessage.shtml, October 21, 2013
App-centric Cities Require a New Mindset
If there is one place we rely more heavily on our apps it’s in the city. From checking transportation timetables, to buying movie tickets or making restaurant reservations, mobile apps have become an integral part of city life. But have you ever noticed that although you have a full set of bars on your smartphone, indicating full coverage, the app you are using is still not functioning satisfactory? You’re not alone.
From http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2013/10/21/app-centric-cities-require-a-new-mindset/, October 21, 2013
The Global Symposium on Economic Development and Vitality
Leading cities, regions and countries around the world today are planning for comprehensive, sustainable long-term growth to build their economic competitive advantage. And they are doing so by collaborating across levels of government, convening stakeholders inside and outside of government, and working across political, social and technological divides to achieve bigger, better and more sustainable outcomes in jobs, business environments and citizen quality of life.
From http://nsp.performedia.com/1105media/ibm13/welcome, October 19, 2013
IBM Global Symposium: A Smarter Approach to Economic Development
Smarter cities, communities and regions that are committed to ensuring healthier individuals and populations have much in common. Their leaders understand the financial and social burdens that aging populations and increasing chronic disease rates are placing on them, and they are taking action to contain costs and improve quality of life. They realize that healthier populations require collaboration across all stakeholders – from business leaders, healthcare providers and payers, to schools and educators, and, of course, government and community organizations. These leaders are forming coalitions that are working together to create more prosperous and sustainable communities that are truly great places to live.
From http://insights-on-business.com/healthcare/a-smarter-approach-to-economic-development/, October 19, 2013
Eight Ways the Microsoft Kinect will Change Healthcare
We never really know where the next game-changing innovation will come from. The smartphone started out as just that — a smarter phone. But when Apple opened up its API to developers, that open source project started to unlock the true potential of a handheld, connected touchscreen computer. Nowadays, the ability to make a phone call might just be the least important thing your smartphone does for you.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/25281/eight-ways-the-microsoft-kinect-will-change-healthcare/, October 18, 2013
How Mobile Health Technology is Changing Individual Approach to Healthcare
The mobile phone is closer and closer to becoming a universal device. Banking, media, and communication are now on our mobile devices. One can envision a near future where our lives could fit into our back pocket. Mobile health (mHealth) refers to health applications (apps) on mobile devices. In an age where healthcare costs are increasing and accessibility is decreasing, mHealth provides an avenue through which the growing needs of the population might be met. Though this emerging technology holds much potential, there are still issues that must be addressed.
From http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2013/10/making-health-mobile/, October 18, 2013
Apps Showcase the Bright Future of Mobile Health
No technology has ever been adopted as fast as the smartphone – ever. Consumers have embraced these devices faster than the automobile, electricity, personal computers and even the Internet. In less than a decade, more than half of U.S. mobile phone customers have made the transition to smartphones. And as we know, these devices are far more than phones; they are constantly connected computers stuffed with sensors that fit in a pocket or purse.
From http://www.mhealthnews.com/blog/apps-showcase-bright-future-mobile-health, October 18, 2013
Video Captions Improve Comprehension
A simple change -- switching on captions -- can make a big difference when students watch educational videos, an SF State professor has discovered. Robert Keith Collins, an assistant professor of American Indian studies, found that students' test scores and comprehension improved dramatically when captions were used while watching videos. The tool is often utilized for students with learning disabilities, but Collins says his results show captions can be beneficial to all students.
From http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131011135355.htm#.UlxJz7uVT5M.twitter, October 18, 2013
Assistive Technology: A Necessity for Student Success
At its core, the American educational system is about democratization of knowledge for all students, regardless of their circumstances. In 2011, 22 percent of non-institutionalized adults with disabilities had less than a high school education. If this statistic was applied to the general population, my suspicion is that there would be an outcry to reform K-12 education to have better graduation results. But for students with disabilities, there is no shock or outrage and that is something that has to change. The key to improving the educational experience for students with disabilities is better accommodations in schools and continued improvements in assistive technology.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-lynch-edd/assistive-technology-a-ne_b_4099477.html, October 18, 2013