Beyond Alt-Text: A Wave of New Senior Corporate Positions in Accessible Technology
In the last 2 years, at least four big tech companies have created positions in accessible technology — a move that seems to signal a serious commitment to making products and services usable by people with all kinds of abilities and needs. AT&T named Christopher Rice as “Chief Accessibility Officer” in early 2013. Since then, others have followed suit: IBM’s Frances West and Microsoft’s Robert Sinclair, both of them longtime leaders in inclusive and adaptive technologies, were given the same new CAO position and title. And this summer, Yahoo tapped Larry Goldberg, former leader of the National Center for Accessible Media — they brought the world closed-captioned television — to be its first Director of Accessible Media.
From https://medium.com/@ablerism/beyond-alt-text-103b00eec89, January 08, 2015
Philippines: Accessible Education Centers for People with Disabilities Pushed
A lawmaker has pushed for the establishment of “accessible education centers” in each state university and college (SUC) in the country for people with disabilities, most of whom have not finished college. Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing authored House Bill 5270 or the proposed “Accessible Education Act,” which seeks to establish the centers with the needed government funding. “From a survey conducted in 2009, only 25 percent of the total respondents either reached or finished college education,” Suansing said.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/08/accessible-education-centers-for-people-with-disabilities-pushed/, January 08, 2015
World’s First Online International Deaf-Blind Conference translated by Translate Your World
The world’s first online across-language conference for people who are deaf-blind will be held via the internet on January 24 and 25, and offered simultaneously as subtitles in 78 different languages and as translated synthesized voice in 35 languages. The public is invited to attend this online event, including teachers, counselors, medical professionals, diversity specialists, support service providers, corporate communication leaders, sign language interpreters, governmental representatives, plus family and members of the Deaf, Blind, and DeafBlind communities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/08/worlds-first-online-international-deaf-blind-conference-translated-by-translate-your-world/, January 08, 2015
CES 2015: Siemens Introduces Smart Hearing Aids
At the 2015 International CES, Siemens is unveiling smart hearing aids—their latest in wearable hearing technology. The hearing aids can be discreetly controlled via both iPhone and Android devices, with latest models clinically proven to outperform people with normal hearing in background noise. When two hearing aids are worn (the most common case), Siemens’ new smart hearing aids utilize intelligent, two-way wireless communication to zero in on desired speech with pinpoint accuracy. This enables better-than-normal hearing in crowded situations like noisy restaurants and cocktail parties where background chatter has historically been a challenge.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/07/siemens-introduces-smart-hearing-aids/, January 07, 2015
ESCAP Guide on Disability Indicators for the Incheon Strategy
The Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific provides the Asian and Pacific region, and the world, with the first set of regionally agreed disability-inclusive development goals.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/06/escap-guide-on-disability-indicators-for-the-incheon-strategy/, January 06, 2015
CES 2015: What Wearable Technology Can We Expect in Near Future?
CES 2015, the biggest tech show in the world, is just about ready to begin on January 6 in Las Vegas. Many expect the latest wearable technology devices to be among the highlights of the four-day event, as companies proceed to invest in what could become one of the most lucrative new spaces in the tech industry. Wearable technology website Wareable broke down what consumers can expect in CES 2015.
From http://www.techtimes.com/articles/24591/20150105/ces-2015-what-wearable-technology-can-we-expect-in-near-future.htm, January 05, 2015
Big Smartwatch Push at CES Anticipates Apple's Entry Later in 2015
At International CES this week, more than 500 vendors are showing off wearable computing gear of some flavor or other. Among the 569 companies officially listed on the CES website, some are pushing silicon chips for embedding in clothes and shoes while others are promoting wearable computing accessories. Vendors are displaying commercially available smartwatches and smart glasses. Others are showing how wearables have become smarter by coupling data about individuals with enormous data sets in the cloud.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2862098/big-smartwatch-push-at-ces-anticipates-apples-entry-later-in-2015.html, January 04, 2015
CES 2015: Alcatel to Unwrap Affordable OneTouch Watch to Rival Apple Watch
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch is one of the smartwatches that people attending the CES 2015 in Las Vegas can expect to see. Bearing an elegant design akin to Apple's smart watches but priced at a reasonable rate, the OneTouch Watch claims that it has ushered in a new category of smart watches aptly labeled "the affordable smart watch." Alcatel plans to offer the watch at a fraction of the price of other popular names in the smart watch industry.
From http://www.techtimes.com/articles/24454/20150104/ces-2015-alcatel-to-unwrap-affordable-onetouch-watch-to-rival-apple-watch.htm, January 04, 2015
Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities
Cognitive disabilities represent the largest subset of the total population of persons who have disabilities. According to a 2013 review by University College London, up to 10% of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom.
From http://insights-on-business.com/education/helping-students-with-cognitive-disabilities/, January 04, 2015
Fujitsu Develops Compact RFID for Wearables, Metal
ujitsu Laboratories has developed a compact RFID tag that works on surfaces such as metal, which can otherwise impede radio waves.
The tag, 30mm long, 25mm wide and 0.5mm thick, can be attached to any material, including plastic cards, wearables and metal objects. Despite its small size, it has a communication range of about 2 meters.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2855048/fujitsu-develops-compact-rfid-for-wearables-metal.html, January 04, 2015