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Standardised APIs Could Aid Data Accessibility in UK Banking Within Two Years
UK banks could be forced to make more of the data they store accessible to consumers, rivals and new entrants to the market via standardized technology within the next year or two, under plans being taken forward by the UK government.
From http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/january/standardised-apis-could-aid-data-accessibility-in-uk-banking-within-two-years/, January 31, 2015

Our Doctor, an Integrated ICT Based Healthcare Solution for Underserved Rural Communities in Bangladesh
mPower Social Enterprise from Bangladesh plans to expand its Amader Daktar (or “Doctor in a Tab,” referring to remote medical consultations provided over a tablet device) service into Myanmar in partnership with mobile network operator, Telenor, in order to reach rural populations with basic medical care. The service currently has 200 locations in Bangladesh and has served over 1,200 clients to date.
From http://www.mpower-social.com/#!Amader-Daktar-A-Doctor-in-a-Tab/c1asq/0C5BEA50-E8B6-47A4-8350-410F519AAD55, January 31, 2015

USA: Law Creates Special Savings Accounts for Disabled People
People with disabilities, and their families, will soon have a tax-favored way to save money for a range of expenses. In December, Congress passed the ABLE Act, short for Achieving a Better Life Experience. The law enables the creation of special savings accounts, modeled after the popular Section 529 education plans that many families use to save money for college. The new plans will be known as 529A accounts.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/business/special-savings-accounts-for-disabled-people.html?_r=0, January 31, 2015

Technology Key to Changing Culture of Disability
Dr Mark Bagshaw insists there is nothing remarkable about a person with a disability having a successful career. This culture of low expectations prompted Dr Mark Bagshaw to found The Able Movement, an NGO which aims to use social media to allow disabled people to tell "their own stories in their own way". At the core of The Able Movement, which will be launched in February, is a rejection of the old hierarchical model of welfare.
From http://www.smh.com.au/business/technology-the-key-to-changing-the-culture-of-disability-20150130-130wv5.html, January 30, 2015

Maps That You Can Hear and Touch
Using maps is a major part of using public transit. That's why Dr. Joshua Miele, a scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, partnered with LightHouse, a local organization for the blind, to create accessible maps of every BART transit station. With degrees in physics and psychoacoustics, Miele has dedicated more than 25 years to improving visually impaired people's access to information, with a particular focus on creating accessible maps—where he is truly at the frontier.
From http://www.citylab.com/design/2015/01/making-better-maps-for-the-blind/384495/, January 30, 2015

Nine Common Accessibility Issues Affecting Websites
Access iQ has trawled through its growing list of website accessibility audits to bring you nine of the most common issues we uncover.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/features/2015/01/nine-common-accessibility-issues-affecting-websites, January 30, 2015

Disability and Gadgets: Using Technology for Accessibility
Robert Wemyss is the IT guru at Really Useful Stuff. RUS is delighted to join in with Disability Horizons to offer a monthly roundup of all things tech and gadget. We will take a quick look at new ideas on the horizon as well as great new inventions already on the market that make life easier and a lot more fun.
From http://disabilityhorizons.com/2015/01/disability-gadgets-using-technology-accessibility/, January 30, 2015

New Report by Deloitte Highlights the Need for VOD Accessibility
A new review into current and future trends in technology, media and telecommunications refutes the idea that younger people are reluctant to spend money on media content, including video on demand (VOD) services, and reinforces the need for these services to be made accessible with captions and audio description.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/news/new-report-highlights-the-need-for-vod-accessibility, January 30, 2015

Qatar Among Top Five in ICT Usage
Qatar ranks among the top five countries in the world when it comes to ICT usage by the government, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQatar) yesterday released its report for 2013-14 which showcases its accomplishments during the past year and progress across the five strategic thrusts of National ICT Plan 2015. The report says Qatar ranks 23rd out of 148 developed and developing countries and first among Arab countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Networked Readiness Index rankings, up from 28th in 2012.
From http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/319135/qatar-among-top-five-in-ict-usage, January 29, 2015

Nigeria: UNESCO Offers ICT Training to 60,000 Women
he United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Wednesday promised to train 60, 000 Nigerian women and girls on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to reduce illiteracy in the country. The training Project Coordinator, Dr Safiya Muhammad, made this known in Abuja on Wednesday on the sidelines of the beginning of the three-day ICT training workshop.
From http://en.starafrica.com/education/nigeria-unesco-offers-ict-training-to-60000-women.html, January 29, 2015

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