How Digital Technology is Supporting People Living with Dementia
I have had many conversations in the past few months about how access to the internet and digital technology is supporting people living with dementia to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. People living with dementia suffer from a variety of conditions ranging from social isolation and depression to behavioural changes and memory loss. For family and friends there are the additional emotional traumas of being with a person who may not recognise them or remember their shared life. It is encouraging to note the increasing number of local, UK wide and international online support networks providing support and advice for people living with dementia and their carers.
From http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/node/1448#sthash.1Y5bPbyj.dpuf, October 23, 2013
The Wheelchair Is Just One Small Part of the Picture: Why It's Time to Reimagine Accessibility
Last month, I blogged about Reimagining Accessibility, the international competition I've launched to find a contemporary symbol or set of symbols that will achieve the same global recognition as the International Symbol of Access.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/hon-david-c-onley/wheelchair-symbol-redesign_b_4124704.html, October 22, 2013
The Triumphs of Disability Policy
Despite many challenges and failures, the history of disability policy -- which happens to be the subject of my next book -- represents an overlooked triumph in American life. Our nation has opened its heart and its wallet to millions of our fellow citizens who live with intellectual disabilities. In popular culture, law, and social policy, we have come a very long way. As a result, millions of people are now living more productive and dignified lives.
From http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/20/the-triumphs-of-disability-policy/, October 22, 2013
VIDEO: Human Rights Watch Video on Education for Children who are Deaf
Deaf children have a right to a quality education, like all other children, in a language and environment that maximizes their potential. In this video, in conjunction with a global conference in Sydney on equality for deaf people, Human Rights Watch shows some of the challenges faced by deaf children and young people, and the opportunities sign language education offers them.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwksMw6Ar_s&feature=youtu.be, October 21, 2013
Review of Latest Apps for Persons with Disabilities
As technology develops, new and innovative methods of help are always becoming available with the use of applications (or ‘apps’) for your iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Phones4u.co.uk has compiled a list of just a few of the many apps out there which can help to make life a bit easier for disabled people.
From http://disabilityhorizons.com/2013/03/the-best-apps-for-people-with-disabilities/, October 21, 2013
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