India Gets Its First Braille National Flag
India Book of Records recognizes the tactile braille flag as the first Indian tactile braille flag designed for the visually challenged. The Braille flag is a fully tactile graphic made on copper with enameled paint accompanied with a user key that aide the blind in denoting the orientation, and colors of the flag. It permits a person who is non-sighted to fully see (via touch) the raised tricolor stripes, but the colors of the flag as well with the Braille guide adjacent.
From http://www.buzzfeed.com/karthyprasanna/india-gets-its-first-braille-national-flag-f9cx#!, October 09, 2013
Disney Develops Way to 'Feel' Touchscreen Images
The technique involves sending tiny vibrations through the display that let people "feel" the shallow bumps, ridges and edges of an object. The vibrations fooled fingers into believing they were touching a textured surface, said the Disney researchers.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24443271#!, October 09, 2013
Five Myths About Social Media Accessibility
As a representative of the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor, I’ve had the privilege of visiting with numerous individuals and organizations to promote the value of social media accessibility. My major takeaway? There are many misconceptions. By highlighting some of the major myths here, I hope to arm readers with information they can use to educate others and help support social media inclusion for all.
From http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/26/5-myths-about-social-media-accessibility/#!, October 09, 2013
E-readers Prove Easy on the Eye for Some Dyslexics
Using an e-reader may help some dyslexic students understand what they read, researchers at Harvard University argue. In a paper published in the journal PLOS One, the authors found that a group of dyslexic teenagers showed greater reading comprehension when using an iPod Touch e-reader than when asked to read from paper. The e-reader was formatted to display around nine lines of text on the screen at a time, with only two or three words in each line, leaving fewer visual distractions. The authors therefore concluded that this improvement is due to the reduced demands on visual attention when reading from the iPod.
From http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/09/e-readers-prove-easy-on-the-eye-for-some-dyslexics/, October 08, 2013
How Mobile technology Can Transform Health Care
Health care providers should be making use of new mobile technologies that can facilitate higher quality of care in every patient interaction. A look at what's available now.
From http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/09/25/how-mobile-tech-can-transform-health-care/#sthash.k74WDP0z.dpuf, October 08, 2013
Australia: A World First for Game Accessibility
Australia is leading the world in making games accessibility a priority. The latest demonstration of commitment to enabling a wider cross section of the community be catered for when playing games is the inaugural Accessibility Award announced by the Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA) as part of the 2013 Australian Game Developer Awards. This follows on from the inclusion of accessibility considerations by Film Victoria and Screen Australia when allocating funding to game development projects.
From http://switchgaming.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-world-first-for-game-accessibility.html?m=1, October 07, 2013
Will Google Glass Be Assistive Technology's Next Big Thing?
Therese Willkomm test drives the long-awaited prototype and considers its potential for individuals with disabilities Thank her for this sneak peek... Google Glass is not exactly in your local assistive technology (AT) demonstration/loan program. To get her hands on it, Therese Willkomm, PhD--that app-happy professor at the University of New Hampshire who is passionate for both high and low-tech solutions--applied for the privilege to pay $1,500 to purchase Google Glass (plus tax!) And once found worthy, she traveled at her own expense to Glass headquarters in New York City for training, fitting, and "free" Champagne. Why did she go to all this trouble? Initially to "enable virtual participation for persons with disabilities".
From http://blogs.collaborativeportal.atis4all.eu/MarketplaceBlog/post/345.aspx, October 07, 2013
UK: HSBC to Launch Talking ATMs
HSBC announces the roll-out of talking ATMs, making them easier to use for customers who are blind or low vision. HSBC announces that it will roll-out talking ATMs in the UK to aid customers who are blind or low vision on September 30. The bank is investing in new machines and software across the UK. The roll-out began in 2012 and is ongoing, and new software which gives the ATMs the ability to ‘talk’ will be installed in early 2015.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/10/02/hsbc-to-launch-talking-atms/, October 07, 2013
64 Million Wearables to Ship by 2017, with Smartwatches Leading
Consumer wearable devices — including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches — will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a new report from Berg Insight. That’s up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/26067/berg-64-million-wearables-to-ship-by-2017-with-smartwatches-leading/, October 07, 2013
India Adopts United Nation’s Development Agenda for Disabled
India has adopted a landmark UN General Assembly’s document aimed at inclusion of disabled persons in all aspects of development and giving them due consideration in the post-2015 UN development agenda. At a high level meeting on Disability and Development in the United Nations General Assembly, India also called upon the the international community to identify measures and formulate policies for the disable to help enhance their accessibility to education, healthcare and employment.
From http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/india-adopts-united-nations-development-agenda-for-disabled-1150139.html, October 04, 2013