Call for Internet Access in UK Care Homes
A UK think tank says having internet access in care homes is important as it enables older people to connect to family and friends. The International Longevity Centre-UK says having access to the internet is important for the "intellectual and emotional" wellbeing of older people in homes.
From http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/08/20/call-internet-access-uk-care-homes, August 20, 2013
Google Glass, Other Wearables May Give the Disabled a New Measure of Independence
It’s been 18 years since Tammie Lou Van Sant held a camera. But nearly two decades after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Van Sant is shooting again — thanks to a device that could be part of technology’s next big trend. Google’s Glass headset, which connects to users’ smartphones and displays information on a screen that hovers above one eye, is the first of what analysts say may be a boom in wearable technology — headsets, watches, fitness trackers and other devices that are worn rather than slipped into a pocket. Analysts say growing interest in wearable tech could translate into big money for technology firms, with projected sales of up to 9.6 million such devices worldwide by the end of 2016.
From http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/with-wearable-technology-a-new-measure-of-independence-for-some-with-disabilities/2013/08/06/e258757e-fde4-11e2-96a8-d3b921c0924a_story.html, August 20, 2013
A Blind Robot That Navigates By Touch
Shrewbot is the size of a small dog, can move its head around, runs on batteries, and has omnidirectional wheels—and no eyes. Its only sense is touch, from its plastic whiskers. Robots like this one might be good for search and rescue in smoky or dusty buildings where vision is impaired, or for remote inspection of damage. For example, it could explore a sewer, where certain whiskered animals are very comfortable, and use its skills to check for cracks in pipes.
From http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-07/blind-robot-navigates-touch-blueprint, August 20, 2013
When Disaster and Disability Converge
Like many people living in the path of Hurricane Sandy last fall, Lauren Scrivo needed more battery power. Despite a call offering help from the mayor of Fairfield, New Jersey, where Scrivo lives with her family, her concerns went far beyond extra water bottles and flashlights. Scrivo, a communications specialist at the Kessler Foundation, has a form of muscular dystrophy and uses a ventilator and power wheelchair. When the electricity went down during the storm, she only had battery power to fuel the machine; leaving the generator running outside was too risky.
From http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/08/when-disaster-and-disability-converge-part-one/, August 19, 2013
Round-up of the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference
Experts in mobile technology, accessibility, industry representatives, government and disability and consumer advocacy groups last week came together to discuss challenges and trends in mobile technology and accessibility at the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference. Held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, the conference was organised by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) in joint partnership with Telstra.
From http://mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/round-up-of-the-m-enabling-australasia-2013-conference, August 19, 2013
IBM: Accessibility is About All of Us
When we hear the word “accessibility,” most people assume it has to do with providing equal access to people with disabilities. But accessibility is much broader in scope and has become a societal issue that can impact us all. Today, creating an inclusive, accessible world is about meeting the broad range of individual human needs so that everyone – including people with disabilities, the aging population, novice technology users, and people with language, learning and literacy challenges – can live to the best of their ability.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2013/08/accessibility-is-about-all-of-us.html, August 19, 2013
M-Enabing Australia Means Better Communications for All
Senator Kate Lundy has opened the M-Enabling Australia conference, being held yesterday and today at the Australian technology Park in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. The conference is a partnership between Telstra and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Group (ACCAN). The theme of the conference, being held for the first time, is the usage of mobile technology as an enabler for people with older people and people with disabilities. “We still have a long way to go, “ said ACCAN CEO Teresa Corbin. “Many apps and websites are still not accessible, even with the necessary tools now widely available.
From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/mobility/61148-m-enabing-australia-means-better-communications-for-all, August 15, 2013
Australia: Comms Alliance, AMTA Say Industry Can Solve Accessibility
The Communications Alliance and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) have said accessibility legislation may not be necessary to remove barriers to technology for people with disabilities. The comments from the telco industry came after Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) CEO Teresa Corbin proposed a law mandating accessibility at the M-Enabling Australasia conference in Sydney. The ACCAN proposal has received support from Senator Kate Lundy, minister assisting for the digital economy under the Rudd Labor government, as well as Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
From http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/523828/comms_alliance_amta_say_industry_can_solve_accessibility/, August 15, 2013
Interview: Accessibility Driving Mobile Technology Market
Speaking today at the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference held in Sydney, Leblois said leading manufacturers see accessibility as a competitive edge and this is reflected in innovation in accessibility for mobile devices. Access iQ™ recently spoke with Leblois about trends in accessibility and the mobile market.
From http://accessiq.org/news/features/2013/08/accessibility-driving-mobile-technology-market, August 14, 2013
Assistive Technology: How iPhones Help Blind People See
Apple iPhone innovations have created a new way for the blind and visually impaired to “see.” In my recent interview with accessibility experts Victor Tsaran at PayPal and Ted Drake at Intuit, I saw how these technologies turn smartphones into powerful assistive devices that employ one physical sense to supplement or replace another.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2013/08/12/assistive-technology-how-iphones-help-blind-people-see/#!, August 14, 2013