Will IBM’s Watson Usher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp. The trusty programmable machines that have proliferated since the 1940s will someday give way to cognitive systems that draw inferences from data in a way that mimics the human brain.
From http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=will-ibms-watson-usher-in-cognitive-computing, November 13, 2013
Ghana: Deploy Sign Language Interpreters into Healthcare Delivery
The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) on Tuesday called on government to deploy sign language interpreters into the healthcare delivery system to prevent needless deaths of deaf persons. The association said many healthcare practitioners in the country did not have training in sign language or had very little knowledge of it and could not communicate effectively with deaf people.
From http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/11/13/deploy-sign-language-interpreters-into-healthcare-delivery-gnad/, November 13, 2013
European Accessibility Act: EDF Calls on the EC to Deliver Legislative Proposal on the Accessibility of Goods and Services
On 11 November, the disability movement met with the Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding to discuss the actions that the Commission is taking on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Ms Reding expressed the European Commission’s commitment to the preparation of the legislative proposal of the Act.
From http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13855&thebloc=33115, November 13, 2013
EU: Study on Assessing and Promoting e-Accessibility
This report presents the results and conclusions from a study on assessing and promoting e-accessibility. The main aims of the study were to take stock of the extent of e-accessibility across the EU27 countries and some third countries, as well as the policy efforts that have emerged in this area. The focus was on e-accessibility in three key domains – web, telecoms and TV.
From http://www.accessforall.eu/2013/11/study-on-assessing-and-promoting-e-accessibility/, November 12, 2013
$10 Cellphones Bring Health Care to Developing World
Every year, one million babies die on the day they're born. The team at Medic Mobile, helmed by Josh Nesbit is looking to change that. The non-profit tech company works with community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to improve access to health care. Each of these community health workers typically works with 100 families, and they used to hand-deliver patient updates to doctors by foot. But by equipping these individuals with $10 cellphones, Medic Mobile helped to create a hub-and-spoke model of health care that's revolutionized the way millions of people get well.
From http://mashable.com/2013/11/11/medic-mobile-video/, November 12, 2013
Accessing Ability: Mobile Devices as Tools for Classroom Empowerment
When it comes technology, we have often said that we focus on the needs or skills of the person first, and the technology second. We understand that one of the many challenges facing teachers is addressing the unique needs of students with varying abilities, or “scattered skills.” The good news is that with the advent of touch tablets and their ubiquitous use in schools, there are more opportunities than ever to leverage the power of technology to help a variety of learners.
From bridgingapps.org/2013/11/accessing-ability-mobile-devices-as-tools-for-classroom-empowerment/, November 12, 2013
The Real Mobile Revolution: Africa's Smartphone Future
As the world's fastest growing market for mobile phones, Africa is ripe for the upcoming disruption that will be ushered in by ubiquitous Internet access through smartphones. The previous wave of mobile phone adoption on the continent from 2000 to 2010 accelerated at an impressive 30% compound annual growth rate powered by affordable dumb and feature phones sold at mass market price points.
From http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/07/opinion/real-mobile-revolution-africa-smartphone/, November 12, 2013
USA: FDA Regulation of Mobile Health 2013 Report
More than three years have passed since I wrote the first edition of this e-book for MobiHealthNews, and much has changed. Among other things, FDA at last has published its final guidance on mobile medical apps. Further, the mHealth industry has morphed several times over the last couple years. Consequently, in this second edition, more than 80 percent of the content is new.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/27239/free-report-fda-regulation-of-mobile-health-2013/, November 12, 2013
Accessibility In Practice: Can Design Thinking Help?
Here at TPG we do a great deal of work helping organizations remediate accessibility issues with their web sites and web applications. It’s very satisfying work — particularly when we do regression testing on a site or app and the issues are resolved. But we also work helping organizations with their design and development processes, helping integrate accessibility into practice so there’s no need to remediate or regression test. In this sense, if we are successful in our work, we will have consulted our way out of a job!
From http://blog.paciellogroup.com/2013/11/accessibility-practice-can-design-thinking-help/, November 11, 2013
NYC Emergency Preparedness Plan Fails to Protect Residents with Disabilities
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that New York City was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because of deficiencies in its emergency plan for evacuating persons with disabilities during recent emergencies. New Yorkers with disabilities were dangerously stranded during and after the super storm Sandy, trapped in their apartments with no electricity, no running water, no heat, or working elevators to let them in or out. NYC is unprepared to assist persons with disabilities in emergencies, and that’s in violation of federal law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/11/nyc-emergency-preparedness-plan-fails-to-protect-residents-with-disabilities/, November 11, 2013