Wheelchair-Bound Woman Using Google Glass will Move You to Tears
We hear a lot of stories about people using Google Glass, sometimes for awesome reasons and sometimes to the horror of their friends and coworkers. But here's one that really shows how the device can help someone.
From http://www.businessinsider.com/google-glass-helps-woman-in-wheelchair-2013-8, August 12, 2013
Global Bank Prioritizes Accessibility, Choosing Xenos PDF Accessibility Solution to Make Online Credit Card Statements Readable to the Blind
After taking over a bank’s North American credit card services, a Fortune 500 bank holding company – based in the United States, with global operations and 45 million customer accounts – started to look seriously into the accessibility of its online credit card statements. The department it acquired had already faced a lawsuit for its inability to meet the needs of visually impaired customers, and the new parent company wanted to make sure it didn’t find itself in a similar situation. At the same time, it hoped to ensure that all of its customers were able to access their transactions in a manner that was comfortable to them.
From http://www.xenos.com/xe/resources/assets/?articleid=24858&goback=.gmr_97729.gde_97729_member_264346266, August 12, 2013
Cracking the Code on Social Media Accessibility
Although accessibility to social media and technology for people with disabilities has recently received more attention among federal agencies, it remains a neglected area of need. Many think of “disability” as simply referring to physical disabilities, not mental disabilities, hampering efforts to secure services for the large population.
From http://fedscoop.com/how-to-make-social-media-more-accessible/, August 12, 2013
Inclusive Libraries - Step Towards Making Libraries Disabled Friendly
The need to access libraries is not one that we need to contend. Libraries provide us with a vast resource of knowledge whereby a person can access books, periodicals, newspapers, journals, etc. Today with the advent of digital libraries, collections are stored in digital formats and accessible by computers, also. Persons with disabilities should also have access to both that is physical libraries as well as digital libraries. Libraries are also a point of access whereby resources can be pooled and used by a large cross-section of the society. Therefore, making libraries inclusive is important for the growth of India's population.
From http://barrierbreak.com/about-barrierbreak/press-releases/inclusive-libraries-a-step-towards-making-libraries-disabled-friendly, August 12, 2013
USA: Yellow Cab of Columbus Unveils City’s First Wheelchair Accessible Taxi
Yellow Cab of Columbus’ recent investment in the new vehicles and expected future investment for additional vehicles was initiated earlier this year when Columbus City Council lifted the moratorium on taxi licenses to add wheelchair accessible cabs to Columbus. Yellow Cab received 10 of the 30 taxi licenses.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/08/yellow-cab-of-columbus-unveils-citys-first-wheelchair-accessible-taxi/, August 08, 2013
Device Lets People Who are Deafblind Converse with Anyone
HumanWare, in partnership with the Washington State Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), developed a deafblind communication system. The DeafBlind Communicator is the result of collaboration between individuals who are deafblind and focus groups, professionals from both people who are deaf and blind, and HumanWare’s engineering and marketing teams.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/08/device-lets-people-who-are-deafblind-converse-with-anyone/, August 08, 2013
New Smartphone Apps Find Ways to Assist People with Vision Disabilities
A smartphone app that keeps track of your location and distance walked from home or hotel and warns you when you are likely to be caught out after dark has been developed by researchers in Pakistan to help people with vision disabilities. The app can also help travelers with the night blindness pinpoint hotels should they find themselves too far from base to get home safely. The researchers describe details of the smartphone software in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal Mobile Learning and Organisation.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/08/new-smartphone-apps-find-ways-to-assist-people-with-vision-disabilities/, August 08, 2013
Call for Candidatures: UNESCO / Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
The UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities is now open for submissions. The prize is awarded every two years and it recognizes the work of individuals, organizations, groups and centres, with an impact on promoting equal education opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
From http://www.unesco.org/new/emir-jaber-al-sabah-prize, August 02, 2013
UK: Mobilizing Technology: The App Changing the Lives of Disabled Children
At Whizz-Kidz we estimate there are over 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK who have the wrong wheelchair for them - if they have one at all. We are singularly focused on reaching as many of these young people as possible. Charity Whizz-Kidz has developed a pioneering mobile app that helps disabled children get access to the right wheelchairs.
From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10204856/Mobilising-technology-the-app-changing-the-lives-of-disabled-children.html?fb, August 01, 2013
Market for Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies to Reach $60.5 Billion in 2018
In the new report, the U.S. disabled and elderly assistive technologies market (including glasses and contacts) was valued at $43.4 billion in 2012. The report forecasts total market value to reach $45.9 billion in 2013 and $60.5 billion in 2018, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7%.
From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10964121.htm?985, August 01, 2013