USA: Tobii Dynavox Launches New Software for Teaching Non-Verbal Students How to Read
90% of students in America with complex communication needs enter adulthood without acquiring functional literacy skills. This overwhelming majority is at a distinct disadvantage considering that literacy is linked to successful transition to independent living and employment. To address this issue, Tobii Dynavox has created a new software version of their popular Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) reading program. This evidence-based reading program is designed specifically to teach those individuals who require AAC and have complex communication needs and physical access challenges, to learn how to read. Available as an app for use on the iPad, Windows operating systems, and Tobii Dynavox communication devices (including the T-Series and I-Series+), the ALL software edition gives teachers and parents a straightforward way to deliver proven literacy instruction.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/09/tobii-dynavox-launches-new-software-for-teaching-non-verbal-students-how-to-read/, October 09, 2015
USA: Transportation Department Issues Guidance to Public Transportation Agencies on Implementing ADA
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has published detailed guidance to transit agencies on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since the ADA became law in 1990, FTA has ensured that transit systems comply with the ADA’s provisions on public transportation, primarily through education and investigations of possible violations. To enhance understanding of the Act, the new circular offers a user-friendly, one-stop resource on its requirements. “We have made great progress in advancing accessible public transportation, but we still have work to do,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx. “We must ensure that Americans of all ages and abilities can access our nation’s transportation system. Today’s guidance reinforces our commitment to full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/07/transportation-department-issues-guidance-to-public-transportation-agencies-on-implementing-ada/, October 09, 2015
Launch of Claria Zoom App for Elderly and Partially Sighted People
In order to make Smartphones more accessible to elderly or partially sighted people, the start-up company Claria, which is specialized in developing digital solutions for visually impaired users, is officially launching its application Claria Zoom on September 10, available worldwide on the Google Play Store. Claria Zoom has been rewarded by a jury of low vision professionals with the Golden Silmo under the low vision category at the last World Optics Fair in Paris.
From http://bit.ly/1OlxpAd, October 07, 2015
United Nations Member States Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development saw a record number of government leaders converge on United Nations headquarters in New York on 25-27 September. Vowing to leave no one behind, they pledged their commitment to the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, encompassing 17 universal and transformative sustainable development goals. “We have reached a defining moment in human history,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the summit opening. “The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity,” he said. “Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere,” Ban Ki-moon stressed.
From https://www.un.org/development/desa/newsletter/feature/2015/10/, October 07, 2015
How to Improve Literacy Using Captions
Turn on the captions in your home; on your tvs, ipads, phones, and computers. Many people think captions are only for deaf and hard of hearing people. And, yes, Closed Captioning (CC) was designed to make television and media accessible for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. But, like most technology originally developed for accessibility - the touchscreens on our phones and tablets, audiobooks, the telephone – CC benefits each of us. Research shows that captioned media increases literacy skills in people of all ages. Simply having the captions on dramatically improves vocabulary, word recognition, comprehension, and reading .
From http://ollibean.com/2014/08/06/how-to-improve-literacy-without-even-trying/, October 07, 2015
WHO: Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health
The Draft zero of the "Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health" is now open to public consultation from individuals and institutions. Please respond as soon as possible so that your comments will help develop Draft 1, which will be discussed in Geneva on October 29-30, 2015.
From http://who.int/ageing/consultation/en/, October 06, 2015
Microsoft Delivers Market-Leading IoT Innovations
Microsoft Corp. is announcing new solutions spanning containers, security, infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT) that enable organizations of all sizes to transform their business in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. Through these latest advancements, Microsoft continues to showcase rapid innovation on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, while enabling choice and simplicity for a growing list of customers of all sizes including Alaska Airlines, Jet.com Inc. and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/10/01/microsoft-delivers-market-leading-iot-innovations/, October 06, 2015
Samsung Has World’s First Wireless Charging Monitor
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a leader in digital media and technology, today announced the SE370, the world’s first monitor with an integrated wireless charging function for compatible mobile devices. The monitor, available in a 23.6-inch version, aims to unclutter work areas by eliminating unnecessary cables for charging mobile devices.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/10/01/samsung-has-worlds-first-wireless-charging-monitor/, October 06, 2015
Wearable Tech will Shift from Novelty to Norm in the Next Five Years
Though this prediction is still a few years out from the year 2020, 83 percent of experts say wearable tech will have a “widespread and beneficial effect” on the public by the year 2025, according to Pew Research Center. In November 2013, Pew canvassed responses from 2,558 experts and technology builders about their predictions of where tech will stand by 2025.
From https://wtvox.com/internet-of-things-iot/wearable-tech-will-shift-from-novelty-to-norm-in-the-next-5-years/, October 06, 2015
New AT&T Report: Rise of the Real-Time Traveler
At AT&T, we’ve been working with auto manufacturers for years to help improve vehicle safety and performance by integrating wireless connectivity. These efforts have resulted in exciting next-generation voice solutions, enhanced diagnostics and maintenance capabilities, on-board infotainment and more. Still, we recognize that larger trends are fundamentally changing how people get from Point A to Point B. As part of our ongoing commitment to create a more mobilized world, we want to understand these trends and maximize the opportunities they create.
From http://www.about.att.com/content/csr/home/blog/2015/09/new_report_rise_of.html, October 06, 2015