IBM Accessibility and CTA Foundation Release Survey on Aging and Technology
Talking about aging and technology: a survey on ourselves, our parents/grandparents, and our future by IBM Accessibility and CTA Foundation.
From https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IBMandCTA, May 03, 2016
Zero Project Launches Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies 2017 on Employment
Work is essential for realizing other human rights and it forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Employment of persons with disabilities is about the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labor market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible. Hence, the Zero Project 2017 is focusing on Work, Employment, and Vocational Education and Training, and our call for nominating innovative policies has just been launched.
From http://zeroproject.org/zero-project-2017-call-for-nominations-of-innovative-policies-on-employment/, May 03, 2016
Improving With Age? How City Design is Adapting to Older Populations
As cities experience a demographic shift, the need for age-friendly design is becoming ever more critical. From almshouses to driverless cars, the future of urban housing and mobility may just be shaped for and by the elderly. There is no denying it: like it or not we are all getting older. According to the UN World Population Prospects report, the global population of older people is growing at an unprecedented rate.
From http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/apr/25/improving-with-age-how-city-design-is-adapting-to-older-populations?CMP=share_btn_tw, May 03, 2016
Low-Cost Refreshable Braille Display Set to Revolutionize the Market
A device that could become ‘the world’s most affordable refreshable Braille display’ – costing around 80-90% less than current systems – has been unveiled, and should be available for purchase later this year. The Orbit Reader 20 was announced at the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference – known as CSUN – in the United States, by the Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Kevin Carey, in his role as president of the Transforming Braille Group (TBG).
From http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=1061, May 02, 2016
USA: SignAloud: Gloves that Translate Sign Language into Text and Speech
Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi of the University of Washington are the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Undergraduate Winners for their invention SignAloud, gloves that translate sign language into text and speech.
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l01sdzJHCCM, May 02, 2016
Building an Inclusive Classroom With Microsoft
Technology has the power to make lives better. The right technology can help us break down barriers, stay in our homes longer, or tackle health challenges head on. In schools, technology has incredible potential to help build ability, to help every child transcend barriers to education and achieve a bright future. Microsoft Canada is working to help every teacher embrace technology and build an inclusive classroom.
From http://www.thriftymommastips.com/building-an-inclusive-classroom-with-microsoft-2/, May 02, 2016
Integrate Accessibility Into Teaching Practices
Accessibility should be weaved into more educational curriculum and demonstrated in teaching, a specialist consultant told delegates at a recent conference. Speaking at the ‘Digital Accessibility in Higher and Further Education Conference 2016’, David Sloan, a user experience engineer from accessibility agency The Paciello Group, said that accessibility needs to be integrated into the fabric of any curriculum featuring digital content creation, and can no longer be taught in isolation. He went on to say that accessible communication is a “core digital literacy” that everyone should develop.
From http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/54605, May 02, 2016
UK: Technology Company Wins Award for ‘Helping Kids Learn’ Across the Globe
A UK assistive technology company has been given a prestigious business award for exporting an e-learning software package for children with disabilities. Inclusive Technology – which provides equipment for individuals with physical disabilities, sensory impairments or learning difficulties – received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its HelpKidzLearn product.
HelpKidzLearn features games, activities and tools designed for young children with a range of specialist learning needs. The company was recognized in the ‘International Trade’ category of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (an annual event that commends a range UK business achievements), for signing up over 25,000 paying subscribers to HelpKidzLearn across 148 countries.
From http://www.inclusive.co.uk/, May 02, 2016
Celebrating Disability Innovations in Technology
Accessible software, devices, and systems are routinely improving the lives of millions of disabled people. When designed and built correctly, technology can be a great enabler for everyone, including disabled people. Whether it’s making routine or daily tasks easier to perform, introducing workplace efficiencies or transforming how we connect with the world, technology drives change and transforms just about every part of our everyday lives. However, even though new technology products and services continue to expand at a seemingly exponential rate, accessibility is not always built in – and this is deeply problematic.
From http://www.itproportal.com/2016/04/28/celebrating-disability-innovations-in-technology/, April 29, 2016
Disability Advocates to Regulators: Consider Us When Making Self-Driving Laws
Without fail, auto and tech companies start every conversation about self-driving cars with statistics. Whether they’re floating the average number of traffic fatalities a year (33,000) or the number of lives saved by vehicle safety technology (613,501), their point is always: Enhanced vehicle technology saves lives. But while the ultimate goal of reducing traffic fatalities and injuries through self-driving technology is certainly admirable (and ambitious!), the immediate benefits those with disabilities could reap from self-driving technologies are often treated as a secondary part of the conversation.
From http://recode.net/2016/04/27/disability-advocates-to-regulators-consider-us-when-making-self-driving-laws/?platform=hootsuite, April 29, 2016