Blue Jeans Network Adds Key Features to Enhance Video Conferencing Accessibility to Customers with Disabilities
Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, today announced it has added key features to enhance its video conferencing service to make it more accessible to customers with disabilities such as vision and hearing disabilities. The first cloud-based video collaboration solution to make strides towards greater accessibility for customers, Blue Jeans’ web application, iOS App, and Android App have all been enhanced to make the service available to a wider range of customers with disabilities, including blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photo sensitivity and combinations of these.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/30/blue-jeans-network-adds-key-features-to-enhance-video-conferencing-accessibility-to-customers-with-disabilities/, September 30, 2014
India: IIT Students Developing Low-Cost Portable Braille Printer
In a bid to make technology affordable and accessible to people with vision disabilities, Sandeep Konam, a B. Tech. final-year ECE student at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Idupulapaya, and a group of IITians are engaged in not only developing a low-cost portable Braille printer that could cost as much as an average Android mobile but also in integrating graphics, tables and images in Indian languages.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/29/iit-students-developing-low-cost-portable-braille-printer/, September 29, 2014
India: Braille Signs on EVMs for People with Vision Disabilities
People with mobility disabilities will not have to wait in the queue for casting their vote on October 15 legislative assembly elections because the election commission has made special arrangements made for them.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/25/braille-signs-on-evms-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, September 25, 2014
As Wearable Devices Hit the Market, Apps are Sure to Follow
If there's to be an explosion of wearable devices and smartwatches in 2014, as analysts forecast, the bigger question becomes when more apps will emerge that work with such devices. Data integration is often underestimated and poorly implemented, taking time and resources. So far, a shortage of apps has been a major shortfall of many wearable devices. Some smartwatches might have only 15 to 20 apps, and they often need to work over Bluetooth to connect to a nearby smartphone. Compare that number to the 1 million-plus apps in Apple's App Store or Google Play for smartphones, and you begin to see the challenge.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2486786/mobile-apps/as-wearable-devices-hit-the-market--apps-are-sure-to-follow.html, September 24, 2014
The Changing World of Global Health Innovations
In Ethiopia, a community health worker tickles a newborn before administering immunizations against pneumonia and diarrhea. In Haiti, a skilled birth attendant uses a simple bag and mask to save an infant who is struggling to take her first breath. In India, a Ministry of Health official reviews scorecards with district-level data to evaluate nationwide progress.
From http://ic2030.org/2014/09/changing-world/, September 24, 2014
CTIA's Continued Commitment to Accessibility
This summer, CTIA welcomed Meredith Attwell Baker as the organization’s new President and CEO. Meredith brings a wealth of telecommunications experience to CTIA, including her experience as an executive at NBC-Universal and as a former FCC Commissioner. Among the many initiatives that Meredith has stated that she plans to pursue at CTIA is a continued commitment to accessibility, stating at the 2014 M-Enabling Summit: “CTIA has a long-standing commitment to accessibility, and it is one that I promise we will continue and build on.”
From http://www.accesswireless.org/about-us/news/14-08-13/Check_out_new_features_on_Access_Wireless.aspx, September 23, 2014
ENIL Launch Shadow Report on Article 19 of the UN CRPD
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), is proud to announce the launch of our Shadow report on the implementation of Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the European Union. The launch will take place on 14 November 2014 (9:00 – 14:30) at the Philanthropy House in Brussels.
From http://www.enil.eu/news/enil-launch-shadow-report-on-article-19-of-the-un-crpd/, September 23, 2014
New Smartphone App Reads Back Printed Text; Helpful for People with Vision Disabilities
Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone. The new app that allows people who are blind to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews after its first day of availability and is being heralded as a life-changer by many people.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/22/new-smartphone-app-gives-sight-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/, September 22, 2014
New WHO Department to Include Disability Issues
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, has announced the creation of a new Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). This new Department, which results from the merger of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) and the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases (MND), is officially established as of today.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/22/new-who-department-to-include-disability-issues/, September 22, 2014
World Summit on Tourism and Transportation for Persons With Disabilities
World Summit on Destinations for All, addressing the themes of tourism, culture and transportation for persons with physical disabilities will be held in Montréal from October 19-22, 2014.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/21/world-summit-on-tourism-and-transportation-for-persons-with-disabilities/, September 22, 2014