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Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities
Cognitive disabilities represent the largest subset of the total population of persons who have disabilities. According to a 2013 review by University College London, up to 10% of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom.
From http://insights-on-business.com/education/helping-students-with-cognitive-disabilities/, January 04, 2015

Fujitsu Develops Compact RFID for Wearables, Metal
ujitsu Laboratories has developed a compact RFID tag that works on surfaces such as metal, which can otherwise impede radio waves. The tag, 30mm long, 25mm wide and 0.5mm thick, can be attached to any material, including plastic cards, wearables and metal objects. Despite its small size, it has a communication range of about 2 meters.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2855048/fujitsu-develops-compact-rfid-for-wearables-metal.html, January 04, 2015

Smartwatch Interest Ticks up as Apple Watch Fever Rises
Interest in smartwatches has soared in recent months, even as it has stalled for smart glasses, according to a two-part survey of 8,266 consumers done in May and October by Futuresource Consulting. That survey underscores the promise -- and perils -- of smartwatches for corporations and their IT shops, which will have to accommodate workers using the devices for work email and other tasks. Some IT admins see smartwatches as a passing fad, but others regard them as an evolving computing platform worthy of attention.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2849647/smartwatch-interest-ticks-up-as-apple-watch-fever-rises.htmlhttp://www.computerworld.com/article/2849647/smartwatch-interest-ticks-up-as-apple-watch-fever-rises.html, January 02, 2015

Sony High-res OLED Screen Attaches to Any Eyewear
f you're not a fan of Google Glass-style displays yet, Sony hopes you might give its new detachable OLED a chance. The Japanese electronics manufacturer has announced a prototype head-mounted display that can easily attach to any sort of eyewear and display information on its high-res OLED module.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2860355/sony-high-res-oled-screen-attaches-to-any-eyewear.html, January 02, 2015

Google's Expansion to Cars and TVs will be Powered by Android Studio Apps
The usefulness of Android in your car, on your TV and smartwatch will be decided by app availability, and Google is hoping to make it easier to create them with its new development environment, Android Studio. Featured Resource Presented by Tibco Software 10 Best Practices for Cloud Business Intelligence: Enabling the Business Business driven Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics represent a shift in the enterprise that is Learn More Google has, with the introductions of Android Wear, TV and Auto, expanded its operating system to new product categories. All three pieces of software are for highly competitive areas where consumers have a lot of choice, and killer apps are needed to differentiate from the competition and convince people that they actually need a smartwatch or a TV with Android.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2857516/googles-expansion-to-cars-and-tvs-will-be-powered-by-android-studio-apps.html, January 02, 2015

M-Enabling Russia 2015: First Event Focusing on Technology for Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities
M-Enabling Russia 2015 will take place on May 13th at the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel. The conference and showcase offers an overview of solutions to ensure that senior citizens, persons with disabilities and users of all abilities can enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony and data services while securing greater equity among citizens. E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies) are organizing the event in partnership with the renowned Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Further support is provided by ASI (Agency for Strategic Initiatives Supervisory Board), which is headed by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and UNIC Moscow as well as the All Russian Association of Deaf and All Russian Union of Disabled People.
From http://www.pressebox.de/pressemitteilung/ej-krause-associates-inc/M-ENABLING-RUSSIA-2015/boxid/718683, December 29, 2014

USA: Educational Engagement of Students Disabilities Important
Accessibility issues are important to tackle because the U.S. Department of Education says more and more students with disabilities are choosing to attend college, meaning the number of such students at UT will also increase. This is a trend we need to embrace, not ignore.
From http://independentcollegian.com/2014/12/10/opinion/editorials/editorial-accessibility-is-still-a-problem/, December 29, 2014

India: University Designs Software for People with Vision Disabilities
Department of Computer Science Engineering at the Vignan University has designed a software for people who are blind or have a low vision. By using the software, people with vision disabilities can now read textbooks, browse journals and compose on the desktop. The software project ‘Development of Educational Suite for Visually Challenged Students in Computer Science and Information Technology’. It has been approved by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/25/university-designs-software-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 29, 2014

U.S. Access Board to Hold Panel Discussions on Communication Access
The Access Board will host panel discussions on communication accessibility for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing on January 12 from 1:30 to 5:00 during its January meeting of the Board. The agenda features a consumer panel that will address accessibility issues and concerns. This panel will include representatives from the National Association of the Deaf, the Hearing Loss Association of America, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, and the American Association of Deaf Blind.
From http://www.access-board.gov/the-board/meeting-notice, December 23, 2014

Researchers Develop 3D Headset to Help People with Vision Disabilities Navigate
EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help people who are blind or have low vision move around more safely and easily. The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for people who are blind using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customized for the specific symptoms of the user’s eye disease.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/23/researchers-develop-3d-headset-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-navigate-more-safely-and-easily/, December 23, 2014

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