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Over 8 Percent of Indian Households Have Persons with Disabilities
Over eight percent, or 207.8 lakh, of the total households in the country have persons with disabilities, reveals data on disabled population in India. Of the total households that have persons with disabilities, about 99 percent are normal households, 0.4 percent are institutional, and 0.2 percent are households of people who do not have their own houses.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/01/over-8-percent-of-indian-households-have-persons-with-disabilities/, July 02, 2015

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Launches First Smartwatch App for People with Vision Disabilities
Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch and Android Wear, provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease. To see these applications in action, click here for a short video demonstration.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/01/novartis-pharmaceuticals-launches-first-smartwatch-app-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, July 02, 2015

India: Government Opens New Department for Persons with Disabilities
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday threw open a new department for Social Security and Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities at State Institute of Disability Rehabilitation (SIDR) on Capital Hospital campus here. The Department is aimed at providing education and training to persons with disabilities along with facilities and opportunities to gain skilled employment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/02/government-opens-new-department-for-persons-with-disabilities/, July 02, 2015

ZERO PROJECT 2016: Call for Nominations in Inclusive Education / ICT – Deadline: July 10
Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices and innovative policies concerning this year’s topics: Inclusive Education and/or ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The “Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2016” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be featured in the Zero Project Report 2016, on its website zeroproject.org and on social media platforms; and their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna (Austria) in February 2016.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/26/zero-project-2016-call-for-nominations-in-inclusive-education-ict-deadline-10th-july-2015/, July 02, 2015

Swiss Scientists Develop Mind-Controlled Robot for People with Disabilities
Using a telepresence system developed at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), 19 people—including nine quadriplegics—were able to remotely control a robot located in one of the university laboratories. This multi-year research project aims to give a measure of independence to people with paralysis or mobility disabilities. This technology has shown that it works well and is easy to use. By virtue of its video camera, screen and wheels, the robot, located in a laboratory of Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), was able to film as it moved while displaying the face of the remote pilot via Skype.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/24/swiss-scientists-develop-mind-controlled-robot-for-people-with-disabilities/, June 30, 2015

USA: Wheel:Life Publishes Accessible Travel Guidebook for Wheelchair Users
Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published Discovering: An Accessible US Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users as a new e-book on Amazon.com. Wheel:Life publications center on sharing resources and support for people who use wheelchairs.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/30/wheellife-publishes-accessible-us-travel-guidebook-for-wheelchair-users/, June 30, 2015

WHO to collect comprehensive information for disabilities in Pakistan
The government of Pakistan and the World Health Organization, as lead agency in Disabilities in the UN system, are conducting the Model Disability Survey (MDS). The survey is being conducted with support from the Canadian High Commission and collaboration from Pakistan-Bait-Ul Mal. On the occasion, the Canadian High Commissioner, Ms. Heather Cruden said: “we are very pleased to be collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Pakistan to clarify needs, resources and policies to support the people of Pakistan. This Model Disability Survey is a first step in this process of identifying an important community of valiant citizens of Pakistan who suffer from disabilities”.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/30/who-to-collect-comprehensive-information-for-disabilities-in-pakistan/, June 30, 2015

India: NAB to Launch Smartphone App for People with Vision Disabilities
People who are blind or have low vision will soon be able to use touchscreen cellphones thanks to an application called Easy Access. The National Association for the Blind (NAB) is all set to launch the application which will help people with vision disabilities operate their cellphones through its text-to-speech feature. “Users can just tap on the cellphone and follow voice instructions in order to navigate,” NAB chief executive officer Homiyar Mobedji said. Mobedji was in the city to monitor the progress of the application, which is being developed in all Indian languages by city-based software firm Extentia Information Technology. The application can be downloaded on Google Play Store.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/26/nab-to-launch-smartphone-app-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, June 30, 2015

UK: Computer Vision and Mobile Technology Could Help People with Vision Disabilities See
Funded by a Google Faculty Research Award, specialists in computer vision and machine learning based at the University of Lincoln, UK, are aiming to embed a smart vision system in mobile devices to help people with sight problems navigate unfamiliar indoor environments. Based on preliminary work on assistive technologies done by the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems, the team plans to use colour and depth sensor technology inside new smartphones and tablets, like the recent Project Tango by Google, to enable 3D mapping and localisation, navigation and object recognition. The team will then develop the best interface to relay that to users – whether that is vibrations, sounds or the spoken word.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/26/computer-vision-and-mobile-technology-could-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-see/, June 30, 2015

Five Innovative Technologies for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Tech innovators from around the world gathered at M-Enabling Summit this year in Washington, D.C. on June 1 and 2, alongside leaders of the accessibility community. CEA is a sponsor of the annual event, which highlights new advances in accessibility technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities.
From http://www.ce.org/Blog/Articles/2015/June/Five-Innovative-Technologies-for-Older-Adults-and, June 25, 2015

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