Inclusion and Accessibility for People Living with Disabilities
For more than 35 years, I have been involved with the work of inclusion and accessibility and when I learned that a small, thoughtful, committed group of students, faculty and staff were efforting to change the world for those of us living with disabilities by beginning with the Ohio University community, I wanted in on being a part of the effort! As it turned out, I was invited to become part of this effort beginning December 1, 2011. Fueled by President McDavis’ commitment to the full implementation of the American’s with Disabilities Act with a focus of “working toward full accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities,” this small group of committed people dared to dream big dreams of what a fully and seamless inclusive and accessible Ohio University community could look like.
From woub.org/2013/10/30/inclusion-and-accessibility-people-living-disabilities-why-it-matters-now-more-ever, November 15, 2013
Disability Technology: Is the Future Already Here?
Technology has long been heralded as a solution to the many difficulties experienced by disabled people. So how can it help? In the last 10 years, focus has shifted from desktop PCs to mobile devices. Today's smartphones are mini-computers with an increasing range of features for disabled people - they talk, hook up to hearing aids and have other ingenious accessibility functions.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-24926652, November 14, 2013
November 14 Is World Usability Day
The importance of user-centered design in healthcare is truly life or death. Whether it's new medical devices or technologies; drug research, approval or delivery; patient forms or medical record sharing; emergency disaster planning or increasing the functionality of hospitals and everyday healthcare delivery, everyone is affected in some way by the intersection of usability in healthcare. There are many commonalities, yet each region of the world faces its own set of unique challenges. We believe that focusing World Usability Day 2013 on healthcare will create a stronger awareness of these issues and lead to initiative that have long term impact on the quality of everyone's life.
From http://worldusabilityday.org/, November 14, 2013
New Assistive Technology Resource for Persons with Disabilities
Assistive technology is increasingly opening the doors of possibilities for people with different types of disabilities be it education, work, or everyday life in society. It is becoming that essential tool which helps individuals to become more independent, confident, productive, and better integrated into their communities.
From http://www.digitalqatar.qa/en/2013/11/14/new-assistive-technology-resource-at-your-fingertips/, November 14, 2013
USICD Youth in Development DC Internship Program
In 2013, with the vital support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), USICD launched its first internship program focusing on youth with disabilities who are interested in international affairs careers. The project follows from a vision, core to USICD’s mission, to increase disability inclusion in U.S. foreign affairs by supporting future generations of Americans to invest their skills and talents in this field. The program will be held again in 2014.
From http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257, November 14, 2013
Digital Inclusion: Making a Difference Through IT
“I had little interest in technology before joining Microsoft six years ago.” Now a passionate advocate for digital inclusion, Belinda explained, “Using the latest technologies everyday has converted me!” She continued, “Exponential technological advances have altered the structures of societies, economies and governance. The amazing possibilities of technology can be a double-edged sword if we are not on the right side of the digital divide.”
From http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_citizenship_asia_pacific/archive/2013/11/12/making-a-difference-through-it-belinda-gorman.aspx, November 14, 2013
Developmental Disabilities and the Community: Why Inclusion is Important
Some months ago, I chanced upon a wonderful video, of a remarkable woman, Karen Gaffney. In 2001, Karen was the first person with Down Syndrome to swim the English Channel. In 2010, she swam Boston Harbor. She is a speaker, self-advocate, and President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, which advocates for full inclusion of those with developmental disabilities into society.
From http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/201101/developmental-disabilities-and-the-community-why-inclusion-is-important, November 13, 2013
Will IBM’s Watson Usher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp. The trusty programmable machines that have proliferated since the 1940s will someday give way to cognitive systems that draw inferences from data in a way that mimics the human brain.
From http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=will-ibms-watson-usher-in-cognitive-computing, November 13, 2013
Ghana: Deploy Sign Language Interpreters into Healthcare Delivery
The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) on Tuesday called on government to deploy sign language interpreters into the healthcare delivery system to prevent needless deaths of deaf persons. The association said many healthcare practitioners in the country did not have training in sign language or had very little knowledge of it and could not communicate effectively with deaf people.
From http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/11/13/deploy-sign-language-interpreters-into-healthcare-delivery-gnad/, November 13, 2013
European Accessibility Act: EDF Calls on the EC to Deliver Legislative Proposal on the Accessibility of Goods and Services
On 11 November, the disability movement met with the Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding to discuss the actions that the Commission is taking on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Ms Reding expressed the European Commission’s commitment to the preparation of the legislative proposal of the Act.
From http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13855&thebloc=33115, November 13, 2013