How Blind Smartphone Users Helped This Startup Test the Waters
It was midnight in London when Ioannis Verdelis got the call from his co-founder Kostas Eleftheriou that gave him the insight for how to take on his company's biggest competitor. During the conversation, Eleftheriou explained how their product had a true, life-changing connection with their target demographic -- blind people. While presenting at their first demo in 2012 in front of a visually-impaired audience, people were moved to tears using their product Fleksy, a mobile application that allows people to use their phones without looking at the device. It was the first time many of these people experienced a product that is designed to help them forget their disability.
From http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229387#ixzz2hnJ2PstM, October 15, 2013
WHO, Partners Release New Guidance on Disability and Emergency Risk Management
WHO and its partners jointly released new guidance to help countries meet the needs of people with disabilities during all phases of emergencies. For the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2013, WHO focuses on the challenges that people with disabilities face during emergencies.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/10/15/who-partners-release-new-guidance-on-disability-and-emergency-risk-management/, October 15, 2013
ITU Launches WSIS Project Prize 2014 Competition
For the third consecutive year, ITU has launched a competition that recognizes excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) goals of improving connectivity to information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), particularly within underserved communities. Organized into four phases which will run until mid-April 2014, the contest comprises 18 categories directly linked to the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action. Winners for each category will be announced at an award ceremony in April 2014, during the WSIS+10 High-Level Event.
From http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2013/43.aspx, October 15, 2013
Jamaica: ODPEM to Test Disaster Warning System for Disabled Persons
Testing will begin this week on a pilot early warning system to alert disabled persons of impending disaster. Senior Telecommunications Engineer at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Ruel Corniffe, said that the pilot system, which will be tested in targeted communities in Portmore, St. Catherine, facilitates real-time warning and response to disasters such as hurricanes and flooding for the disabled.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/10/11/jamaica-to-test-disaster-warning-system-for-persons-with-disabilities/, October 15, 2013
Digital Technology to Help Family Caregivers Improve Senior Care
Technology has become invaluable when caring for senior adults – and we have barely scratched the surface on its potential. Local and long distance family caregivers can now be a bigger part of the daily lives of their senior loved ones by following a wide range of activities, not only health and safety related but also socialization activities.
From http://ht.ly/pMkw0, October 14, 2013
How Technology Changes The Skills We Need To Learn
A while back, Bill Keller of The New York Times stirred up a hornet’s nest when he wrote a column worrying that joining Facebook would have a debilitating effect on his 13 year-old daughter’s intellectual faculties. Technology advocates, including me, pounced.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregsatell/2013/09/28/how-technology-changes-the-skills-we-need-to-learn/#!, October 14, 2013
Uruguay Developing Plan to Cater to Disabled Tourists
Uruguay has launched an ambitious plan to make its tourist offerings more accessible to the disabled thanks to the support of Spain’s Fundacion ONCE, which on Wednesday participated in this capital in a seminar on the subject.
From http://turismoadaptado.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/uruguay-developing-plan-to-cater-to-disabled-tourists/#!, October 14, 2013
‘Kinect’ Technology Used to Help Workers with Disabilities
The same technology that makes your kid able to interact with video games is now being used to help people with disabilities. Wayzata-based technology firm RBA developed new software using the Microsoft Kinect motion sensor technology to help workers at Opportunity Partners. The St. Paul organization employs people with disabilities to work small jobs. Opportunity Partners' Nate Tyler says, "Our goal is to start them out in settings like this where we can start them with hands-on training. But our goal is to get them into more independent placement and work as we go along."
From http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3106211.shtml?cat=10728#!, October 14, 2013
Pushing for Inclusive Global Development at the United Nations
People with disabilities belong at the heart of international development. That was the message hundreds of government officials and representatives from around the world delivered when they gathered for the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) in September. They called for disability to become an integral part of a new international development agenda. Today, people with disabilities are not a focus of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which expire in 2015. As the UN considers its next plan it should focus on disability because 80 percent of the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities live in the developing world.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2013/10/09/pushing-for-inclusive-global-development-at-the-united-nations.aspx, October 10, 2013
Nokia Create Adds ‘Do Good’ Mission to Develop Apps for Visually Impaired
Today the Nokia Create contest added a great new twist for Windows Phone app developers with a mission dedicated to the idea of “Doing Good”. In partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), developers are invited to create new apps that will make the lives of people with low vision easier; or update their existing apps to make them more accessible in general.
From http://conversations.nokia.com/2013/10/01/nokia-create-adds-do-good-mission-to-develop-apps-for-visually-impaired/, October 10, 2013