Belgium: European Commission Announces Access City Award Winner 2014
On the occasion of the European Day for people with disabilities (3 December) the European Commission announced that Gothenburg is the winner of the Access City Award 2014. The Award recognizes Gothenburg’s outstanding work towards increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and older people. The 2014 Award is organized by the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum, and is presented in Brussels during the event ”Accessible Tourism in Europe” on the occasion of the annual European Day of People with Disabilities and the European Tourism Day. The Award aims to encourage cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants to share their experience and to improve accessibility for the benefit of all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/european-commission-announces-access-city-award-winner-2014/, December 11, 2013
India: Wipro Receives Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Wipro today announced that it has been recognized with the National award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2013 under the category – Best Accessible Website (Private Sector) for its corporate website wipro.com. Wipro employee Nupur Jain, has also received the ‘Role Model’ award in the individual category. These prestigious awards, given by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, recognize outstanding persons with disabilities and individuals and organizations that are working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/10/wipro-receives-award-for-empowerment-of-persons-with-disabilities/, December 11, 2013
USA Legislator: Mobile tools can boost federal healthcare programs Read more: Legislator: Mobile Tools Can Boost Federal Healthcare Programs
Legislation recently introduced to Congress by Rep. Scott Peters (R-Calif.) seeks to increase the use of wireless technologies in healthcare to ultimately bring care costs down. The bill--the "Health Savings Through Technology Act"--calls for the creation of a commission that would inventory existing data and examine any cost-savings attainable through the use of wireless health technologies. The commission then would devise a strategy for integrating the most successful tools into federal healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
From http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/legislator-mobile-tools-can-boost-federal-healthcare-programs/2013-12-03, December 10, 2013
Mobile Health App Regulation More Than Just FDA, ONC
This year has been a big year for health app regulation: FDA released its final guidance on regulation of mobile medical apps earlier this year, and the ONC released its final HIPAA omnibus rule in January. But there is a third agency regulating health apps, in cases where neither the FDA’s harm standard nor HIPAA apply: the Federal Trade Commission.
From http://mobihealthnews.com/27915/mobile-health-app-regulation-is-more-than-just-fda-onc/, December 10, 2013
Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only if Firms Bite
Computer technology offers us abilities we could once only dream about. But many companies have yet to recognize the commercial opportunity in making products for the disabled. Some argue that ignoring accessibility issues completely is a multi-billion dollar mistake.
From http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=225791332, December 10, 2013
EU: The 'Global Campaign for Education' Alliance Releases Report on Inclusive Education
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) issued a report calling for inclusive education for children with disabilities. A report entitled “Equal Right, Equal Opportunity” urges national governments to adopt appropriate legislative frameworks and set out national plans for inclusive education.
From http://www.e-include.eu/news/1428-the-global-campaign-for-education-alliance-released-a-report-on-inclusive-education, December 10, 2013
GSMA mHealth in Nigeria: Innovating Mobile Solutions That Push Towards the MDGs
It is worrisome that, with less than 2 years to the set date for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the numbers are not looking good regarding the situation of women and children in Nigeria. It is reported that about 53,000 women die annually from complications during pregnancy and delivery, including hemorrhage, infections, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure leading to convulsion, anemia and malaria, just to mention a few.
From http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/gsma-mhealth-in-nigeria-innovating-mobile-solutions-that-push-towards-the-mdgs, December 10, 2013
USA: FCC Revises Complaint Procedures for Resolving Accessibility Issues
The FCC released a Public Notice [DA 13-2177] highlighting new procedures for filing complaints regarding the accessibility of “advanced communications services and equipment, Internet browsers built into mobile phones, and telecommunications services and equipment.” The new procedures follow two recent CVAA mandates which require advanced communications systems and equipment and internet browsers on mobile phones to be accessible to people with disabilities. The complaint procedures allow individuals to contact the company directly with accessibility issues or to contact the FCC Disability Rights Office, which will work with the individual and the company to try and resolve the accessibility issue. Informal complaints may now only be filed after the individual has contacted the FCC Disability Rights Office to request dispute assistance.
From http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db1114/DA-13-2177A1.pdf, December 09, 2013
USA: FCC Task Force to Address IP Transition
On November 19, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a blog post entitled The IP Transition: Starting Now. The post highlighted future efforts of the FCC Technology Transitions Policy Task Force concerning evolving communications networks, often called the “IP transition.” Specifically, the post noted considerations for an Order providing the FCC with recommendations regarding the implementation, data collection practices and consideration of policy issues for IP transition pilot projects. Following Chairman Wheeler’s post, the FCC released a Public Notice [DA 13-2078] describing the ways that “interested parties can provide input into the work of the Task Force.”
From http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db1119/DA-13-2078A1.pdf, December 09, 2013
Call for Participants: Cognitive Accessibility Task Force
The newly developed W3C Cognitive Accessibility Task Force is seeking new members. The Task Force, which is a joint effort of the Protocols Formats Working Group (PFWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAGWG), will work to provide guidance to ensure that web content is accessible for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.
From http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/cognitive-a11y-tf/, December 09, 2013