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USA: Broadway Theaters to Make Disabled Accessibility Changes
Nine of Broadway’s most famous theaters in a settlement with the feds agreed Wednesday to make massive changes to boost accessibility for disabled patrons. Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara announced the filing and simultaneous settlement of a lawsuit his office brought against the Nederlander Organization, which owns and operates the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace and ­Richard Rodgers theatres.
From http://nypost.com/2014/01/30/broadway-theaters-to-make-disabled-accessibility-changes/, January 31, 2014

Accessibility Awards for 2013 Including Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year
The AbleGamers Charity Annual List of the Year’s Best Accessibility Achievements Including Media Champion, Innovator, Device, Publisher, Indie Game and Mainstream Game of the Year. The AbleGamers Charity enters a new era of recognizing the greatest accessibility achievements of the year in the gaming industry. In addition to this year’s mainstream accessible game of the year award, AbleGamers will also be recognizing media champion, innovator, device, publisher, and indie game of the year.
From http://www.ablegamers.com/ablegamers-news/accessibility-awards-for-2013-including-mainstream-accessible-game-of-the-year, January 31, 2014

App Lets Blind People See What's in Front of Them
For nearly a year, Rose Wagan has been using an app called Tap Tap See, which in its unique way lets blind people see what's in front them. The app uses an iDevice's camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out lout for the user. Rose Waagan, blind since birth, uses her iPhone 5.
From http://www.komonews.com/news/local/App-Lets-Blind-People-See-Whats-in-Front-of-Them-241752171.html, January 30, 2014

The mHealth Movement: Mobile Apps and the Rise of Portable Care
an a text message or a smartphone app make you a better patient or keep you out of the ER? The rise of mHealth — the catchall term for medical services delivered via mobile devices — is showing promise for people who struggle to manage an array of health and lifestyle challenges. Mobile technology can be used to remotely monitor and report data on patient indicators such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, cholesterol and other vitals. Data streams fed into tracking software can help doctors detect problems when they start, leading to earlier intervention. And for patients, smartphones can relay physician feedback and promote healthy behavior.
From http://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/cvs-innovation-care/2014/01/mhealth-movement-mobile-apps-and-rise-portable-care/97/, January 30, 2014

USA: FCC Grants Waiver of Accessibility Rules to e-Readers
On January 28, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau granted a one-year waiver of its ACS accessibility rules for “basic e-readers” that are designed primarily for the purpose of reading text-based digital works, such as books, and that meet each of the following requirements, including that the device has no LCD screen, but rather utilizes a screen that is designed to optimize reading.
From http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/fcc-grants-waiver-of-accessibility-rules-to-e-readers/article/367988, January 29, 2014

Munich Airport Sets New Accessibility Benchmark
Munich International is the first German airport to offer a changing place for adults with severe mobility limitations. The 14 square foot (approximately 4 square metres) fully accessible changing place is equipped with an accessible toilet, a height adjustable bed with side rails and an overhead hoist to help passengers with restricted mobility. The special equipment allows the user easily to reach from the wheelchair to the bed or to the toilet.
From http://www.reducedmobility.eu/20140129425/The-News/munich-airport-sets-new-accessibility-benchmark.html, January 29, 2014

UK: Disability Groups Welcome Improvements to the Accessibility at Swansea High Street Station
Disability groups have welcomed improvements to the accessibility at Swansea High Street station. Many of the elements to improve accessibility in the £7.6m refurbishment project, funded by the Welsh Government and Network Rail, have been praised by disability groups for making the station easier to navigate. Some of the improvements have included a tactile guidance path for blind and partially sighted people, improved natural lighting, use of colour contrast and reduction of clutter around the station.
From http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Disability-groups-welcomed-improvements/story-20519997-detail/story.html, January 29, 2014

Project RAY - Smartphones for People With Vision Loss
Boaz Zilberman and the Project RAY team saw that smartphones were changing the way that people lived and decided that people with vision loss needed a device that could perform the same functions.
From http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/7028/Project-RAY--Smartphones-for-People-with-Vision-Loss.aspx, January 28, 2014

W3C 25th Anniversary Celebration and What the Next 25 Looks Like
W3C is now looking at the future. What’s the next 25 years? How will it transform music, healthcare, digital publishing, and more. They have been looking at transformation of society, industry and consumer behavior. They are seeing many changes. For instance, web publishing is high quality. Add mass distribution and the game has officially changed.
From http://tpn.tv/2014/01/27/w3c-25th-anniversary-celebration-and-what-the-next-25-looks-like/, January 28, 2014

A Matter of Accessibility: UT Looks to Improve Campus for Disabled
Lindsay Lee generally gives the University of Tennessee high marks in terms of addressing the needs of students, faculty and staff living with disabilities on its Knoxville campus.
From http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jan/21/a-matter-of-accessibility-ut-looks-to-improve/, January 28, 2014

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