Thailand Introduces Videophone Booths for People with Hearing Disabilities
New telephone booths for people with hearing disabilities have been installed nationwide to allow them to communicate with friends, file complaints to the government or make emergency calls. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening of the centre for Thai Telecommunication Relay Service (TTRS) yesterday morning at the state-run Damrongtham complaint centre near Government House. The new telephone booths, fitted with a two-way communication screen, allow those with hearing disabilities to call friends, phone the government to register complaints about state agencies or make emergency inquiries.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/21/thailand-introduces-videophone-booths-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, April 22, 2015
Museums to Introduce Sign Language and Braille in Turkey
Services for people with vision and hearing disabilities will be increased at key Istanbul museums next year, the head of the country’s largest travel agency body claimed on Tuesday. “In 2016, we will make our guides use sign language for people with hearing disabilities and the [Braille] alphabet for people with vision disabilities ,” Basaran Ulusoy, president of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/20/museums-to-introduce-sign-language-and-braille-in-turkey/, April 22, 2015
Reading Systems Supporting Accessible EPUB 3 Bring New Opportunities to Customers with Print Disabilities
The Consortium is also a member of the Readium Foundation which promotes and develops technologies accelerating the adoption of EPUB 3 and the Open Web Platform by the global digital publishing industry.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/17/reading-systems-supporting-accessible-epub-3-bring-new-opportunities-to-customers-with-print-disabilities/, April 22, 2015
Device to Help Passengers with Vision Disabilities Board Buses
People with vision disabilities in Mumbai will no longer need to depend on co-passengers to board a bus. A click of a button will help people with vision disabilities identify the route number and also locate the bus door, helping them travel independently. On Friday, the Xavier’s Resource Centre for Visually Challenged (XRCVC), in collaboration with Assistech of IIT-Delhi will launch OnBoard, a bus identification system, at the BEST Undertaking premises at Colaba.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/17/device-to-help-passengers-with-vision-disabilities-board-buses/, April 22, 2015
UK: RLSB’s Wayfindr App Helps the Blind Nagivate the London Underground
The London subway system can difficult be difficult to navigate for tourists and locals alike. London's blind and visually impaired commuters have an additional layer of difficulty added to their daily subway travels. Without being able to clearly see any signage, their daily commute could range from a hassle to downright dangerous as they navigate stairs and train platforms. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) paired with developers UsTwo to create Wayfindr, an app that helps the blind and visually impaired find their way around the London underground.
From http://www.slashgear.com/rlsbs-wayfindr-app-helps-the-blind-nagivate-the-london-underground-09372589/, April 22, 2015
Swedish App Massively Expands Audio Described Cinema
A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000 each year. According to the project manager, Lisa Wacklin, audio description was previously delivered live in the cinema and the app has allowed the huge increase by automating the process.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/web/swedish-app-massively-expands-audio-described-cinema, April 21, 2015
USA: Student Inventors Tackle Elder Mobility Hurdles
When Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen heard about the 2015 Stanford Longevity Design Challenge on mobility, they welcomed the opportunity to create a human-centered design project. One of their advisers encouraged them to reach out to the people they were designing for: older adults. For their efforts, Steigmann and Jensen, juniors at The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, won the top prize at the recent global competition for designing products and services to improve the lives of older adults.
From http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2015-04/student-inventors-tackle-elder-mobility-hurdles, April 21, 2015
Singapore Ranked Best at Using ICT for Economic, Social Impact
Singapore is the best at using ICT to improve its economic competitiveness and social well-being, according to a new study by the World Economic Forum. The study ranks countries against the Networked Readiness Index, based on the regulatory and business environment; the availability of infrastructure and skills; affordability of ICT; individual, business and government usage; and economic and social impacts of ICT.
From http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6448-singapore-ranked-best-at-using-ict-for-economic-social-impact, April 21, 2015
Digital Access Enhances Life for the Disabled
Jane Snowdon is chief innovation officer in IBM's U.S. federal government division. Noticeable strides have been made since President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law 25 years ago. That was clear as his daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, spoke on his behalf in March at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) 2015 Leadership Awards Gala to commemorate the law's 25th anniversary.
From http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/it/blog/2015/04/16/digital-access-enhances-life-for-disabled/25871879/, April 21, 2015
All Hands, No Keyboard: New Technology Can Track Detailed Hand Motion
Researchers at Microsoft have developed a system that can track – in real time – all the sophisticated and nuanced hand motions that people make in their everyday lives. The Handpose system could eventually be used by everyone from law enforcement officials directing robots into dangerous situations to office workers who want to sort through e-mail or read documents with a few flips of the wrist instead of taps on a keyboard.
From http://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2015/04/17/all-hands-no-keyboard-new-technology-can-track-detailed-hand-motion/, April 18, 2015