Apple Lineup to Become More Disability Friendly
The iPhone and iPad will soon be even simpler to use for people with a wide range of disabilities thanks to a new software update, Apple Inc. officials said this week. Changes designed to make the popular mobile devices more accessible are expected in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/06/12/apple-disability-friendly/15835/, June 12, 2012
Google Glasses Offers Text Message Alerts to People with Hearing Disabilities
Google continues to add to their product offerings in some incredible ways, proving that they are serious about staying on the cutting edge of technological innovation. The Google Wallet app is slowly making it possible for an individual to completely forgo cash transactions, and manage their finances through a smartphone.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/28/google-glasses-offers-text-message-alerts-to-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, June 12, 2012
Mozambican Ministry of Education Launches ‘Inclusive Literacy Project’
The Mozambican Ministry of Education and its civil society partners on Wednesday launched the “inclusive literacy project” for youths and adults. The target beneficiaries of the project are youth with disabilities and adults who were unable to gain access to education when they were of school age because of their disability.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/26/mozambican-ministry-of-education-launches-inclusive-literacy-project/, June 08, 2012
Swiss Scientists Demonstrate Mind-Controlled Robot for People with Disabilities
Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a person with paralysis can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/26/swiss-scientists-demonstrate-mind-controlled-robot-for-people-with-disabilities/, June 08, 2012
Turkey: Istanbul Atatürk Airport Now More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
The services and facilities for persons with disabilities, elderly people and sick travelers passing through İstanbul Atatürk Airport are being revamped to improve accessibility and comfort.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/24/istanbul-ataturk-airport-now-more-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/, June 08, 2012
Study: Neuroscientists Aim to Help the Blind to See by Stimulating 'Mind's Eye'
Neuroscientists at the University of Texas are studying how people form mental images when their eyes are closed with a view to developing a "visual prosthetic" to help the blind see. A combined team from the Health Science Centre at Houston Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine have discovered a neural mechanism for conscious perception. It could allow medics to create prosthetics for blind people that bypass eyes that no longer work to stimulate the brain into creating mental images.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-06/07/neuroscience-visual-prosthetics, June 07, 2012
India's Overhauled Copyright Law to Benefit Persons with Disabilities
The Indian Parliament has approved a landmark new bill that will bring major changes to the country’s current copyright law, officials announced late last month. The legislation is expected to have major implications for areas ranging from the relationship between authors and producers in the music sector to limitations and exceptions for people with disabilities. The new Indian copyright regime also encompasses more specific exceptions and limitations for persons with disabilities, covering all copyrighted material in “accessible format” - such as Braille - as well as other formats, if the latter are being used by non-profits working with the disabled.
From http://ictsd.org/i/news/bridgesweekly/134796/, June 07, 2012
Canadian Police Adopt Video Remote Interpreting Service for Deaf People
The Windsor Police Service has become the first force in Ontario to launch a high-tech service aimed at improving communication with people who are deaf, hard of hearing and with other language barriers. Police partnered in June 2011 with Language Services Associates, a U.S. organization offering language translation services, to do a 30-day trial in the Emergency 911 Centre.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/14/canadian-police-adopt-video-remote-interpreting-service-for-deaf-people/, June 07, 2012
USA: IDPP Attends M-Enabling Inaugural Global Briefing Tour
Mr. Clyde White, IDPP Director of Technology, attended the M-Enabling: New Milestones for Mobile Accessibility inaugural session of the M-Enabling Global Briefing Tour at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Headquarters on 4 June 2012.
From http://cotelco.net/IDPP-attends-Inaugural-MEnabling-Session, June 06, 2012
USA: Mobile Innovations for Persons with Disabilities Require Increased Spectrum
The development of mobile accessibility (m-enabling) technologies has “cut the cord” on many of these life-changing benefits, allowing people to enjoy them on the move. Tools such as assistive mobile apps, handsets, web services and other cutting-edge wireless technologies provide access to numerous opportunities that were once considered unattainable for those with disabilities. These m-enabling technologies empower users in unprecedented ways, enhancing the lives of 54 million Americans who live with disabilities.
From http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/231001-mobile-innovations-for-persons-with-disabilities-require-increased-spectrum, June 06, 2012