Canada: The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled
Almost 1 million Canadians live with blindness or partial sight. For these individuals, it can be especially difficult to find print material in a format that is both accessible and easy to use. New technologies can help to address this challenge. However, more can still be done to ensure that copyright laws do not create additional barriers for those with a print disability, and that users have access to the latest and best published material from around the world.
From http://bit.ly/1HMiKcv, April 28, 2015
Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Now Offers Videophone Technical Support in American Sign Language (ASL)
Accessibility enables people of all abilities to realize their full potential. Microsoft creates technology that is accessible to people around the world—of all ages and abilities. The Disability Answer Desk is where people with disabilities can get support with Microsoft products and accessibility features.
From https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility, April 28, 2015
Microsoft Accessibility Developer Hub: Making Apps Accessible
With an estimated one billion people around the world with a disability, many people are still unable to take full advantage of their smartphone, tablet or PC and the apps on them. Cue the Accessibility Developer Hub.
From http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2015/04/27/accessibility-developer-hub-making-apps-accessible/, April 28, 2015
Mobile Health Technology Transformed through Wearables
At the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition that took place in Chicago last week, the HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey showed that the health IT sector was integrating mobile health technology in more comprehensive and all-encompassing approaches.
From http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/mobile-health-technology-transformed-through-wearables, April 27, 2015
Microsoft Partners with Kenya’s ICTA to Strengthen ICT and Innovation
The Kenya ICT Authority last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, promising to distribute 1.2 million affordable devices to local primary and secondary schools by 2016. To support the dissemination of these devices, Microsoft has pledged to train 30,000 teachers in ICT skills through the company’s Partners in Learning network over the next five years, according to various reports.
From http://pctechmag.com/2015/04/microsoft-partners-with-kenyas-icta-to-strengthen-ict-and-innovation/, April 27, 2015
How Wearables and Mobile Health Tech are Reshaping Clinical Trials
For example, 23andMe, the Silicon Valley maker of personalized genetic tests, has hired Genentech R&D executive Richard Scheller to lead a new therapeutics group that will use the company’s archived genetic data to find correlations and patterns across different disease states in an effort to develop its own therapies.
From http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/17/how-wearables-and-mobile-health-tech-are-reshaping-clinical-trials/, April 27, 2015
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