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Australia: The Accessible Exit Sign Project
Early in 2013, Lee Wilson, Director of Egress Group Pty Ltd embarked on a journey to write an evacuation guidebook for people with disabilities. It was during the research to prepare the book that he identified a major problem with exit signs currently provided in commercial buildings, facilities, ships and other forms of transportation.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/09/the-accessible-exit-sign-project/, December 11, 2014

Driverless Cars Launch in Four UK Cities Next Month
Four UK cities have been chosen to test driverless cars, starting in January 2015. Thanks to $15 million of funding from Innovate UK, the trials are set to take place in Greenwich, Milton Keynes and Bristol. Greenwich's proposed GATEway project will focus on safety and integrating autonomous vehicles into a busy transport system.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-12/04/uk-driverless-car-trial-cities, December 10, 2014

Open Source Hardware Companies Blend Altruism with Bottom Line
It's very easy for open source users around the world to collaboratively share data and files to modify software. Everyday examples include products like Mozilla Firefox and Chromium which allow users to modify, study, deconstruct and even distribute the programs in a collaborative way with no worry of patent or warranty infringement.
From http://www.kunc.org/post/open-source-hardware-companies-blend-altruism-bottom-line#.VIiFbVrnSCA.twitter, December 10, 2014

Orange and USAID Join Forces to Boost mHealth Innovations Across Africa
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and global telecommunications operator Orange announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa. “With the increasing use and decreasing cost of mobile phones, leveraging mobile phone technology to accelerate access to health information and services is a game changer,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Global Health. “USAID’s partnerships with private companies, such as Orange, enable us to have a larger impact in a cost-effective manner.”
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141210005848/en/Orange-USAID-join-forces-boost-mHealth-innovations#.VIiFw3vEjX5, December 10, 2014

Will the Home of the Future Improve Our Health?
According to BK Yoon, that would be one of the benefits in their vision of the 'home of the future'. Who is BK Yoon? He's President and CEO of Samsung Electronics. Last Friday, I listened as he delivered the opening keynote of IFA 2014, which is the largest consumer electronics and home appliance show in Europe.
From http://maneeshjuneja.com/blog/2014/9/9/future-home-health, December 09, 2014

UK: Budget Mobile VR Headset Launches
A couple of months ago, a small team from Carl Zeiss visited our office to show us a prototype of the VR One, a smartphone-enabled mobile headset they'd cooked up. They wanted to make it available in December, but what they showed us what little more than a proof of concept -- a moulded-plastic viewfinder that relied on hard finger-taps in order to back out of the few apps they'd cooked up. It was externally attractive, but it was internally clumsy, and Zeiss was hoping that developers would pick up the slack when the unit became available.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-12/04/new-improved-vr-headset, December 09, 2014

IBM, Apple Reveal First Fruits of Partnership
International Business Machines Corp. and Apple Inc. on Wednesday are unveiling the first fruits of a collaboration announced this summer, a set of 10 apps designed to exploit the push by businesses to adapt to the mobile era.
From http://www.wsj.com/articles/ibm-apple-reveal-first-fruits-of-partnership-1418218201, December 09, 2014

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Announcement for Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is just around the corner. The Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched the special Human Rights Day web page of the OHCHR website and would also like to update you on the latest developments: visual design, social media and High Commissioner’s statement. You can find them all on our special web page.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/08/office-of-the-united-nations-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-announcement-for-human-rights-day/, December 08, 2014

UN Experts Urge Full Support for People with Disabilities Rights
A group of international experts on the rights of persons with disabilities on Wednesday called on all Governments to work towards universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol. “Since 2006, the Convention has witnessed an impressive number of ratifications in a short period of time,” noted in a joint statemen Catalina Devandas, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, who currently chairs the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and Lenin Moreno, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/08/un-experts-urge-full-support-for-people-with-disabilities-rights/, December 08, 2014

Accessibility of English-language Proficiency Tests for English Learners with Disabilities
As the English-learner population continues to increase in number and diversity in the U.S., the challenge and importance of assessing all students, including students with disabilities, increases as well. A new white paper from Educational Testing Service (ETS) explores issues of accessibility for English learners with disabilities, including test design, delivery, uses in high-stakes accountability and the need for additional research. Conceptualizing Accessibility for English Language Proficiency Assessments was written by Danielle Guzman-Orth and Cara Laitusis of ETS, in collaboration with Martha Thurlow and Laurene Christensen of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/06/accessibility-of-english-language-proficiency-tests-for-english-learners-with-disabilities/, December 08, 2014

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