Korean Researchers Develop Glasses that Allow Deaf People ‘See’ Sounds
A pair of glasses can now alert people who are deaf about loud noises – like the honk of a car horn. Developed by a group of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, the glasses allows the wearer to “see” when a loud sound is made, and gives an indication of where it came from, New Scientist reported. An array of seven microphones, mounted on the frame of the glasses, pinpoints the location of such sounds and relays that directional information to the wearer through a set of LEDs embedded inside the frame. The glasses will only flash alerts on sounds louder than a threshold level, which is defined by the wearer.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/09/06/korean-researchers-develop-glasses-that-allow-deaf-people-see-sounds/, September 11, 2012
USA: Bookshare Helps San Jose Students with Disabilities Learn
Since is debut in 2002, Bookshare has transformed not only reading but schooling for students with various disabilities. The program, an initiative of the Palo Alto-based nonprofit Benetech, produces an online library of accessible books for those visually or severely physically disabled or with learning disabilities like dyslexia. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education, Bookshare's library of nearly 160,000 titles are provided free to students who qualify.
From http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_21493562/bookshare-helps-san-jose-students-disabilities-learn, September 11, 2012
USA: School Technology Showcase - Digital Books for Students with Print Disabilities
California parents of children with special needs, educators and disability reporters, please consider attending this school technology showcase to learn about the benefits of digital books and reading technologies to improve the learning outcomes of U.S. students with qualified print disabilities. Currently, more than 15,000 CA students who are blind, have low vision, a physical disability or learning disability, like dyslexia, are members of a free online digital library called Bookshare. (www.bookshare.org).
From http://paloalto.patch.com/announcements/school-technology-showcase-digital-books-for-students-with-print-disabilities-574a64c4?logout=true, September 11, 2012
USA: ACB Releases Video Description Complaint Guide that Allows Consumers to Lodge Complaints with FCC
Since the video description rules became effective in July, disability advocates have heard from many individuals who have experienced extreme difficulty in receiving described TV programming. It seems that many cable/satellite companies have not adequately trained their customer service representatives to work with people who are blind or visually impaired to trouble-shoot these challenges. To aid implementation of these new rules, ACB has created a video description complaint guide that is designed to more formally allow consumers to lodge their challenges with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
From http://www.coataccess.org/node/10113, September 11, 2012
USA: New York Judge to Review Polling Places Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
A judge who ruled last month that New York City polling places are not accessible for persons with disabilities asked lawyers Monday to provide fresh reports after primary elections this week. U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts told lawyers she wants to know how voting goes Thursday at up to 40 of the city’s most troubled polling sites as a way to gauge the city’s plan to improve access for voters with disabilities.
Stephen Kitzinger, a city lawyer, outlined the plan at a court hearing Monday, saying coordinators at more than 1,300 polling sites will check periodically to ensure there are no problems. He said the coordinators will be responsible to ensure their sites are accessible to people in wheelchairs and scooters, and that workers are following the 20-step instructions they were given to ensure the Americans with Disabilities Act is followed. Each site also will have a 5-foot-long chain to make sure areas are wide enough for those who need more space.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com, September 11, 2012
Dubai: Touchscreen Devices Game Changers in Mobile Health Industry
The advent of touchscreen devices and the way this will enable new health apps are two significant game changers in the mobile health industry, says George MacGinnis of the Continua Health Alliance. George is a speaker at the upcoming Mobile Health Global Summit & Expo as part of the Connected World Forum which will gather industry experts and technology giants in Dubai in November.
From http://www.ameinfo.com/touchscreen-devices-real-game-changers-mobile-310758, September 07, 2012
USA: Department of Labor's ODEP to Host Accessible Technology Podcast on Innovation and Accessibility
A live audio discussion with Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy; Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer, Federal Communications Commission; Sheila Campbell, Director, Center for Excellence in Digital Government in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration; and moderator Tom Temin, Anchor, Federal News Radio.
From http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/Technology.htm, September 04, 2012
W3C WAI Research and Development Working Group Invites Contributions to the Online Symposium on Text Customization for Readability
This symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, and users with disabilities to explore the needs of people with low vision, dyslexia, and other conditions and situations that impact reading. We invite research and position papers of about 1,000 words. We encourage you to submit new research, ongoing research, and analysis of past research related to text customization for readability. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published online in an attributable form as part of the symposium proceedings. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the symposium panel.
From http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/2012/text-customization, September 03, 2012
USA: Microsoft India Recognized by the NCPEDP for Its Global Accessibility Solutions
Microsoft India was recently recognized by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) for its “work towards the cause of accessibility.” Only four awards by NCPEDP are made in this category every year. NCPEDP conferred this award on August 14th, at an event in New Delhi , celebrating Microsoft India’s work partnering with Government, Academia, Special Institutions and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), throughout India, to extend the use of technology to persons with disabilities.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2012/08/29/global-accessibility-solutions-in-action-microsoft-india-recognized-by-the-ncpedp.aspx, August 31, 2012
Australia: Mobile App Delivers Real-time Captions for Live Theater Performances
Captions have long been available for television and movies, but live theater has traditionally been trickier to understand for those with hearing loss or other impairments. The Captioning Studio has released a new app that delivers real-time theater captioning on smartphone and tablet devices.
From http://www.springwise.com/entertainment/mobile-app-delivers-real-time-captions-live-theatre-performances/, August 30, 2012