Hyundai Unveils the Future of Personal Mobility
At the Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai's engineers unveiled a moveable egg concept that promises speeds faster than a Segway. The egg is entitled the E4U – standing for Egg, Evolution, Electricity and Eco-friendliness. The result of an annual invention contest among Hyundai engineers in South Korea, the odd-egg was designed as a potential future of personal mobility: It can travel up to speeds just shy of 20 mph, weighs 176 lbs, and boasts a 24V battery attached to a 500W electric motor.
From http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/hyundai-unveils-future-personal-mobility-because-walking-doesn-150759928.html, April 10, 2013
US Justice Department May Revise Web Accessibility Rules
As vendors such as Adobe look to make websites and documents like PDFs accessible for people with disabilities, the tech industry and disabled users await more clarity on accessibility laws. The US Justice Department may update the 1990 American With Disabilities Act (ADA) to outline how state and local government websites can make “services, programs, or activities” accessible to people with disabilities, according to DOJ guidance at Reginfo.gov. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is scheduled for July 2013.
From http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/us-justice-department-may-revise-web-accessibility-rules-112315, April 10, 2013
Columbia Business School has Produced a Pioneering Business School Case Study Profiling the Disability Market
In early 2012, supported by a seed grant from PepsiCo, Nithya Raman, then a masters student in marketing at Columbia Business School (CBS), partnered with Rich Donovan, CBS ’02, a world-renowned expert in the convergence of people with disabilities (PWD) and corporate profitability. Together, they framed a lead user study to gain PWD-inspired insights into innovation in the retail space. In this case, students learn of past applications of the lead user method to achieve breakthrough innovation and the step-by-step process by which Raman framed and carried out her study.
From http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/caseworks/node/449/A+Lead+User+Template%3A+Unlocking+the+Value+of+PWD, April 10, 2013
How Windows Screen Readers Work on the Web
If you try to use a Windows screen reader on the web for the first time, you might find the experience to be daunting and confusing. This is because Windows screen readers introduce new access paradigms which do not always match what is displayed visually. Windows screen readers offer several modes to allow a user to review and interact with web content. Successfully using a screen reader on the web requires the user to be able to determine which mode is currently active, the operation paradigm for each mode, and how to switch modes as required.
From https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2013/04/08/how-windows-screen-readers-work-on-the-web/, April 10, 2013
Do We Need Specialized Hardware for the Deaf?
A company called Purple Communications this week unveiled a product called SmartVP. It’s a videophone with applications and features to help deaf people communicate. Purple says it’s the first videophone to feature “true HD quality.” How do deaf people use the telephone? In the past, most used a typing system called TTY. Paging devices soon followed; the term became so fixed that the deaf community is said to still call all wireless devices, including iPhones, “pagers.”
From http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513336/do-we-need-specialized-hardware-for-the-deaf/, April 09, 2013
mHealth 2.0: To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before
We now have evidence that mobile phones in the hands of a health worker can lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of acute problems such as pneumonia and dehydration. Diagnostic tests linked to a phone can improve identification of malaria. Reminders and alerts can help patients remember take their drugs at home. We can reduce the number of stock outs of drugs in a health facility. Community health workers (CHW) can do more with mobile phone support and supervisors can know what they are doing.
From http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/mhealth-2-0-to-boldly-go-where-no-one-has-gone-before, April 09, 2013
Accessible Online Courses: Techniques and Tips
How can you create online course content that is more accessible to students, even (or especially) to those with permanent or temporary physical or sensory challenges? It is most important that learners can access the material, so understanding the learners and thinking about potential barriers is key. Making this your focus will change your thought processes and allow you to avoid potential accessibility issues from the start, saving time and improving the quality of your work.
From http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1145/, April 09, 2013
Egypt to Create ICT Centers for Persons with Disabilities
Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education on supporting ICT centres for the disabled at Public Universities. The agreement was signed at the second Annual Conference and Exhibition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for People with Disabilities at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) headquarters in Smart Village.
From http://pctechmag.com/2013/04/egypt-to-create-ict-centres-for-the-disabled/, April 08, 2013
Guide: Making Accessible Icon Buttons
In the beginning, there <input type="image">. Many seem to have forgotten this part of HTML. Early on, web developers wanted to use images as submit buttons rather than the plain submit button and <input type="image"> allowed you to create an image that actually works like a button. Further, this type of image actually announces itself as a button in screen readers. Anytime you want the user to click on something and not navigate to another page, you’re looking for a button, and <input type="image"> gives you a nice compact way of doing that while supporting the same attributes as <img>.
From http://www.nczonline.net/blog/2013/04/01/making-accessible-icon-buttons/, April 08, 2013
New Zealand: CapTel Call Center Provides Captioned Telephone Service for People with Hearing Disabilities
Sprint, a leader in wireless accessibility, announced another milestone in the company’s effort to enable telecommunications for all. Sprint opened the first CapTel call center outside of the United States in Auckland, New Zealand. CapTel service provides captioned conversations for people with hearing disabilities. Sprint marked the opening of the call center with a ceremonial call from Amy Adams, New Zealand communications and information technology minister, to Louise Carol, a New Zealand resident with hearing disabilities for the past 20 years.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/04/06/captel-call-center-provides-captioned-telephone-service-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities-in-new-zealand/, April 08, 2013