British Telecom Launches ‘Next Generation Text’ Service
British Telecomm (BT) has today launched its new Next Generation Text (NGT) service, which will make it much easier for people with hearing and speech disabilities to make phone calls. NGT enables people who need to use text, to communicate with others over the phone either directly or through a relay assistant. The relay assistant acts as an intermediary to convert speech to text and vice versa for the two people in conversation.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/07/british-telecom-launches-next-generation-text-service/, October 07, 2014
Nigeria: Keystone Bank Launches ATM for Customers with Disabilities
Keystone Bank Limited has commissioned an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery that was specifically built to accommodate customers with mobility disabilities. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony in Lagos, Executive Director, Operations and Technology, Keystone Bank,Mrs. Yvonne Isichei, said the bank decided to locate the ATM gallery at its Maryland branch because it is a very busy metropolitan area.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/07/keystone-bank-launches-atm-for-customers-with-disabilities/, October 07, 2014
New Google Glass App Provides Real-Time Closed Captioning
A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps users with hard-of-hearing with everyday conversations. A person with hard-of-hearing wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/06/new-google-glass-app-provides-real-time-closed-captioning/, October 06, 2014
New Mobile App Makes Audio Streaming of Newspapers and Magazines Available to Persons with Print Disabilities
CRIS (Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc.) today announced the release of an Android smartphone app that makes it easy for people who are blind, and those with other print disabilities to access human narrated versions of newspapers and magazines from Android smartphones.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/03/new-mobile-app-makes-audio-streaming-of-newspapers-and-magazines-available-to-persons-with-print-disabilities/, October 03, 2014
USA: Portland Community College Introduces Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators
Portland Community College (PCC) has teamed with Desire2Learn (D2L) to introduce a massive open online course (MOOC) for educators that will address Web accessibility concerns associated with online learning. PCC and D2L are working together to offer this practical, hands-on MOOC to help all educators become more versed in the issues of web accessibility in online education.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/30/portland-community-college-introduces-web-accessibility-mooc-for-educators/, September 30, 2014
Blue Jeans Network Adds Key Features to Enhance Video Conferencing Accessibility to Customers with Disabilities
Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, today announced it has added key features to enhance its video conferencing service to make it more accessible to customers with disabilities such as vision and hearing disabilities. The first cloud-based video collaboration solution to make strides towards greater accessibility for customers, Blue Jeans’ web application, iOS App, and Android App have all been enhanced to make the service available to a wider range of customers with disabilities, including blind and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photo sensitivity and combinations of these.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/30/blue-jeans-network-adds-key-features-to-enhance-video-conferencing-accessibility-to-customers-with-disabilities/, September 30, 2014
India: IIT Students Developing Low-Cost Portable Braille Printer
In a bid to make technology affordable and accessible to people with vision disabilities, Sandeep Konam, a B. Tech. final-year ECE student at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Idupulapaya, and a group of IITians are engaged in not only developing a low-cost portable Braille printer that could cost as much as an average Android mobile but also in integrating graphics, tables and images in Indian languages.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/29/iit-students-developing-low-cost-portable-braille-printer/, September 29, 2014
India: Braille Signs on EVMs for People with Vision Disabilities
People with mobility disabilities will not have to wait in the queue for casting their vote on October 15 legislative assembly elections because the election commission has made special arrangements made for them.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/25/braille-signs-on-evms-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, September 25, 2014
As Wearable Devices Hit the Market, Apps are Sure to Follow
If there's to be an explosion of wearable devices and smartwatches in 2014, as analysts forecast, the bigger question becomes when more apps will emerge that work with such devices. Data integration is often underestimated and poorly implemented, taking time and resources. So far, a shortage of apps has been a major shortfall of many wearable devices. Some smartwatches might have only 15 to 20 apps, and they often need to work over Bluetooth to connect to a nearby smartphone. Compare that number to the 1 million-plus apps in Apple's App Store or Google Play for smartphones, and you begin to see the challenge.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2486786/mobile-apps/as-wearable-devices-hit-the-market--apps-are-sure-to-follow.html, September 24, 2014
The Changing World of Global Health Innovations
In Ethiopia, a community health worker tickles a newborn before administering immunizations against pneumonia and diarrhea. In Haiti, a skilled birth attendant uses a simple bag and mask to save an infant who is struggling to take her first breath. In India, a Ministry of Health official reviews scorecards with district-level data to evaluate nationwide progress.
From http://ic2030.org/2014/09/changing-world/, September 24, 2014