United Nations: 67th Session of the General Assembly Adopts Three Resolutions Related to Disability
Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto (DRAFT, A/C.3/67/L.25 PDF version). Adopted on 20 December 2012 as A/RES/67/160. Realizing the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond (DRAFT, A/C.3/67/L.10/Rev.1 PDF version) Adopted on 20 December 2012 as A/RES/67/140. Addressing Socio-Economic Needs of Individuals, Families and Societies Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Disorders (DD) and associated disabilities (DRAFT A/67/L.33) Adopted on 12 December 2012 as A/RES/67/82.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=36, December 31, 2012
USA: Stanford Summer Course Yields Touchscreen Braille Writer
In a two-month summer course on high-performance computing, promising undergrads compete to create innovative applications. This summer's winner developed a touchscreen Braille writer that stands to revolutionize how the blind negotiate an unseen world by replacing devices costing up to 10 times more.
From http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/stanford-summer-course-yields-touchscreen-braille-writer, December 28, 2012
London's Paralympics Paved the Way for Innovation in Urban Gaming
The London Paralympics has set a great example for a future of gaming that is sociable, technologically advanced and innovative, says writer and theorist Pat Kane. "These athletes were, at the very least, radically-abled, dynamically-abled and transformatively-abled," Kane, author of The Play Ethic: A Manifesto for a Different Way of Living, told Wired.co.uk. "And what I think is exciting for the play/game community is the chance that the Paralympics offers to combine technology and game-mechanics in amazing new ways.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/19/paralympics-gaming-future, December 27, 2012
USA: Devices to Monitor Physical Activity and Food Intake
WHEN I received the results of a routine cholesterol test this summer, I was certain there had been some kind of mistake. I'm young, unstressed and healthy, or so I imagined. I work out, too, and most impartial observers - and some partial ones - would describe me as lean. Plus, I eat a nutritious diet, I swear. So why did my LDL levels surpass my I.Q. - or, for that matter, Einstein's? The facts were stark: My genes predisposed me to metabolic syndrome, my doctor told me. Like my forebears, I was on a fast path to heart disease and diabetes. My doctor ordered me to reduce my carbs and come up with a more stringent exercise plan. I've rarely monitored what I eat and how much exercise I get. I had no idea how to go about the logistics of it. How would I count my carbs? How would I track my fitness routine?
From http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/garden/devices-to-monitor-physical-activity-and-food-intake.xml, December 27, 2012
Accessibility Leads to Innovation Says New AT&T Chief Accessibility Officer
T&T's first Chief Accessibility Officer, Christopher Rice, said “Our work on accessibility has led to innovative products and services that improve the lives of all of our customers," at the launch of AT&T's Corporate Accessibility Technology Office.
From http://www.coataccess.org/node/10128, December 27, 2012
Time Warner Cable's New Reports Address Broadband Adoption by People With Disabilities
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) today issued two reports as part of its Research Program on Digital Communications. Launched in February 2010, the Research Program engages scholars to increase understanding of the benefits and challenges facing digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community. The reports are available free for download at the program’s website.
From http://www.twcresearchprogram.com/pressroom.php, December 27, 2012
Video: Making Social Media Accessible for Users with Disabilities
Have you ever observed how people with disabilities are experiencing your content on social media? Is someone who uses a screen reader or other assistive technology able to understand your content on Twitter or Facebook? Following video is a 20-minute sprint where you’ll learn specific tips for making your social media content more accessible. The video goes through tools and tactics you can use to help make sure your social media engagements are readable for all your communities.
From http://www.accessforall.eu/2012/12/making-social-media-more-accessible/, December 27, 2012
How People with Disabilities Inspire Cutting Edge Technology
Tracking eyeball movements is not a new science, but it has the potential to help people with severe disabilities gain more independence. Paraplegics and quadriplegics are already operating computers and wheelchairs using eye trackers. Now, the technology is being used more widely, for example alerting drowsy drivers, diagnosing brain trauma and in marketing, where it can help companies analyze how consumers react to their products and advertising.
From http://www.channel4.com/news/gadgets-inspired-by-people-with-disabilities, December 26, 2012
Saudi Arabia: Car Project Launched for Persons with Disabilities
The Ministry of Social Affairs has stepped up the implementation of a project to distribute specially equipped cars to persons with mobility disabilities on the occasion of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah's recovery from illness, Al-Madinah daily reported yesterday, quoting an official of the ministry.
From http://www.menafn.com/menafn/1093592630/Saudi-Car-project-for-disabled-launched, December 26, 2012
Will Kindle E-Books Leave Blind Students Behind?
Digital books are moving beyond living rooms and into classrooms, as Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other publishers promote their ebooks to K-12 schools. But advocates warn that Amazon's Kindle's e-books, in particular, lock out the ability of blind pupils to study the text in detail.
From http://www.technewsdaily.com/15860-kindle-e-books-blind-students.html, December 26, 2012