Philippines - World Bank launches 1st KDC in WV
World Bank launches its first Region VI university-based Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) at Central Philippine University (CPU), yesterday.
From The New Today, May 08, 2009
Under Secretary-General Pledges to Improve Department's Impact, Performance as Committee on Information Concludes General Debate
The Committee on Information concluded the general debate of its thirty-first annual session today, with Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka pledging to “build on our achievements” and improve impact and performance.
From UN Centre, May 08, 2009
Technologies Help More Enjoy Movies
With assistive technology coming soon to the State Theatre, Magee and others like her can experience movies like \"Slumdog Millionaire\" and \"State of Play\" with rich descriptive narration. The technology, called DVS Theatrical, is part of the MoPix system, which also includes a patented \"Rear Window\" captioning system for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.
From Record-Eagle Northern Michigan\'s Newspaper, May 07, 2009
Zambia: Helping Turn Disability Into Ability
IN olden days, disability was perceived by society as either God's punishment to individuals who did not obey His commandments or a consequence of someone's evil deeds that have manifested themselves.
From All Africa.com, May 05, 2009
Microsoft Designs Mouse for Special Needs Children
Microsoft has a consistent tradition when it comes down to developing assistive technology for people with special needs. But although the Redmond company's efforts are vastly focused on making software products easier to use, there are exceptions involving hardware. Or in this case peripherals. Mike LaManna, a designer for the Platform Components, Creation and Collaboration team within Microsoft, has come up with a
simple concept that made it into a working prototype of a mouse tailored to special needs children. LaManna revealed that he had expected such a solution to already be widely available, but instead found himself in the position to invent it himself.
From Softpedia, April 30, 2009
Qatar - Firms Bringing Tech for the Challenged
A representative of Futurelab and Smartlab said the firms and all companies involved in assistive technology have created a project called Interface and are trying to introduce it in some organisations in the country.
From Qatar - The Peninsula On-Line, April 18, 2009
India - Banks to Set up ‘Speaking’ ATMs
Bangalore: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has finally responded to the problems faced by those with disabilities.
From The Hindu, April 16, 2009
Robots Will Aid in Health Care as Population Ages
The medical needs of the aging adult population will increase the market for robotics to assist in health care, according to a speaker at the RoboBusiness Conference in Boston.
From PC World, April 16, 2009
Adaptive Technology: Changing Lives through Engineering
Some folks inside higher education think engineering students just don’t get it when it comes to the human side of the equation. Yet, the fact of the matter is that the human dimension thrives at a new breed of universities, which are now serving up state-of-the-art, adaptive technology courses for civically engaged engineering students who want to make the world a better place for the disabled. A somewhat well-kept secret, these New Age technical programs are becoming increasingly popular at highly regarded engineering schools such as UMass Lowell, MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota.
From The Journal of New England Technology, April 16, 2009
Qatar - ICT Meeting Aims to Bridge Digital Divide
The 3rd International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Development (ICTD2009), which begins today, will help to bridge the digital divide in the Middle East, ictQATAR Secretary General Dr Hessa al-Jaber has said.
From Gulf Times, April 16, 2009