Living in an Accessible Smart Home
Smart homes may be convenient and futuristic, however their design in terms of accessibility can either have immense potential or pitfalls. This holds true for a diverse range of disabilities. While assistive technology used in smart homes has great emotional benefits, the intelligent technology is ultimately artificial. To gauge the future of home automation, one has to wait and watch how it will mature.
From Social Tech Crunch, June 05, 2017
Website Streamlines Disabilities Searches
A new disability services database website was launched recently to streamline the search for such services. IndianaPop.org is a new an unique database with a user friendly site for persons with disabilities. Each result is a link to a service with contact information, maps and other tools.
From The Journal Gazette, June 03, 2017
Wearable System Helps Persons with Disabilities Navigate
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a electronically reconfigurable Braille interface wearable system to give blind users more information about their environments. The system, researchers say, could be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to a cane.
From beSpacific, June 02, 2017
How Persons with Disabilities Use Technology to Readjust
The Museum of Discovery in Arkansas has opened a unique exhibit titled, The new Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, displays how people with disabilities use technology to readjust and how it ignited a passion for science, technology, and math for people of all ages.
From THV11, May 23, 2017
Assistive Educational Technology: How eLearning Helps Students With Disabilities
Assistive technology has greatly impacted the education of students with disabilities. Some of these technologies include customary voice recorders, headphones, screen readers and other interesting innovations. The articles explores some benefits of Assistive Educational Technology.
From eLearning Industry, May 22, 2017
Application for Easy App Accessibility
Students at the University of Illinois are helping make the campus more accessible by improving campus maps. The web app called Access Illinois puts all the information on one web page, which was previously difficult for many to toggle between. It is currently in the development stages.
From Illinois Homepage, May 21, 2017
Four Tools to Ensure ‘Smart Cities’ Don’t Leave Behind Persons with Disabilities
Cities will need to change their approach to digital inclusion in order to meet the objectives of several recent global agreements.The Smart Cities Toolkit, with support from Microsoft, aims to give city leaders four strategies to bring change to city halls.
From Citiscope, May 17, 2017
Smart Cities for All: Meet the Women Leading the Next Generation of Smart Cities
The recently launched Smart Cities for All toolkit developed by G3ict and World ENABLED has been supported by Microsoft. In this interview, Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector and Industry talks about her vision for Smart Cities 2.0, her thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, and her work around next generation smart cities that are inclusive and equitable.
From Huffington Post, May 17, 2017
Technology to Aid Seniors and Veterans
The Puffin is a breath-activated portable input device that connects to mobile devices and computers – facilitating access to apps such as home automation systems. This allows users to control their environment with minimal assistance and aids in reclamation and independence. This contributes to the development of inexpensive and easily manufacturable device for persons with disability.
From Stamford Daily Voice, May 16, 2017
Two-thirds of Councils Pass Web Accessibility Test
More than two-thirds of councils have passed stage two of the accessibility test created by the Better Connected service of public sector IT association Socitm, but the number has declined slightly from last year.
From UK Authority, May 16, 2017