USA: FDA Moves to Regulate Mobile Health Applications
The host of health-related applications that are turning smartphones and wireless tablets into personal nutritionists, gym buddies and physicians are now catching the eye of federal regulators. The Food and Drug Administration proposed its first-ever regulations of the burgeoning mobile health industry this morning, targeting a segment of applications that officials described as being akin to medical devices.
From www.washingtonpost.com, July 22, 2011
USA: Bill Would Boost Federal Spending on Students with Disabilities
Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and 13 other senators introduced a bill that proposes the federal government fulfill a decades-old promise to pay 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities. The proposal suggests the federal government would reach the 40 percent mark by 2021.
From logs.edweek.org, July 22, 2011
TechReview: Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
A robot recently helped a quadriplegic shave himself for the first time in 10 years—but even the best mechanical helpers still need supervision.
From www.technologyreview.in, July 22, 2011
Telemedicine: An Essential Technology for Performed Healthcare
Healthcare reform in dozens of countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Canada, Taiwan, China and the United States, is generating dramatically new approaches to care delivery. Although the details and the level of maturity of the efforts differ across countries, the overall trends are universal: they reflect the need to contain costs while improving access and care quality, to overcome a shortage of providers, and to take care of a growing sicker and aging population. They are all built on a foundation that puts the citizens at the center and focuses on keeping them healthy, partly by encouraging them to become more active participants in their own health management.
From www.ehealthnews.eu, July 21, 2011
Rising Above Disabilities, Student Thrives at Elmhurst College
A knock on the door tells me to wake up. I turn over to press the door opener Velcroed to my bed. Still tired from doing homework the previous night, I get up at 8 a.m. for my 9:30 a.m. class. My assistant turns my DynaVox on along with my laptop. I greet her. As she starts to dress me, I'm thinking about the speech I have to transfer to my DynaVox so I can actually say it in class.
From chicagoparent.com, July 21, 2011
Canada: Are You Ready for Ontario’s New Accessibility Standards?
Franchisors and franchisees in Ontario need to be aware of compliance issues regarding accessibility that will become enforceable on Jan, 1, 2012. The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (issued under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) will impose a duty on companies to provide accessibility to customers with disabilities. In general, franchisors and franchisees will need to develop a compliance strategy before January 1 to incorporate these standards into their policies and daily operations.
From http://business.financialpost.com, July 21, 2011
INDATA Publishes iPhone, iPod and iPad Assistive Technology Apps Resource List
We have created one comprehensive list of apps that we recommend to use for assistive technology purposes. We’ve got an entire page on our website dedicated to listing AT apps. The apps are sorted based on what service they provide.
From http://blog.eastersealstech.com, July 21, 2011
UK Festival Awards puts more Focus on Festival Accessibility
The UK Festival Awards has thrown its support behind the Attitude Is Everything campaign, which aims to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music events. They have included disabled access in the criteria used by judges assessing this year’s music festivals, and have teamed up with Festival Republic to offer the winner of the best grass roots fest award a 1,000GBP grant to enable them to improve accessibility.
From www.thecmuwebsite.com, July 20, 2011
UK: Tactile Map of Eden Created for People With Visual Impairments
Today saw the unveiling of a beautiful wooden scale model of Eden Project that allows people with visual impairments to experience the site’s famous landscape and architecture. Complete with Biomes and planting schemes, the map is the handiwork of Lauren Milton, who created it on her model-making course at The Arts University College of Bournemouth.
From www.edenproject.com, July 19, 2011
Interview: Sonia Arrison Reflects on Life-Span Increases of up to 150 Years
Think how culturally and materially richer we would be if people could live, be healthy, and contribute to society up to ages of 150, 200, or beyond. Thus argues Sonia Arrison, senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. In her book 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith (Basic Books, 2011), she tracks the advancements of “life-extension” medical techniques, which undo the damage that our bodies incur over time. With further refinement of such procedures, Arrison hopes, we could look forward to unprecedented innovation and societal reform as brilliant innovators stay with us and share their knowledge and experience for decades—and in time, centuries—longer than they would today. She spoke about this with Rick Docksai, assistant editor for THE FUTURIST.
From www.wfs.org, July 19, 2011