Canada: Accessible Technology Increasingly a Requirement for Businesses
Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, private businesses operating in the province will have to meet new accessibility standards for customer service by the beginning of next year. Other standards will follow over the next few years.
From www.itbusiness.ca, August 22, 2011
USA: MIT Launches New Center for Mobile Learning
The MIT Media Lab has announced the creation of the MIT Center for Mobile Learning, dedicated to transforming education and learning through innovation in mobile computing. The Center's formation is seeded by a gift from Google.
From web.mit.edu, August 18, 2011
Gaming can Promote Mobility, Balance and Coordination in the Ageing Population
Have you ever thought that gaming could make us live better and longer? Europe increasingly needs prevention and health promotion, integrated care, and independent living of elderly people. For this reason, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is seeking out creative ways to increase the average healthy lifespan of citizens by two years. One way to achieve this is through focused investments in R&D for breakthrough technology such as natural user interfaces (NUIs)—whereby people use gesture and speech to interact with their PCs and other devices such as Kinect for Xbox 360.
From www.microsoft.eu, August 18, 2011
Ghana: Youth Call for Improved Education, Access and Rights for the Disabled
Young people in Ghana are advocating for more rights for the disabled. Local youths gathered at the Fifth African Forum on Blindness in Ghana last month and also attended the African Youth With Disabilities Convening in Kenya earlier this year. The government and nongovernmental organizations here have implemented numerous policies and initiatives to ensure equal rights for people with disabilities, but, according to advocates and the first World Report on Disability, more needs to be done.
From www.globalpressinstitute.org, August 18, 2011
Study: Gender Differences in Software Training
Often, new software is released with the underlying assumption that users will be curious enough to explore the new features that seem relevant to the tasks they perform. In the best of circumstances, it’s a hit-and-miss strategy. But a recent research article published in Interacting with Computers suggests that it also, on average, works against the ways women are most likely to use software to solve problems.
From www.learningsolutionsmag.com, August 18, 2011
mHealth: Internet, Mobile Apps Offer Support for Patient Care
New technologies such as mobile phone applications and patient-targeted websites may provide novel solutions to enhance diabetes self-management, according to several presenters at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting, held recently in Las Vegas. “Innovative technology affords low-cost, flexible means to supplement formal health care and provide access to patients,” Linda M. Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Nursing, said during a presentation. “[These technologies are] powerful ways to improve provider practice and help patients live more successfully with chronic diseases. It is central to reshaping chronic care.”
From www.cardiologytoday.com, August 12, 2011
Amazon CEO Files Patent for Mobile Device Airbags
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was just listed as an inventor on a new patent application that describes a “method for protecting a portable device that includes an airbag deployable from a side of the portable device.” Genius, right? “Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or substantially eliminate damage to the device.”
From androidandme.com, August 12, 2011
IBM Research: Building an Inclusive Society on the Web
In an effort to improve Web accessibility of public services for every Japanese citizen, including the elderly and disabled, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) developed Operational Models for Government Agencies and Municipalities: a manual that provides guidance and procedures that ensure accessibility for such tasks as municipality orders for outsourcing website development.
From ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com, August 12, 2011
UK: Let's Make Digital by Default, Inclusion by Default
With criticism from MPs about HMRC excluding the poor and the elderly online, government departments need a model that makes it easy for people to use digital services
From www.publicservice.co.uk, August 12, 2011
Feds Look to Spur Assistive Technology Development
Companies working to create technology to make life easier for people with disabilities are getting a leg up through a series of new federal grants. The U.S. Department of Education is awarding 16 grants worth $75,000 each to 11 small businesses. Recipients of the grants include companies designing a foot-operated computer mouse, a personal scheduling system and a special Facebook interface specifically for those who have intellectual disability.
From www.disabilityscoop.com, August 11, 2011