Taiwan Helps Set up Digital Center for People with Vision Disabilities in Malaysia
Taiwan has furthered its aim of helping Asia-Pacific countries improve their digital capability by jointly setting up a digital opportunity center to help job seekers with vision disabilities in Malaysia. The center will provide job training courses and counseling to boost job prospects for people with vision disabilities, many of whom have been out of work for extended periods of time despite being educated and skilled, said Lin Ming-li, Taiwan’s deputy representative to Malaysia, at the opening of the center Tuesday. The center in Malaysia was a joint endeavor by Taiwan’s biggest telecom operator Chunghwa Telecom Co., Tamkang University and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC’s) Digital Opportunity Center Secretariat.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/09/13/taiwan-helps-set-up-digital-center-for-people-with-vision-disabilities-in-malaysia/, September 14, 2012
USA: Mobile Apps for Emergencies Gain in Popularity
Twenty percent of American adults have turned to mobile apps for information during an emergency or disaster situation, the same as from a local utility or government’s website, according to a recent survey from the American Red Cross. That makes mobile apps the fourth most-popular source of emergency information.
From http://mobihealthnews.com, September 13, 2012
Blind and Online: Progress, Not Perfection, for Visually Impaired Tech Users
There is a central authority on the Web that issues guidelines on how to assure accessibility, under the auspices of the World Wide Web Consortium. But so far, the results appear to constitute a drop in a bucket. Accessibility issues are so common that visually impaired users and other experts agree that a blind-friendly commercial site is one that has only a couple of problems per page. Others have hundreds per page.
From http://www.computerworld.com, September 13, 2012
mHealth: Prognosis for Medical Apps is Guarded
The explosive rise of medical applications that run on smartphones and tablets has been noted by the medical profession for some time. Indeed, health care professionals are behind much of the innovation occurring with medical apps, as they seize the opportunity to build tools they can use on their iOS and Android devices.
From http://www.2med.co.uk/wp/2012/09/05/prognosis-for-medical-apps-is-guarded/, September 13, 2012
mHealth Congress: Leveraging Mobile Technology to Create More Accountable Care
Remote technologies are advancing accountable care. From the emergency room to the intensive care unit to a patient’s home, Banner Health is using mobile tools to make the care it delivers more efficient and less expensive, according to Chief Medical Officer Tricia Nguyen, MD.
From www.clinical-innovation.com, September 13, 2012
TechNews: Send an Email with Kinect without Touching the Keyboard
Twelve years ago, Chad Ruble’s mother suffered from an unfortunate stroke that left her with aphasia, a delicate disorder that makes it impossible to use devices that require tactile motion, such as a keyboard, but does not remove intelligence or cognizance. To help his mother communicate via email, Ruble hacked a Kinect to create a virtual email interface and send emails using gestures alone; all his mother needs to do is wave her hand at the screen to select basic emotions and motion to send to a friend or family member, or delete a message received.
From http://www.psfk.com/2012/09/kinect-email-no-keyboard.html, September 13, 2012
USA: Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, California, Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices
The Justice Department recently announced a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority in Sacramento, Calif., to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement resolves allegations that the library violated the ADA by using inaccessible Barnes & Noble NOOK electronic reader devices in a patron lending program. Under the settlement agreement, the library will not acquire any additional e-readers for patron use that exclude persons who are blind or others with disabilities who need accessible features such as text-to-speech functions or the ability to access menus through audio or tactile options. The library has also agreed to acquire at least 18 e-readers that are accessible to persons with disabilities. The settlement agreement also requires the library to train its staff on the requirements of the ADA.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-crt-1059.html, September 12, 2012
ITU News: Mobile Technologies and Enlightened Service Packages Help Persons with Disabilities Connect to New Opportunities
A new report released jointly by ITU and civil society partner The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, (New York, 12-14 September), reveals a surge of interest in an as-yet untapped market, with new accessibility applications now being launched almost daily, offering unprecedented ways to empower persons with disabilities to communicate, access information and control their environment. Senior citizens, people living with disabilities and the illiterate are often marginalized from the ‘mobile miracle’ however, because devices are not equipped with the right kind of accessibility features, or because the price of accessible mobile phones and services is out of reach. That’s now changing, with a host of exciting options coming onto the market.
From http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/56.aspx, September 12, 2012
Podcast: Apps & UDL to Support Students with Special Needs
Nicole & Terri are pleased to interview Kathleen H. McClaskey this week on The Inclusive Class Podcast! Kathleen is President of Ed Tech Associates and Co-Founder of Personalize Learning. She is a recognized UDL and Digital Learning Consultant with 28 years experience in using technology in the classroom. Kathleen is a frequent international, national and regional workshop presenter. In the last decade, she directed and designed the professional development in technology-based projects in math, science, literacy and autism.
From http://www.blogtalkradio.com, September 12, 2012
YouTube’s iPhone App Includes Closed Captions
The new app increases the number of videos available to mobile users and allows them to search for closed caption videos, a feature previously unavailable in the Apple version of the app. In addition to enabling closed caption search, the app also includes a 'voice search' feature, which means users can use their voice instead of typing to search. Developed in just under a month, the app also makes it easier to find videos and share them across social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+
From www.mediaaccess.org.au, September 12, 2012