New Website Aims to Connect People with Accessible Businesses
A new website launched just this week allows people to rate and review businesses based on the level of accessibility they provide to those with mobility, hearing, sight or cognitive disabilities. Ableroad.com was spear-headed by Kevin McGuire, Chairman & CEO of McGuire Associates, Inc., who I recently had the opportunity to hear speak at the Association of Workplace Investigators 2013 Annual Conference in Glendale, California.
From http://donnaseale.ca/new-website-aims-to-connect-people-with-accessible-businesses/#!, October 30, 2013
Make Electric Cars Loud and Safer for Visually Impaired Pedestrians
Electric and hybrid cars should be made louder to protect people with eyesight problems, an MP and charities have urged. Mary Glindon (North Tyneside) said the Government should first ensure the vehicles are safe for all road users after pledging millions of pounds in subsidies for the ultra-low emissions market. She believes sound generators should be fitted to the vehicles to ensure visually-impaired (VI) pedestrians are aware of them.
From http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoringnews/make-electric-cars-loud-and-safer-11363845510051#!, October 30, 2013
The Internet Of Things: Sensor-laden Intelligent Devices that can Communicate with the Other Gadgets
The Internet Of Things represents a major departure in the history of the Internet, as connections move beyond computing devices, and begin to power billions of everyday devices, from parking meters to home thermostats.
From http://www.businessinsider.in/Heres-Why-The-Internet-Of-Things-Will-Be-Huge-And-Drive-Tremendous-Value-For-People-And-Businesses/articleshow/24615352.cms#!, October 30, 2013
Infographic: Technology in Special Education Goes High-Tech
Students with severe learning disabilities can still benefit from technology to advance their learning. It can allow them to communicate with others in ways not available to them before. Technology can make it possible for a student to stay in his or her classroom instead of being sent away to a special program.
From http://elearninginfographics.com/educational-technology-in-special-education-infographic/#!, October 30, 2013
Financial Inclusion Global Forum: Talya Bosch on Mapping the Invisible Market
With Mapping the Invisible Market, we started off looking at data that shows that financial inclusion is possible by the year 2020, which is really quite a provocative and radical concept given where we are today. We also looked at what that data shows about the key populations that we’ll need to reach. Through this, we found that two things really stood out and were discussed by the panel today. Despite this focus on the youth bubble, even in the developing world we are seeing the demographic of ageing populations increasing more rapidly than we had anticipated.
From http://cfi-blog.org/2013/10/28/talya-bosch-mapping-the-invisible-market/, October 29, 2013
Combatting Exclusion for Persons With Disabilities in India and Mexico
Most persons with disabilities (PWDs) don’t have an account at a formal financial institution. In India, 5 – 6 percent of the population (roughly 66 million) are estimated to have a disability, and three-quarters of Indian PWDs live in rural areas where access to banking services is limited. In India on the whole, about 35 percent of the adult population has a formal bank account. In Mexico, about 10 percent of households have at least one member with a disability, and about 27 percent of the country’s adult population has an account at a formal financial institution. These two countries present huge financial inclusion opportunities for PWDs. Encouragingly, significant PWD inclusion in-roads in both are underway.
From http://cfi-blog.org/2013/10/22/combatting-exclusion-for-persons-with-disabilities-in-india-and-mexico/, October 29, 2013
Accessibility of Text on Images on Websites
People perceive the content of the web in various ways. Some use text to speech technologies called screen readers, some users increase the font size for better visibility, some users prefer loading user preferred style sheets. The screen reading technologies do not have the capability to read aloud the text on images except with some settings with latest versions of JAWS. The font size can be adjusted only if the content is real text instead of text on images. Similarly the user specified styles apply only to the content and its back-ground but not the text on images and its background. Due to all the reasons specified above certain user groups cannot perceive the content on images.
From http://www.maxability.co.in/2013/10/1-4-5-images-of-text/, October 29, 2013
Access to the Internet by Older People and Mobile Tips at Heart of e-Access 2013
Access to the internet in homes for the elderly and developing inclusive services on smartphones and tablet computers are among topics on the agenda
at e-Access 13, the UK’s leading event on access to technology by people with disabilities. Delegates will hear about the Connecting Care project, looking at how care homes for older people can make the most of new technology to support their organisation, carers and service users. The project is run by Lasa, a technology support group for charities and public sector bodies, with funding from the Department of Health.
From http://www.headstar.com/eaccess13/, October 28, 2013
‘3D Search Engine’ Tested by Blind Tokyo Schoolchildren
A voice-activated machine combining web search engine technology with 3D printing is giving visually impaired school children in Tokyo the chance to
experiment with what could be a glimpse into the future for the creation of live tactile teaching aids.
Called the ‘Hands On Search’, users speak the name of an object into the machine which then searches the internet for modelling data. The 3D printer
then creates a miniature model of it, using materials such as plastic, carbon and metal.
From http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=946, October 28, 2013
Digital Inclusion: Why Older People Should be Getting Online
Almost half of people who don't use the Internet aren't going online because they're unaware of the benefits it could offer them. The research comes from ILCUK's Nudge or Compel report into whether behavioural economics could help to tackle the digital exclusion of older people.
From http://www.choose.net/media/guide/features/digital-inclusion-reasons-older-people.html, October 28, 2013