USA: CU-Boulder Appoints Chief Digital Accessibility Officer
The University of Colorado-Boulder is one of the latest organizations to announce its appointment of a chief accessibility officer. CU-Boulder announced in February that Dan Jones will take on the role of Chief Digital Accessibility Officer, heading up the university’s ICT Services and Applications Accessibility Project. In its announcement, the university also listed an update on the progress of this project.
From http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/jones-appointed-chief-digital-accessibility-officer, March 10, 2015
What My Hearing Aid Taught Me About the Future of Wearables
In my current role at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, I’m lucky to be able to study something I care deeply about: technology’s impact on our lives. I’m sure my interest partly arises from how I’ve depended on technology for as long as I can remember. I don’t know with certainty how consumer wearables will develop, but what I do know is how much hearing aids have changed over the last 30 years. And I have some insight into what sensory-enhancing wearables—like hearing aids, and unlike data-recording wearables like pedometers—could someday become. Over the next few years, I expect that we will see four trends, rich in both opportunity and peril, shape the evolution of these wearables from toys into tools.
From http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/02/what-my-hearing-aid-taught-me-about-the-future-of-wearables/385145/, March 10, 2015
Digital Inclusion: The Benefits of Better Web Accessibility
In an era when the web is becoming ubiquitous, the implications of being on the wrong side of the digital divide seem graver than ever. Website accessibility expert Professor Jonathan Hassell’s new book on digital inclusion, launched this month, calls for a shift in the thinking of organizations over what has often been regarded as a somewhat burdensome and thorny issue.
From http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2014/nov/20/companies-benefits-digital-inclusion-accessibility, March 10, 2015
USA: FCC Extends Deadline for Nominations to the Fourth Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is extending the deadline for the submission of nominations for the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) to March 20, 2015. In addition, the Commission is issuing this public notice to encourage parties to submit additional information with their nominations to assist the Commission in its review process. Parties making nominations now have the option of including references to consumer reviews of products and services, and links to videos on a website that demonstrate their innovations. If parties have already submitted a nomination, parties may resubmit their nomination to include this additional information.
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/nomination-chairmans-aaa, March 10, 2015
Top Five Takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2015
The event has morphed from a mobile industry congress to a broader ICT–TMT–mobility fair at which telecoms meets digital media, IT, and entertainment. The focus of mobile operators – in terms of opportunities for growth – is shifting to the enterprise market.
From http://www.reseller.co.nz/article/569835/insight-top-5-takeaways-from-mwc-2015/, March 09, 2015
Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015
To compile this list, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of 18 experts, draws on the collective expertise of the Forum’s communities to identify the most important recent technological trends. By doing so, the Meta-Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing the gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding that so often thwart progress.
From https://medium.com/world-economic-forum-agenda/top-10-emerging-technologies-of-2015-1feb204aaf5c, March 09, 2015
Samsung Releases New Advertisement Highlighting Video Call Center for Hearing Impaired People
Samsung released an advertisement this weekend for a new service intended to help people with hearing disabilities. In the ad, a person with a hearing disability encounters only people who know sign language as he walks through the town
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/samsung-releases-new-ad-hearing-hands/, March 09, 2015
USA: New Study Points to Better Classrooms for Children with Disabilities
FPG’s National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute will offer special sessions on the Inclusive Classroom Profile, a new measure that reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities. A pilot study in 51 N.C. classrooms shows the effectiveness of a new measure in assessing the quality of practices in inclusive preschools. Not only is the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) a reliable instrument, researchers say it also reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/new-study-points-to-better-classrooms-for-children-with-disabilities/, March 09, 2015
Arizona State University Student Develops Sensing Technology for People with Vision Disabilities
A man with vision disability can’t see the interviewer sitting across from him but knows that the questioner has a smile on his face. Motors in person with vision disability’s chair give the sensation of having a shape – a smile – drawn on his back. “We use that as a way to communicate the face,” said Shantanu Bala, an Arizona State University graduate. Vision through chair massage.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/arizona-state-university-student-develops-sensing-technology-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 09, 2015
Huawei Launches Exclusive ICT Leaders Roundtable at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Huawei partnered with Heavy Reading, the research division of Light Reading, to host an exclusive ICT Leaders Roundtable on March 1, 2015 at the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, in conjunction with Mobile World Congress. Designed for ICT leaders from communications service providers, IT companies and digital services companies, the roundtable, packed with over 50 CXOs, senior executives and specialists, discussed the core issues that are changing the business foundations for the communications industry.
From http://ubm.io/1Fcshq9, March 05, 2015