USA: FCC Chairman Calls for Transforming the Technology Used by Phone Systems
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that the agency would begin “a diverse set of experiments” next year that would begin to move the nation’s telephone system from its century-old network of circuits, switches and copper wires to one that transmits phone calls in a manner similar to that used for Internet data.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/business/media/fcc-chairman-calls-for-transforming-the-technology-used-by-phone-systems.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, November 20, 2013
Statement from Disabled People's International on the Occasion of ITU Telecom World 2013
“When we talk of ICT in disability & development, the emphasis should also be on availability and affordability of technology,” Javed Abidi, Chairperson, DPI. Today, the linkage between disability and development is getting increasingly recognised in light of the growing discourse on the post-2015 development agenda. However, not many are talking about the role of technology and ICT in this whole discourse. Accessibility is a huge concern in the disability rights movement, especially so in the countries of the global South. DPI is acutely aware of the gap between this discourse and people with disabilities in the global South.
From http://g3ict.org/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_/id_457, November 20, 2013
W3C Invites Implementations of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG) invites implementations of the Candidate Recommendation Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0, and comments on a Working Draft of the Note Implementing ATAG 2.0. ATAG defines how authoring tools should help developers produce accessible web content that conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and defines how to make authoring tools accessible so that people with disabilities can use them. ATAG is introduced in the ATAG Overview and ATAG at a Glance. Authoring tools include content management systems (CMS), learning management systems (LMS), HTML editors, blogs, wikis, social media, and development environments.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/18/w3c-invites-implementations-of-authoring-tool-accessibility-guidelines-2-0/, November 19, 2013
USA: Study Reveals Potential Breakthrough in Hearing Aid Technology
Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help people with hearing disabilities understand speech in the midst of background noise. In the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, they describe how they used the latest developments in neural networks to boost test subjects’ recognition of spoken words from as low as 10 percent to as high as 90 percent.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/19/study-reveals-potential-breakthrough-in-hearing-aid-technology/, November 19, 2013
Philippines to Hold Forum on Accessible Tourism for Persons with Disabilities
In line with the Government’s thrust of promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the tourism industry and other Tourism-related programs of the government, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, will conduct a regional forum on Accessible Tourism for Persons with Disabilities on November 26 at Alona Kew White Beach Resort, Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol. The forum will also be conducted in pursuant to the universal policies and principles of “Accessible Tourism for All” as provided for under existing statutes, such as Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 (Accessibility Law), Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/19/philippines-to-hold-forum-on-accessible-tourism-for-persons-with-disabilities/, November 19, 2013
Microsoft and the European Disability Forum Host Discussion on E-Government
Microsoft co-hosted an important policy discussion with the European Disability Forum (EDF) at the European Parliament here in Brussels, Belgium on November 13. EDF is a non-governmental organization that is committed to creating a more inclusive Europe for persons with disabilities. The partnership between EDF and Microsoft was inspired by a shared belief that collaboration between civil society and industry is indispensable to achieving the common goal of a more inclusive society for all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/18/microsoft-and-the-european-disability-forum-host-discussion-on-e-government/, November 19, 2013
Former U.S. Senator Robert Dole & the Honorable Luis Gallegos Issue Joint Statement on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards
The Viscardi Center today announced that former U.S. Senator Robert Dole, and the Honorable Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva, issued a joint statement on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. The respected disability rights leaders serve as Co-Chairs of the 2nd Annual Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Selection Committee, which will announce the Award recipients on Monday, May 5, 2014.
From http://www.viscardiawards.org, November 18, 2013
USA: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Act
Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Developmental Disability Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1963. The Developmental Disabilities Act, as it came to be known, was a landmark. For the first time, people with disabilities had access to services that could help them rejoin their communities instead of being confined to institutions. Over the last half-century, the law has helped revitalize the lives of countless Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
From http://chooseworkttw.net/blog/jsp/blog.jsp?post_id=267, November 18, 2013
Mobile Health: Health-Care Apps That Doctors Use
With the help of a smartphone, a software application and a portable device that reads a person's heart rhythm, anyone can get an instant EKG reading on their phone screen. Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are changing the way doctors and patients approach health care. Many are designed for the doctors themselves, ranging from handy databases about drugs and diseases to sophisticated monitors that read a person's blood pressure, glucose levels or asthma symptoms.
From http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303376904579137683810827104, November 18, 2013
iPads Help Children with Autism Develop Language
New research indicates that children with autism who are minimally verbal can learn to speak later than previously thought, and iPads are playing an increasing role in making that happen, according to Ann Kaiser, a researcher at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.
From http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131115130020.htm, November 18, 2013