Tech Startup Creates Robotic Legs Device for Better Mobility
Trexo Robotics’, backed by the University of Toronto are hoping to create a device consisting of two robotic legs that attach to a walker. The project aims to help children with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, strokes, spinal injuries get out of their wheelchairs by upgrading regular walkers with battery-driven exoskeletons.
From Metro News, November 27, 2017
When You Talk About Banning Laptops, You Throw Students with Disabilities Under the Bus
The debate over banning laptops has resurfaced with professors eager for a ban suggesting that it distracts students in classrooms. However, this eagerness is forcing students with disabilities to either harm their learning (by stopping laptop use) or to out themselves as disabled (by being one of the remaining laptop-users in the classroom).
From Huffington Post, November 27, 2017
Studies Presented At 35th session of WIPO Standing Committee to Better Understand Limitations To Copyright
The 35th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place from 13-17 November in Geneva. Several studies on the limitations to copyright for certain actors such as persons with disabilities, educational institutions, and museums were presented to the committee and generated discussion.
From Intellectual Property Watch, November 26, 2017
A Bad User Experience Can Drag the Digital Workplace Down
A bad user experience (UX) can make collaboration difficult and drag engagement at the digital workplace down. Poor accessibility is one of the challenges that, left unaddressed, can lead to poor UX.
From CMS Wire, November 25, 2017
Singapore: There is an Inclusive Push to Go Digital
The drive to be a Smart Nation - essentially adopting and reaping the benefits of technology - has taken center-stage of late in Singapore. Acknowledging that going digital can empower and enable persons to work more efficiently and effectively, authorities like the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) are making concerted efforts towards digital transformation to ensure no one is left behind.
From Straits Times, November 25, 2017
Millennials with Disabilities: A Large Talent Cohort with Innovative Potential
Thanks to ADA-mandated support and accessibility in schools and in their communities, more people with disabilities are completing college than ever before, thus increasingly contributing to the high number of millennials with disabilities. But that could mean an enormous waste of potential and talent for innovation if companies do not undertake accessibility measures to accommodate diversity.
From Inc, November 24, 2017
Smartphones, Apps are Making Technology Accessible to All, Including the Elderly
Ever-developing smartphones enable the elderly to enjoy techology, making life easier and more independent for them through applications that provide a platform to stay better connected.
From Daily Sabah, November 23, 2017
Aira - The Technology that is Helping Persons with Visual Disabilities with Everyday Tasks
Aira, a San Diego-based company has developed smart glasses to help the blind with everyday tasks. The glasses are equipped with a camera, which feeds a video stream to a remote agent who then narrates what they see in real time over the phone for the user.
From Washington Post, November 23, 2017
Microsoft’s Seeing AI App for People with Visual Disabilities Released in the UK
Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which helps blind people by narrating the world around them, has been released in the UK. The free program uses artificial intelligence to recognise objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes them to the user.
From Microsoft, November 22, 2017
While Technology is Creating Inclusive Societies, Few Employers Are Using Them to Create Accessible Spaces for Persons with Disabilities
Technology has enabled creating inclusive societies. However a disconnect occurs from education to employment for persons with disabilities stemming from the dearth of companies that make workplaces accessible.
From Stuff, November 21, 2017