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Rwanda Commended for Using ICT for Sustainable Development
Rwanda has been commended as a model in using ICT and e-Governance for sustainable development by the experts in ICT and policy makers who gathered in Kigali last week for the Commonwealth e-Governance Forum Africa. Professor Tim Unwin, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) lauded Rwanda’s efforts in harnessing ICTs potentials to increase accountability and transparency.
From http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=3029&pLv=3&srI=69&spI=221&cI=11, March 30, 2015

Improving Public Sector Disability Employment Through Digital Accessibility
A review into employment has found a marked decline in the number of people with a disability working in the Australian Public Service (APS). However, Media Access Australia says there are many steps agencies can take to help them hire and retain workers with a disability. The review, the Australian Public Service Commission’s State of the Service Report 2013-2014 found large differences in the experiences of employees with a disability when compared to APS employees as a whole.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2015/03/improving-public-sector-disability-employment-through-digital-accessibility, March 30, 2015

USA: Tech Start-Ups See Gold in Baby Boomers’ Golden Years
With more than 100 million Americans now over the age of 50, technology companies are eager to find new ways to cater to Baby Boomer consumers. From a mobile app that offers medical tips to wearable devices, special correspondent Megan Hughes reports on how startups are designing products to appeal to older Americans’ desires for longevity and wellness.
From http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/tech-startups-see-gold-baby-boomers-golden-years/, March 30, 2015

The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect
You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007. And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city age-friendly: “New York has an amazing public transportation system going for it. Even though it’s not perfect and could be improved upon, we know that aging people use subways and buses regularly.”
From http://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aging-disability-information-disconnect, March 30, 2015

The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect
You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007. And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city age-friendly: “New York has an amazing public transportation system going for it. Even though it’s not perfect and could be improved upon, we know that aging people use subways and buses regularly.”
From http://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aging-disability-information-disconnect, March 30, 2015

13th Session of the CRPD Committee Opens
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened its 13th session (25 March – 17 April 2015) during which it will review Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkmenistan, Dominican Republic, Mongolia and the Cook Islands, as well as adopt the list of issues on the European Union.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/26/13th-session-of-the-crpd-committee/, March 28, 2015

USA: Developing University Wide Technology Accessibility
Temple University has broadened the reach of technology accessibility university wide to be more inclusive of all members of the university community. In just four years, this increased focus on technology accessibility has resulted in a new Accessible Technology Initiative, which has had a positive impact on students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a disability, as noted in a recent Campus Technology story.
From http://news.temple.edu/news/2015-03-19/building-universitywide-it-accessibility, March 27, 2015

Ghana: Accessibility Standards for Public Buildings in the Offing
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is in the process of defining accessibility standards of public buildings and walkways. Mr Max Vardon, a Disability Rights Activist, said this at a seminar for selected Planning Officers of District Assemblies in the Volta Region on mainstreaming disability interest into development plans.
From http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=352169, March 27, 2015

USA: Wearable Device Helps People with Vision Disabilities Avoid Collision
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision disability. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision disability avoid collisions with high-level obstacles. Their findings are featured on Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/27/wearable-device-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-avoid-collision/, March 27, 2015

Verizon Announces VelaSense: A Mobile App Suite to Aid People with Vision Disabilities
For the millions of Americans who are blind or have low vision, everyday interactions can be challenging and require dependence on others. The new VelaSense mobile application turns a smartphone into a talking companion, an electronic BFF that can understand surroundings, process text, deliver voice commands through a headset and more. It can even provide outside navigation. It will use Verizon’s 4G LTE network and smartphones with advanced cameras and sensors to deliver real-time information to Verizon customers with vision disabilities. The app helps people understand printed words, enjoy articles, determine colors, interpret barcodes and more.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/25/verizon-announces-velasense-a-mobile-app-suite-to-aid-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 27, 2015

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