New Smart Homes Empower Homeowners with a Disability
A non-profit organization is helping build smart homes engineered for the purpose of accessibility that come armed with such features as centralized control, automatic lighting, motion sensors and alarm systems that help soldiers with disabilities lead a more independent life within their homes. Making smart home services more easily accessible to people with disabilities has the potential to reduce costs incurred in healthcare and insurance, not to mention improving the quality of life of these individuals and their families.
From Forbes, August 10, 2017
Persons with Disabilities in China ask Online Map Developer to Highlight Barrier-Free Facilities.
Persons with Disabilities in China are asking the developers of one of China’s most widely used online maps to mark the locations of ramps, elevators, platform lifts, and other tools that make navigating cities less daunting, as even when such “barrier-free facilities” exist, they are often difficult to find.
From Sixth Tone, August 06, 2017
Echolocation-based Smartwatch Aids Persons with Visual Disabilities
A smartwatch called the Sunu band is using echolation to make navigation easier for persons with disabilities. Sunu band uses a sonar sensor to detect objects and people within a 15-foot range. When it does, it gently vibrates to alert the wearer, changing intensity as an object or person gets closer. The band can help measuring steps, telling time, and helping users find frequently used objects and navigate.
From ARS Technica, August 05, 2017
Malawi: Call to Remove Limits on Accessibility, Embrace the Marrakesh Treaty
Malawi’s copyright law, adopted in September 2016 permits a range of library activities and services, but limits their ability to provide equal access to works on the same basis as those without a disability. Organizations are now calling on Malawi to to embrace the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty by dropping this legal requirement.
From Info Justice, August 04, 2017
Elderly & Australians with Disabilities are Increasingly Excluded from Online Services, Finds Report
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index, compiled by RMIT in partnership with Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact and Telstra, revealed that although online participation is increasing across Australia, gaps continue to exist- and widen for Australians with low levels of income, education and employment, as well as Indigenous Australians and people with a disability.
From PRObono Australia, August 02, 2017
6 Inventions Aiding Persons with Disabilities in the UK
From a pair of glasses that can help legally blind people see to the latest in prosthetic knee technology, here are 6 inventions helping persons with disabilities in the UK in their daily life.
From Buzzfeed UK, August 01, 2017
Spain: More Accessible Local Commerce for Persons with Visual Disabilities
Users of ‘Barcelona sense barreres’ app can now be identified to more than a hundred and fifty shops in Barcelona who have installed the beacon device. The free mobile app allows persons with visual disabilities to hear up-to-date information and ads from those same shops when they go past them. The system is opening up local commerce to persons with visual disabilities, offering them product information, news and suggestions from retailers.
From Notices BCN, August 01, 2017
Corporates and Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Make Products Accessible
Corporates and Entrepreneurs have collaborated to make their products more accessible to India’s 70-100 million persons with disabilities. Universal Design has been noted as the key concept intrinsic to any kind of access.
From India Education Diary, July 26, 2017
New Braille Teaching Technology for Persons with Visual impairments
A new invention tested at Perkins School for the Blind has the potential to transform braille instruction by making it possible for students to practice literacy skills independently.
From Watetown, July 25, 2017
Critical Considerations for Mobile Application Accessibility
Mobile has revolutionized how all of us use the internet. For people with disabilities, however, these devices have the potential to usher in unforeseen options for communication, independence, and more—but only if the applications on them have accessibility built into their functionality and design.
From Micro Assist, July 24, 2017