UK: Disability Groups Welcome Improvements to the Accessibility at Swansea High Street Station
Disability groups have welcomed improvements to the accessibility at Swansea High Street station. Many of the elements to improve accessibility in the £7.6m refurbishment project, funded by the Welsh Government and Network Rail, have been praised by disability groups for making the station easier to navigate. Some of the improvements have included a tactile guidance path for blind and partially sighted people, improved natural lighting, use of colour contrast and reduction of clutter around the station.
From http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Disability-groups-welcomed-improvements/story-20519997-detail/story.html, January 29, 2014
Project RAY - Smartphones for People With Vision Loss
Boaz Zilberman and the Project RAY team saw that smartphones were changing the way that people lived and decided that people with vision loss needed a device that could perform the same functions.
From http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/7028/Project-RAY--Smartphones-for-People-with-Vision-Loss.aspx, January 28, 2014
W3C 25th Anniversary Celebration and What the Next 25 Looks Like
W3C is now looking at the future. What’s the next 25 years? How will it transform music, healthcare, digital publishing, and more. They have been looking at transformation of society, industry and consumer behavior. They are seeing many changes. For instance, web publishing is high quality. Add mass distribution and the game has officially changed.
From http://tpn.tv/2014/01/27/w3c-25th-anniversary-celebration-and-what-the-next-25-looks-like/, January 28, 2014
A Matter of Accessibility: UT Looks to Improve Campus for Disabled
Lindsay Lee generally gives the University of Tennessee high marks in terms of addressing the needs of students, faculty and staff living with disabilities on its Knoxville campus.
From http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jan/21/a-matter-of-accessibility-ut-looks-to-improve/, January 28, 2014
USA: Project Enable Helps Mobility Disabled in New Mexico
The ability to create his own smartphone application is what drew Rudy Garcia into the program, and developing career-ready computer skills is what kept him there.
Garcia, of El Paso, has a mobility disability, which makes him perfect for Las Cruces-based Project Enable, a National Science Foundation-funded program that aims to increase the participation of people with mobility disabilities in computing.
From http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_24993482/project-enable-helps-mobility-disabled-hone-computer-skills, January 28, 2014
'Techshare India' to Showcase Accessible Technology for Disabled
The fourth edition of Techshare - one of the worlds' biggest technology events to promote accessible technology for the people with disabilities - is scheduled to be held at the India Habitat Centre here Feb 13-14.
From http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/techshare-india-to-showcase-accessible-technology-for-disabled-114012500509_1.html, January 27, 2014
Smartphones Have Potential to Revolutionize Digital Healthcare
n an exclusive interview with the Information Daily, the Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare and Professor of Healthcare Technology Christopher James stated that he believed smartphones will play an increasingly important role in healthcare.
From http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/08/21/smartphones-have-potential-to-revolutionise-digital-healthcare, January 27, 2014
The Viscardi Center Seeks to Pay Tribute to Influential Individuals with Disabilities as the U.S. Senate Deliberates on the UNCRPD
As the U.S. Senate considers the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), The Viscardi Center renewed its "Call for Nominations" for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. Nominations close February 28. The Awards pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life
of people with disabilities.
From http://www.viscardiawards.org, January 23, 2014
Assistive Technology Can be of Benefit to All, Not Just People With Disabilities
Companies that address accessibility needs in their IT product development are better positioned to leverage those same assistive technologies to mass market solutions, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that people with disabilities (PWD) are an underserved market segment with one billion people worldwide. They and their immediate friends and family have an annual disposable income of more than $8 trillion. "People with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world 's population and some of the assistive technology marketed to people with disabilities can also be sold to the other 85 percent of the population that is "situationally disabled" by their environmental conditions, at work and at play," said Andrew Johnson, managing vice president at Gartner.
From http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2638315, January 23, 2014
Japan Revises Disaster Preparedness Plan
The government’s disaster prevention panel Friday revised its basic preparedness plan in hopes of ensuring that older people, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people can evacuate quickly and smoothly, drawing from lessons from the March 2011 disasters.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/01/20/japan-revises-disaster-preparedness-plan/, January 21, 2014