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Technology Is Helping Disabled Women in India Stand up Against Violence & Demand Their Rights
Thanks to the app 'Azadi Ki Udaan', persons with disabilities across the four blocks of Puri district in Odisha, India have easy access to everything they need to know about state and national schemes, apart from crucial information on domestic violence and abuse, which countless disabled people encounter on an everyday basis.
From The Better India, October 04, 2016

The Marrakesh Treaty comes into effect
The Marrakesh Treaty eases the production and transfer across national boundaries of books that are specially adapted for use by people with visual impairments, most of whom live in lower-income countries. WIPO member states agreed to the text of the “books for the blind” treaty in 2013 in the Kingdom of Morocco and the agreement comes into effect on September 30, 2016
From World Intellectual Property Organization, October 02, 2016

Mobile apps are excluding millions of Indians
Apps are uncomplicated, easy to use, at your finger tips and quick. So logically, everyone who has a smartphone should be using them, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Much as they would like to, millions of persons living with disabilities are unable to use apps to fulfil their daily living needs. This is because most apps are not accessible to users with a visual disability.
From The Huffington Post, October 01, 2016

Smart Cities Council | Making Smart Cities More Accessible for People with Disabilities and the Aging
Concern that the proliferation of smart cites will widen the gap between persons with disabilities, aging communities and the rest of the population, G3ict and World ENABLED announced the global Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative last month. The initiative is sponsored by Council Lead Partner Microsoft. The objective is both smart and compassionate: To bring together global industry, government, and civil society experts and practitioners to define how a smart city can also be a digitally inclusive city.
From Smart Cities Council, August 03, 2016

LiveWell RERC's App Factory Call for Proposals
The LiveWell RERC has just released its annual App Factory call for proposals. Each year, the LiveWell RERC’s App Factory invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. and Canada to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows), sensors, home automation, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or cloud computing. Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWellRERC) seeks to enhance the use and usability of wireless technologies for people of all ages and abilities. The LiveWell RERC's mission is to promote ICT access to existing and emerging technologies for all people regardless of ability; and to develop and validate ICT applications to improve the capacity for independent living and community participation. Included in this effort is the RERC’s mobile applications development project, the “App Factory”.
From http://www.livewellrerc.org/2016appfactoryrfp, August 02, 2016

Making Drones Accessible to the Disabled
See how one company is opening up the drone market to previously unconsidered frontiers, and how that decision could impact the quality of life for millions.
From DZone/IOT Zone, August 01, 2016

India: Digital Accessibility and Empowerment of the Disabled
The Roundtable on Information Accessibility for the Disabled brought out many issues relevant for the disabled in this digital era. Javed Abidi, the Honorary Director of the NCPEDP (National Centre for the Promotion of the Empowerment of the Disabled People) spoke to Dr. Archana Verma of Dataquest elaborating on the challenges of information access.
From Dataquest, August 01, 2016

USA: Pennsylvania Libraries Partner With Benetech/Bookshare to Expand Accessible Reading Opportunities for Patrons With Print Disabilities
In a mission to expand more meaningful and accessible reading experiences for Pennsylvania residents who cannot read standard print, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia have entered into a partnership agreement with Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that manages Bookshare, the world's largest online accessible library for individuals with qualifying print disabilities.
From EIN News, August 01, 2016

How Apps Can Help People With Disabilities Navigate Cities
37-year-old filmmaker Jason DaSilva recently won an Emmy for When I Walk, a documentary chronicling his life with multiple sclerosis. DaSilva was diagnosed in 2005, and the disease has affected his vision, hearing, and muscle control. “Living in the East Village, I was finding that it could be 9 out of 10 businesses on a city block that would be inaccessible to me,” he tells CityLab. For the estimated 53 million U.S. adults living with disabilities, moving through a city may feel like an obstacle course.
From http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2016/06/how-apps-help-people-with-disabilities-navigate-the-city/489128/, July 18, 2016

Open Data Creates Life-Simplifying Apps
Cities are constantly gathering and producing immense amounts of information. What if all that data were up for grabs for anyone to use? The Helsinki Region Infoshare service has opened the capital region’s data for everyone, and gives rise to apps and services that make everyday life easier. A recipient of multiple international awards, the Helsinki Region Infoshare service (HRI) contains over 1 200 open statistics and datasets.
From http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/feature/open-data-creates-life-simplifying-apps/, July 18, 2016

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