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Orange and USAID Join Forces to Boost mHealth Innovations Across Africa
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and global telecommunications operator Orange announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa. “With the increasing use and decreasing cost of mobile phones, leveraging mobile phone technology to accelerate access to health information and services is a game changer,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Global Health. “USAID’s partnerships with private companies, such as Orange, enable us to have a larger impact in a cost-effective manner.”
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141210005848/en/Orange-USAID-join-forces-boost-mHealth-innovations#.VIiFw3vEjX5, December 10, 2014

Will the Home of the Future Improve Our Health?
According to BK Yoon, that would be one of the benefits in their vision of the 'home of the future'. Who is BK Yoon? He's President and CEO of Samsung Electronics. Last Friday, I listened as he delivered the opening keynote of IFA 2014, which is the largest consumer electronics and home appliance show in Europe.
From http://maneeshjuneja.com/blog/2014/9/9/future-home-health, December 09, 2014

UK: Budget Mobile VR Headset Launches
A couple of months ago, a small team from Carl Zeiss visited our office to show us a prototype of the VR One, a smartphone-enabled mobile headset they'd cooked up. They wanted to make it available in December, but what they showed us what little more than a proof of concept -- a moulded-plastic viewfinder that relied on hard finger-taps in order to back out of the few apps they'd cooked up. It was externally attractive, but it was internally clumsy, and Zeiss was hoping that developers would pick up the slack when the unit became available.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-12/04/new-improved-vr-headset, December 09, 2014

IBM, Apple Reveal First Fruits of Partnership
International Business Machines Corp. and Apple Inc. on Wednesday are unveiling the first fruits of a collaboration announced this summer, a set of 10 apps designed to exploit the push by businesses to adapt to the mobile era.
From http://www.wsj.com/articles/ibm-apple-reveal-first-fruits-of-partnership-1418218201, December 09, 2014

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Announcement for Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is just around the corner. The Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched the special Human Rights Day web page of the OHCHR website and would also like to update you on the latest developments: visual design, social media and High Commissioner’s statement. You can find them all on our special web page.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/08/office-of-the-united-nations-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-announcement-for-human-rights-day/, December 08, 2014

UN Experts Urge Full Support for People with Disabilities Rights
A group of international experts on the rights of persons with disabilities on Wednesday called on all Governments to work towards universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol. “Since 2006, the Convention has witnessed an impressive number of ratifications in a short period of time,” noted in a joint statemen Catalina Devandas, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, who currently chairs the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and Lenin Moreno, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/08/un-experts-urge-full-support-for-people-with-disabilities-rights/, December 08, 2014

Accessibility of English-language Proficiency Tests for English Learners with Disabilities
As the English-learner population continues to increase in number and diversity in the U.S., the challenge and importance of assessing all students, including students with disabilities, increases as well. A new white paper from Educational Testing Service (ETS) explores issues of accessibility for English learners with disabilities, including test design, delivery, uses in high-stakes accountability and the need for additional research. Conceptualizing Accessibility for English Language Proficiency Assessments was written by Danielle Guzman-Orth and Cara Laitusis of ETS, in collaboration with Martha Thurlow and Laurene Christensen of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/06/accessibility-of-english-language-proficiency-tests-for-english-learners-with-disabilities/, December 08, 2014

USA: New Call Center Technology Adapts to Employees with Vision Disabilities
TCN announces the immediate availability of “Platform 3 VocalVision,” a virtual call center technology for the visually impaired. Optimized to work with Job Access With Speech (JAWS) assistive technology, Platform 3 VocalVision enables call center agents with vision disabilities to effectively navigate Platform 3.0, TCN’s cloud-based contact center suite, helping to improve agent productivity while also creating new employment opportunities for people with vision disabilities. In an effort to expand workforce operations, TCN optimized VocalVision to specifically work with JAWS, the world’s most popular screen reader. JAWS assists computer users with vision disabilities prevents them from seeing screen content or being able to operate a mouse. VocalVision helps the agent navigate Platform 3.0’s workflows via hot keys that leverage JAWS functionality during both incoming and outgoing calls, while audible tones signal the connection of an incoming call.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/06/new-call-center-technology-adapts-to-employees-with-vision-disabilities/, December 08, 2014

South Africa to Launch Census for People with Disabilities
The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu, has announced that government, in partnership with Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), will soon launch a census dedicated to verifying how many people with disabilities there are in South Africa. She said this would help government and other sectors of the economy respond better to the needs of people with disabilities in terms of increasing access and social inclusion. The Deputy Minister made this announcement following a debate by Members of the Inaugural Disability Rights Parliament that was held in Cape Town on Wednesday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/05/south-africa-to-launch-census-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 06, 2014

Mobility Scores High Marks for Bancroft
The impact of mobile technology now reaches far beyond the traditional business world. It's altering the way learning takes place in a wide array of environments and situations, including among the developmentally disabled and others with special learning requirements. At Bancroft, a private, not-for-profit provider of specialized learning services—including individuals with autism and brain injuries—mobile devices and apps are ushering in a new era of possibilities and opportunities.
From http://www.cioinsight.com/it-strategy/mobile-wireless/mobility-scores-high-marks-for-bancroft.html, December 06, 2014

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