USA: Campus Group Works to Enhance Statewide Instructional Accessibility Goals
The University of Tennessee (UT) System recently adopted a policy that reiterates its commitment to providing and supporting a teaching and learning environment that is accessible to all. The policy requires that all campuses and institutes provide information, materials, and technology that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those who use assistive technologies. The Accessibility Policy went into effect on October 16.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/25/campus-group-works-to-enhance-statewide-instructional-accessibility-goals/, November 27, 2015
Armenia: Braille Guides Developed for Voters with Vision Disabilities in Armenia
“We attach importance to awareness of each citizen, each voter of the voting procedure. As before, the issue of providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to fully exercise their voting right is currently at the center of our attention,” Head of Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Tigran Mukuchyan said today at a meeting at the Union of the Blind of Armenia when presenting the information guides developed for people with vision disabilities. Deputy Head of the Union of the Blind of Armenia NGO Martin Sargsyan said that guides will be distributed to 3,000 citizens with vision problems. Another 700 people will receive guides with Braille text.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/25/braille-guides-developed-for-voters-with-vision-disabilities-in-armenia/, November 27, 2015
USA: Innovations Shine at the mHealth Summit
This year’s mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. has turned into a connected health innovation showcase. I can feel the influence from Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which bought the event earlier this year. The event not only has the traditional focus on mobile health technologies and applications, but also adds the population health track that broadens the agenda and potentially draws in more attendees from the healthcare industry.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/3003891/healthcare-it/innovations-shine-at-the-mhealth-summit.html, November 24, 2015
UK Town Deploys Public Wi-Fi Underground
A big challenge to deploying telecom infrastructure is access to fiber optic cabling – sometimes cables just aren’t available where infrastructure needs to be in order to provide end users the value to justify the capital expenditure. The United Kingdom town of Chesham took a novel approach to solving the fiber access issue by installing Wi-Fi access points on city manhole covers, which already served as access points to the existing fiber network.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20151123/network-infrastructure/wi-fi/wi-fi-deployed-underground-by-virgin-media-tag17, November 24, 2015
Blind Runner Uses IBM Cloud to 'See' Mental Map of the World
Blind runner Simon Wheatcroft creates a mental map that allows him to run independently so that he doesn’t bump into lampposts etc. He uses ‘audio markers’ and senses changes in the terrain he’s feeling underfoot as a key element. Wheatcroft uses the GPS fitness-tracking app RunKeeper to gauge the world around him like anybody else. With some additional custom-built software application development and programming intelligence, here’s how he does it.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/adrianbridgwater/2015/11/23/blind-runner-uses-ibm-cloud-to-see-mental-map-of-the-world/, November 24, 2015
New App Provides Innovative Mobile and Web-based Help for Persons Living with Schizophrenia
Today in America, the number of people living with Schizophrenia outnumbers the combined populations of North Dakota and Wyoming. But as a statement from SARDAA provided to mHealthWatch this week explains, social stigma and a severe lack of resources make managing the disorder a daily struggle. Since January of 2008, the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) has passionately promoted hope and recovery for those with brain conditions, and its new App is about “to revolutionize management of mental health disorders for good.”
From http://mhealthwatch.com/new-app-provides-innovative-mobile-and-web-based-help-for-persons-living-with-schizophrenia-26472/, November 24, 2015
Call for Review: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable Quick Reference
A draft redesign of How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques was published yesterday by the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group (WCAG WG). It is intended to replace the current How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference, comments on the user interface and the filtering by 2 December, preferably via GitHub, or alternatively via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/11/19/call-for-review-how-to-meet-wcag-2-0-a-customizable-quick-reference/, November 23, 2015
Five Big Technology Predictions Into 2016: Frost & Sullivan
Security will be the biggest issue in the ICT industry driven by rapid adoption of Cloud, Mobility and the Internet of Things. The Enterprise Communications Market will witness disruption from an emerging class of start-ups. Increased use of sensors across various industries will lead to a tsunami of data driving massive developments in Big Data. Smart Machines will disrupt the market place. Cognitive Computing and Artificial Intelligence platforms to become big across industries.
From http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/five-big-technology-predictions-into-2016-frost--sullivan-300183051.html, November 23, 2015
USA: Education Department Announces New Guidance to Help Students with Disabilities as Part of 40th Anniversary of IDEA Law
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Education Department is releasing guidance aimed at ensuring that America's 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers. "In the 40 years since this law was enacted, we have moved beyond simply providing children and youth with disabilities access to the school house," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Today, we want to assure that these students have no less than the same equal shot at the American dream as their nondisabled peers."
From http://1.usa.gov/1SV4Loc, November 23, 2015
USA: Silicon Valley Goes Gray: Inside The Booming Age Tech Industry
Until recently, Silicon Valley didn't pay much attention to old people. Entrepreneurs in their twenties and thirties mostly dreamt up solutions for people their own age. But Stephen Johnston, of the Aging2.0 innovation network, says that's starting to change. As would-be startup founders seek novel markets, hundreds of "age-tech" startups have emerged in the last year or two. The group's recent 30-city pitch event (30in30in30) attracted applications from 300 companies. The problems on the mind of these innovators aren't improving dating or takeout delivery; it's how to manage daily drug regimens, cope with dementia, and create communities for the over-60 set.
From http://www.fastcoexist.com/3053184/silicon-valley-goes-gray-inside-the-booming-age-tech-industry, November 20, 2015