China: Beijing Railway Station Unveils Details on Passengers Traveling with Guide Dogs
Beijing Railway Station has introduced a long-awaited policy to assist passengers who are blind with guide dogs. Travelers will be able to reserve the service 12 hours before boarding the train from May 1, which is also the first day of the May Day holiday. The railway station will designate an employee to assist passengers with guide dogs with purchasing tickets and boarding the train.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/29/beijing-railway-station-unveils-details-on-passengers-traveling-with-guide-dogs/, April 30, 2015
Indian Government Launches National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities
Government has launched a national action plan for skill training of persons with disabilities to improve vocational training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said in Lok Sabha that the action plan will bring all main stakeholders like various central government ministries, state governments, NGOs, PSUs and private sector on one platform.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/28/indian-government-launches-national-action-plan-for-skill-training-of-persons-with-disabilities/, April 30, 2015
Colombian Engineer 3D Prints Mechanical Hands for Children with Disabilities
To help children with disabilities, Colombian engineer Cristian Silva, alongside a team of volunteers, has constructed mechanical hands using three-dimensional printing. The project, which came about during Silva’s dissertation for undergraduate degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the National University of Colombia, has already helped at least a dozen children born with a malformation in their hands and arms. This partial hand prosthesis gives children the opportunity to develop normally throughout their daily life.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/27/colombian-engineer-3d-prints-mechanical-hands-for-children-with-disabilities/, April 30, 2015
Canada: The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled
Almost 1 million Canadians live with blindness or partial sight. For these individuals, it can be especially difficult to find print material in a format that is both accessible and easy to use. New technologies can help to address this challenge. However, more can still be done to ensure that copyright laws do not create additional barriers for those with a print disability, and that users have access to the latest and best published material from around the world.
From http://bit.ly/1HMiKcv, April 28, 2015
Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Now Offers Videophone Technical Support in American Sign Language (ASL)
Accessibility enables people of all abilities to realize their full potential. Microsoft creates technology that is accessible to people around the world—of all ages and abilities. The Disability Answer Desk is where people with disabilities can get support with Microsoft products and accessibility features.
From https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility, April 28, 2015
Microsoft Accessibility Developer Hub: Making Apps Accessible
With an estimated one billion people around the world with a disability, many people are still unable to take full advantage of their smartphone, tablet or PC and the apps on them. Cue the Accessibility Developer Hub.
From http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2015/04/27/accessibility-developer-hub-making-apps-accessible/, April 28, 2015
Mobile Health Technology Transformed through Wearables
At the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition that took place in Chicago last week, the HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey showed that the health IT sector was integrating mobile health technology in more comprehensive and all-encompassing approaches.
From http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/mobile-health-technology-transformed-through-wearables, April 27, 2015
Microsoft Partners with Kenya’s ICTA to Strengthen ICT and Innovation
The Kenya ICT Authority last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, promising to distribute 1.2 million affordable devices to local primary and secondary schools by 2016. To support the dissemination of these devices, Microsoft has pledged to train 30,000 teachers in ICT skills through the company’s Partners in Learning network over the next five years, according to various reports.
From http://pctechmag.com/2015/04/microsoft-partners-with-kenyas-icta-to-strengthen-ict-and-innovation/, April 27, 2015
How Wearables and Mobile Health Tech are Reshaping Clinical Trials
For example, 23andMe, the Silicon Valley maker of personalized genetic tests, has hired Genentech R&D executive Richard Scheller to lead a new therapeutics group that will use the company’s archived genetic data to find correlations and patterns across different disease states in an effort to develop its own therapies.
From http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/17/how-wearables-and-mobile-health-tech-are-reshaping-clinical-trials/, April 27, 2015
Thailand Introduces Videophone Booths for People with Hearing Disabilities
New telephone booths for people with hearing disabilities have been installed nationwide to allow them to communicate with friends, file complaints to the government or make emergency calls. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening of the centre for Thai Telecommunication Relay Service (TTRS) yesterday morning at the state-run Damrongtham complaint centre near Government House. The new telephone booths, fitted with a two-way communication screen, allow those with hearing disabilities to call friends, phone the government to register complaints about state agencies or make emergency inquiries.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/21/thailand-introduces-videophone-booths-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, April 22, 2015