USA: White House Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963. This event marks an opportunity for the intellectual and developmental disability community to review the accomplishments of the past, examine current challenges, and look ahead to the future of disability policy. The event will include speakers from the Administration and representatives from a number of disability organizations.
From http://www.whitehouse.gov/live, November 15, 2013
Obsession with Medical Costs Will Turn Mobile Health Apps and Devices into a Major Growth Industry
In the United States alone, health spending places the domestic health care industry among the five or six largest economies in the world. To lower skyrocketing costs, consumers and the health care industry are looking at a variety of solutions. Increasingly, apps and mobile devices that allow consumers to take charge of their own treatment are seen as ways to start bringing down costs. They are taking health care out of hospitals and doctor's offices, and putting more power in consumer hands.
From http://www.businessinsider.in/The-Obsession-With-Medical-Costs-Will-Turn-Mobile-Health-Apps-And-Devices-Into-A-Major-Growth-Industry/articleshow/25335350.cms, November 15, 2013
Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions
A new app called TalkToDocs lets you ask medical questions aloud, and responds in the same way — just as Siri might answer your question about the closest movie theater. The new software is designed by HealthTap, a service that provides a network of trusted doctors to answer medical questions online. TalkToDocs plucks answers from the company's original question-and-answer app, through which anyone can type in a medical query and wait for an answer from one of the database's 50,000 doctors.
From http://mashable.com/2013/11/07/talk-to-docs-healthtap/, November 15, 2013
IBM Will Soon Let Developers Run Apps on Watson, Its Smart-As-a-Human Computer
IBM will open up Watson to app developers in 2014, the company announced on Thursday. Watson is a supercomputer that thinks and speaks like a human. It's the computer that won Jeopardy in 2011. IBM is making Watson even more human, CEO Ginni Rometty said last month. It will soon be able to "see" meaning it can look at pictures or X-rays and understand them. Then it will be able to "reason," meaning argue and debate with a human.
From http://www.businessinsider.in/IBM-Will-Soon-Let-Developers-Run-Apps-On-Watson-Its-Smart-As-A-Human-Computer/articleshow/25806133.cms, November 15, 2013
'Smart Voting Joystick' Improves Accessibility at the Polls for the Disabled
Local voters with dexterity impairments, senior citizens and others could see an improvement in the technology used at the polls to cast their votes. Sarah Swierenga, director of MSU Usability/Accessibility Research, collaborated with a team of MSU faculty, undergraduate engineering students, rehabilitation specialists and usability and accessibility researchers and interns to develop a prototype joystick that is comparable to the joystick-controlled wheelchair used by thousands of people in the U.S.
From http://www.capitalgainsmedia.com/innovationnews/Joystick0739.aspx#!, November 15, 2013
Inclusion and Accessibility for People Living with Disabilities
For more than 35 years, I have been involved with the work of inclusion and accessibility and when I learned that a small, thoughtful, committed group of students, faculty and staff were efforting to change the world for those of us living with disabilities by beginning with the Ohio University community, I wanted in on being a part of the effort! As it turned out, I was invited to become part of this effort beginning December 1, 2011. Fueled by President McDavis’ commitment to the full implementation of the American’s with Disabilities Act with a focus of “working toward full accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities,” this small group of committed people dared to dream big dreams of what a fully and seamless inclusive and accessible Ohio University community could look like.
From woub.org/2013/10/30/inclusion-and-accessibility-people-living-disabilities-why-it-matters-now-more-ever, November 15, 2013
Disability Technology: Is the Future Already Here?
Technology has long been heralded as a solution to the many difficulties experienced by disabled people. So how can it help? In the last 10 years, focus has shifted from desktop PCs to mobile devices. Today's smartphones are mini-computers with an increasing range of features for disabled people - they talk, hook up to hearing aids and have other ingenious accessibility functions.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-24926652, November 14, 2013
November 14 Is World Usability Day
The importance of user-centered design in healthcare is truly life or death. Whether it's new medical devices or technologies; drug research, approval or delivery; patient forms or medical record sharing; emergency disaster planning or increasing the functionality of hospitals and everyday healthcare delivery, everyone is affected in some way by the intersection of usability in healthcare. There are many commonalities, yet each region of the world faces its own set of unique challenges. We believe that focusing World Usability Day 2013 on healthcare will create a stronger awareness of these issues and lead to initiative that have long term impact on the quality of everyone's life.
From http://worldusabilityday.org/, November 14, 2013
New Assistive Technology Resource for Persons with Disabilities
Assistive technology is increasingly opening the doors of possibilities for people with different types of disabilities be it education, work, or everyday life in society. It is becoming that essential tool which helps individuals to become more independent, confident, productive, and better integrated into their communities.
From http://www.digitalqatar.qa/en/2013/11/14/new-assistive-technology-resource-at-your-fingertips/, November 14, 2013
USICD Youth in Development DC Internship Program
In 2013, with the vital support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), USICD launched its first internship program focusing on youth with disabilities who are interested in international affairs careers. The project follows from a vision, core to USICD’s mission, to increase disability inclusion in U.S. foreign affairs by supporting future generations of Americans to invest their skills and talents in this field. The program will be held again in 2014.
From http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257, November 14, 2013