India: University Designs Software for People with Vision Disabilities
Department of Computer Science Engineering at the Vignan University has designed a software for people who are blind or have a low vision. By using the software, people with vision disabilities can now read textbooks, browse journals and compose on the desktop. The software project ‘Development of Educational Suite for Visually Challenged Students in Computer Science and Information Technology’. It has been approved by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/25/university-designs-software-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 29, 2014
U.S. Access Board to Hold Panel Discussions on Communication Access
The Access Board will host panel discussions on communication accessibility for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing on January 12 from 1:30 to 5:00 during its January meeting of the Board. The agenda features a consumer panel that will address accessibility issues and concerns. This panel will include representatives from the National Association of the Deaf, the Hearing Loss Association of America, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, and the American Association of Deaf Blind.
From http://www.access-board.gov/the-board/meeting-notice, December 23, 2014
Researchers Develop 3D Headset to Help People with Vision Disabilities Navigate
EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help people who are blind or have low vision move around more safely and easily. The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for people who are blind using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customized for the specific symptoms of the user’s eye disease.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/23/researchers-develop-3d-headset-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-navigate-more-safely-and-easily/, December 23, 2014
Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Launches Consultation on Draft Accessibility Code
The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) launched a consultation process on a draft standard it has developed entitled “Accessibility for all in the Built Environment”. The draft standard is based on the existing “Access for All Design Guidelines” (AADG) which Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’Diżabilità (KNPD) published for the first time in 2000. Once this draft standard becomes a Maltese Standard, the aim of KNPD is to make it enforceable by law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/malta-competition-and-consumer-affairs-authority-launches-consultation-on-draft-accessibility-code/, December 23, 2014
UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Disability
The 69th session of the General Assembly negotiated and adopted a resolution on disability on December 18. The resolution entitled: “Realizing the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond”, had 112 co-sponsoring Governments, and would work to promote the mainstreaming of disability in development, as well as in international cooperation, national development strategies and official statistics.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/un-general-assembly-adopts-resolution-on-disability/, December 22, 2014
Device Helps People with Vision Disabilities to See Objects
A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life. These tools could be based on a device called the Enactive Torch, which looks like a combination between a TV remote and Captain Kirk’s weapon of choice. But it can do much greater things than change channels or stun aliens.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/20/device-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-see-objects/, December 22, 2014
Jordan: Prince Hussein Launches Initiative to Help Children with Hearing Disabilities
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, on Saturday, launched an initiative to help children with hearing disabilities to regain their hearing sense. The initiative, dubbed “hearing without limitations” aims to offer children with hearing disabilities free of charge cochlear implants in collaboration with the Royal Medical Services, the ministry of health and the King Abdullah the founder hospital.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/22/prince-hussein-launches-initiative-to-help-children-with-hearing-disabilities/, December 22, 2014
Israel: Touch-free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired
A touch-free phone developed in Israel enables the mobility-impaired to operate smart phones with just a movement of the head.
From http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/touch-free-smart-phone-empowers-mobility-impaired/vi-BBh3RLl, December 22, 2014
Poland: Wearable Sensor 'Illuminates' Surroundings for the Blind
High school students in Poland develop wearable technology to help blind people navigate their surroundings. The device, nicknamed 'Torch', uses infrared sensors attached to the head and chest which emit a sound or vibrate at increasing intensity as the wearer approaches an object - much like the way torchlight illuminates whatever the beam is focused on.
From http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/wearable-sensor-illuminates-surroundings-for-the-blind/vp-BBgBcAW, December 22, 2014
The Invasion Of Wearables In The Workforce
Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips and sensors built into clothes and accessories, this market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, wearables are estimated to be more than a $70 billion market by 2024, according to IDTechEx.
From http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/14/the-invasion-of-wearables-in-the-workforce/, December 19, 2014